Laura Parisi, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

I use passive seismology to investigate rifting systems and I am particularly interested in the tectonic systems that are “collateral” to the rifts (e.g., transform faults and off-rift tectonics). My study areas are the East African Rift and the Red Sea rift.

I am currently running seismic networks along the eastern coast of the Gulf of Aqaba (GAST network), in the Zabargad Fracture zone and Al Wajh lagoon (ZAFRAN network, it includes 12 ocean bottom seismometers), and in the Harrat Lunayyir (LUNDEEP network).

Selected Publications

  • Parisi, L., Stanistreet, I., Njau, J., Schick, K., Toth, N., and Mai, P.M. (2020). Seismological Investigations in the Olduvai Basin and Ngorongoro Volcanic Highlands (Western Flank of the North Tanzanian Divergence). Seismol. Res. Lett. 91, 3286–3303, doi:10.1785/0220200111
  • Ballesio, M., Beck, J., Pandey, A., Parisi, L., von Schwerin, E., and Tempone, R. (2019). Multilevel Monte Carlo acceleration of seismic wave propagation under uncertainty. GEM - International Journal on Geomathematics, 10(1).
  • Parisi, L., A.M.G. Ferreira, and J. Ritsema (2018). S-wave apparent splitting in the Earth's lowermost mantle, J. Geophys. Res. 123, doi: 10.1002/2017JB014394.
  • Parisi, L., and A.M.G. Ferreira (2016). Empirical assessment of the validity limits of the surface wave full ray theory using realistic 3- D Earth models. Geophys. J. Int. 205, 146–159, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw005.
  • Di Stefano, P., R. Favara, D. Luzio, P. Renda, M. S. Cacciatore, M. Calò, G. Napoli, L. Parisi, S. Todaro, and G. Zarcone (2015). A regional-scale discontinuity in western Sicily revealed by a multidisciplinary approach: A new piece for understanding the geodynamic puzzle of the southern Mediterranean, Tectonics 34, 2067–2085, doi:10.1002/2014TC003759.
  • Parisi, L., Ferreira, A.M.G. & Capdeville, Y., (2015). Validity domain of the Born Approximation for seismic waveform modelling in realistic Earth structure. Geophysical Journal International, 200 (2), 910-916, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu446. ​
  • Calò, M. and L. Parisi (2014). Evidences of a lithospheric fault zone in the Sicily Channel continental rift (southern Italy) from instrumental seismicity data, Geophys. J. Int. 199(1), 219-225.
  • Calò, M., L. Parisi, and D. Luzio (2013). Lithospheric P- and S-wave velocity models of the Sicilian area using WAM tomography: Procedure and assessments, Geophys. J. Int. 195(1), 625-649.


  • 2011--2015: PhD student, University of East Anglia, UK
  • 2010 – 2011: Erasmus Placement, EOST Université de Strasbourg, France

Professional Profile

  • 2018 – present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015 – 2017: ECS Representative, EGU, Seismology Division
  • 2015 – 2018: Post-doctoral research fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Seismology Red Sea