Dr Benjamin Fernando

Access Fellow


MSci (Imperial, 2016)
DPhil (Oxford, 2021)

Academic Background

I finished my Masters' degree at Imperial College London in 2016, where I worked on studies of Saturn's magnetic field using data from the Cassini spacecraft.

My PhD focussed on developing and undertaking high-performance computing simulations of seismic wave propagation in the oceans and atmosphere, with a focus on the NASA InSight mission to Mars. At present I co-chair InSight's Impacts science theme group.

Prior to coming back to Oxford I was a Postdoc in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, working on slow slip earthquakes in Mexico.

In the summer of 2021, I completed the Royal Navy's Accelerated Officer Program, commissioning out of Britannia Royal Naval College as a Midshipman in the Royal Navy Reserve.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach/have taught mathematics modules for Earth Sciences for several years, including calculus, linear algebra, computing, and vector calculus.

At Christ Church I also organise and run study skills and student support sessions.

Research Interests

My research focusses on the propagation of seismic waves in the ocean, ice, and atmosphere. I'm on the science team for NASA's InSight (Mars) and Dragonfly (Titan) missions, and am PI on a seismometer deployment in Antarctica.

Other academic interests include Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the overlap between science and policy/politics.


Fernando, B. et al: Seismic constraints from a Mars impact Experiment using InSight and Perseverance (Nature Astronomy, 2021: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-021-01502-0)

Fernando, B. et al: Questions to Heaven: InSight's attempted detection of Zhurong's Landing (Astronomy & Geophysics: https://doi.org/10.1093/astrogeo/atab103)

Dowey, N. et al: Diversity crisis in UK geoscience research training (Nature Geoscience, https://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/z4cju)

Fernando, B. et al: COVID-19 highlights why UK-EU collaboration is so vital (Nature, 2020: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-02687-6)