Dr Michelle Salmon

PhD - Geophysics
Research Fellow
Research Officer
  • Present position – Research Fellow (Seismology)
  • PhD in Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington “Crust and upper mantle inhomogeneities beneath western North Island, New Zealand: Evidence from seismological and electromagnetic data”
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at University of Canterbury

Research interests

  • Australian Seismometers in Schools – Science Outreach
  • Geophysical structure of the lithosphere This has most recently included the development of the Australian seismological reference model and a Moho map of the Australia – New Zealand region.
  • ANSIR – National research facility for earth sounding. Development and testing of seismic recording systems.


  • Salmon, M., Kennett, B., Stern, T. & Aitken, A. (2013). The Moho in Australia and New Zealand. Tectonophysics, 609, pp. 288-298.
  • Aitken, A., Salmon, M. & Kennett, B. (2013). Australia’s Moho: a test of the usefulness of gravity modelling for the determination of Moho Depth. Tectonophysics, 609, pp. 468-479
  • Salmon, M., Kennett, B. & Saygin, E. (2013). Australian Seismological Reference Model (AuSREM): crustal component. Geophysical Journal International, 192, pp. 190-206
  • Rawlinson, N., Salmon, M. & Kennett, B. (2013). Transportable seismic array tomography in southeast Australia: illuminating the transition from Proterozoic to Phanerozoic lithosphere. Lithos, 189, pp. 65-76
  • Bodin, T., Salmon, M., Kennett, B. & Sambridge, M. (2012). Probabilistic Surface Reconstruction from Multiple Data sets: An Example for the Australian Moho. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B10
  • Salmon, M., Stern, T. & Savage, M. (2011). A major step in the continental Moho and its geodynamical consequences: the Taranaki – Ruapehu line, New Zealand. Geophysical Journal International, 186, pp. 32-44