Stéphanie Durand

google scholar ORCID researchID


CNRS Researcher


2 rue Raphaël Dubois

69100 Villeurbanne

We are currently looking for master and PhD students so if you are willing to join our seismology team in Lyon, write me an email :-)


May 2021

Myself and two other researchers from the LGL-TPE (Erwin Dehouck and Aurélie Guilbert-Lepoutre)  participated to the Pint Of Science of Lyon 2021. You can listen to it from:

March 2021

Interviewed on France Inter in “La Terre au carré” about the existence of an innermost inner core related to a JGR paper that came out this month from Stephenson et al. Can be listened there:

October 2020

Our ANR JIGSAW2 “Joint Interpretation of Global Shear Attenuation and Wave-speed models in terms of temperature, melt content and composition of the mantle” is funded. So there are PhD projects opportunities !

September 2020

Our paper “Seimic evidence for partial melt below tectonic plates” is accepted in Nature.

December 2019

Consider submitting an abstract to our EGU session Mantle Structure and Evolution: Combining Seismological and Geodynamical Constraints Across Scales (GD2.2/SM4.11).

Over the last few decades, seismologists have been able to illuminate the Earth’s interior and identified a number of mantle structures, including the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary, a possible transition at about 1000 km depth, small scale heterogeneities in the transition zone and lowermost mantle (ULVZ, D"), plumes, stagnating slabs. While the origin of these structures is still debated, numerical simulations can help validate tomographic models and predict plausible scenarios. However, geodynamic models and tomographic images often investigate different physical parameters, and propose views of the mantle at separate scales. Combining information from both fields is therefore necessary to understand and link mantle processes across scales. We encourage contributions that can feed the dialogue between seismologists and geodynamicists.

Conveners: Simone Pilia, Stephanie Durand, Bernhard Schuberth, Benoit Tauzin, Martina Ulvrova

November 2019

Our paper “Kinetics and detectability of the bridgmanite to post-perovskite transformation in the Earth's D' layer” accepted in Nature Communications.

I spent one week visiting Prof. J. Jackson’s group at CalTech and I gave a seminar on “Global tomography: Why? How? What’s new? What is the future?

October 2019

Interviewed on France Culture in “La méthode scientifique” about “Stormquakes” a GRL paper that came out this month from Fan et al. Can be listened there:

You were many to write me because you were not able to install SeisTomoPy from GutHub, the error was for downloading the “” file. It is now all fine, I changed the url.

June 2019

Starting a new position at LGL-TPE as CNRS researcher.

December 2018

Our paperConstraints on D″ beneath the North Atlantic region from P and S traveltimes and amplitudes accepted in GJI.

I am a seismologist, focusing on global imaging of elastic, anisotropic and anelastic Earth’s mantle structures using surface waves, body waves and normal modes. Basically, the question I try to answer is what is the origin of the seismic heterogeneities in the Earth’s mantle and to do so we need to combine different information such as seismic velocities, anisotropy and attenuation.

You are curious, you want to know what is beneath your feet ? Have a look to our Python tool SeisTomoPy to investigate the interior of the Earth’s mantle.