Dr Grace Alexandra Cox

Geomagnetic Scientist

Location: BGS Edinburgh

E-mail Dr Grace Alexandra Cox

ORCID: 0000000255877083


  • 2019 – ongoing : British Geological Survey, Geomagnetic Scientist
  • 2018 –2019 : Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • 2015 –2018 : University of Liverpool, UK, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 2011 –2015 : University of Leeds, UK, PhD in Geomagnetism
  • 2008 –2011 : Imperial College London, UK, BSc in Geophysics

Research interests

  • Observational geomagnetism: using ground and satellite data to probe Earth’s deep interior. Specific interests include separating internal and external contributions to geomagnetic data, geomagnetic jerks, magnetic virtual observatories and geomagnetic field modelling
  • Theoretical geomagnetism: numerical modelling of magnetohydrodynamic processes in Earth's outer core. Specific interests include torsional Alfvén waves, outer core stratification and thermal interactions at the core-mantle boundary
  • Open-source software development

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union
  • Instructor for the Software Carpentry Foundation

Key papers

  • Cox, G A, Davies, C J, and Livermore, P W. 2019. Penetration of boundary-driven flows into a rotating spherical thermally-stratified fluid, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 864, 519-553.
  • Cox, G A, Brown, W J, Billingham, L, and Holme, R. 2018. MagPySV: a Python pack- age for processing and denoising geomagnetic observatory data. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19, 3347-3363
  • Feng, Y, Holme, R, Cox, G A, and Jiang, Y. 2018. The geomagnetic jerk of 2003.5 – characterisation with regional observatory secular variation data. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 278, 47-58.
  • Cox, G A, Livermore, P W, and Mound, J E. 2016. The observational signature of modelled torsional waves and comparison to geomagnetic jerks. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 255:50-65
  • Cox, G A, Livermore, P W, and Mound, J E. 2014. Forward models of torsional waves: dispersion and geometric effects. Geophysical Journal International, 196(3):1311-1329
  • Cox, G A, and Brown, W J. 2013. Rapid dynamics of the Earth’s core, Astronomy & Geophysics, 54(5):5-32