• Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Research Statement

• Global Seismic Structure • Core Mantle Boundary Layer Structure • 2 & 3 dimensional Seismic Wave propagation techniques • Scattering of the Seismic Wavefield • Array processing techniques • Volcano Seismology

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Germany
    I work with colleagues at the University of Muenster, Germany and spent 2 months in 2016 visiting this university.
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    I received an Outstanding Faculty Visitor (OFV) award to work at the University of Leeds in June and July of 2016.


  • Vanacore, E.A., Rost, S., and Thorne, M.S. (2016), Ultralow-velocity zone geometries resolved by multidimensional waveform modelling, Geophysical Journal International, 206, 659-674, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw114. Published, 03/30/2016.
  • Whittaker, S., Thorne, M.S., Schmerr, N.C., and Miyagi, L. (2015), Seismic array constraints on the D" discontinuity beneath Central America, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 120, 1-18, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012392. Published, 12/07/2015.
  • Starr, A.M., Moore, J.R., and Thorne, M.S. (2015), Ambient resonance of Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 1-7, doi:10.1002/2015GL064917. Published, 08/05/2015.
  • Yao, Y., Whittaker, S., and Thorne, M.S. (2015), D" discontinuity structure benath the North Atlantic from Scd observations, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 1-9, doi:10.1002/2015GL063989. Published, 05/05/2015.
  • Brown, S.P., Thorne, M.S., Miyagi, L., and Rost, S. (2015), A compositional origin to ultralow-velocity zones, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 1-7, doi:10.1002/2014GL062097. Published, 01/14/2015.
  • Brown, S., and Thorne, M.S. (2013), Viterbi Sparse Spike Detection, Geophysics, 78 (4), V157-V169, doi:10.1190/GEO2012-0209.1. Published, 06/24/2014.
  • Jensen, K.J., Thorne, M.S., and Rost, S., (2013), SPdKS analysis of ultralow-velocity zones beneath the western Pacific, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-5, doi:10.1002/grl.50877. Published, 08/13/2013.