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Michael Asten is a Professor (Research), part-time, in the School of Geosciences, Monash University, Melbourne. He gained a PhD in geophysics from Macquarie University in 1977, worked in academia and the mineral exploration industry in Australia and overseas to1997, and joined Monash part time in 1997. He is recipient/co-recipient of five innovation awards from the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, CSIRO and BHP in the years to 1997. While at Monash he has been recipient of two ARC Linkage grants, two US Army SERDP grants and three US Geological Survey grants. He has current collaborative projects with Geoscience Australia, the US Geological Survey and the Middle East Technological University, Turkey.

He is currently the Australian Geoscience Council representative on the Australian Academy of Sciences UNCOVER Executive Committee, a group providing guidance for development of next-generation technology in Australia for mineral exploration.

He has served twice on ARC panels reviewing key centres. Prof. Asten has published as author or co-author 176 scientific papers (including 96 peer-reviewed to the ARC C1 and E1 standards). He has published on climate sensitivity as deduced from deep-ocean records of the Eocene period, and is a regular commentator on climate-change science with 25 OpEds and letters published in The Australian, The Age and various geoscience journals, since 2009.



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Projects 2003 2019

Research Output 1973 2018

Application of the Spatial Auto-Correlation Method for Shear-Wave Velocity Studies Using Ambient Noise

Asten, M. W. & Hayashi, K., 1 Jul 2018, In : Surveys in Geophysics. 39, 4, p. 633-659 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluation of Site Response with Alternative Methods: A Case Study for Engineering Implications

Sisman, F. N., Askan, A. & Asten, M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Pure and Applied Geophysics. 175, 1, p. 257-273 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Guidelines for the good practice of surface wave analysis: a product of the InterPACIFIC project

Foti, S., Hollender, F., Garofalo, F., Albarello, D., Asten, M., Bard, P. Y., Comina, C., Cornou, C., Cox, B., Di Giulio, G., Forbriger, T., Hayashi, K., Lunedei, E., Martin, A., Mercerat, D., Ohrnberger, M., Poggi, V., Renalier, F., Sicilia, D. & Socco, V., Jun 2018, In : Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering. 16, 6, p. 2367-2420 54 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

An interdisciplinary approach for regional seismic damage estimation

Askan, A., Erberik, A., Karimzadeh, S., Yakut, A., Sisman, F. N., Kilic, N. & Asten, M., Jan 2017, 16th world Conference on Earthquake: 16WCEE 2017. 12 p. 2313

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review