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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 3814

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 five temporary seismic networks in western and southeastern Iran consisting of medium and broadband seismometers. These networks cover the Talesh and western Alborz Mountains, the western Zagros collision zone and the Makran subduction zone in the southeast. We have employed receiver functions, surface wave measurements and tomography techniques to obtain seismic images from the crust and mantle in Iran. We have used core-refracted and crustal shear phases to calculate shear wave splitting parameters to study crustal and subcrustal seismic anisotropy in western and southeast Iran.

I am also interested in numerical modeling of the deformation of the lithospheric and mantle. My interest in this field is focused on the role of rheology in shaping the structure of mantle flow and deformation in the collisional and subduction zones.


Teaching and student supervision

Courses taught

All of the courses I teach are at graduate level.

I have supervised about 25 MSc and 10 PhD theses in the last 16 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 5 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.