MIT EAPS Directory

M. Nafi Toksöz

Professor Emeritus

Nafi Toksöz has been on the faculty of the Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT since 1965. He founded the Earth Resources Laboratory (ERL) in 1982 and served as its Director until 1998.

Toksöz has had a most distinguished career and made major scientific contributions in many areas of geophysics including: seismic exploration, plate tectonics, planetary interiors, earthquake seismology, and imaging. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 technical papers in geophysics, including many articles on geophysics and seismology. He has edited many books and served on numerous editorial boards of scientific journals. Professor Toksöz continues to serve on scientific advisory and review committees for U.S. government agencies, universities, international organizations, and industry. His academic activities include teaching, leading several research projects, and advising a number of graduate students. He has mentored over 100 postdoctoral students.


Almuhaidib, A. M. and Toksoz, M. N. (2015) Finite difference elastic wave modeling with an irregular free surface using ADER scheme Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 435-447, doi: 10.1088/1742-2132/12/3/435

Almuhaidib, A. M. and Toksoz, M. N. (2015) Imaging of near-surface heterogeneities by scattered elastic waves Geophysics, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. A83-A88, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0416.1

Zhan, X. and Schwartz, L. M. and Toksoz, M. N. (2015) Electrical and fluid transport in consolidated sphere packs Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 117, no. 18, doi: 10.1063/1.4918724


Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America (2007) | Maurice Ewing Medal, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2010)