Nathaniel Butterworth

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Madsen Building, Rm 400

Biographical Details

Nathaniel P. Butterworth is a postdoctoral research associate in geo-data mining, working with the EarthByte group at the University of Sydney. He recently completed is PhD entitled, "The dynamics of subduction and its tectonic implications". Before pursuing geophysics he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wollongong in 2008 and his honours in astrophysics from the University of Sydney in 2009.

Research Interests

Nathaniel's current interests lie with the research and development of the interface between geophysics, geology, geodynamics, data mining, and machine learning. His research focuses on analysing and “mining” associations between time-varying spatial datasets and global geodynamic model outputs in the context of major outstanding geophysical research questions. These include how we may use the fusion of multidimensional data and geodynamic models to move towards a more quantitative understanding of the topologies and mechanisms of supercontinent assembly and dispersal through time and how we can better understand which geodynamic events and niche environments may lead to major ore deposits. The research utilises a variety of knowledge discovery, data mining and optimisation approaches, facilitating analysis that copes with large data sets, multiple dimensions and spatio-temporal dynamics. Nathaniel is helping design methodologies to be integrated into the GPlates ( open innovation platform that will allow users to quickly digest data and build understanding in four dimensions (space and geological time!).