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Weisen Shen

Assistant Professor
Office: ESS 356
Phone: 631-632-8212   


B. S., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2008
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University St Louis, 2015-17
Faculty Member at Stony Brook University since 2018 

My research interests are seismic tomography and structure of the earth’s lithosphere. Key questions I try to answer include: 

 1) how do we make accurate images of the earth’s interior, and how do we quantify their reliability?

 2) With these images, what can we tell about the Earth’s composition, temperature, and its tectonic history?

To answer these questions, we collect seismic data across the world and make measurements of seismic observables such as surface and body waves extracted from both ambient seismic noise and teleseismic earthquakes. We also develop new tools that combine multiple types of observables to construct 3-dimensional (3-D) models of the earth with meaningful uncertainties. 

I am actively seeking talented and motivated undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and visitors to populate our new seismology laboratory. If you are interested in joining our growing research group, please contact me.  

Selected Publications:

Shen, W., Ritzwoller, M.H., Schulte-Pelkum, V. and Lin, F.C., 2012. Joint inversion of surface wave dispersion and receiver functions: A Bayesian Monte-Carlo approach. Geophysical Journal International, p.ggs050. 

Shen, W., Ritzwoller, M.H., Kang, D., Kim, Y., Lin, F.C., Ning, J., Wang, W., Zheng, Y. and Zhou, L., 2016. A seismic reference model for the crust and uppermost mantle beneath China from surface wave dispersion. Geophysical Journal International, 206(2), pp.954-979. 

 Shen, W. and Ritzwoller, M.H., 2016. Crustal and uppermost mantle structure beneath the United States. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121(6), pp.4306-4342. 

Xie, J., Ritzwoller, M.H., Shen, W. and Wang, W., 2017. Crustal anisotropy across eastern Tibet and surroundings modeled as a depth-dependent tilted hexagonally symmetric medium. Geophysical Journal International, 209(1), pp.466-491. 

Tian, Y., Shen, W. and Ritzwoller, M.H., 2013. Crustal and uppermost mantle shear velocity structure adjacent to the Juan de Fuca Ridge from ambient seismic noise. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14(8), pp.3221-3233. 

Deng, Y., Shen, W., Xu, T. and Ritzwoller, M.H., 2015. Crustal layering in northeastern Tibet: A case study based on joint inversion of receiver functions and surface wave dispersion. Geophysical Journal International, 203(1), pp.692-706.