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Associate Professor of Geophysics

Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences

Contact information

Department of Earth Sciences
Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS)
No. 444, Yousef Sobouti Blvd
P. O. Box 45195-1159, Zanjan, Iran
Postal Code 45137-66731

Tel: +98 24 3315 3340

E-mail: farhads at


Ph.D. in Geophysics (2000), McGill University, Montreal, Canada

M.Sc. in Geophysics (1994), McGill University, Montreal, Canada

B.Sc. in Geology (1989), Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

Research interests

My main field of research in recent years has been focused on seismic studies of crustal and upper mantle structure in the Iranian plateau. In collaboration with my colleagues at IASBS we have set up and operated several temporary seismic lines in northwestern Iran, Alborz and Zagros Mountains and the Makran region in the southeast consisting of medium and broadband seismometers. We have employed receiver function studies, surface waves, seismic anisotropy and tomography techniques to obtain seismic images from the crustal and upper mantle structure in the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone and the Makran subduction zone. We have used cluster relocation techniques to study local seismicity in the region.

I am also interested in numerical modeling of deformation in the lithospheric and mantle scales. My interest in this field is focused on the role of rheology and thermal structure of the lithosphere in shaping the structure of the mantle flow and styles of deformation in collision and subduction zones and other geodynamic problems.


Teaching and student supervision

Courses taught

All of the courses I teach are at graduate level.

I have supervised about 25 MSc and 3 PhD theses in the last 14 years. Most of them have been related to various topics in seismology, and some related to application of gravity and geomagnetic data in geological problems at local, as well as regional scales. I also supervise theses on numerical modeling of mantle and lithospheric deformation processes. Currently, I am the supervisor of 7 PhD students.

Professional memberships

Administrative positions

I have been involved and responsible for the establishment and commencement of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Geophysics at IASBS.