The Harvard Seismology Group carries out a broad range of projects with topics including mapping the interior of the earth, characterizing the seismic source and global seismicity. The seismology group includes faculty, research associates, and students from the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences.

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the study of Earth's interior there are several research groups at Harvard that overlap in seismological pursuits. These seismology research groups are led by Associate Professor Miaki Ishii, Professor James R. Rice and Professor Emeritus Adam Dziewonski. For more information about the projects each of these groups is involved with, please see their individual pages, as well as our research projects page.


August 03, 2014
Anna Schreder, a DAAD Rise Worldwide Research Intern, joins the group as summer research assistant.

April 2014
Constraints on the moment tensor of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake from Earth's free oscillations has been published in Bulletins of the Seismological Society of America.

February 17, 2014
Mickey Mackie joins the group as an undergraduate assistant.

November 18, 2013
Taylor Benninger joins the group as an undergraduate assistant.

November 2013
Hidden aftershocks of the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku, Japan earthquake imaged with the backprojection method has been published in Journal of Geophysical Research.

June 24, 2013
Terry Wei joins the group as a summer intern.

April 2013
The 2010 Maule, Chile coseismic gap and its relationship to the 25 March 2012 Mw 7.1 earthquake has been published in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

March 2013
Mw 8.6 Sumatran earthquake of 11 April 2012: Rare seaward expression of oblique subduction has been published in Geology.

August 01, 2012
Sunyoung Park joins the seismology group.

April 27, 2012
Eric Kiser successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis: Earthquake characteristics as imaged by the back-projection method.

April 11, 2012
Preliminary results of the Mw 8.6 and Mw 8.2 Sumatran earthquakes are available.

March, 2012
The March 11, 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake and cascading failure of the plate interface has been published in Geophysical Research Letters.

January 2012
Combining seismic arrays to image the high-frequency characteristics of large earthquakes has been published in Geophysical Journal International.

January 2012
A coupled wavenumber integration approach for calculating the wavefield in large-scale laterally varying structures has been published in Geophysical Journal International.

More news items before 2012 can be found here.

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