Villaseñor Hidalgo, Antonio

Villasenor A
Villaseñor Hidalgo
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Personnel Group:
Scientific Staff
Earth's Structure and Dynamics and Crystallography
Research Group:
Earth's Structure and Dynamics
Academic degree:


Educational Background


  • Ph. D., Physics, Universitat de Barcelona. 


Research Interests


My research interests are the study of the three-dimensional elastic wave speed structure of the Earth using seismic tomography, and the re-evaluation of historical instrumental seismicity.


Seismic Tomography. Arrival times from earthquakes and explosions, group and phase velocity measurements of surface waves, and waveforms are used to image the internal structure of the Earth. Different methods are used as a function of the region (local, regional or global), data type (arrival time or waveforms), and type of wave (body waves or surface waves):


  • Local earthquake travel time tomography.
  • Global travel time tomography.
  • Surface wave tomography.


Historical seismicity. I am working in collaboration with Bob Engdahl in the relocation of global historical instrumental seismicity (1918-1963). We currently use arrival times catalogued in the bulletins of the International Seismological Summary (ISS)



Publications 2017

Martí, J., A. Villaseñor, A. Geyer, C. López, and A. Tryggvason (2017), Stress barriers controlling lateral migration of magma revealed by seismic tomography, Scientific Reports, 7, 40757, doi: 10.1038/srep40757

Palomeras, I., A. Villaseñor, S. Thurner, A. Levander, J. Gallart, and M. Harnafi Lithospheric structure of Iberia and Morocco using finite-frequency Rayleigh wave tomography from earthquakes and seismic ambient noise, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, n/a-n/a, doi: 10.1002/2016GC006657.

Publications 2016

Ermert, L., A. Villaseñor, and A. Fichtner (2016), Cross-correlation imaging of ambient noise sources, Geophysical Journal International, 204(1), 347-364, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv460.

Gaite, B., A. Ugalde, A. Villaseñor, and E. Blanch (2016), Improving the location of induced earthquakes associated with an underground gas storage in the Gulf of Valencia (Spain), Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 254, 46-59, doi:

Geyer, A., J. Martí, and A. Villaseñor (2016), First-order estimate of the Canary Islands plate-scale stress field: Implications for volcanic hazard assessment, Tectonophysics, 679, 125-139, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.04.010.

Tunini, L., I. Jiménez-Munt, M. Fernandez, J. Vergés, A. Villaseñor, M. Melchiorre, and J. C. Afonso (2016), Geophysical-petrological model of the crust and upper mantle in the India-Eurasia collision zone, Tectonics, n/a-n/a, doi: 10.1002/2016TC004161.

Publications 2015

Bondár, I., E. R. Engdahl, A. Villaseñor, J. Harris, and D. Storchak (2015), ISC-GEM: Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900-2009), II. Location and seismicity patterns, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 239, 2-13, doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2014.06.002.

Carballo, A., M. Fernandez, M. Torne, I. Jiménez-Munt, and A. Villaseñor (2015), Thermal and petrophysical characterization of the lithospheric mantle along the northeastern Iberia geo-transect, Gondwana Research, 27(4), 1430-1445, doi: 10.1016/

Carballo, A., Fernandez, M., Jimenez-Munt, I., Torne, M., Verges, J., Pedreira, D., Afonso, J.C., García-Castellanos, D., Diaz, J., Villaseñor, A., Pulgar J.L., Quintana, L. From the North-Iberian Margin to the Alboran Basin: a lithosphere geo-transect crossing the Iberian Plate.Tectonophysics, 663, 399-418, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.07.009, 2015.

Di Giacomo, D., J. Harris, A. Villaseñor, D. A. Storchak, E. R. Engdahl, W. H. K. Lee, R. Verney, N. Safronova, R. Wylie, A. Baranauskaite, J. Wilson, and H. Simpson (2015), ISC-GEM: Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900-2009), I. Data collection from early instrumental seismological bulletins, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 239, 14-24, doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2014.06.003.

El Moudnib, L., A. Villaseñor, M. Harnafi, J. Gallart, A. Pazos, I. Serrano, D. Córdoba, J. A. Pulgar, P. Ibarra, M. M. Himmi, and M. Chourak (2015), Crustal structure of the Betic-Rif system, western Mediterranean, from local earthquake tomography, Tectonophysics, 643, 94-105, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.12.015.

Fichtner, A., and A. Villaseñor (2015), Crust and upper mantle of the western Mediterranean - Constraints from full-waveform inversion, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 428, 52-62, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.07.038.

Fullea, J., J. Rodríguez-González, M. Charco, Z. Martinec, A. Negredo, and A. Villaseñor (2015), Perturbing effects of sub-lithospheric mass anomalies in GOCE gravity gradient and other gravity data modelling: Application to the Atlantic-Mediterranean transition zone, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 35(PA), 54-69, doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.02.003.

Gaite, B., A. Villaseñor, A. Iglesias, M. Herraiz, and I. Jiménez-Munt (2015), A 3-D shear velocity model of the southern North American and Caribbean plates from ambient noise and earthquake tomography, Solid Earth, 6(1), 271-284, doi: 10.5194/se-6-271-2015.

Grevemeyer, I., E. Gràcia, A. Villaseñor, W. Leuchters, and A. B. Watts (2015), Seismicity and active tectonics in the Alboran Sea, Western Mediterranean: Constraints from an offshore-onshore seismological network and swath bathymetry data, Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012073.

Rodríguez, C., A. Geyer, A. Castro, and A. Villaseñor (2015), Natural equivalents of thermal gradient experiments, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 298, 47-58, doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.03.021.

Storchak, D. A., D. Di Giacomo, E. R. Engdahl, J. Harris, I. Bondár, W. H. K. Lee, P. Bormann, and A. Villaseñor (2015), The ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900-2009): Introduction, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 239, 48-63, doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2014.06.009.

Tunini, L., I. Jiménez-Munt, M. Fernandez, J. Vergés, and A. Villaseñor (2015), Lithospheric mantle heterogeneities beneath the Zagros Mountains and the Iranian Plateau: A petrological-geophysical study, Geophysical Journal International, 200(1), 596-614, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu418.


Previous selected publications

Calvet, M., M. Sylvander, L. Margerin, and A. Villaseñor (2013), Spatial variations of seismic attenuation and heterogeneity in the Pyrenees: Coda Q and peak delay time analysis, Tectonophysics, 608, 428-439, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.08.045.

Diaz, J., J. Gallart, A. Villaseñor, F. Mancilla, A. Pazos, D. Córdoba, J. A. Pulgar, P. Ibarra, and M. Harnafi (2010), Mantle dynamics beneath the Gibraltar Are (western Mediterranean) from shear-wave splitting measurements on a dense seismic array, Geophysical Research Letters, 37(18), doi: 10.1029/2010GL044201.

Díaz, J., A. Villaseñor, J. Morales, A. Pazos, D. Córdoba, J. Pulgar, J. L. García-Lobón, M. Harnafi, R. Carbonell, and J. Gallart (2010), Background noise characteristics at the IberArray broadband seismic network, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 100(2), 618-628, doi: 10.1785/0120090085.

Fichtner, A., J. Trampert, P. Cupillard, E. Saygin, T. Taymaz, Y. Capdeville, and A. Villaseñor (2013), Multiscale full waveform inversion, Geophysical Journal International, 194(1), 534-556, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt118.

Gaite, B., A. Iglesias, A. Villaseñor, M. Herraiz, and J. F. Pacheco (2012), Crustal structure of Mexico and surrounding regions from seismic ambient noise tomography, Geophysical Journal International, 188(3), 1413-1424, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05339.x.

Garcia-Castellanos, D., and A. Villaseñor (2011), Messinian salinity crisis regulated by competing tectonics and erosion at the Gibraltar arc, Nature, 480(7377), 359-363, doi: 10.1038/nature10651.

Replumaz, A., A. M. Negredo, S. Guillot, and A. Villaseñor (2010), Multiple episodes of continental subduction during India/Asia convergence: Insight from seismic tomography and tectonic reconstruction, Tectonophysics, 483(1-2), 125-134, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2009.10.007.

Replumaz, A., A. M. Negredo, A. Villaseñor, and S. Guillot (2010), Indian continental subduction and slab break-off during Tertiary collision, Terra Nova, 22(4), 290-296, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2010.00945.x.

Replumaz, A., S. Guillot, A. Villaseñor, and A. M. Negredo (2013), Amount of Asian lithospheric mantle subducted during the India/Asia collision, Gondwana Research, 24(3-4), 936-945, doi: 10.1016/

Replumaz, A., A. M. Negredo, S. Guillot, P. V. der Beek, and A. Villaseñor (2010), Crustal mass budget and recycling during the India/Asia collision, Tectonophysics, 492(1-4), 99-107, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.05.023.

Silveira, G., N. Afonso Dias, and A. Villaseñor (2013), Seismic imaging of the western Iberian crust using ambient noise: Boundaries and internal structure of the Iberian Massif, Tectonophysics, 589, 186-194, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.12.025.

Tunini, L., I. Jiménez-Munt, M. Fernandez, J. Vergés, and A. Villaseñor (2015), Lithospheric mantle heterogeneities beneath the Zagros Mountains and the Iranian Plateau: a petrological-geophysical study, Geophysical Journal International, 200(1), 596-614, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu418.

Ugalde, A., A. Villaseñor, B. Gaite, S. Casquero, D. Martí, A. Calahorrano, I. Marzán, R. Carbonell, and A. P. Estaún (2013), Passive seismic monitoring of an experimental CO2 geological storage site in Hontomín (Northern Spain), Seismological Research Letters, 84(1), 75-84, doi: 10.1785/0220110137.

Vergés, J., E. Saura, E. Casciello, M. Fernàndez, A. Villaseñor, I. Jiménez-Munt, and D. García-Castellanos (2011), Crustal-scale cross-sections across the NW Zagros belt: Implications for the Arabian margin reconstruction, Geological Magazine, 148(5-6), 739-761, doi: 10.1017/S0016756811000331.





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