Senior scientist

Department of Earth Sciences
Seismology and Geodynamics (SEG)
Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich

Curriculum Vitae




I am a terrestrial and planetary seismologist with a background in both engineering and earth science. I completed my Ph.D. in 2018 at Cornell University and continued my research at the University of Maryland as a postdoctoral researcher. Now, I am at ETH Zürich as a senior scientist working on many exciting topics in earth and planetary science while teaching / mentoring students to motivate them to become the next generation of scientists and educators.


My scientific interest is to improve our understanding of processes within planetary interiors that involve interactions between contrasting materials, from the regolith and crust of the Moon and asteroids which potentially contain potentially valuable geological resources including lava tubes and void spaces, ice deposits, and magma-tectonic systems, to largely unexplored core-mantle boundary regions in deep planetary interiors. Geophysical measurements interpreted using quantitative models are the key to advancing our knowledge of the dynamics and internal structure of the Earth and other planetary bodies, including variations of density, fluid content, and temperature. As a seismologist, I primarily focus on developing and implementing new ways of analyzing observations and interpreting them using quantitative models that relate them to processes across different spatiotemporal scales. My ongoing research areas largely include leveraging geophysical techniques developed for studying Earth structures in order to investigate the internal structures, dynamics and evolution of the planetary bodies in our solar system. On-going projects include:

I. Earth's critical zones [highlights by EOS / IRIS]
II. Crustal magma chambers
III. Subduction zones and low-velocity channels
IV. Deep earth structures near the core-mantle boundary [FEATURED PERSPECTIVE] [MEDIA COVERAGE]
V. Machine learning in Earth and planetary sciences [SEQUENCER] [highlights by EOS] [MARSQUAKENET]
VII. Geophysical Exploration of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Solar System [GEODES NASA SSERVI]
VIII. Planetary analog studies for the upcoming lunar missions


D. Kim, Duran, C., Giardini, D., Plesa, A-C., Stähler, S. C., Lekic, V., McLennan, S. M., Ceylan, S., Clinton, J. F., Davis, P., Khan, A., Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., Panning, M. P., Wieczorek, M., P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt (2023), Global crustal thickness revealed by surface waves orbiting Mars, GRL [accepted.]

Irving, J. C. E., Lekic, V., Duran, C., Drilleau, M., D. Kim, Rivoldini, A., Khan A., Samuel, H., Antonageli, D., Banerdt, W. B., Beghein, C., Bozdag, E., Ceylan, S., Charalambous, C., Clinton, J. F., Davis, P., Garcia, R. F., Giardini, D., Horleston, A. C., Huang, Q., Hurst, K., Kawamura, T., King, S. D., Knapmeyer, M., Li, J., P. Lognonné, Maguire, R., Panning, M. P., Plesa, A-C., Schimmel, M., Schmerr, N. C., Stähler, S. C., Stutzmann, E., Xu, Z. (2023), First observation of core-transiting seismic phases on Mars, PNAS, [PDF]

D. Kim, Ceylan, S., Stähler, S. C., Lekic, V., Maguire, G. Zenhäusern, J. Clinton, D. Giardini, A. Khan, M. P. Panning, P. Davis, M. Wieczorek, N. Schmerr, P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt (2022), Structure along the martian dichotomy constrained by Rayleigh and Love waves and their overtones, GRL, e2022GL101666. [PDF]

Knapmeyer, M., Stähler, S. C., Plesa, A-C., Ceylan, C., Charalambous, C., Clinton, J. F., Dahmen, N., Duran, C., Horleston, A., Kawamura, T., D. Kim, Li, J., Plasman, M., Zenhäusern, G., Weber, R. C., Giardini, D., Panning, M. P., P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt (2022), The global seismic moment rate of Mars after event S1222a, GRL, e2022GL102296. [PDF]

D. Kim, Ceylan, S., Stähler, S. C., Lekic, V., Maguire, G. Zenhäusern, J. Clinton, D. Giardini, A. Khan, M. P. Panning, P. Davis, M. Wieczorek, N. Schmerr, P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt (2022), Structure along the martian dichotomy constrained by Rayleigh and Love waves and their overtones, GRL, e2022GL101666. [PDF]

D. Kim, Banerdt, W. B., Ceylan, S., Giardini, D., Lekic, V., Lognonné, P., Beghein, C., Beucler, E., Carrasco, S., Charalambous, C., Clinton, J., Drilleau, M., Durán, C., Golombek, M., Joshi, R., Khan, A., Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., Li, J., Maguire, R., Pike, W. T., Samuel, H., Schimmel, M., Schmerr, N., Stähler, S., Stutzmann, E., Wieczorek, M., Xu, Z., Batov, A., Bozdag, E., Dahmen, N., Davis, P., Gudkova, T., Horleston, A., Huang, Q., Kawamura, T., King, S., McLennan, S., Nimmo, F., Plasman, M., Plesa, A. C., Stepanova, I. E., Weidner, E., Zenhäusern, G., Daubar, I., Fernando, B., Garcia, R., Posiolova, L. V., Panning, M. (2022), Surface waves and crustal structure on Mars, Science, [PDF] [Featured in Science Perspectives]

Posiolova, L., Lognonné, P., Banerdt, W. B., Clinton, J. F., Collins, G., Kawamura, T., Ceylan, S., Daubar, I., Fernando, B., Froment, M., Giardini, D., Malin, M., Miljkovic, K., Stähler, S. C., Xu, Z., Banks, M. E., Beucler, E., Cantor, B., Charalambous, C., Dahmen, N., Davis, P., Dundas, C., Duran, C., Euchner, F., Garcia, R., Golombek, M., Horleston, A., Keegan, C., Khan, A., D. Kim, C. Larmat, R. Lorenz, L. Margerin, S. Menina, M. Panning, C. Pardo, C. Perrin, W. T. Pike, M. Plasman, A. Rajšić, L. Rolland, E. Rougier, G. Speth, A. Spiga, A. Stott, D. Susko, N. A. Teanby, A. Valeh, A. Werynski, N. Wójcicka, G. Zenhäusern (2022), Large hypervelocity impact on Mars co-located by orbital imaging and surface seismic recording, Science, [PDF] [Featured in Science Perspectives]

Stähler C. S., A. Mittelholz, C. Perrin, T. Kawamura, D. Kim, M. Knapmeyer, G. Zenhausern, J. Clinton, D. Giardini, P. Lognonne, W. B. Banerdt (2022), Tectonics of Cerberus Fossae unveiled by marsquake, Mars, Nature Astronomy. [PDF]

Ceylan, S., Clinton, J. F., Giardini, D., Stähler, S.C., Horleston, A., Böse, M., Charalmbous, C., Dahmen, N. L., van Driel, M., Duran, C., Kawamura, T., Khan, A., D. Kim, M. Plasman, J-R Scholz, G. Zenhäusern, E. Beucler, R. F. Garcia, S. Kedar, M. Knapmeyer, P. Lognonné, M. P. Panning, C. Perrin, W. T. Pike, A. Stott, W. B. Banerdt (2022), The marsquake catalogue from InSight, sols 0-1011, PEPI. [PDF]

Huang, Q., N. Schmerr, S. D. King, D. Kim, A. Rivoldini, A-C. Plesa, H. Samuel, R. R. Maguire, F. Karakostas, V. Lekic, C. Charalambous, M. Collinet, R. Myhill, D. Antonangeli, M. Drilleau, M. Bystricky, C. Bollinger, C. Michaut, T. Gudkova, J. C. E. Irving, A. Horleston, B. Fernando, K. Leng, T. Nissen-Meyer, F. Bejina, E. Bozdag, C. Beghein, L. Waszek, N. Siersch, J-R. Scholz, P. Davis, P. Lognonné, B. Pinot, R. Widmer-Schnidrig, M. P. Panning, S. E. Smrekar, T. Spohn, W. T. Pike, D. Giardini, W. B. Banerdt (2022), Seismic detection of the Martian mantle transition zone by InSight, PNAS. [PDF]

Dahmen, N. L., J. F. Clinton, M. Meier, S. Stähler, S. Ceylan, D. Kim, A. Stott, D. Giardini (2022), MarsQuakeNet: A More Complete Marsquake Catalogue Obtained by Deep Learning Techniques. JGR-Planets, e2022JE007503. [PDF]

Duran, C., Khan, A., Ceylan, S., Charalambous, C., D. Kim, M. Drilleau, H. Samuel, D. Giardini (2022), Observation of a core-diffracted P-wave and implications for the lower-mantle structure of Mars, GRL, e2022GL100887. [PDF]

Li, J., Beghein, C., Davis, P., Wieczorek, M. A., Mclennan, S. M., D. Kim, V. Lekic, M. Golombek, M. Schimmel, E. Stutzmann, P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt (2022), Crustal Structure constraints from the detection of the SsPp Phase on Mars, Earth and Space Science, e2022EA002416. [PDF]

Panning, M. P., W. B. Banerdt, C. Beghein, S. Carrasco, S. Ceylan, J. F. Clinton, P. Davis, M. Drilleau, D. Giardini, A. Khan, D. Kim, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, J. Li, P. Lognonne, S. C. Stähler, G. Zenhäusern (2022) Locating the largest event observed on Mars with multi-orbit surface waves, GRL, e2022GL101270. [PDF]

Kawamura, T., J. F. Clinton, G. Zenhausern, S. Ceylan, A. C. Horleston, N. L. Dahmen, C. Duran, D. Kim, M. Plasman, S. C. Stähler, F. Euchner, C. Charalambous, D. Giardini, P. Davis, G. Sainton, P. Lognonné, M. P. Panning, W. B. Banerdt (2022), Largest Marsquake Ever Detected by InSight: S1222a, GRL, e2022GL101543. [PDF]

Wieczorek, M. A., Broquet, A., McLennan, S. M., Rivoldini, A., Golombek, M., Antonangeli, D., Beghein, C., Giardini, D., Gudkova, Gyalay S., Johnson, C. L., Joshi, R., D. Kim, S. D. King, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, P. Lognonné, C. Michaut, A. Mittelholz, F. Nimmo, L. Ojha, M. P. Panning, A-C. Plesa, M. A. Siegler, S. E. Smrekar, T. Spohn, W. B. Banerdt (2022), InSight constraints on the global character of the Martian crust. JGR-Planets, [PDF]

Horleston, A. C., Clinton, J. F., Ceylan, S., Giardini, D., Charalambous, C., Irving, J. C., Lognonné, P., Stähler, S.C., Zenhäusern, G., Dahmen, N. L., Duran, C., Kawamura, T., Khan, A., D. Kim, M. Plasman, F. Euchner, C. Beghein, E. Beucler, Q. Huang, M. Knapmeyer, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, V. Lekic, J. Li, C. Perrin, M. Schimmel, N. C. Schmerr, A. Stott, E. Stutzmann, N. A. Teanby, Z. Xu, M. P. Panning, W. B. Banerdt (2022), The Far Side of Mars: Two Distant Marsquakes Detected by InSight. The Seismic Record, 2(2), 88-99. [PDF]

Karakostas, F., N. Schmerr, R. Maguire, Q. Huang, D. Kim, V. Lekic, L. Margerin, C. Nunn, S. Menina, T. Kawamura, P. Lognonné, D. Giardini, and W. B. Banerdt (2021), Scattering attenuation of the Martian interior through coda wave analysis, BSSA, Special Issue on Mars seismology, [PDF]

D. Kim, V. Lekic, J. Irving, N. Schmerr, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, R. Joshi, M. Panning, B. Tauzin, F. Karakostas, R. Maguire, Q. Huang, A. Khan, D. Giardini, M. A. Wieczorek, P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt, (2021), Improving subsurface constraints on Earth and Mars with PPs receiver functions, JGR-Planets, [PDF]

D. Kim, P. Davis, V. Lekic, R. Maguire, N. Compaire, M. Schimmel, E. Stutzmann, J.C.E. Irving, P. Lognonné, J.-R. Scholz, J. Clinton, G. Zenhausern, N. Dahmen, M. Panning, R. F. Garicia, K. Hurst, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, F. Nimmo, W. T. Pike, L. Pou, N. Schimerr, S. C. Stähler, B. Tauzin, R. Widmer-Schnidrig, W. B. Banerdt (2021), Potential pitfalls in the analysis and structural interpretation of Mars’ seismic data from InSight, BSSA, Special Issue on Mars seismology, [PDF]

Knapmeyer-Endrun, B., M. P. Panning, F. Bissig, R. Joshi, A. Khan, D. Kim, V. Lekic, B. Tauzin, S. Tharimena, M. Plasman, N. Compaire, R. F. Garcia, L. Margerin, M. Schimmel, É. Stutzmann, N. Schmerr, E. Bozdag, A-C. Plesa, M. A. Wieczorek, A. Broquet, D. Antonangeli, S. M. McLennan, H. Samuel, C. Michaut, L. Pan, S. E. Smrekar, C. L. Johnson, N. Brinkman, A. Mittelholz, A. Rivoldini, P. M. Davis, P. Lognonné, B. Pinot, J-R. Scholz, S. Stähler, M. Knapmeyer, M. van Driel, D. Giardini,W. B. Banerdt (2021), Thickness and structure of the martian crust from InSight seismic data, Science, 373, 438-443 [PDF] [Featured in Science Cover and Perspectives]

Stähler, S., A. Khan, W. B. Banerdt, P. Lognonné, D. Giardini, S. Ceylan, M. Drilleau, A. C. Duran, R. F. Garcia, Q. Huang, D. Kim, V. Lekic, H. Samuel, M. Schimmel, N. Schmerr, D. Sollberger, É. Stutzmann, Z. Xu, D. Antonangeli, C. Charalambous, P. M. Davis, J. C. E. Irving, T. Kawamura, M. Knapmeyer, R. Maguire, A. G. Marusiak, M. P. Panning, C. Perrin, A-C. Plesa, A. Rivoldini, C. Schmelzbach, G. Zenhäusern, É. Beucler, J. Clinton, N. Dahmen, M. van Driel, T. Gudkova, A. Horleston, W. T. Pike, M. Plasman, S. E. Smrekar (2021), Seismic detection of the martian core, Science, 373, 443-448 [PDF] [Featured in Science Cover and Perspectives]

Khan, A., S. Ceylan, M. van Driel, D. Giardini, P. Lognonné, H. Samuel, N. C. Schmerr, S. C. Stähler, A. C. Duran, Q. Huang, D. Kim, A. Broquet, C. Charalambous, J. F. Clinton, P. M. Davis, M. Drilleau, F. Karakostas, V. Lekic, S. M. McLennan, R. R. Maguire, C. Michaut, M. P. Panning, W. T. Pike, B. Pinot, M. Plasman, J-R. Scholz, R. Widmer-Schnidrig, T. Spohn, S. E. Smrekar, W. B. Banerdt (2021), Upper mantle structure of Mars from InSight seismic data, Science, 373, 434-438 [PDF] [Featured in Science Cover and Perspectives]

Schimmel, M., E. Stutzmann, P. Lognonné, N. Compaire, P. Davis, M. Drilleau, R. Garcia, D. Kim, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, V. Lekic, L. Margerin, M. Panning, N. Schmerr, J-R. Scholz, A. Spiga, B. Tauzin, and W. B. Banerdt (2021), Seismic Noise Autocorrelations on Mars. Earth and Space Science, [PDF]

Compaire, N., L. Margerin, R. F. Garcia, B. Pinot, M. Calvet, G. Orhand-Mainsant, D. Kim et al., (2021), Autocorrelation of the ground vibration recorded by the SEIS-InSight seismometer on Mars, JGR-Planets, [PDF]

D. Kim., V. Lekic, B. Menard, D. Baron, and M. Taghizadeh-Popp (2020), Sequencing seismograms: a panoptic view of scattering in core-mantle boundary region, Science, 368, 1223 [PDF] [Media coverage] [Featured in Science Perspectives]

Brown, L., and D. Kim (2020), Extensive sills in the continental basement from deep seismic reflection profiling, Geoscience, 10(11), 449 [PDF]

D. Kim., and V. Lekic (2019), Groundwater variations from autocorrelation and receiver functions, Geophysical Research Letters, 46(23), 13722-13729 [PDF] [Selected as Editor's Highlights in EOS ] [Science Highlights by IRIS]

D. Kim., K. Keranen, G. Abers, and L.D. Brown (2019), Enhanced resolution of the subducting plate interface in Central Alaska from autcorrelation of local earthquake coda, JGR-Solid Earth, 124(2), 1583-1600 [PDF]

D. Kim., and L. D. Brown (2019), From trash to treasure: 3D basement imaging with “excess” data from oil and gas exploration, AAPG Bulletin, 103(7), 1691-1701 [PDF]

D. Kim., L. D. Brown, K. Arnason, O. Gudmundsson, K. Agustsson, O. G. Flovenz (2018), Magma “bright spots” mapped beneath Krafla, Iceland, using RVSP imaging of reflected waves from microearthquakes, JVGR, 391, 106365 [PDF]

D. Kim., L. D. Brown, K. Arnason, K. Agustsson, and H. Blanck (2017), Magma reflection imaging in Krafla, Iceland, using microearthquake sources, JGR-Solid Earth, 122(7), 5228-5242 [PDF]

Quiros, D. A., L. D. Brown, and D. Kim (2016), Seismic interferometry of railroad induced ground motions: body and surface wave imaging, Geophysical Journal of International, 205(1), 301-313 [PDF]