Dr Waszek is a global seismologist, researching the seismic properties of Earth’s deep interior from the inner core to the upper mantle. She is particularly interested in the relationship between seismic structures and their geodynamical origin. She is currently investigating the properties and characteristics of mantle transition zone and mid-mantle discontinuities, and their relationship to mantle convection and composition.

  • PH1007: Advanced Stream Physics 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • Observations and thermochemical modelling of crustal and upper mantle discontinuities beneath the Australian tectonic plate
  • Discontinuities in the mantle transition zone and mid-mantle: linking seismic observables to mineral physics properties and geodynamical processes
  • Structure and dynamical evolution of Earth's inner core
  • Machine learning applications to automatic signal processing and waveform identification methods
  • 2020 to present - Lecturer and DECRA Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD)
  • 2016 to 2021 - Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)
  • 2017 to 2020 - DECRA Fellow, Australian National University (Canberra, ACT)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD, University of Cambridge (Cambridge UK)
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  • 2017 to 2021 - Discovery Early Career Research Award fellowship DE170100329: Constraining the relationship between mantle discontinuities and convection processes beneath the Australian tectonic plate
  • 2012 to 2015 - Junior Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge, Homerton College
  • 2019 to 2022 - National Science Foundation grant, EAR 1853662: Seismic Imaging of Mid-Mantle Reflectors Associated with Geodynamical Processes and Compositional Heterogeneity
  • 2017 to 2018 - National Science Foundation grant, EAR 1661985: Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster for the Geophysics Group at New Mexico State University

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Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Constraining the relationship between mantle discontinuities and convection processes beneath the Australian Plate

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$68,436 over 4 years
Earth?s mantle is characterised by hot upwelling plumes and cold downgoing slabs, some of which are deflected at various depths in the upper mantle. The deflection shows some relationship to seismic discontinuities. which arise from mineral and compositional changes, but this is poorly understood. Consequently, the cause of deflection remains debated. The edges of the Australian tectonic plate display a range of subduction processes, providing an ideal natural laboratory. This project will establish any link between the behaviour of slabs and properties of mantle discontinuities, determine the influence of convection on discontinuities, and investigate correlations between deep and shallow structures.
Lauren Waszek in collaboration with Hrvoje Tkalcic, Thuany Costa de Lima and Sanne Cottaar (College of Science & Engineering, Australian National University and University of Cambridge)
Geophysics; natural hazards; seismology

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