Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences




  • 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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  • Vadim Levin, Maureen D. Long, Peter Skryzalin, Yiran Li, and Ivette Lopez ,2017, Seismic evidence for a recently formed mantle upwelling beneath New England , Geology,
  • Park, J. and V. Levin Anisotropic shear zones revealed by back-azimuthal harmonics of teleseismic receiver functions Geophys. J. Int., v. 207, pp. 1216-1243, online August 26, 2016 doi:10.1093/gji/ggw323
  • Vadim Levin, Svetlana Droznina, Maxim Gavrilenko, Michael Carr, Sergey Senyukov, Seismically active sub-crustal magma source of the Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka, Geology (2014),42(11):983,doi:10.1130/G35972.1
  • Huaiyu Yuan, Vadim Levin, Stratified seismic anisotropy and the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath Eastern North America, Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 119,  Issue 4, pages 3096–3114, April 2014 DOI: 10.1002/2013JB010785
  • Ayda Shokoohi Razi, Vadim Levin , Steven Roecker , Guo-chin Dino Huang, Crustal and uppermost mantle structure beneath western Tibet using seismic traveltime tomography, G-cubed, Volume 15,  Issue 2, pages 434–452, February 2014,  LINK, DOI: 10.1002/2013GC005143 
  • Takaya Iwasaki, Vadim Levin, Alex Nikulin, Takashi Iidaka, Constraints on the Moho in Japan and Kamchatka, Tectonophysics, Volume 609, 8 December 2013, Pages 184 - 201 2013 DOI link
  • Vadim Levin, Guochin Dino Huang and Steven Roecker, Crust-mantle coupling at the northern edge of the Tibetan plateau: evidence from focal mechanisms and observations of seismic anisotropy, Volume 584, 22 January 2013, Pages 221–229, Tectonophysics 2013; DOI link
  • 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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