EES Research Opportunities

Prof. Cynthia EbingerGeophysics and Active Tectonics Research (GATR)

Team:  SarahJaye Oliva, Emma Chambers (visiting student)

Goals:  Our team of graduate and undergraduate researchers use seismic and potential fields methods, signal processing and geospatial tools to probe fundamental Earth processes. Our focus is magma-fault interactions within the crust and mantle at rifts and hotspots, both active and ancient. We apply methods and results to explore hydrothermal energy potential and to evaluate earthquake and volcanic hazards.

Student Opportunities:  We seek students interested in the use of geophysical and satellite-based tools to determine the rates of tectono-magmatic processes and image subsurface structure for hazard and energy evaluation.  We have active seismic acquisition programs in Kenya and Ethiopia, New Zealand, Ecuador.  Undergraduates keen to acquire command-line programming and analytical skills are welcome.

Recent Publications (* indicates undergrad and graduate students)

Tepp*, G., C.J. Ebinger, H. Zal, N. Accardo, D. J. Shillington, J. Gaherty, D. Keir, A. A. Nyblade, G. J. Mbogoni, P. R. N. Chindandali, R. Ferdinand-Wambura,  G. D. Mulibo, G. Kamihanda, R. Gallacher, (2018) Seismic anisotropy of the upper mantle below magmatic and weakly magmatic sectors of the Western rift, Africa, J. Geophys. Res., DOI:10.1029/2017JB015409.
Weinstein*, A., S. J. Oliva*, C.J. Ebinger, S.  Roecker, C. Tiberi, C., E. Witkin*, M. Aman*, R. Hadfield*, S. Gautier, A. Muzuka, G. Mulibo, G. Kianji, M. Msabi, R. Ferdinand-Wambura, J. Albaric, C. Lambert*, A. Rodzianko, Active deformation and magmatism during early stage rifting of Archaean lithosphere in the Eastern rift, Africa, G-cubed, ;2017. 
Ebinger, C.J., Keir, D., I. Bastow, K. Whaler, J. Hammond, A. Ayele, M. S. Miller, C. Tiberi, S. Hautot, (2017), Crustal structure of rift zones in Africa: Implications for global crustal processes, in Gu, J., editor, Tectonics, 10.1002/2017TC004526.
Davidge*, L., C.J. Ebinger, M. Ruiz, G. Tepp*, F. Amelung, D. Geist, D. Coté*, (2017), Seismicity patterns during a period of inflation at Sierra Negra volcano, Galápagos Islands, Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 462, 162-172. 2017.

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