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Jesse Lawrence

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Jesse  Lawrence
Education: 
  • 2004 | Ph.D. Earth & Planetary Science Washington University in Saint Louis
  • 2002 | M.A. Earth & Planetary Science Washington University in Saint Louis
  • 1999 | B.A. Economics University of California at Davis
  • 1999 | Study Abroad Geophysics University of Leeds
Professional Experience: 
  • 2004 - 2007 | Postdoctoral Scholar IGPP, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Honors & Awards: 
  • 2012 | AGU Outstanding Student Presentation (Co-Author)
  • 2007 - 2008 | Stanford University Terman Fellow
  • 2004 | AGU Outstanding Student Presentation
  • 2003 - 2004 | Washington University Dissertation Fellowship
University Service: 
  • 2009 - Present | Lecturer for Geoscape Bay Area for Earth Sciences Teachers
  • 2008 | E&HS Lecture, The Quake-Catcher Network: A Distributed Computing Seismic Network
  • 2008 - Present | Geophysics Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2007 | Stanford Geophysics Graduate Student Recruitment (Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brown, Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico Tech)
Professional Activities: 
  • 2013 | Invited: CIDER Attenuation Workshop: Continental Attenuation from Ambient Noise
  • 2013 | Invited: On the Cutting Edge: Imaging the Anelastic Earth
  • 2012 | Invited Key Note: IRIS Meeting: The Network of Tomorrow 
  • 2012 | Invited: Asia@home Workshop: QCN, A Social-Cyber-Seismic Network
  • 2012 | Invited: International Desktop Grid Federation: The Quake-Catcher Network - A Distributed Seismic Network
  • 2012 | Invited: NLSI: Terrestrial v. Lunar Seismology: Challenges and Upcoming Technologies
  • 2012 | Invited: Large-N Workshop: IRIS: Large-N
  • 2012 | Invited: AGU: Attenuation: The Ugly Stepsister of Velocity in the Noise Correlation Family
  • 2012 | Invited: SEG: Time-lapse Imaging Using Earthquakes and Ambient Noise 
  • 2012 | Distinguished Lecture: JPL: Continents in Motion: Understanding Earth's Structure.
  • 2012 | Invited: USGS: Can we monitor Yellowstone with ambient noise?
  • 2012 | Invited: Academica Sinica: Continents in Motion: Understanding Earth’s Structure. 
  • 2011 | Invited: AGU: The Quake-Catcher Network: Bringing Seismology to Homes and Schools.
  • 2011 | Invited Lecture: UIC: How can we monitor Yellowstone with ambient seismic noise?
  • 2011 | Invited Lecture: UCSC: 3D Attenuation Tomography of the Western United States:
  • 2011 | Invited Lecture: On the Cutting Edge: The Quake-Catcher Network - Visualizations
  • 2010 | Invited Lecture: University of Oregon: Seismic tomography beneath the Western US
  • 2010 | Invited Lecture: EPSCoR: The Quake-Catcher Network: Bringing Seismology to Schools and Homes
  • 2009 | Invited Lecture: Lockheed: The Quake-Catcher Network & earthquake sensitive computers
  • 2009 | Invited Lecture: RAMP workshop: QCN a low cost RAMP alternative
  • 2009 | Invited, EarthScope, USArray: combining several analyses
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, Berkeley Seismological Lab
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, USGS Earthquake Seminar Series
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, Heiland Distinguished Lecture, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2008 | Speaker, School of Earth Sciences Faculty Forum, Stanford University
  • 2008 | Invited Lecture, UCSC, Introduction to Distributed Computing
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker, University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker, University of Utah, Salt Lake
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker, Princeton University
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker, Brown University
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, U.C. Berkeley
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, University of Southern California
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, Stanford University
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, Polenet Workshop (San Francisco)
  • 2005 | Invited Speaker, New Mexico Tech
  • 2005 | Invited Speaker, Seismology Section, AGU
Courses Taught: 
  • 2013 (Spring) | GP 150 Geodynamics: Our Dynamic Earth [Enrolled 4]
  • 2013 (Winter) | GP 286 Global Seismology [Enrolled 5]
  • 2012 (Spring) | GP 385J Global Seismology [Enrolled 4] 
  • 2012 (Winter) | GP107/207 Journey to the Center of the Earth [Enrolled 7]
  • 2012 (Winter) | GP 385J Global Seismology [Enrolled 2] 
  • 2011 (Fall) | GP 385J Global Seismology [Enrolled 8] 
  • 2011 (Fall) | GP160 Introduction to SES Computing [Enrolled 4]
  • 2011 (Spring) | GP150 Geodynamics [Enrolled 4]
  • 2011 (Winter) | GP196 Undergraduate research in Geophysics [Enrolled 1]
  • 2011 (Winter) | GP287 Global Seismology [Enrolled 8]
  • 2010 (Fall) | GP160 Introduction to SES Computing [Enrolled 2]
  • 2010 (Winter) | GP187 Introduction to SES Computing [Enrolled 2]
  • 2009 (Fall) | GP385J Global Seismology (Introduction to Computing) [Enrolled 2]
  • 2009 (Winter) | GP107 Journey to the Center of the Earth [Enrolled 6]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GP107/207 Journey to the Center of the Earth [Enrolled 5]
  • 2008 (Fall) | 400 GEOPHYSICS RESEARCH [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Spring) | GP385J Global Seismology [Enrolled 7]
Publications: 
  • 2013  Caldwell, W.B., Klemperer, S.L., Lawrence, J.F., Rai, S.S., and Ashish.  Characterizing the Main Himalayan Thrust in the Garhwal Himalaya, India with receiver function CCP stacking.  Earth Planetary Science Letters, 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.02.009.
  • 2012, Seats, K., J.F. Lawrence and G. Prieto, Improved Ambient Noise Correlation Functions using Welch’s Method, Geophysical Journal International, 188(12), DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05263.x.
  • 2011, Cochran, E.S., Jesse F. Lawrence, Anna Kaiser, Bill Fry, Angela I. Chung, and Carl Christensen, Comparison between low-cost MEMS and traditional accelerometers: A case study from the M7.1 Darfield earthquake aftershock deployment, Annals of Geophysics, 54(6), doi: 10.4401/ag-5268.
  • 2012, J.F. Lawrence, E.S. Cochran, A.I. Chung, A. Kaiser, C. M. Christensen, R. Allen, J.W. Baker, B. Fry, T. Heaton, D. Kilb, M.D. Kohler, M. Taufer, MEMS accelerometers and distributed sensing for rapid earthquake characterization, in review.
  • 2011, Prieto, G. A., M. Denolle, J. F. Lawrence, G. C. Beroza, On amplitude information carried by the ambient seismic field. Comptes rendus geoscience. Thematic Issue: Imaging and Monitoring with Seismic Noise. 343, 600-614.

  • 2011, Chung, A.I., Neighbors, C., Miller, M., Sepulveda, A., Belmonte, A., Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F. Catching quakes in Chile with a Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program, Seismol. Res. Lett., 82 (4): 526 (2011).

  • 2011, Lawrence, J.F. and G. Prieto, Attenuation Tomography of the Western United States from Ambient Seismic Noise, J. Geophys. Res. 116, B06302, doi:10.1029/ 2010JB007836.
  • 2010, Jakka, R. S., E. S. Cochran, and J. F. Lawrence (2010), Earthquake source characterization by the isochrone back projection method using near-source ground motions, Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04670.x.
  • 2010, Prieto, G. A., J. F. Lawrence, A. I Chung, M. D. Kohler, Impulse Response of Civil Structures from Ambient Noise Analysis, B. Seism. Soc. Am., 100 (5A), pp. 2322-2328, doi:10.1785/0120090285.
  • 2009, Keranen, K. M., S. L. Klemperer, J. Julia, J. F. Lawrence, and A. A. Nyblade (2009), Low lower crustal velocity across Ethiopia: Is the Main Ethiopian Rift a narrow rift in a hot craton?, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10, Q0AB01, doi:10.1029/2008GC002293.
  • 2009, Caldwell, W.B., S.L. Klemperera, S.S. Raib and J.F. Lawrence, Partial melt in the upper-middle crust of the northwest Himalaya revealed by Rayleigh wave dispersion, Tectonophysics, 477, 1-2, 58-65, 2009.
  • 2009, Cochran, E.S., J.F. Lawrence, C. Christensen, and R. Jakka, The Quake-Catcher Network: Citizen science expanding seismic horizons, Seismological Research Letters, 80, 26-30, 2009.
  • 2009, Prieto, G. A., J. F. Lawrence, G. C. Beroza., Anelastic Earth Structure from the Coherency of the Ambient Seismic Field, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B07303, doi:10.1029/2008JB006067, 2009.
  • 2009, Cochran E., Lawrence J., Christensen C., Chung A., "A novel strong-motion seismic network for community participation in earthquake monitoring", IEEE Inst & Meas, 12, 6, 8-15, doi:10.1109/MIM.2009.5338255, 2009.
  • 2008, Lawrence, J.F., and P.M. Shearer, Imaging mantle transition zone thickness with SdS-SS finite-frequency sensitivity kernels, Geophys. J. Int., 174, 143-158, doi: 10,1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03673.x, 2008.
  • 2008, van Wijka, J.W., J.F. Lawrence, and N.W. Driscoll, Formation of the Transantarctic Mountains related to extension of the West Antarctic Rift system, Tectonophysics, 458, 1-4, 117-126, 2008.
  • 2007, Courtier, A.M., M.G. Jackson, J.F. Lawrence, Z. Wang, C.-T. A. Lee, R. Halama, J.M. Warren, R. Workman, W. Xu, M.M. Hirschmann, A.M. Larson, S.R. Hart, C. Lithgow-Bertelloni, L. Strixrude, W.-P. Chen, Correlation of seismic and petrologic thermometers suggests deep thermal anomalies beneath hotspots, Earth & Planet. Sci. Lett., 264, 308-316, 2007.
  • 2007, Lawrence, J.F., J.W. van Wijk and N.W. Driscoll, Tectonic implications for uplift of the Transantarctic Mountains, 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences Proceedings, p. 1-4, 2007.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., and P.M. Shearer, A global study of transition zone thickness using receiver functions, J. Geophys. Res., 111, dio:10.1029/2005JB003973, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., and M.E. Wysession, QLM9: A new radial quality factor model for the lower mantle, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 241, 962-971, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., P.M. Shearer, G. Masters, Mapping attenuation beneath North America using waveform cross-correlation and cluster analysis, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, doi:10.1029/2006GL025813, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., and D.A. Wiens, A.A. Nyblade, S. Anandakrishnan, P.J. Shore, D. Voigt, Rayleigh wave phase velocity analysis of the Ross Sea, Transantarctic Mountains, and East Antarctica, from a temporary seismograph array, J. Geophys. Res., 111, doi:1029/2005JB003812, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., and D.A. Wiens, A.A. Nyblade, S. Anandakrishnan, P.J. Shore, D. Voigt, Upper mantle thermal variations beneath the Transantarctic Mountains inferred from teleseismic S-wave attenuation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L03303, doi:10.1029/2005GL024516, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., and P.M. Shearer, Constraining density, P velocity, and S velocity for the mantle transition zone with reflected and transmitted waveforms, G3, 7 doi:10.1029/2006GC001339, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J.F., and D.A. Wiens, A.A. Nyblade, S. Anandakrishnan, P.J. Shore, D. Voigt, Comprehensive seismic and geophysical study of the Transantarctic Mountains, East Antarctica, and the West Antarctic Rift System, G3, 7, doi:10.1029/2006GC001282, 2006.
  • 2006, Lawrence, J. F., and M. E. Wysession, Seismic evidence for subduction-transported water in the lower mantle, in Earth's Deep-Water Cycle, AGU Monograph, 251-261, 2006.
  • 2004, Lawrence, J.F., D.A. Wiens, Combined receiver-function and surface wave phase-velocity inversion using a niching genetic algorithm: application to Patagonia, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., 94, 977-987, 2004.
  • 2003, Fisher, J.L., M.E. Wysession, and K.M. Fischer, Small-scale lateral variations in D" attenuation and velocity structure, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30 doi:10.1029/2002GL016179, 2003.
Advisee Publications: 

2011 * | Chung, A., Neighbors, C., Miller, M., Sepulveda, A., Belmonte, A., Cochran, E. S., Lawrence, J. F. Catching quakes in Chile with a Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program, Seismol. Res. Lett., 82 (4): 526 (2011).

2011 * | Seats, K. and J.F. Lawrence, Improved Ambient Noise Correlation Functions using Welch’s Method, Geophysical Journal International, in review (2011)

Research Activities: 

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 Activities: 

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)

Research Keywords: 
Global Seismology, Deep Earth, Ambient Noise, Tomography, Attenuation
First Name: 
Jesse
Last Name: 
Lawrence
Short Description: 

Deep Earth Seismology, Crustal Structure, Mantle Tomography, Field Seismology, Earthquake Detection & Early Warning

Office Location: 
Mitchell Bldg  373B
Lab Location: 
Mitchell Bldg  B73
Mail Code: 
2215
Phone: 
650-723-9390
Fax: 
650-725-7344
SuNet ID: 
jfl77
Stanford E-mail: 
jfl77@stanford.edu