Chen, Min

  • Sep 1, 2017

Computational Seismology
Assistant Professor

428 S. Shaw Lane

(517) 432-0610 


Min Chen is a computational seismologist. Her research interests lie in developing and applying numerical tools harnessing the power of high performance computing for seismic full waveform inversion, imaging, and interpretation. Her research aims to better understand plate tectonic processes and earthquake rupture processes.

Min Chen is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University, jointly appointed by the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. She then was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently at Rice University. She later was a research scientist at Rice University.


Recent Publications

Chen, M., Niu, F., Tromp, J., Lenardic, A., Lee, C.-T. A., Cao, W., and Ribeiro, J. (2017), Lithospheric foundering and underthrusting imaged beneath Tibet, Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms15659.[link] [PDF download]

Liu, Y., Niu, F., Chen, M., and Yang, W. (2017), 3-D crustal and uppermost mantle structure beneath NE China revealed by ambient noise adjoint tomography, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.12.029. [link]

Chen, M., Niu, F., Liu, Q., and Tromp, J. (2015), Mantle-driven uplift of Hangai Dome: New seismic constraints from adjoint tomography, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065018. [link]

Chen, M., Niu, F., Liu, Q., Tromp, J. and Zheng, X. (2015), Multiparameter adjoint tomography of the crust and upper mantle beneath East Asia: 1. Model construction and comparisons,  J. Geophys. Res, doi:10.1002/2014JB011638. [link] [Stories featuring this research are reported in more than 20 media outlets, e.g. TACC,, Geology Page, Open Science, and Science Codex. The podcast of the story is available for listening at SoundCloud.]

Chen, M., Huang, H., Yao, H., van der Hilst, R. D. and Niu, F. (2014), Low wave speed zones in the crust beneath the SE Tibet revealed by ambient noise adjoint tomography, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 41, No.2, 334-340, doi:10.1002/2013GL058476. [link]



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