University of California, Berkeley
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Earth Sciences
Bruce Buffett is a theoretical geophysicist whose research covers dynamical interactions between Earth's mantle, core and crust. His work has revealed the stratified nature of the outermost core, the expressions of mantle and core structure and physical properties on irregularities in Earth's rotation, and the mechanical strength of subducting lithosphere. He has shown how methane clathrates buried in deep ocean sediments are affected by our changing climate. Buffett's research is characterized by its breadth, originality, rigorous analysis, and deep physical insight.