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Antonio Villaseñor Hidalgo

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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)


Active Projects

Past Projects










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.

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., 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.

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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