California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

Past Seismo Lab Seminars

2014: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

2015: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

2016: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

2017: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

2018: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

   
January 10, 2014 Gareth Funning (UCR)
TITLE: Earthquake Rupture Dynamics: From Subduction Megathrusts to Repeating Earthquakes Beneath Volcanoes
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January 17, 2014 Eric Dunham (Stanford)
TITLE: Earthquake Rupture Dynamics: From Subduction Megathrusts to Repeating Earthquakes Beneath Volcanoes
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January 24, 2014 Omar Ghattas (UT Austin)
TITLE: Towards Bayesian Inversion for Large Scale Antarctic Ice Sheet
Flow
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January 31, 2014 Emily Brodsky (UC Santa Cruz)
TITLE: Stress on faults
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February 7, 2014 Meghan Miller (USC)
TITLE: Unraveling the tectonic history of northwest Africa: Insights from seismic imaging and geodynamic modeling
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February 14, 2014 Hilmar Gudmundsson (BAS)
TITLE: Ice sheet stability and the future of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
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February 21, 2014 Jessica Murray (USGS)
TITLE: Characterizing spatial patterns of aseismic slip on faults of the San Andreas system in northern and central California
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February 28, 2014 Don Helmberger (Caltech)
TITLE: Surprises from USarray waveform data
N/A
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March 7, 2014 Jing Liu (CEA)
TITLE: Imprints of geological inheritance on coseismic rupture: An example from the 2008 wenchuan earthquake, China
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March 14, 2014 Ingrid Johanson (USGS)
TITLE: High-rate GPS for Earthquake Early Warning and Rapid Response
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April 4, 2014 Greg Hirth (BROWN)
TITLE: The Role of Fluids on the Brittle-Ductile Transition in the Crust
N/A
   
April 11, 2014 Lucas Beem (Univ of Texas, Austin)
TITLE: Changes in the flow of Whillans Ice Stream, West Antarctica: Insights into Basal Processes
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April 25, 2014 Christopher Borstad (JPL)
TITLE: Rheological weakening of Antarctic ice shelves may accelerate sea level rise
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May 2, 2014 Susan Schwartz (UC Santa Cruz)
TITLE: Behavior of the Northern Cost Rica Seismogenic Zone Through the Earthquake Cycle
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May 9, 2014 Ronni Grapenthin (New Mexico Tech)
TITLE: Applications for High-rate GPS at Volcanoes and Fault Zones
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May 16, 2014 Brad Lipovsky (Harvard)
TITLE: The Hydraulic Fracture Waveguide: Mechanics, Scaling Laws, and Geometry Estimation
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May 23, 2014 Benjamin Brooks (USGS)
TITLE: LiDAR ShmIDAR
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May 30, 2014 Robert Clayton (Caltech)
TITLE:Seismology with Dense Arrays
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June 6, 2014 Guust Nolet (University of Nice)
TITLE:Recording P Waves (and much more) everywhere in the Oceans
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October 3, 2014 Yuning Fu (Bowling Green State Univ)
Title: GPS as an Independent Measurement to Estimate Water Storage Change in California, Oregon and Washington
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October 10, 2014 Han Yue (Caltech)
Title: Toward resolving stable high-resolution kinematic rupture models of large earthquakes by joint inversion of geodetic, teleseismic and tsunami observations
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October 17, 2014 Jingyi (Ann) Chen (Stanford)
Title: Mapping groundwater levels in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, using InSAR
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October 24, 2014 JÉRÔME Weiss (UNIVERSITÉ JOSEPH FOURIER)
Title: Sea ice dynamics as an analog of crustal deformation?
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October31, 2014 Thomas Jordan (USC)
Title: A Brief Against the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary Hypothesis of Plate Tectonics
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November 7, 2014 Costas Synolakis (USC)
Title:Unusual tsunami amplification phenomena. What you don't know can hurt you.
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November 14, 2014 Yaman Ozakin (USC)
Title:Using Teleseismic Data to Study Moho Geometry and Velocity Contrast Across Faults
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December 5, 2014 Dave Stegman (UCSD)
Title:Why does Earth have plate tectonics?
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December 12, 2014 Olga-Joan Ktenidou (Univ of Greenwich)
Title:Lessons learnt (and being learnt) on κ: estimation and meaning
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January 08, 2015 Lingsen Meng (UCLA)
Title:Dual Megathrust Slip Behaviors of the 2014 Iquique Earthquake Sequence
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January 16, 2015 Heidi Houston (University of Washington)
Title:Low friction and fault weakening revealed by increased sensitivity of tremor to tidal stress
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January 23, 2015 Justin Rubinstein (USGS)
Title: Wastewater Injection, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Earthquakes in Kansas and Colorado
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January 30, 2015 Leonard Joseph (Thornton Tomasetti)
Title: A Wilshire Grand Center: Practical Application of Performance Based Design
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February 06, 2015 Thorne Lay (UC Santa Cruz)
Title: Variation of Earthquake Rupture Processes with Depth Along Subduction Zone Plate Boundaries
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February 10, 2015 Andreas Fichtner (ETH)
Title: Towards full waveform ambient noise tomography
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February 13, 2015 Maureen Long (Yale)
Title: Adventures in anisotropy at the base of the mantle: Seismic constraints on deep Earth dynamics
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February 20, 2015 Allen McNamara (ASU)
Title: Investigating multi-scale compositional heterogeneity of the lower mantle: Primordial piles, subducted oceanic crust, and ultra-low velocity zones
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February 27, 2015 Felix Waldhauser (LDEO)
Title: Seismicity Under the Microscope
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March 13, 2015 Alex Gardner (JPL)
Title: Out of equilibrium in a warming world: Glaciers and sea level change
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April 3, 2015 Shuo Ma (SDSU)
Title: Dynamic Fault Weakening and Strengthening by Gouge Compaction and Dilatancy in a Fluid-Saturated Fault Zone
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April 10, 2015 Yuri Fialko (UCSD)
Title: What controls the brittle-ductile transition? New insights from high-temperature friction experiments.
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April 14, 2015 Steve Hickman (USGS)
Title: Geomechanics of Reservoir Stimulation and Induced Seismicity: Application to Enhanced Geothermal Systems and CO2
Abstract: N/A
   
April 20, 2015 Zachary Ross (Caltech)
Title: Applying automatic techniques to large seismic datasets for comprehensive studies of regional and fault zone environments
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April 24, 2015 Nori Nakata (Univ of Oklahoma)
Title: Ambient-noise body-wave tomography at Long beach, Cailfornia
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May 1, 2015 Egill Hauksson and Thomas Goebel (Caltech)
Title:Investigating Induced Seismicity in California:Results from the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley
N/A
   
May 8, 2015 Special Seminar USGS-CALTECH-ARIA SCIENTISTS
Title: Nepal Earthquake joint panel
N/A
   
May 15, 2015 Corné Kreemer (University of Nevada, Reno)
Title: Plate Tectonics 2.0: Using GPS to Refine Global Crustal Kinematics and Forest Earthquakes
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May 22, 2015 Rebecca Fischer (Harvard)
Title: Earth's accretion, core formation, and core composition.
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May 29, 2015 Dayanthie Weerartne (CSUN)
Title: Rayleigh Wave Tomography and 3D Anisotropy from the Amphibious ALBACORE Deployment offshore Southern California
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June 19, 2015 Daniel Roten (SDSC)
Title: Numerical Simulations of Seismic Waves in Nonlinear Media
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September 16, 2015 Zhigang Peng The Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: Mining Big Seismic Data With Waveform Matching Method
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October 2, 2015 Nicholas van der Elst USGS PASADENA
Title: Mining Big Seismic Data With Waveform Matching Method
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October 9, 2015 Alon Ziv Tel Aviv University
Title: P-Wave Attenuation with Implications for Earthquake Early Warning and Beyond
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October 16, 2015 James Rice Harvard University
Title: Thermo-mechanical and hydrologic processes which may stabilize the margins of West Antartic ice streams
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October 23, 2015 Lowell Miyagi University of Utah
Title: Deformation and anisotropy in the lowermost mantle: Structural geology at the core mantle boundary
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October 30, 2015 Victor Tsai Caltech
Title: A Discussion of Exact Surface-Wave Green's Functions and Some Applications
N/A
   
November 6, 2015 Heresh Fattahi Caltech
Title:Geodetic imaging of tectonic deformations with InSAR: Application to the Chaman fault system
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November 13, 2015 Konstanze Haubner Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, University of Copenhagen
Title: Investigating marginal changes at Upernavik glacier from 1840 to 2012- Bringing Data and Modeling together
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November 20, 2015 Paul Davis UCLA
Title: Comparisons of Critical Homolgous Temperature and Global Earthquake Locations
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December 4, 2015 Lingling Ye Caltech
Title: N/A
Abstract: N/A
   
December 9, 2015 Tarje Nissen-Meyer University of Oxford
Title: How can we better exploit the multiscale interaction between structure and waves?
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January 8, 2016 Michael Manga UC Berkeley
Title: Changes in permeability caused by earthquakes
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January 15, 2016 Noemi Petra UC Merced
Title: A Fast and Scalable Method for A-Optimal Design of Experiments for Infinite-dimensional Bayesian Nonlinear Inverse Problems
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January 22, 2016 Nathan A. Simmons Lawrence Livermore national Lab
Title:Global seismic tomography for event monitoring and the discovery of ancient subducted plate
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January 29, 2016 Paul Bodin University of Washington
Title:Scientific and engineering challenges for earthquake early warning: view from the Pacific Northwest
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February 5, 2016 Jeanne Hardebeck USGS
Title:Stress orientations in subduction zones and the strength of subduction megathrust faults
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February 12, 2016 Sylvain Barbot Earth Observatory of Singapore
Title:Geodetic constraints on water in the Wharton Basin asthenosphere
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February 19, 2016 Alex Robel Caltech
Title:Granular Dynamics of Iceberg Mélange
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February 26, 2016 Andrew Campbell The University of Chicago
Title:Chemistry of iron-rich alloys and Earth's core
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March 4, 2016 No Seminar
Title:
   
March 11, 2016 Naofumi Aso University of Tokyo
Title: Volcanic DLPs in Japan and cooling magma model
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March 18, 2016 Nicolas Brantut University College London
Title: Recovery of seismic speed waves after deformation: A rock physics approach
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April 1, 2016 Diego Melgar UC Berkeley
Title: The 2015 Mw8.3 Illapel, Chile earthquake: Along-dip segmentation of megathrust properties and lessons for local tsunami warning
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April 8, 2016 Frederic Cappa Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis
Title: Seismicity triggered by fluid injection-induced aseismic slip
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April 15, 2016 David Wald USGS Golden,Colorado
Title: Advances in USGS Real-time Earthquake Shaking & Loss Estimation
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April 22, 2016 Fenglin Niu Rice University
Title: Lithosphere structure and dynamics beneath mainland China revealed by the CEArray
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April 29, 2016 Lauren Waszek University of New Mexixo
Title: Linking the seismic structure of Earth's uppermost inner core to features at the inner core boundary
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May 6, 2016 Patricia Martinez Garzon GFZ Potsdam
Title: Seismo-Mechanical Reservoir Characterization at The Geysers Geothermal Field
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May 13, 2016 Rebecca Bendick University Of Montana
Title: Lithosphere-scale patterns in geodetic observations and their implications for tectonic dynamics
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May 20, 2016 **No Seminar Friday, May 20**
 
 
   
May 27, 2016 Roel Snieder Colorado School of Mines
Title:Variations and healing of the seismic velocity
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August 5, 2016 Daniel Faulkner University of Liverpool
Title:The nature and properties of fracture damage surrounding faults
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August 12, 2016 Daniel Faulkner University of Liverpool
Title:Fault strength, earthquake nucleation and rupture propagation in clay-rich fault zones
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September 2, 2016 Sidao Ni USTC
Title:The enigmatic persistent and localized microseismic sources
N/A
   
September 9, 2016
**Special Seminar**
Zhongliang Wu Institute of Geophysics Director, CEA
Title:A few words about ChinArray
N/A
   
September 9, 2016
**Special Seminar**
Xiadong Zhang Institute of Earthquake Science, CEA
Title:A brief introduction to the National Observatory of Earthquake Prediction and Seismic Hazard Evaluation
N/A
   
September 30, 2016
Heather Ford University of California Riverside
Title: From cratons to plate boundaries: Receiver functions and the structure of the continental lithosphere
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October 7, 2016
**SEMINAR October 7 CANCELED**
Title:
N/A
   
October 14, 2016
Min Chen Rice University
Title: Spatial Relationships between Deep-focus Earthquakes and Structural Heterogeneities within the Subducting Slabs of the Western Pacific Subduction Zones
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October 21, 2016
Wenyuan Fan UCSD
Title: Local near instantaneously dynamically triggered aftershocks of large earthquakes
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October 28, 2016 Eric Fielding JPL
Title: Spatial Relationships between Deep-focus Earthquakes and Structural Heterogeneities within the Subducting Slabs of the Western Pacific Subduction Zones
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November 4, 2016 Mike Gurnis CALTECH
Title: Geodynamics of the Pacific Hemisphere at 50 Ma
Abstract N/A.
   
November 11, 2016 Charles Sammis USC
Title: The Role of Deep Creep in the Timing of Large Earthquakes
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November 18, 2016 Bruce Buffett Berkeley
Title: Probing the structure and dynamics of Earth’s core using low-frequency MAC waves
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December 2, 2016 Chris Grose Caltech
Title:Are Grain-Scale Models the Future of Mantle Geodynamics?
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December 9, 2016 Carl Tape University of Alaska Fairbanks
Title:Slow-to-fast earthquake nucleation in the lower crust of central Alaska
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January 6, 2017 Thomas Rockwell San Diego State University
Title:Clustering of earthquakes in the southern San Andreas Fault System based on 1100 years of paleo-earthquakes: Is the 200 year open interval for large earthquakes unusual?
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January 13, 2017 Robin Matoza University of California Santa Barbara
Title:Seismo-acoustic signatures of volcanic unrest and eruption
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January 20, 2017 Men-Andrin Meier Caltech
Title:Observations of the Temporal Behavior of Earthquake Ruptures - Physical and Practical Implications
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January 27, 2017 Adriano Gualandi Caltech
Title:Independent Component Analysis applied to GPS position time series
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February 3, 2017 Loukas Kallivokas University of Texas, Austin
Title:Three-dimensional imaging of geotechnical sites using full-waveform inversion
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February 10, 2017 Wang-Ping Chen University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title:From Continental Collision to the Earth's Deep Water Cycle
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February 17, 2017 Roby Douilly UC Riverside
Title:Rupture Dynamics and Crustal Structure Investigation in the Aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
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February 24, 2017 Jeroen Ritsema University of Michigan
Title:Tomographic signals of compositional layering in the upper mantle
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February 28, 2017
**Special Seminar**
Jeroen Ritsema University of Michigan
Title:Modeling ScS2 / ScS amplitudes & time with Tomography
Abstract N/A.
   
March 3, 2017
**Special Seminar**
Yoshi Kaneko GNS SCIENCE
Title: Complex rupture process during the 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura (NZ) earthquake
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March 3, 2017
David Shelly USGS Menlo Park
Title: Earthquake swarms in high definition: migrating seismicity and fluid-faulting interactions beneath Long Valley Caldera, California
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March 10, 2017
Samer Naif LDEO Columbia
Title: Imaging fluid-tectonic processes across the Nicaragua Trench with marine electromagnetic data
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March 17, 2017
Tim Melbourne Central Washington University
Title: Global Seismic Monitoring with real-time GPS
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March 24 & 31, 2017
No Seismo Lab Seminars March 24 and 31 due to Spring Break
 
 
   
April 7, 2017
Johannes Bondzio University of California, Irvine
Title: The mechanisms behind Jakobshavn Isbræ's acceleration and mass loss: a thermodynamically coupled model study
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April 14, 2017
Richard Gordon Rice University
Title: True polar wander and the origin of the Hawaiian-Emperor Bend: New Evidence
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April 21, 2017
LingLing Ye Caltech
Title: Global Variations of Large Megathrust Earthquake Rupture Characteristics
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April 28, 2017
Chunquan Yu Caltech
Title: Compositional heterogeneity near the base of the mantle transition zone beneath Hawaii
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May 5, 2017
Tom Heaton Caltech
Title: The Tell-Tail Sound of Low Dynamic Friction During Slip Pulses
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May 12, 2017
Joshua "Bud" Davis University of Texas, Austin
Title: THE BREAKUP OF EAST GONDWANA: insights from plate modeling, basin analysis, and numerical experiments
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May 19, 2017
Jonathan Ajo-Franklin Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) to track a changing permafrost landscape
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May 26, 2017
Kurt Feigl University of Wisconsin Madison
Title: Coupled processes and material properties at Brady Hot Springs, Nevada: Overview of the PoroTomo Project
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June 9 , 2017
Jenny Suckale Stanford
Title: The role of multiphase flow in Nature’s extremes
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June 23 , 2017
Francoise Courboulex Geoazur.unice.fr
Title: Site effects and ground motion simulations in the Quito basin (Ecuador)
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July 21 , 2017
Karin Dahmen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Title: Universal quake statistics:  from nanocrystals to earthquakes, and stars (?)
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August 31 , 2017
**Special Seminar**
Dan Shim Arizona State University
Title: Stability of ferrous-iron-rich bridgmanite under reducing midmantle conditions
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September 15, 2017
**Special Seminar**
Jing Liu China Earthquake Administration (CEA)
Title: Non-steady state topography in the Three Rivers region, SE Tibetan plateau
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October 6, 2017
Mark Panning JPL
Title: What Europa may sound like: signal and noise on an icy ocean world
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October 13 2017
John Vidale USC
Title: Flavors of Pacific Northwest Earthquakes
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October 20 2017
Wing Yin (Winnie) Chu Stanford
Title: Variability of Subglacial Drainage Across the Greenland Ice Sheet: A Joint Model/Radar Sounding Study
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October 27 2017
Arzhang Alimoradi Civil Engineering
Title: Eigenquakes and their utility in seismic hazard analysis 
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November 3 2017
Yuval Tal Caltech
Title:The role or roughness in earthquake source physics
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November 10, 2017
Surendra Adhikari JPL
Title:Massive pulse of glacial mass transport detected in Greenland crustal motion
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November 17, 2017
Lise Marie Christelle Retailleau Stanford
Title:Locating Microseism Sources Using Spurious Arrivals in Intercontinental Noise Correlations
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December 1, 2017
Ares Rosakis Caltech
Title:Using laboratory earthquake ruptures and ultra-high speed DIC to reveal the structure of dynamic friction
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December 8, 2017
Josie Nevitt USGS Menlo Park
Title: Mechanics of Shallow Faulting: Constraints from near-field geodesy, seismic imaging, and mechanical modeling
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December 19, 2017
Stephan Sobolev GFZ German Research center, Potsdam
Title: Modeling seismic cycles of giant subduction earthquakes from geological- to earthquake-time scales
No abstract.
   
January 12, 201
Philippe LognonnÉ IGPPGerman Research center, Potsdam
Title: Planetary Seismology: From Moon Apollo reprocessing to Mars
No abstract.