Tarje Nissen-Meyer

I am a geophysicist at the Department of Earth Sciences, and a Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. I also am an adjunct scientist at Lamont-Doherty Observatory, Columbia University, New York.

My research

encompasses computational seismology from global to local scales. Topics of interest include global wave propagation, deep-earth structure, adjoint methods and inverse problems, finite-frequency tomography, high-order numerical methods, ambient-noise correlations, hexahedral 3D meshing, high-performance computing, exploration seismology, and the nature of seismic sources. I am the main author of the axisymmetric spectral-element method AxiSEM which is used by a number of groups around the world. Our software codes run on large supercomputers in the UK, Switzerland, USA, and Germany. Having moved from ETH Zurich in Sept 2013, I still supervise PhD students there, and collaborate with many other groups abroad. I was involved in the EU Marie-Curie Training Network QUEST, coordinated the Solid-Earth Dynamics network of the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing in Switzerland, and am now affiliated with Oxford Solid Mechanics, the European ITN network WAVES, and the EU Cost action TIDES. I warmly welcome interest in collaborations or joining our group (M.Sc. and term projects are available), but please note that we currently do not offer any internship program.

I taught Seismology of the spherical Earth at ETH from 2010-2013. Since 2014, I teach Mathematics for Materials and Earth Sciences, Advanced Vector Calculus, as well as Theoretical Seismology at Oxford. I also enjoy engaging with the wider public and community.

Brief bio (detailed curriculum vitae here)


2013-........... Associate Professor of Geophysics, Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK
2013-........... Adjunct Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Observatory, Columbia University, USA
2010-2013... Senior research scientist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2008-2010... Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, USA
2007-2008... Postdoctoral Scholar in Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, USA


2007............ Ph.D., Princeton University, USA
2001............ M.Sc, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany
1999............ Visiting student, McGill University, Canada