Dr. Federica Lanza

Dr.  Federica Lanza
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
ETH Zürich
Dr. Federica Lanza
NO H 57
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich

+41 44 632 87 15

At the SED since July 2019, I am currently involved in building a new seismotectonic model for Switzerland (SeismoTeCH).

My primary research interests focus on the application of seismic tomography to image the structure of the Earth's crust in subduction/continental collision zones as well as in volcanic settings. I am also involved in technique improvement and development for earthquake detection, phase picking and location with targeted test studies in Switzerland and other regions. A second major avenue of research is the reconstruction of source processes of volcanic earthquakes, with particular emphasis on moment-tensor studies of low-frequency volcano seismic signals to investigate the eruption dynamics at volcanoes.

Present Position:

  • Since 7.2019: Oberassistent, Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich

Previous Position:

  • 1.2017-6.2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison 


  • 12.2016: PhD in Geophysics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI (USA). Nonlinear inversion strategies applied to source characterization and 3D earthquake tomography in volcanic environments: a case study at Pacaya volcano, Guatemala. Advisor: Dr. Gregory P. Waite
  • 3.2012: M. S. Geology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan (Italy) and Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI (US). Evaluating stress patterns for Plio-Quaternary brittle deformation along the Calama-Olac3.2apato-El Toro fault zone, Central Andes. Advisors: Prof. Alessandro Tibaldi & Dr. Gregory P. Waite
  • 10.2009: B. S. Geology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan (Italy). Advisors: Prof. Alessandro Tibaldi & Prof. Derek Rust

Present projects include:

  • SeismoTeCH: Seismotectonic characterization of Switzerland: linking seismicity with faults
  • Earthquake analysis in the surrounding of Mont-Terri rock lab, Switzerland