Vadim Kravchinsky, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Physics


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 492-7464
CCIS 3-106 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Physics


Area of Study / Keywords

geophysics paleomagnetism plate tectonics climate paleoclimate


Ph.D. in geophysics: Irkutsk State Technical University (

B.Sc. and M.Sc in geophysics: Irkutsk State Technical University 

Work experience: Irkutsk Geophysics Expedition (industry), Russian Academy of Science, Institut du Physique de Globe de Paris (, University of Alberta

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Geophysics, paleomagnetism, climate, climate resilience, paleoclimate, tectonophysics


Geophysics, physics, geophysics field school


GEOPH 110 - Introduction to Earth and Planetary Physics

How do we know what is inside the Earth and planets? What are the dynamic processes that shape the Earth? This course will use a physics-based approach to investigate these questions and develop an explanation for what drives plate tectonics, the origin of planetary magnetic fields, and the causes of hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. You will learn about the methods that are used to image the interior structure and dynamics of the Earth and other planets. You will also learn how these methods are applied in resource exploration, environmental monitoring, satellite missions to other planets and moons, and other scientific studies of the Earth system. The different career options available in geophysics will be discussed. Prerequisites: Physics 20 and Mathematics 30. Note: Credit will be given for only one of GEOPH 110 or 210.

GEOPH 436 - Geophysics Field School

Students conduct a wide variety of geophysical measurements in a field situation. The field school is run immediately prior to the fall term. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Prerequisites: GEOPH 325 and 326, or consent of instructor. Intended for students in a Specialization or Honours Geophysics program. Students in other programs should contact the Department of Physics for permission. Note: this course is graded on a credit/no credit basis.

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