Anatoli L. Levshin

Curriculum Vitae

Anatoli L.

Professional interests

Theory of excitation and propagation of seismic waves, inverse problems of seismology, analysis and interpretation of seismic surface waves observations, surface-wave tomography on global, regional and local scales.


Moscow State University (Honors Geology and Geophysics)
Moscow State University (Geophysics)
Institute of Physics of the Earth, Acad.of Sci. USSR (IPE) (Geophysics)
IPE, Moscow

Positions held

Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Colorado (CU), Boulder
Lecturer, Department of Physics, CU, Boulder
Chief, Laboratory of Wave Fields Interpretation, International Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Chief, Laboratory of Wave Fields Interpretation, Institute of Physics of the Earth (IPE), Academy of Science of USSR, Moscow
Senior Researcher, IPE, Moscow
Senior Engineer, Institute of Hydrogeology and Civil Engineering, Ministry of Geology of the USSR, Moscow

Teaching Activity

Professor of Geophysics
Supervisor of 11 Ph.D thesis at IPE

International Activity

1966 (Mar–Sep)
Visiting Researcher, International Seismological Centre, Edinburgh, UK
Visiting Researcher, Department of Geophysics, University of Bologna, Italy
1974 (Mar–Apr)
Visiting Researcher, Departments of Geophysics, Bologna and Bari Universités, Italy
1975 (Sep–Nov)
Visiting Researcher, NORSAR, Keeler, Norway
1976 (May)
Visiting Researcher, Dept.of Geophysics, University Karlovy, Prague, Czechoslovakia
1977 (Jun–Jul)
Visiting Researcher, Dept.of Geophysics, University of Cambridge, UK
1978 (May–Jun)
Visiting Researcher, Dept.of Geophysics, University Marie and Pier Curie, Paris, France
1988 (Oct–Nov)
Visiting Professor, Dept. of Geophysics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
1990 (Jan–Apr)
Cecil Green Scholar, IEPG, Scripps Inst., University of California, San Diego, USA
1990, 1994, 1996, 1998 (Nov–Dec)
Co-Director of the Workshop on Seismic Waves Excitation, Propagation, and inversion,Intl.Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
1995 (Jan–Mar)
Visiting Professor, Intl. Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 (Nov–Dec)
Lector, Workshop on Seismic Waves Excitation, Propagation, and inversion, Intl. Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
2004 (Nov–Dec)
Visiting Professor, Intl. Center of Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
2005 (Mar–May)
Visiting Professor, NORSAR, Keeler, Norway
2006 (Jul–Aug)
Visiting Professor, Dept. of Geophysics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Professional Societies

Fellow, American Geophysical Union since 1998.

Editorial Activity

Co-Editor, Monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Surface Waves, 2001, PAGEOPH, 158, n.8, Springer.

Co-Editor, Vychislitelnaya Seysmologiya,1980-1992, issues 11-23, in Russian, Moscow, Nauka.

Partly translated in English as “Computational Seismology”, issues 1-9, 1980-1989, Allerton Press, NY, and as “Computational Seismology and Geodynamics”, v. 1-8, 1994-2008, AGU,NY.



Andrianova Z.S., Keilis-Borok, V.I., Levshin, A.L., Neigauz, M.G., 1967. Seismic Love waves, New York, Consultants Bureau, 1967 | original in Russian, Moscow, Nauka, 1965.

Levshin, A.L., 1973. Surface and channel seismic waves. Moscow, Nauka, in Russian.

Levshin, A.L., Yanovskaya, T.B., Lander, A.V., Bukchin B.G., Barmin M.P., Ratnikova L.I., Its E.N., 1989. Seismic Surface Waves in Laterally Inhomogeneous Earth. (Ed. V.I.Keilis-Borok), Kluwer Publ. House, Dordrecht/ Boston/ London. Russian Edition (Nauka), 1988.

Kaufman,A.A. and A.L. Levshin, 2000. Acoustic and elastic wave fields in geophysics. I. Elsevier, Amsterdam. Russian translation: Moscow, Nedra, 2001.

Kaufman, A.A., A.L. Levshin, and K. Larner, 2002. Acoustic and elastic wave fields in geophysics, II, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2002. Russian translation: Moscow, Nedra, 2003.

Kaufman, A.A., and A.L. Levshin, Acoustic and elastic wave fields in geophysics, III, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2005. Russian translation: Moscow, Nedra, 2006.

Peer-reviewed recent papers (from 140)

Levshin, A.L., M. H. Ritzwoller, and N. M. Shapiro, 2005. The Use of Crustal Higher Modes to Constrain Crustal Structure Across Central Asia. Geoph. J. Int., v.160, n. 3, p. 961-, doi: 10.1111./j.1365-246X2005.02535.X

Levshin, A.L. and G.F. Panza, 2006. Caveats in modal inversion of seismic surface wavefields, Pure and Appl. Geoph., v.163, N.7, 1215-1233.

Yang, Y., M.H. Ritzwoller, A.L. Levshin, and N.M. Shapiro, 2007, Ambient noise Rayleigh wave tomography across Europe, Geophys. J. Int., 168(1), 259-274.

Bensen, G.D, M.H. Ritzwoller, M.P. Barmin, A.L. Levshin, F. Lin, M.P. Moschetti, N.M. Shapiro, and Y. Yang, 2007. Processing seismic ambient noise data to obtain reliable broad-band surface wave dispersion measurements, Geophys. J. Int., 169, 1239-1260, doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 246X.2007.03374.x.

Levshin, A.L., J. Schweitzer, C. Weidle, N.M. Shapiro, and M.H. Ritzwoller, 2007, Surface wave tomography of the Barents Sea and surrounding regions, Geophys. J. Int., 170, p. 441-459, doi:10.1111/j.1365- 246X.2006.03285.x.

Panza, J.F., C. Doglioni, and A.L. Levshin, 2010. Asymetric oceanic basins, Geology, 38, n. 1, 59-62, doi: 10.1130/G30570.1.

Levshin A.L., X. Yang, M.P. Barmin. and M.H. Ritzwoller, 2010. Midperiod Rayleigh wave attenuation model for Asia, Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst., 11(8), Q08017, doi 0.1029/2010G003164

Barmin M.P., A.L. Levshin, Y. Yang, and M.H. Ritzwoller, 2011. Epicentral location based on Rayleigh wave empirical Green's functions from ambient seismic noise, Geophys. J. Int., 184, 869-884, doi: 10.1111/ j.1365-246X.2010.04879.x.

Yang,Y., M.H. Ritzwoller, Y. Zheng, A.L. Levshin, and Z. Xie, 2012. A synoptic view of the distribution and connectivity of the mid-crustal low velocity zone beneath Tibet, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B04303, doi:10.1029/ 2011JB008810.

Levshin, A.L., M.P. Barmin, M.P. Moschetti, C. Mendoza, and M.H. Ritzwoller, 2012. Refinements to the method of epicentral location based on surface waves from ambient seismic noise: Introducing Love waves, Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 246X.2012. 05631.x