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Sergei Lebedev – Mallet Professor of Seismology

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   Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
   Geophysics Section
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   Dublin 2, Ireland
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   Email: sergei-at-cp.dias.ie

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2000   Ph.D., Geophysics, Princeton University 1991   M.Sc., Physics and Geophysics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Research interests

• Development and application of methods for seismic imaging
  – Seismic tomography at regional and global scales, using surface and body waves
  – Waveform inversion
  – Seismic anisotropy
  – Broadband-array seismology

• Structure and evolution of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle
  – Dynamics of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system
  – Continental deformation
  – Deep mechanisms of continental tectonics and intra-plate volcanism
  – Structure and evolution of cratons
  – Dynamics and evolution of Tibet, E Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, N America, southern Africa, New Zealand, other regions

• Integrated seismic, petro-physical and geodynamic numerical modelling and inversion
• Structure and seismicity of Ireland’s crust
• Natural resource assessment using passive seismic methods

Selected Recent Publications

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  • Schaeffer, A. J., S. Lebedev. Imaging the North American continent using waveform inversion of global and USArray data. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.05.014, 2014.
  • Becker, T. W., C. P. Conrad, A. J. Schaeffer, S. Lebedev. Origin of azimuthal seismic anisotropy in oceanic plates and mantle. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 401, 236–250, 2014.
  • Fry, B., F. Davey, D. Eberhart-Phillips, S. Lebedev. Depth variable crustal anisotropy, patterns of crustal weakness, and destructive earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 392, 50–57, 2014.
  • Agius, M. R., S. Lebedev. Tibetan and Indian lithospheres in the upper mantle beneath Tibet: Evidence from broadband surface-wave dispersion. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 14, 4260–4281, 2013.
  • Schaeffer, A. J., S. Lebedev. Global shear-speed structure of the upper mantle and transition zone. Geophys. J. Int., 194, 417–449, 2013. [WINNER, GJI Student Author Award for best paper, 2013 (A. Schaeffer).]
  • Lebedev, S., J. M.-C. Adam, T. Meier. Mapping the Moho with seismic surface waves: A review, resolution analysis, and recommended inversion strategies. Invited Review, Tectonophysics, “Moho” special issue, 609, 377–394, 2013.
  • Tirel, C., J.-P. Brun, E. Burov, M.J.R. Wortel, S. Lebedev. A plate tectonics oddity: Caterpillar-walk exhumation of subducted continental crust. Geology, 41, 555–558, 2013.
  • Adam, J. M.-C., S. Lebedev.Azimuthal anisotropy beneath southern Africa, from very-broadband, surface-wave dispersion measurements. Geophys. J. Int., 191, 155-174, 2012. [WINNER, GJI Student Author Award for best paper, 2012 (J. Adam).]
  • Legendre, C., T. Meier, S. Lebedev, W. Friederich, L. Viereck-Goette. A shear-wave velocity model of the European upper mantle from automated inversion of seismic shear and surface waveforms. Geophys. J. Int., 191, 282-304, 2012.
  • Endrun, B., S. Lebedev, T. Meier, C. Tirel, W. Friederich. Complex layered deformation within the Aegean crust and mantle revealed by seismic anisotropy, Nature Geoscience,  4, 203-207, 2011.  
  • Lebedev, S., J. Boonen, J. Trampert. Seismic structure of Precambrian lithosphere: New constraints from broadband surface-wave dispersion,  Lithos, Special Issue “Continental Lithospheric Mantle: the Petro-Geophysical Approach”, 109, 96-111, 2009.
  • Deschamps, F., S. Lebedev, T. Meier, J. Trampert. Stratified seismic anisotropy reveals past and present deformation beneath the East-central United States, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 274, 489-498, 2008.
  • Lebedev, S., R. D. van der Hilst. Global upper-mantle tomography with the automated multimode inversion of surface and S-wave forms, Geophys. J. Int., 173, 505–518, 2008.
  • Lebedev, S., T. Meier, R. D. van der Hilst. Asthenospheric flow and origin of volcanism in the Baikal Rift area, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 249, 415–424, 2006.
  • Lebedev, S., G. Nolet, T. Meier, R. D. van der Hilst. Automated multimode inversion of surface and S waveforms, Geophys. J. Int. 162, 951–964, 2005.
  • Lebedev, S., G. Nolet. Upper mantle beneath Southeast Asia from S velocity tomography,  J. Geophys. Res., 108(B1), 2048, doi:10.1029/2000JB000073, 2003.
  • Lebedev, S., S. Chevrot, R. D. van der Hilst. Seismic evidence for olivine phase changes at the 410- and 660-kilometer discontinuities, Science, 296, 1300–1302, 2002.