Eric Kiser Eric Kiser
Postdoc (Rice University)

Harvard Seismology Group
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard University

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the source complexities of large earthquakes. These complexities include variations in rupture direction and velocity, triggering, and the frequency dependence of rupture behavior. This information is useful for evaluating the hazards associated with these events and the proposed mechanisms for both deep and shallow earthquakes.

I finished my Ph.D. in April 2012 and am now at Rice University working on an active source seismic experiment across Mount St. Helens.


2007 B.Sc. Geology, University of Illinois

2012 Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Advisor: Miaki Ishii


Kiser, E., Ishii, M., 2012, The 2010 Maule, Chile Coseismic Gap and its Relationship to the 25 March 2012 Mw 7.1 Earthquake, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., Accepted.

Ishii, M., Kiser, E., Geist, E., 2012, Mw 8.6 Sumatran Earthquake of April 11, 2012: Rare Seaward Expression of Oblique Subduction, Geology, Accepted.

Kiser, E., Ishii, M., 2012, The March 11, 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake and cascading failure of the plate interface, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi:10.1029/2012GL051170.

Kiser, E., Ishii, M., 2012, Combining seismic arrays to image the high-frequency characteristics of large earthquakes, Geophys. J. Int., 188, 3, 1117-1128.

Kiser, E., Ishii, M., Langmuir, C.H., Shearer, P.M., Hirose, H., 2011, Insights into the Mechanism of Intermediate-Depth Earthquakes from Source Properties as Imaged by Back-Projection of Multiple Seismic Phases, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B06310, doi:10.1029/2010JB007831.

Kiser, E., Ishii, M., 2011, The 2010 Mw 8.8 Chile earthquake: Triggering on multiple segments and frequency-dependent rupture behavior, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L07301, doi:10.1029/2011GL047140.

Kennett, B.L.N., Gorbatov, A., Kiser, E., 2011, Structural controls on the Mw 9.0 2011 Offshore-Tohoku earthquake, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 310, 462-467.

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