Graduate students on the PROTEUS cruise 2015.

Graduate students on the PROTEUS cruise 2015.

Seismology is a powerful tool for studying structure and processes in the Earth; it is particularly successful when combined with geophysical and geochemical information. I am looking for students with quantitative skills, who are interested in interdisciplinary research. The University of Oregon’s strengths in volcanology, petrology and geochemistry, remote sensing and geodynamics are excellent compliments to these studies.

Graduate students can get involved in several projects:

Currently we are working on a huge data set collected fall 2015 at Santorini Volcano in the Mediterranean.  The PROTEUS experiment collected seismic data to understand the magma plumbing structure through the entire crust beneath the volcano as well as regional tectonics.  The analysis of this data involves state-of-the-art seismic travel tomography and full waveform inversion to obtained high resolution structural images.  It also includes marine geophysical (multi beam bathymetry, gravity, and magnetics) studies of the volcano.

We continue to use seismic waveforms to investigate on-land volcanoes as we recently did at Newberry volcano.  

To develop methods for geothermal energy resources I am part of the NEWGEN project to develop an EGS laboratory at Newberry volcano.

I am also member of the team that implemented the sea-going portion of the Cascadia Initiative, which involves deploying 70 ocean bottom seismometers across the Juan de Fuca plate and Cascadia subdiction zone each year from 2011 to 2015.