Christina E Morency

Staff Scientist
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Phone: +19254221686


  • Ph.D., Geophysics, ENS/Paris XI, France, 2003
  • M.Sc., Geodynamics and Earth Physics, ENS/Paris XI, France, 2000
  • B.S., Engineer's Degree - Chemistry, ENSCCF, France, 1999

Research Interests

My research focuses on seismic and electromagnetic wave propagation modeling and inverse problems based upon spectral-element and adjoint methods, for geophysical imaging and monitoring of the subsurface in the context of energy and environmental issues.

Honors and Awards

PLS Directorate Award, California Academy of Sciences Earthquake Show Simulations, 2012

Professional Activities

  • Geophysics – Associate Editor (2011–2020)
  • Geophysical Journal International – Reviewer
  • AGU – Member

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Morency C. (2019), Electromagnetic wave propagation based upon spectral-element methodology in dispersive and attenuating media, Geophys. J. Int., 220(2), 951–966

Morency C., Y. Luo, and J. Tromp (2011), Acoustic, elastic and poroelastic simulations of CO2 sequestration crosswell monitoring based on spectral-element and adjoint methods, Geophys. J. Int.,DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.04985.x

Carcione J. M., C. Morency, and J. E. Santos (2010), Computational poroelasticity - A review, Geophysics, 75, 75A229-75A243

Zhu H., Y. Luo, T. Nissen-Meyer, C. Morency, and J. Tromp (2009), Imaging and Time-Lapse Migration based upon Adjoint Methods, Geophysics, 74, WCA167-WCA177

Morency C., Y. Luo, and J. Tromp (2009), Finite-Frequency Kernels for Wave Propagation in Porous Media based upon Adjoint Methods, Geophys. J. Int., 179, 1148-1168

Luo Y., H. Zhu, T. Nissen-Meyer, C. Morency, and J. Tromp (2009), Seismic modeling and imaging based upon spectral-element and adjoint methods, The Leading Edge, 28, 568

Morency C., Y. Luo, and J. Tromp (2009), Spectral-Element Simulations of Wave Propagation in Porous Media: Finite-Frequency Sensitivity Kernels based upon Adjoint Methods, Proceedings of the Fourth Biot Conference on Poromechanics, eds: Hoe I. Ling, Andrew Smyth, and Raimondo Betti, DEStech Publications, Inc., pp 649-654

Morency C., J. Tromp (2008), Spectral-element simulations of wave propagation in poroelastic media, Geophys. J. Int., 175, 301-345

Gueydan F., C. Morency, and J.P. Brun (2008), Continental rifting as a function of lithosphere mantle strength, Tectonophysics, 460, 83-93

Morency C., R. S. Huismans, C. Beaumont, and P. Fullsack (2007), A numerical model for coupled fluid flow and matrix deformation with applications to disequilibrium compaction and delta stability, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B10407, doi:10.1029/2006JB004701

Morency C., M.-P. Doin, and C. Dumoulin (2005), Three-dimensional numerical simulations of mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges, J. Geophys. Res., 110, B11407, doi:10.1029/2004JB003454

Morency C., M.-P. Doin (2004), Numerical simulations of the mantle lithosphere delamination, J. Geophys. Res., 109, B03410, doi:10.1029/2003JB002414

Morency C., Doin M.-P., Dumoulin C. (2002). Convective destabilisation of a thickened continental lithosphere, Earth Planet. Sc. Let., 202, 303-320