Vadim Levin


Vadim Levin
Associate Professor

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Room 340 Wright Geological Laboratory
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066 U.S.A.

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  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Geophysics I
  • Structure and Formation of the Earth
  • Geodynamics
  • Seminar in Seismology
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Research Interests

  • Seismological structure of the lithosphere and the upper mantle, and what it tells us about past and present processes inside the Earth;
  • seismic wave propagation in anisotropic materials.
  • more about my research, including photo-tours of my field work, may be found here

Selected Publications

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  • Alex Nikulin; Vadim Levin, Michael Carr, Claude Herzberg, Michael West, Evidence for two upper mantle sources driving volcanism in Central Kamchatka, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 321-322, p. 14-19 2012
  • Huang, Guochin, S. Roecker, V. Levin, Intermediate-depth earthquakes in the West Kunlun range,GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 38, L01314, 5 PP., 2011 
  • Nikulin, A., V. Levin, and J. Park (2009), Receiver function study of the Cascadia megathrust: Evidence for localized serpentinization, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10, Q07004
  • Levin., V., J. Park, F. P. Lucente, L. Margheriti, S. Pondrelli and the RETREAT seismology team,The end of subduction in Northern Apennines confirmed by observations of quasi-Love waves from the great 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake. GRL, 34, L04304, 2007
  • Levin. V., D. Okaya and J. Park, Cause and Effect: shear wave birefringence in wedge-shaped anisotropic regions. GJI, 168, pp. 275-286, 2007
  • Levin, V., N. M. Shapiro, J. Park, M. H. Ritzwoller The Slab Portal Beneath the Western Aleutians, doi: 10.1130/G20863.1 , Geology: Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 253-256 2005
  • Levin, V., N. Shapiro, J. Park and M. Ritzwoller, Seismic Evidence for Catastrophic Slab Loss Beneath Kamchatka, Nature, v418, 763-767, 2002.
  • Park, J., and V. Levin, Receiver functions from multiple-taper spectral correlation estimates, BSSA, v90, pp1507-1520, 2000
  • Levin, V., W. Menke and J. Park, "Shear-wave splitting in Appalachians and Urals: a case for multilayered anisotropy", JGR,v104, 17975-17994,1999
  • Levin, V. and J. Park, "P-SH conversions in a flat-layered medium with anisotropy of arbitrary orientation." GJI, 131, pp 253-266, 1997.

Full list of publications and online reprints may be found here

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