Martin Mai

Principal Investigator
‪Professor of Geophysics
Chair, Faculty of Earth Sciences
Associate Dean, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering‬
former President of the Seismology Division, European Geosciences Union

Research Interests

‪Dr. Mai’s research interests include the physics of earthquakes and the resulting complexity of earthquake phenomena, as seen, for instance, through earthquake-source imaging and dynamic rupture modeling. His work extends to strong ground motion properties and near-source broadband wavefield simulations that include seismic wave scattering in heterogeneous media. He is also interested in earthquake engineering and seismic hazard analysis, and the application of innovative seismology tools in these fields. In this context, Dr. Mai’s work spans from fundamental earthquake physics to applied earthquake engineering.‬

Selected Publications

for a complete list, see

Razafindrakoto, H.N.T, P.M. Mai, M.G. Genton, L. Zhang, K.K.S. Thingbaijam (2015), Quantifying variability in earthquake rupture models using multidimensional scaling: application to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Geophys. J. Int. (2015) 202, 17–40, doi:10.1093/gji/ggv088

Galis, M., C. Pelties, J. Kristek, P. Moczo, J.-P. Ampuero, P.M. Mai (2015), On initiation of sustained slip-weakening ruptures by localized stresses, Geophys. J. Int., 200, 890-909, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu436

Mai, P.M., and  K.K.S., Thingbaijam (2014). SRCMOD: An online database of finite-fault rupture model, Seis. Res. Lett., Nov/Dec 2014 

Ma, K.K.S. Thingbaijam, and P.M. Mai (2014). Did a submarine landslide contribute to the 2011 Tohoku tsunami?, Marine Geology, 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.09.043


pera​tori, W.Mai, P.M. (2013).  Broadband near-field ground-motion simulations in 3-dimensional scattering media, Geophys. J. Int, 192(2): 725-744, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs041


Oglesby, D.D., and P.M. Mai (2012). Fault Geometry, rupture dynamics, and ground motion from potential earthquakes on the North Anatolian Fault Zone under the Sea of Marmara, Geophys. J. Int. (2012) doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05289.x.




i, W., and P.M. Mai (2012). Sensitivity of broadband ground-motion simulations to earthquake source and Earth structure variations: an application to the Messina Straits (Italy), Geophys. J. Int. (2012) doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05296.x.​

Gabriel, A.A.,J.-P.Ampuero, L.A. Dalguer, and P.M. Mai (2012). The Transition of Dynamic Rupture Modes in Elastic MediaJ. Geophys. Res., 117, B9, doi:10.1029/2012JB009468, 2012.



nn, F., N. Deichmann, and P.M. Mai (2011). Scaling Relations of Local Magnitude vs. Moment Magnitude for Sequences of Similar Earthquakes in Switzerland, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 2124–2142, February 2011, doi: 10.1785/012008019.

Mai, P.M., W. Imperatori, K.B. Olsen (2010). Hybrid Broadband Ground-Motion Simulations: Combining Long-Period Deterministic Synthetics with High-Frequency Multiple S-to-S Backscattering, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., Vol. 100, No. 5A, pp. 2124–2142, October 2010, doi: 10.1785/0120080194

Causse, M., F. Cotton, and P.M. Mai (2010). Constraining the roughness degree of slip heterogeneity, J. Geophys. Res., Vol.115, B05304, doi:10.1029/2009JB006747.


2001 Ph.D., Stanford University, USA
1995 M.Sc., University of Karlsruhe, Germany
1991 B.Sc., University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Professional Profile

2011today: Professor of Earth Science and Engineering, KAUST, KSA
2011: Associate Professor of Geophysics, KAUST, KSA
2006–2009: Senior Scientist and Lecturer, ETH Zurich, Institute of Geophysics, Switzerland
2004–2006: Research Scientist and Lecturer, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2002–2004: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


American Geophysical Union
Seismological Society of America
German Geophysical Society