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Vera Schulte-Pelkum

Research Associate, CIRES and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests

crustal and upper mantle structure, deformation, and anisotropy

receiver functions

array processing

ocean microseisms

Current Projects

crustal deformation and anisotropy mapping with receiver functions

Taiwan crustal and upper mantle structure and anisotropy

deep crustal imaging in fault zones

placing local seismicity within crustal structure in S-P delay space in Himalaya and Zagros

joint receiver function and surface wave inversion using harmonic stripping

mapping of lower crustal 7.xx layer in N America with receiver functions and xenoliths

lower crustal anisotropy based on Lake Athabasca exposures


Schulte-Pelkum, V. and K. Mahan, Imaging faults and shear zones with receiver functions, Pure Appl. Geophys., in press, 2014

Schulte-Pelkum, V. and K. Mahan, A method for mapping crustal deformation and anisotropy with receiver functions and first results from USArray, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., in press, 2014 pdf with supplementary information

Levandowski, W., C. Jones, W. Shen, M. H. Ritzwoller, and V. Schulte-Pelkum, Origins of topography in the Western US: Mapping crustal and upper mantle density variations using a uniform seismic velocity model, JGR, in press, 2014

Yeck, W., A. F. Sheehan and V. Schulte-Pelkum, Sequential H-kappa stacking to obtain accurate crustal thicknesses beneath sedimentary basins, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am. 103, 2142-2150, doi:10.1785/0120120290, 2013 pdf

Shen, W., M. H. Ritzwoller, V. Schulte-Pelkum, Crustal and uppermost mantle structure in the central US encompassing the Midcontinent Rift, JGR, 118, 4325-4344, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50321, 2013 pdf

Shen, W., M. H. Ritzwoller, V. Schulte-Pelkum, A 3-D model of the crust and uppermost mantle beneath the central and western US by joint inversion of receiver functions and surface wave dispersion, JGR, 118, 262-276, doi:10.1029/2012JB009602, 2013 pdf

Shen, W., M. H. Ritzwoller, V. Schulte-Pelkum, F.-C. Lin, Joint inversion of surface wave dispersion and receiver functions: A Bayesian Monte-Carlo approach, Geophys. J. Int., 192, 807-836, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs050, 2013 pdf

Schulte-Pelkum, V. and Y. Ben-Zion, Apparent vertical Moho offsets under continental strike-slip faults from lithology contrasts in the seismogenic crust, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am. 102, 2757-2763, doi: 10.1785/0120120139, 2012 pdf

Mahan, K.H., Schulte-Pelkum, V., Blackburn, T.J., Bowring, S.A., and Dudas, F.O., Seismic structure and lithospheric rheology from deep crustal xenoliths, central Montana, USA, G-Cubed 13, Q10012, doi:10.1029/2012GC004332, 2012 pdf

Ward, D., K. Mahan, and V. Schulte-Pelkum, Roles of quartz and mica in seismic anisotropy of mylonites, Geophys. J. Int., 190, 1123-1134, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05528.x, 2012 pdf

Schulte-Pelkum, V., G. Biasi, A. Sheehan, and C. Jones, Differential motion between upper crust and lithospheric mantle in the central Basin and Range, Nature Geosci., 4, 619-623, 2011 pdf

van Wijk, K., D. Mikesell, V. Schulte-Pelkum, and J. Stachnik, Estimating the Rayleigh-wave impulse response between seismic stations with the cross terms of the Green tensor, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L16301, 2011 pdf

Becker, T.W., V. Schulte-Pelkum, D.K. Blackman, J. B. Kellogg, and R. J. O'Connell, Mantle flow under the western United States from shear wave splitting, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 247, 235-251, 2006 pdf

Becker, T.W., S. Chevrot, V. Schulte-Pelkum, and D. K. Blackman, Statistical properties of seismic anisotropy predicted by upper mantle geodynamic models, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B08309, doi:10.1029/2005JB004095, 2006 pdf

Monsalve, G., A. Sheehan, V. Schulte-Pelkum, S. Rajaure, and F. Wu, Seismicity and one-dimensional velocity structure of the Himalayan collision zone: Earthquakes in the crust and upper mantle, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B10301, doi:10.1029/2005JB004062, 2006 pdf

Schulte-Pelkum, V., G. Monsalve, A. Sheehan, M.R. Pandey, S. Sapkota, R. Bilham and F. Wu, Imaging the Indian Subcontinent beneath the Himalaya, Nature, 435, 1222-1225, 2005 pdf

Sheehan, A., V. Schulte-Pelkum, O. Boyd, and C. Wilson, Passive source seismology of the Rocky Mountain region, in: The Rocky Mountain region: An evolving lithosphere, Geophysical monograph series 154, AGU, 2005

Schulte-Pelkum, V., P. S. Earle and F. L. Vernon, Strong directivity of ocean-generated seismic noise, G-Cubed, 5, doi:10.1029/2003GC000520, 2004 pdf, new movie

Schulte-Pelkum, V., F. L. Vernon and J. Eakins, Large teleseismic P wavefront deflections observed with broadband arrays, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., 93, 747-756, 2003 pdf

Schulte-Pelkum, V. and D. K. Blackman, A synthesis of seismic P and S anisotropy, Geophys. J. Int., 154, 166-178, 2003 pdf

Schulte-Pelkum, V., G. Masters and P. M. Shearer, Upper mantle anisotropy from long-period P polarization, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 21,917-21,934, 2001 pdf


Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 2001, Geosciences

Diplom, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, 1994, Geophysik