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


James Atterholt

James Atterholt

Grad Student in Geophysics

BS 2019, Mathematics and Geological Sciences, Indiana University

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 358
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6971
Fax: (626) 564-0715


My research incorporates techniques from applied mathematics and new instrumentation to better understand earthquake source processes and crustal structures. I’ve spent much of my time at Caltech developing and implementing a Bayesian inversion scheme for source finiteness to illuminate patterns in earthquake behavior. I’ve also been using datasets collected via distributed acoustic sensing, a recent technology that converts fiber optic cables into dense arrays of strainmeters, to characterize structures like fault zones at small scales.