Curriculum Vitae

Maya Tolstoy

Research Scientist

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Columbia University

Palisades, NY 10964-8000

Research Interests

Design, Execution and Analysis of Marine Seismic Experiments (both active and passive sources) using Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBSs), Ocean Bottom Hydrophones and Multichannel Streamers. Mid-Ocean Ridge structure and tectonics. Ocean Bottom Tiltmeters. Scientific Uses of Submarine Cables. Applications of Hydroacoustic Data to Monitoring of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.


1994 Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.

1988 B.S. Honors, Geophysics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland


Summer 1999 - 2002 Scholar, UCLA

Fall 1998 - Adjunct Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University

1998 - present Associate Research Scientist, LDEO, Columbia University

1996 - 1998 Post-Doctoral Fellow, LDEO, Columbia University

1994 - 1996 Post-Graduate Researcher, IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

1988 - 1994 Research Assistant, IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

1987 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Honors And Awards

1987 - 1989 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

1992 - 1997 Canadian Representative, ODP Lithosphere Panel.

1993 - 1994 USSAC Distinguished Lecturer

1994 - present Canadian Alternate Representative, InterRidge Program.

1994 Invited Participant, ODP Offset Drilling Workshop

1995 - 2000 Member, Canadian Council for the ODP

1995 - 1997 Member, Working Group 4b for the ODP Janus Project.

1995 - 1996 Member, Steering Committee, The Ocean Lithosphere and Scientific Drilling into the 21st Century - workshop sponsored by ODP/InterRidge/IAVCEI

1997 Invited Participant, ODP Workshop on Sampling and Curation

1997 - 1999 Member, NSF RIDGE Steering Committee

1997 - 1999 Member, ODP Detailed Planning Group “Architecture of the Oceanic Lithosphere”

1998 - 1999 Member, Steering Committee for Ocean Drilling Program COMPLEX meeting

2000 - present Member, Canadian ODP Science Committee.

Publications in Refereed Journals

Tolstoy, M., A.J. Harding and J.A. Orcutt, Crustal Thickness on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - Bull's Eye Gravity Anomalies and Focused Accretion, Science, 262:726-729, 29 Oct. 1993.

Tolstoy, M., A Comparison of Slow and Fast Spreading Ridge Axis Structure from Seismic Data, PhD Thesis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, Oct. 1994.

Tolstoy, M., A.J. Harding and J.A. Orcutt, Deepening of the Axial Magma Chamber toward the Garret Fracture Zone from multichannel data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 102:3097-3108, 1997.

Tolstoy, M., S. Constable, J.A. Orcutt, H. Staudigel, and F.K. Wyatt, Short and Long Baseline Tiltmeter Measurements on Axial Seamount, Juan De Fuca Ridge, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 108:131-143, 1998.

Michael, P.J., D.W. Forsyth, D.K. Blackman, P.J. Fox, B.B. Hanan, A.J. Harding, K.C. MacDonald, G.A. Neumann, J.A. Orcutt, M. Tolstoy, C.M. Weiland, Mantle Control of a Dynamically Evolving Spreading Center, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 121:451-468, 1994.

Constable, S., J.A. Orcutt, H. Staudigel, M. Tolstoy, F.K. Wyatt, 1995, Short and Long Baseline Tiltmeters for Submarine Volcano Observatories. Multidisciplinary Observatories on the Deep Seafloor, International Workshop, 11-13 January 1995, Marseilles, France, 89-104, 1995.

Bazin, S., H. van Avendonk, A.J. Harding, J.A. Orcutt, J.P. Canales, R.S. Detrick, L.M. Dorman, D.W. Forsyth, J. Phipps-Morgan, D.S. Scheirer, M. Tolstoy, and S.C. Webb, Crustal structure of the flanks of the East Pacific Rise: Implications for overlapping spreading centers, Geophysical Research Letters, 25:2213-2216, 1998.

Tolstoy, M., Long-Term MOnitoring of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge "MOMAR", Ridge Events, 2:13, December 1998.

Fox, C.G., D. Smith, M. Tolstoy, Acoustic Monitoring of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Begins, InterRidge Newsletter, Spring '99.

Tarits, P, M. Tolstoy (co-chairs) and Organizing Committee, Long-Term MOnitoring of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge "MOMAR", InterRidge Workshop Report, 1999.

Edwards, M.H., G.J. Kurras, M. Tolstoy, D.R. Bohnenstiehl, B.J. Coakley, and J.R Cochran, Evidence of recent volcanic activity on the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge, Nature, 409:808-812, 2001.

Tolstoy, M., D. Bohnenstiehl, M. Edwards, and G.Kurras, The seismic character of volcanic activity at the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge, 29:1139-1142, Geology, 2001.

West, M.E., W. Menke,, and M. Tolstoy, S.C. Webb, and R. Sohn, Magma storage beneath Axial volcano on the Juan de Fuca mid-ocean ridge 413:833-836, Nature, 2001.

Smith, D.K., M. Tolstoy, C.G. Fox, D.R. Bohnenstiehl, H. Matsumoto, M. J. Fowler, Hydroacoustic Monitoring of Seismicity at the Slow Spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 10.1029/2001GL013912, Geophysical Research Letters, 2002.

Bohnenstiehl, D.R., M. Tolstoy, D.K. Smith, C.G. Fox, and R. Dziak, The decay rate of aftershock sequences in the mid-ocean ridge environment: An analysis using hydroacoustic data, 354:49-70, Tectonophysics, 2002.

Tolstoy, M., Vernon, F.L., Orcutt, J.A. and F.K. Wyatt, The breathing of the seafloor: Tidal correlations of seismicity on Axial volcano, 30:503-506, Geology, 2002.

Menke, W., M. West, M. Tolstoy, Shallow crustal magma chamber beneath the axial high of the Coaxial Segment of Juan de Fuca Ridge at the "Source Site" of the 1993 eruption, 30:359-362, Geology, 2002.

Floyd, J.S., M. Tolstoy, J.C. Mutter, Seismotectonics of mid-ocean ridge propagation in Hess Deep, 298:1765-1768, Science, 2002.

Bohnenstiehl, D.R., and M. Tolstoy, Comparison of teleseismically and hydroacoustically derived earthquake locations along the north-central Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Equatorial East Pacific Rise, Seismol. Res. Lett., 74: 790-801, 2003.

West, M., W. Menke, and M. Tolstoy, Focused magma supply at the intersection of the Cobb hotspot and Juan de Fuca ridge, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30:1724 10.1029/2003GL017104, 2003.

Bohnenstiehl, D.R., M. Tolstoy, D.K. Smith, C.G. Fox, and R. Dziak, Time-clustering behavior of spreading-center seismicity between 15-35 N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Observations from hydroacoustic monitoring, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 138, 147-161, 2003.

Smith, D.K., M. Cannat, J. Escartin, M. Tolstoy, C.G. Fox, D.R. Bohnenstiehl, S. Bazin, Spatial and temporal distribution of seismicity along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (15-35N), Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(B3), 2167, 10.1029/2002JB001964, 2003.

Bohnenstiehl, D.R., M. Tolstoy, E. Chapp, Breaking into the plate: A 7.6 Mw fracture-zone earthquake adjacent to the Central Indian Ridge, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L02615, 2004.

Smith, D.K., R.P. Dziak, H. Matsumoto, C.G. Fox, and M. Tolstoy, Data now available from hydrophone array monitoring seismic activity at the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 85:1-5, EOS Trans. AGU, 2004.

Dziak, R.P., D.R. Bohnenstiehl, H. Matsumoto, C.G. Fox, D.K. Smith, M. Tolstoy, T-K Lau, J.H. Haxel, and M.J. Fowler, P- and T-wave Detection Thresholds, Pn Velocity Estimate, and Detection of Lower Mantle and Core P-waves on Ocean Sound-Channel Hydrophones at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., 95:665-677, 2004.

Stafford, K.M., D.R. Bohnenstiehl, M. Tolstoy, E. Chapp, D.K. Mellinger, S.E. Moore, Antarctic-type blue whale calls recorded at low latitudes in the Indian and the eastern tropical Pacific Oceans, Deep-Sea Research Part I, 51/10:1337-1346, 2004.

Tolstoy, M., J.B. Diebold, S.C. Webb,D.R. Bohnenstiehl, E. Chapp, R.C. Holmes, and M. Rawson, Broadband Calibration of R/V Ewing Seismic Sources, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, doi:10.1029/2004GL020234, 2004.

Bohnenstiehl,D.R., R.P. Dziak, M. Tolstoy, C. Fox, and M. Fowler, Temporal and Spatial History of the 1999-2000 Endeavour Segment Seismic Series, Juan de Fuca Ridge, Geochem., Geophys. and Geosyst., doi:10.1029/2004GC000735, 2004.

Dziak, R.P., D. Smith, D. Bohnenstiehl, C. Fox, D. Desbruyeres, H. Matsumoto, M. Tolstoy, D. Fornari, Evidence of a recent magma dike intrusion at the slow-spreading Lucky Strike segment, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Journal of Geophysical Research, in review, 2004.