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Dr. Juan Pablo Canales

Senior Scientist
Geology & Geophysics

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2893
Building: Clark South 272-D

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #24
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I use geophysical methods such as 2D/3D seismic tomography, seismic reflection imaging, waveform inversion, and potential fields to investigate processes along tectonic plate boundaries and the evolution of the oceanic lithosphere.

In particular, I am interested in:

- faulting, magmatism, and hydrothermal circulation at mid-oceand ridges

- subduction zone processes

- continental rifting

- crustal hydration and alteration

- lithospheric flexure and intra-plate volcanism

Selected Publications

Zhu, J., J.P Canales, S. Han, S.M. Carbotte, A. Arnulf, and M.R. Nedimović (2020) Vp/Vs ratio of incoming sediments off Cascadia subduction zone from analysis of controlled-source multi-component OBS records, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2019JB019239.

Canales, J.P., S.M. Carbotte, M.R.Nedimović, and H. Carton (2017) Dry Juan de Fuca slab revealed by quantification of water entering Cascadia subduction zone, Nat. Geosci., 10(11), 864-870, doi:10.1038/ngeo3050.

Canales, J.P., R.A. Dunn, R. Arai, and R.A. Sohn, Seismic imaging of magma sills beneath an ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal system (2017) Geology, 45, 447-450, doi:10.1130/G38795.1.

Canales, J.P., H. Carton, S.M. Carbotte, J.C. Mutter, M.R. Nedimović, M. Xu, O. Aghaei, M. Marjanović, and K. Newman (2012) Network of off-axis melt bodies at the East Pacific Rise, Nat. Geosci., 5(4), 279-283, doi:10.1038/ngeo1377.


Vashan Wright (2020-present)

Hanchao Jian (2019-present)


Liam Moser (2020-present MIT-WHOI Joint Program)

Bhargav Boddupalli, Univ. of Southampton (2018 WHOI Guest Student)

Gregory Horning (2011-2017 MIT-WHOI Joint Program)

Min Xu (2006-2012 MIT-WHOI Joint Program)

Shaunak Gosh (2009 WHOI Summer Student Fellow)

Sreeja Nag (2007 WHOI Summer Student Fellow)


1997 - Ph.D. Geophysics. University of Barcelona-Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

1993 - M.S. Geophysics. University of Barcelona-Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

1991 - B.S. Physics. University of Barcelona, Spain