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Dr Leonardo Uieda PhD • Pronouns: He/Him

Lecturer Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences


Personal Statement

I'm a geophysicist specializing in methods for determining the inner structure of the Earth from geophysical observations, mainly disturbances in the Earth's gravity and magnetic fields. I also develop open-source software in Python and C. I'm an advocate for openness in the scientific process and the adoption of best practices in computational research.

My teaching covers several aspects of the Earth Sciences (remote sensing, gravimetry, geodynamics, programming). My research mainly involves generating models of the subsurface using measurements of the Earth's gravity and magnetic fields. I use computer programming extensively to empower both my teaching and research.

Along with my role at the University, I'm also a Topic Editor for the Journal of Open Source Software, a member of the Advisory Council for EarthArXiv, and a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute.

I develop and maintain several open-source scientific software projects:

Fatiando a Terra: A collection of tools for data processing and geophysical modeling (written in Python)
Tesseroids: A program for modeling gravity fields on a spherical Earth (written in C)
PyGMT: A library for creating publication-quality data visualizations and maps (written in Python and C)

You can find out more about me and my research online:

Computer-Oriented Geoscience Lab
ORCID: 0000-0001-6123-9515
Google Scholar

Prizes or Honours

  • Best PhD Thesis of 2015 – 2017 (Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf), 2017)

Funded Fellowships

  • A Sustainable Plan for the Future of the Generic Mapping Tools (2020 - 2023)
  • Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship (University of Edinburgh, 2020 - present)
  • Geophysical inversion of GRACE satellite time-lapse gravity (University of Liverpool, 2019 - present)
  • NSF-EAR: The EarthScope/GMT Analysis and Visualization Toolbox (2018 - 2020)