Stéphanie Durand

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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 :-)


September 2023

Our papers “An efficient algorithm to measure arrival times of weak seismic phases” and “Deep Earth rotational seismology” are accepted for publication in GJI.

November 2022

At Les Houches, organizing the doctoral school “Deep Earth” for master and PhD students. About 50 people attended the school with many invited speakers

Opening seminar | Heiner Igel

Geochemistry | Célia Dalou, Paolo Sossi

Mineralogy | Eglantine Boulard, Geeth Manthilake

Planetology | Valerie Malavergne, Hélène Massol

Seismology | Nobuaki Fuji, Simon Staehler

Geodynamics | Fanny Garel, Hagay Amit

Gravimetry/Geodesy | Kristel Chanard, Severine Rosat

Field excursion | Philippe Hervé Leloup

October 2022

Attending STATSEI2022 in Cargèse where we presented four of our very exciting studies:

1) Durand S. & Abreu R. « The asymmetric seismic moment tensor in micropolar media »

2) Durand S. et al. « Joint Bayesian estimation of b-values and Mc : application to spatio-temporal variations »

3) Bodin T. et al. « A Bayesian model selection approach to estimate the distribution of earthquake magnitudes (including below completeness) »

4) Gardonio B. et al. « From the Izu-Bonin to the north of Hokkaido : how did the M9.0 Tohoku earthquake affect the Pacific plate seismicity ? »


July 2022

Attending SEDI meeting in Zurich !

June 2022

I was invited to give a talk at the 40th anniversary of GEOSCOPE held at IPGP. You can find the recording of the talk here entitled “Mantle’s drapes: 30 years of global tomography”.

I was also invited by the AFPSVT (Association pour la formation des professeurs de SVT) where I talked about “Global tomography: Why? How? and what’s new?”

Fevrier 2022

I participated to the “Journées de la SFMC” giving a talk entitled “La tomographie sismique révèle la présence de manteau fondu sous les plaques tectoniques”

November 2021

We got a funding for a post-doc position about “The origin of earthquakes: combining seismic observations and analog experiments. You can find a description of the project here. Please contact me if you are interested. Applications are due for April 1rst 2022 for starting on 1rst September 2022.

16th November I will be giving a seminar at ENS Paris on “Rotational motions and seismology” about our recent paper “Understanding Micropolar Theory in the Earth Sciences II: The Seismic Moment Tensor”.

Our paper “Understanding Micropolar Theory in the Earth Sciences II: The Seismic Moment Tensor” is accepted for publication in Pure and Applied Geophysics.

From 1rst and 5th November the LGL-TPE is organizing the 27th RST 2021 “Réunion des Sciences de la Terre”. We organize a session on the “Interdisciplinary approaches for studying the mantle” (T2.1 S. Rhône 3B) and a session on “Big Data” (T10.1 S. Saint Clair 1)

October 2021

From 7th and 8th October, at Collège de France for the conference “Global Scale Seismic Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth’s Mantle” and presenting “Deciphering mantle dynamics using global seismic imaging”. You can listen to that talk here.

September 2021

From 27th to 1rst October, we have organized the “Fête du thème Terre et planètes”. Programme can be found here.

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.