Christina Morency


Portrait of  Christina Morency
  • Title
    Geophysicist, Deputy Group Leader, Porous Media Group
  • Email
  • Phone
    (925) 422-1686
  • Organization
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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.

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

Google Scholar link

  1. Gregor, D.; Moczo, P.; Kristek, J.; Mesgouez, A.; Lefeuve-Mesgouez, G.; Morency, C.; Diaz, J.; Kristekova, M. (2022) “Seismic waves in medium with poroelastic/elastic interfaces: a 2D P-SV finite-difference modelling”, Geophys. J. Int., 228, 551-588,
  2. Simmons, N. A.; Myers, S. C.; Morency, C.; Chiang, A.; Knapp, D. R. (2021) “SPiRaL: A multi-resolution global tomography model of seismic wave speeds and radial anisotropy variations in the crust and mantle”, Geophys. J. Int., 227, 1366-1391,
  3. Morency, C. (2020) “Electromagnetic wave propagation based upon spectral-element methodology in dispersive and attenuating media”, Geophys. J. Int., 220, 951-966,
  4. Morency, C; Luo, Y; Tromp, J. (2011) "Acoustic, elastic and poroelastic simulations of CO2 sequestration crosswell monitoring based on spectral-element and adjoint methods", Geophys. J. Int., 185, 955-966,
  5. Carcione, JM; Morency, C.; Santos, JE. (2010) "Computational poroelasticity - A review", Geophysics, 75, A229-A243
  6. Morency, C; Luo, Y; Tromp, J. (2009) "Finite-frequency kernels for wave propagation in porous media based upon adjoint methods", Geophys. J. Int., 179, 1148-1168,
  7. Zhu, HJ; Luo, Y; Nissen-Meyer, T; Morency, C; Tromp, J. (2009) "Elastic imaging and time-lapse migration based on adjoint methods", Geophysics, 74, WCA167-WCA177
  8. Luo, Y; Zhu, H; Nissen-Meyer, T; Morency, C; Tromp, J. (2009) "Seismic modeling and imaging based upon spectral-element and adjoint methods", The Leading Edge, 28, 568-574
  9. Morency, C; Tromp, J. (2008) "Spectral-element simulations of wave propagation in porous media", Geophys. J. Int., 175, 301-345,
  10. Gueydan, F; Morency, C; Brun, JP. (2008) "Continental rifting as a function of lithosphere mantle strength", Tectonophysics, 460, 83-93
  11. Morency, C; Huismans, RS; Beaumont, C; Fullsack, P. (2007) "A numerical model for coupled fluid flow and matrix deformation with applications to disequilibrium compaction and delta stability", J. Geophys. Res.-Sol. Ea., 112, B10407
  12. Morency, C; Doin, MP; Dumoulin, C. (2005) "Three-dimensional numerical simulations of mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges", J. Geophys. Res.-Sol. Ea., 110, B11407
  13. Morency, C; Doin, MP. (2004) "Numerical simulations of the mantle lithosphere delamination", J. Geophys. Res.-Sol. Ea., 109, B03410
  14. Morency, C; Doin, MP; Dumoulin, C. (2002) "Convective destabilization of a thickened continental lithosphere", Earth Planet. Sc. Lett., 202, 303-320
  • Director’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, Creating Guidelines and Education on Pronouns Usage in the Workplace, 2021
  • PLS Directorate Award, California Academy of Sciences Earthquake Show Simulations, 2012