Dr. Pauline Galea graduated B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Malta in 1977, and M.Sc. (Physics) in 1979. In 1994 she obtained her Ph.D. in Geophysics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand after having been awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship. She has been lecturing at the Physics department, University of Malta, since 1995, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005.
Dr. Galea has been instrumental in setting up the Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit within the Physics department. The Unit provides a national earthquake monitoring service as well as leading research in seismology and geophysics. Her research interests are the seismicity and tectonics of the Central Mediterranean, particularly the Sicily Channel, seismic hazard and seismic risk studies relating to the Maltese islands, crustal structure and seismic site response studies.
Since June 2015, Dr. Galea has been Head of the newly established Department of Geosciences, which includes 10 academic staff members working in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography and Geology and Geophysics.