Laura Parisi

Research Scientists

Research Interests

I study Earth structure from crust to the lowermost mantle from seismic imaging. I use seismological observations and seismic wavefield simulations to understand the dynamics of the Earth from local to global scale.


I am currently focussing on rifting systems and I am particularly interested in the tectonic systems that are “collateral” to the rifts (e.g., transform faults and off-rift tectonics). In my research I use broadband seismological data collected with the KAUST pool to study active faults and earth structure. My study areas are the North Tanzanian Divergence (NTD) and northern Saudi Arabia.


I am also interested in: i) crustal and mantle structure of the Arabian Plate and central Mediterranean; ii) heterogeneity and anisotropy in the lowermost mantle; iii) spectral element simulations of seismic wavefield at regional and global scale.

Selected Publications

Parisi, L​., Stanistreet, I., Njau, J., Schick, K., Toth, N. & P. Martin Mai. Data analysis and seismicity from a temporary seismic network in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (northern Tanzania). To be submitted to Seismological Research Letter.

Ballesio, M., Beck, J., Pandey, A., Parisi, L., von Schwerin, E., & Tempone, R.. (2019). Multilevel Monte Carlo acceleration of seismic wave propagation under uncertainty. GEM - International Journal on Geomathematics, 10(1), ​

Parisi, L., A.M.G. Ferreira, and J. Ritsema (2018). S-wave apparent splitting in the Earth's lowermost mantle, J. Geophys. Res. 123, doi: 10.1002/2017JB014394.

Parisi, L., and A.M.G. Ferreira (2016). Empirical assessment of the validity limits of the surface wave full ray theory using realistic 3- D Earth models.  Geophys. J. Int. 205, 146–159, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw005.

Di Stefano, P., R. Favara, D. Luzio, P. Renda, M. S. Cacciatore, M. Calò, G. Napoli, L. Parisi, S. Todaro, and G. Zarcone (2015). A regional-scale discontinuity in western Sicily revealed by a multidisciplinary approach: A new piece for understanding the geodynamic puzzle of the southern Mediterranean, Tectonics 34, 2067–2085, doi:10.1002/2014TC003759.

Parisi, L., Ferreira, A.M.G. & Capdeville, Y., (2015). Validity domain of the Born Approximation for seismic waveform modelling in realistic Earth structure. Geophysical Journal International, 200 (2), 910-916, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu446.   ​

Calò, M. and L. Parisi (2014). Evidences of a lithospheric fault zone in the Sicily Channel continental rift (southern Italy) from instrumental seismicity data, Geophys. J. Int. 199(1), 219-225.

Calò, M., L. Parisi, and D. Luzio (2013). Lithospheric P- and S-wave velocity models of the Sicilian area using WAM tomography: Procedure and assessments, Geophys. J. Int. 195(1), 625-649.Parisi, L., Ferreira, A.M.G., and Ritsema, J. (2018). Apparent splitting of S waves propagating through an isotropic lowermost mantle, J. Geophys. Res. 123,


2015 PhD, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
2011 MSc in Earth Sciences, Universita’ degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy
2008 BSc in Earth Sciences, Universita’ degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy


Best poster presentation at PGRIP Meeting of the British Geophysical Association, Liverpool (UK), Sep 2014
2nd place Challenge Bowl Italia –SEG, Trieste (Italy), Nov 2011.