Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Geophysics

Administrative Appointments


  • Lecturer for Geoscape Bay Area for Earth Sciences Teachers, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • E&HS Lecture, The Quake-Catcher Network: A Distributed Computing Seismic Network, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Geophysics Graduate Admissions Committee, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Stanford Geophysics Graduate Student Recruitment, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar IGPP, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (2004 - 2007)

Honors & Awards


  • AGU Outstanding Student Presentation (Co-Author), AGU (2012)
  • Heiland Distinguished Lecture, Colorado School of Mines, Berkeley Seismological Lab (2008)
  • Stanford University Terman Fellow, Stanford University (2007-2008)
  • Heiland Distinguished Lecture, UCLA, University of North Carolina, Brown University, and University of Utah (2007)
  • Heiland Distinguished Lecture, University of Chicago (2007)
  • AGU Outstanding Student Presentation, AGU (2004)
  • Washington University Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University (2003-2004)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Invited Speaker, Seismology Section, AGU (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited Speaker, New Mexico Tech (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited Speaker, Polenet Workshop (San Francisco) (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited speaker, University of Southern California; Stanford University (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited Speaker, U.C. Berkeley; Lawrence Livermore National Labs; University of Wisconsin, Madison (2006 - 2006)
  • Stanford Geophysics Graduate Student Recruitment, Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brown, Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico Tech (2007 - 2007)
  • Invited Speaker, Brown University; Princeton University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Utah, Salt Lake; University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences (2007 - 2007)
  • Invited Lecture, UCSC, Introduction to Distributed Computing (2008 - 2008)
  • Speaker, School of Earth Sciences Faculty Forum, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Invited Speaker, Heiland Distinguished Lecture, Colorado School of Mines (2008 - 2008)
  • Invited Speaker, USGS Earthquake Seminar Series (2008 - 2008)
  • Invited Speaker, Berkeley Seismological Lab (2008 - 2008)
  • Geophysics Graduate Admissions Committee, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • E&HS Lecture, The Quake-Catcher Network: A Distributed Computing Seismic Network, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Lecturer, Geoscape Bay Area for Earth Sciences Teachers, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • Standing Committee, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology's PASSCAL (2009 - Present)
  • Invited participant, EarthScope, USArray: combining several analyses (2009 - 2009)
  • Invited Lecture, RAMP workshop: QCN a low cost RAMP alternative (2009 - 2009)
  • Invited Lecturer, Lockheed: The Quake-Catcher Network & earthquake sensitive computers (2009 - 2009)
  • Invited Lecture, EPSCoR: The Quake-Catcher Network: Bringing Seismology to Schools and Homes (2010 - 2010)
  • Invited Lecture, University of Oregon: Seismic tomography beneath the Western US (2010 - 2010)
  • Invited Lecture, On the Cutting Edge: The Quake-Catcher Network - Visualizations (2010 - 2010)
  • Invited Lecture, UCSC: 3D Attenuation Tomography of the Western United States (2011 - 2011)
  • Invited Lecture, UIC: How can we monitor Yellowstone with ambient seismic noise? (2011 - 2012)
  • Invited lecture, AGU, The Quake-Catcher Network: Bringing Seismology to Homes and Schools. (2011 - 2011)
  • Invited lecture, Academica Sinica: Continents in Motion: Understanding Earth’s Structure. (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited lecture, USGS: Can we monitor Yellowstone with ambient noise? (2012 - 2012)
  • Distinguished Lecture, JPL: Continents in Motion: Understanding Earth's Structure. (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited participant, AGU: Attenuation: The Ugly Stepsister of Velocity in the Noise Correlation Family (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited lecture, Large-N Workshop: IRIS: Large-N (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited lecture, NLSI: Terrestrial v. Lunar Seismology: Challenges and Upcoming Technologies (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited lecture, International Desktop Grid Federation: The Quake-Catcher Network - A Distributed Seismic Network (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited lecture, Asia@home Workshop: QCN, A Social-Cyber-Seismic Network (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited Key Note speaker, IRIS Meeting: The Network of Tomorrow (2012 - 2012)
  • Invited speaker, On the Cutting Edge: Imaging the Anelastic Earth (2013 - 2013)
  • Invited speaker, CIDER Attenuation Workshop: Continental Attenuation from Ambient Noise (2013 - 2013)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Washington University in Saint Louis, Earth & Planetary Science (2004)
  • M.A., Washington University in Saint Louis, Earth & Planetary Science (2002)
  • B.S., University of California at Davis, Economics (1999)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Research
I work in the field of structural seismology, particularly as it applies to deep Earth structures and the evolution of continents. My group focuses on the development of computational techniques to build models of the Earth's structure in order to address outstanding geophysical problems. Specifically, my work addresses the structure and dynamics of Earth's mantle; imaging the anelastic structure of the Earth; and imaging the crust and lithosphere. My group also operates the Quake-Catcher Network, the world's largest strong-motion seismic network built by connecting inexpensive seismic sensors to internet-connected computers. With more data, we hope to gain better understanding of earthquake ruptures and how earthquake energy focuses and defocuses in the Earth.

Teaching
I co-teach a mixed graduate and undergraduate courses on deep earth processes called Journey to the Center of the Earth and Geodynamics. I teach a graduate course on Global Seismology. I also teach an introduction to computers for the School of Earth Sciences.

Professional Activities
Stanford University Terman Fellow (2007-present); Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology's PASSCAL Standing Committee (2009-present); postdoctoral scholar, IGPP, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (2004-07); invited speaker, UCSC, Heiland Distinguished Lecture - Colorado School of Mines, Berkeley Seismological Lab (2008), University of Chicago, Princeton, UCLA, University of North Carolina, Brown University, and University of Utah (2007); AGU Outstanding Student Presentation (2004); Washington University Dissertation Fellowship (2003-04)

2014-15 Courses


Postdoctoral Advisees


All Publications


  • Characterizing the Main Himalayan Thrust in the Garhwal Himalaya, India with receiver function CCP stacking EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS Caldwell, W. B., Klemperer, S. L., Lawrence, J. F., Rai, S. S., Ashish 2013; 367: 15-27
  • Ambient-noise tomography of north Tibet limits geological terrane signature to upper-middle crust GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Karplus, M. S., Klemperer, S. L., Lawrence, J. F., Zhao, W., Mechie, J., Tilmann, F., Sandvol, E., Ni, J. 2013; 40 (5): 808-813

    View details for DOI 10.1002/grl.50202

    View details for Web of Science ID 000318242900002

  • Investigation of scattering in lunar seismic coda JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-PLANETS Blanchette-Guertin, J., Johnson, C. L., Lawrence, J. F. 2012; 117
  • Improved ambient noise correlation functions using Welch's method GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Seats, K. J., Lawrence, J. F., Prieto, G. A. 2012; 188 (2): 513-523
  • (In review) MEMS accelerometers and distributed sensing for rapid earthquake characterization na Lawrence, J. F., Cochran, E. S., Chung, A. I., Kaiser, A., Christensen, C. M., Allen, R., Baker, J. W., Fry, B., Heaton, T., Kilb, D., Kohler, M. D., Taufer, M. 2012
  • On amplitude information carried by the ambient seismic field COMPTES RENDUS GEOSCIENCE Prieto, G. A., Denolle, M., Lawrence, J. F., Beroza, G. C. 2011; 343 (8-9): 600-614
  • The Quake-Catcher Network Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program Following the 2010 M 8.8 Maule, Chile Earthquake SEISMOLOGICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Chung, A. I., Neighbors, C., Belmonte, A., Miller, M., Sepulveda, H. H., Christensen, C., Jakka, R. S., Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F. 2011; 82 (4): 526-532
  • Attenuation tomography of the western United States from ambient seismic noise JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Lawrence, J. F., Prieto, G. A. 2011; 116
  • Comparison between low-cost and traditional MEMS accelerometers: a case study from the M7.1 Darfield, New Zealand, aftershock deployment ANNALS OF GEOPHYSICS Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F., Kaiser, A., Fry, B., Chung, A., Christensen, C. 2011; 54 (6): 728-737

    View details for DOI 10.4401/ag-5268

    View details for Web of Science ID 000299310700007

  • Catching quakes in Chile with a Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program Seismological Research Letters Chung, A. I., Neighbors, C., Miller, M., Sepulveda, A., Belmonte, A., Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F. 2011; 82: 526
  • Impulse Response of Civil Structures from Ambient Noise Analysis BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Prieto, G. A., Lawrence, J. F., Chung, A. I., Kohler, M. D. 2010; 100 (5A): 2322-2328

    View details for DOI 10.1785/0120090285

    View details for Web of Science ID 000282005100034

  • Earthquake source characterization by the isochrone back projection method using near-source ground motions GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Jakka, R. S., Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F. 2010; 182 (2): 1058-1072
  • A Novel Strong-Motion Seismic Network for Community Participation in Earthquake Monitoring IEEE INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENT MAGAZINE Cochran, E., Lawrence, J., Christensen, C., Chung, A. 2009; 12 (6): 8-15
  • Partial melt in the upper-middle crust of the northwest Himalaya revealed by Rayleigh wave dispersion TECTONOPHYSICS Caldwell, W. B., Klemperer, S. L., Rai, S. S., Lawrence, J. F. 2009; 477 (1-2): 58-65
  • Anelastic Earth structure from the coherency of the ambient seismic field JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Prieto, G. A., Lawrence, J. F., Beroza, G. C. 2009; 114
  • Low lower crustal velocity across Ethiopia: Is the Main Ethiopian Rift a narrow rift in a hot craton? GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS Keranen, K. M., Klemperer, S. L., Julia, J., Lawrence, J. F., Nyblade, A. A. 2009; 10
  • The Quake-Catcher Network: Citizen Science Expanding Seismic Horizons SEISMOLOGICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F., Christensen, C., Jakka, R. S. 2009; 80 (1): 26-30
  • Imaging mantle transition zone thickness with SdS-SS finite-frequency sensitivity kernels GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Lawrence, J. F., Shearer, P. M. 2008; 174 (1): 143-158
  • Formation of the Transantarctic Mountains related to extension of the West Antarctic Rift system Tectonophysics van Wijka, J. W., Lawrence, J. F., Driscoll, N. W. 2008; 458 (1-4): 117-126
  • Correlation of seismic and petrologic thermometers suggests deep thermal anomalies beneath hotspots EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS Courtier, A. M., Jackson, M. G., Lawrence, J. F., Wang, Z., Lee, C. A., Halama, R., Warren, J. M., Workman, R., Xu, W., Hirschmann, M. M., Larson, A. M., Hart, S. R., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., Stixrude, L., Chen, W. 2007; 264 (1-2): 308-316
  • Tectonic implications for uplift of the Transantarctic Mountains 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences Lawrence, J. F., van Wijk, J. W., Driscoll, N. W. 2007: 1-4
  • Constraining seismic velocity and density for the mantle transition zone with reflected and transmitted waveforms GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS Lawrence, J. F., Shearer, P. M. 2006; 7
  • Crust and upper mantle structure of the Transantarctic Mountains and surrounding regions from receiver functions, surface waves, and gravity: Implications for uplift models GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS Lawrence, J. F., Wiens, D. A., Nyblade, A. A., Anandakrishnan, S., Shore, P. J., Voigt, D. 2006; 7
  • A global study of transition zone thickness using receiver functions JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Lawrence, J. F., Shearer, P. M. 2006; 111 (B6)
  • Rayleigh wave phase velocity analysis of the Ross Sea, Transantarctic Mountains, and East Antarctica from a temporary seismograph array JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Lawrence, J. F., Wiens, D. A., Nyblade, A. A., Anandakrishnan, S., Shore, P. J., Voigt, D. 2006; 111 (B6)
  • Mapping attenuation beneath North America using waveform cross-correlation and cluster analysis GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Lawrence, J. F., Shearer, P. M., Masters, G. 2006; 33 (7)
  • Upper mantle thermal variations beneath the Transantarctic Mountains inferred from teleseismic S-wave attenuation GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Lawrence, J. F., Wiens, D. A., Nyblade, A. A., Anandakrishan, S., Shore, P. J., Voigt, D. 2006; 33 (3)
  • Seismic evidence for subduction-transported water in the lower mantle, in Earth's Deep-Water Cycle AGU Monograph Lawrence, J. F., Wysession, M. E. 2006: 251-261
  • Comprehensive seismic and geophysical study of the Transantarctic Mountains, East Antarctica, and the West Antarctic Rift System Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Lawrence, J. F., Wiens, D. A., Nyblade, A. A., Anandakrishnan, S., Shore, P. J., Voigt, D. 2006; 7 (G3)

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2006GC001282

  • QLM9: A new radial quality factor model for the lower mantle Earth and Planetary Science Letters Lawrence, J. F., Wysession, M. E. 2006; 241: 962-971
  • Constraining density, P velocity, and S velocity for the mantle transition zone with reflected and transmitted waveforms Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Lawrence, J. F., Shearer, P. M. 2006; 7

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2006GC001339

  • Combined receiver-function and surface wave phase-velocity inversion using a niching genetic algorithm: application to Patagonia Bulletin of the Seismology Society of America Lawrence, J. F., Wiens, D. A. 2004; 94: 977-987
  • Small-scale lateral variations in D" attenuation and velocity structure Geophysical Research Letters Fisher, J. L., Wysession, M. E., Fischer, K. M. 2003; 30

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2002GL016179