Opportunities for students

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Prospective graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.)

I am interested in computational and observational seismology, and in how these can be used to investigate Earth structure and earthquake source processes. Possible research topics for students include: (1) testing different moment tensor algorithms with different 1D and 3D tomographic models; (2) building 3D crustal and upper mantle models from various data sets: detailed 2D cross sections, 3D tomographic models, geological models, and seismicity maps; (3) computing sensitivity kernels in 2D or 3D models at various scales: subducting slab, crust, sedimentary basin, glacier, volcano, etc; (4) using ambient noise tomography to develop 3D crustal models; (5) comparing different 3D models by generating synthetic data sets using 3D wavefield simulations; (6) seismic imaging at all scales using wavefield simulations; (7) Monte Carlo approach to estimating the variation in seismic waveforms due to variations in "scenario" earthquakes.

I encourage any motivated students in geophysics to apply to UAF for graduate school. Any of the following would strengthen a prospective student's application for my group: (1) Master's degree in physics, geophysics, math, or computer science; (2) bachelor's degree in geophysics, physics, math, or computer science; (3) research experience, particularly in physics or geophysics; (4) computer programming experience; (5) familiarity with seismograms or seismic modeling; (6) familiarity with the Linux/Unix platform.

Common programming tools in seismology include Matlab, Fortran90, and scripting such as Perl or Python. We use seismic wave propagation codes that run on computing clusters and use parallel (MPI) programming.

If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree at UAF, examine the decision at all scales: Alaska, Fairbanks, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, the GI Seismology/Geodesy Group, and the research performed by individual scientists. UAF/GI is an exciting place for seismology, with many different on-going research projects on earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Feel free to contact me after exploring the information on the web (see below).

For the pitch from the GI seismology group, go here.
Or the pitch from members of the group, try here or here.

Some links to admission requirements and course descriptions, go here.

Also, check out what facilities UAF has to offer:
GI Seismology/Geodesy Group
Alaska Earthquake Information Center
Alaska Volcano Observatory
Arctic Region Supercomputing Center

Where is Fairbanks relative to the plate tectonic boundary?
Yes, Alaska is huge and far north. Note California at lower right.

If you are interested in tectonics of Alaska, we have
plenty of earthquakes to study (Mw > 4 over the past 20 years).
The view shows southern and central Alaska, as well as westernmost Canada.

This spectacular USGS photo shows a massive landslide covering Black Rapids Glacier,
resulting from the magnitude 7.9 Denali Fault Earthquake (03 Nov 2002), central Alaska.
The fault zone runs parallel to this glacial valley in the Alaska Range.