Research Interests

My primary interest is the investigation of the Earth's structure using seismology. Much of my work has specialized in mapping seismic structure of the deep mantle and developing numerical techniques to model seismic wave propagation. I model seismic waveforms for comparison with actual seismic recordings in order to define Earth's structure. Much of my past work has been devoted to the deep mantle, yet recent work includes waveform modeling of seismic scattering and of upper mantle structure and dynamics of rock arches.

Student Opportunities

Please email me to learn about current graduate student research opportunities.


  • Associate Professor
  • Dept. of Geology & Geophysics
  • University of Utah
  • Frederick A. Sutton Bldg
  • 115 So. 1460 E. Rm 383
  • Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • office: FASB 267
  • phone: 801-513-9351
  • email: michael.thorne at