Alan Levander

Carey Croneis Professor

(713) 348-6064
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B.S. Geology (1976) University of South Carolina
M.S. Geophysics (1978) Stanford University
Ph.D. Geophysics (1984) Stanford University

Awards & Honors

Humboldt Research Prize, Av Humboldt Foundation, 2012-2013
Humboldt Research Prize, Av Humboldt Foundation, 2006-2007
George P. Woollard Award, 2007, Geological Society of America.
Dorr Lecture, University of Michigan, February 2007.
W.S. Jardetsky Lecture, LDEO, Columbia University, September, 2003.
Distinguished Lecturer, Los Alamos National Laboratory, August, 2002.
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2001
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1997
NERC BIRPS Visiting Fellowship, Bullard Lab, Cambridge University, 1992
Green Fellowship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1992, and 1999
Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 1989-1992.
NSF Energy Traineeships, at Stanford University, 1976-1977, 1979.
SEG Scholarship, 1977-1978, at Stanford University.
University of South Carolina Magna Cum Laude graduate, 1976.
University of South Carolina Geology Department Outstanding Student, 1976.
University of South Carolina School Funds Scholarship, 1971-1973.


seismology, geophysics, structural seismology, structure of crust and lithosphere

Selected Publications

A. Cao and A. Levander, 2010, High Resolution Transition Zone Structures of the Gorda Slab Beneath the Western US: Implication for Deep Water subduction, J. Geophys. Res. 115, B07301,

M.J. Bezada, M.B. Magnani, C.A. Zelt, M. Schmitz, and A. Levander, 2010, The Caribbean-South American plate boundary at 65oW: Results from wide-angle seismic data, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B08402, doi:10.1029/2009JB007070, 2010.

M.J. Bezada, A. Levander, and B. Schmandt, 2010, Subduction in the Southern Caribbean: Images from finite-frequency P-wave tomography, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B12333, doi:10.1029/2010JB007682.

Y. Zhai and A. Levander, 2011. Receiver function imaging in strongly laterally heterogeneous crust: Synthetic modeling of BOLIVAR data, Earthquake Research, 24, 45-54.

J. Masy, F. Niu, A. Levander, and M. Schmitz, 2011, Mantle flow beneath northwestern Venezuela: Seismic evidence for a deep origin of the Mérida Andes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 305, 396-404, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.03.024.

A Levander, B. Schmandt, M.S. Miller, K. Liu, K.E. Karlstrom, R.S. Crow, C.-T.A. Lee, E.D. Humphreys, 2011, Continuing Colorado plateau uplift by delamination-style convective lithospheric downwelling, Nature, 472, 461-465, 10.1038/nature10001.

K. Liu, A. Levander, F. Niu, M. Miller, 2011, Imaging crustal and upper mantle structure beneath the Colorado Plateau using finite-frequency Rayleigh wave tomography, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12, Q07001, doi:10.1029/2011GC003611.

Liu, K., A. Levander, Y. Zhai, R. Poritt, and R. Allen, 2012, Asthenospheric flow and lithospheric evolution near the Mendocino triple junction, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 323-324, 60-71,

Reid, M.R., R.A. Bouchet, J. Blitchert-Toft, A. Levander, K. Liu, M.S. Miller, and F.C. Ramos, 2012, Melting under the Colorado plateau, USA, Geology, 40, 387-390, doi:10.1130/G32619.1.

Bailey I.W., M.S. Miller, K. Liu, A. Levander, 2012, VS and density structure beneath the Colorado Plateau constrained by gravity anomalies and joint inversions of receiver function and phase velocity data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B02313, doi:10.1029/2011JB008522.

Levander, A. and M.S. Miller, 2012, Evolutionary aspects of lithospheric discontinuity structure in the western U.S., Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13, Q0AK07, doi:10.1029/2012GC004056.

Liu, K, and A. Levander, 2013, Three-dimensional Kirchhoff-approximate Generalized Radon Transform Imaging using Teleseismic P-to-S Scattered Waves, Geophysical Journal International, 192, 1196-1216,
doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs073.

Carbonell, R., A. Levander, and R. Kind, 2013, The Mohorovicic discontinuity beneath the continents: An overview of seismic constraints, Tectonophysics, 609, p 353-376, 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.08.037.

Yousoff, M., H. Thybo, I.M Artemieva, A. Levander, 2013, Moho depth and crustal composition in Southern Africa, Tectonophysics, 609, p 267-287, 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.09.001

Palomeras, I., A. Levander, K. Liu, S. Thurner, A. Villaseñor, and J. Gallart, 2014, Finite-frequency Rayleigh wave tomography of the western Mediterranean, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, 140-160. doi: 10.1002/2013GC00

Bezada, M.J., E.D. Humphreys, J.M. Davila, R.Carbonell, M. Harnafi, I. Palomeras, A. Levander, 2014,
Piecewise delamination of Moroccan lithosphere from beneath the Atlas Mountains, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, doi: 10.1002/2013GC005059.

Bouchet, R.A., J. Blitchert-Toft, M.R. Reid, A. Levander, F. Albarede, 2014, Similarities between the Th/U map of the western U.S. basement and the seismic properties of the underlying lithosphere, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 391, 243-254.

Thurner, S.M., I. Palomeras, A. Levander, R. Carbonell, and C.T.A. Lee, 2014, Ongoing Lithospheric Removal in the Western Mediterranean: Ps Receiver Function Results from the PICASSO Project, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, doi:10.1002/2013GC005124.

Levander, A., M. Bezada, F. Niu, E.D. Humphreys, I. Palomeras, S. Thurner, J. Masy, J. Gallart, R. Carbonell, 2014, Subduction-Driven Recycling of Continental Margin Mantle Lithosphere, Nature, 515, 253-256, doi:10.1038/nature13878.

Masy, J., F. Niu, A. Levander, M. Schmitz, 2015, Lithospheric Expressions of Cenozoic Subduction, Mesozoic Rifting and the Precambrian Shield in Venezuela, EPSL, 410, 12-24,

Youssof, M., H. Thybo, I.M. Artemieva, and A. Levander, 2015, Upper mantle structure beneath the southern African Cratons from seismic finite-frequency P- and S-body wave tomography, EPSL, 420, 174-186, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.034.