Professor Anthony Watts FRS
Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
Professor Watts is a marine geologist and geophysicist who has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the structure and evolution of the world’s ocean basins and their margins. His science is distinguished by the application of the principles and methods of geophysics to the solution of major geological problems. These include isostasy, lithospheric flexure, the origin of deep-sea trenches and mountains, sedimentary basin formation, the deep structure of continental margins, oceanic islands seamounts and mid-ocean ridges and the relative roles of plate processes such as flexure and mantle dynamics in contributing to Earth’s gravity and topography field.