Lara Wagner
Field Seismology

Dr. Wagner's research has included fieldwork internationally in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and now Colombia, and in the U.S. in Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Georgia, North Carolina, and Delaware. Collaboration is ongoing to deploy a network of seismometers in Western Africa.

Manoochehr Shirzaei
Expert Remote Sensing

Dr. Shirzei is an expert in satellite geodesy, inverse theory, signal processing, modeling techniques, and physics of crustal deformation. We are investigating how InSAR data can improve understanding of the underlying mechanism associated with seismic and aseismic faulting processes in West Africa - i.e, the evolution of crustal stresses and seismic hazard due to fluid extraction and disposal.

Folarin Kolawole
Structural Geoloist

Dr. Kolawole is a structural geologist. Research intersection with our group involves the integration of structural geology, near-surface geophysics, and geomechanics to understand 1) how the earth’s lithosphere breaks up, and the dynamics of natural earthquakes in areas far away from active tectonic boundaries i.e. intraplate earthquakes.

Vedran Lekic
Collaborator/Postdoc Mentor
During my Postdoc work at the University of Maryland (UMD), I worked in Professor Vedran Lekic’s Seismology lab. We are developing novel inversion techniques to constrain a multi-parameter elastic model of the United States continental crust. Professor Lekic works on using both observational, theoretical, and computational infrastructure to image Earth’s interior structure. Follow links below for more
Roberta Rudnick
Collaborator/Postdoc Mentor
Research on crustal structure will utilize the new seismological constraints obtained from Earthscope's USArray to improve our understanding of the structure, composition and evolution of Earth’s continental crust. Working with Professor Roberta Rudnick I am developing insights on how to combine seismological data with the petrological, geochemical and heat-flow database.
Bill McDonough
Collaborator/Postdoc Mentor
Improved constraints on crustal composition includes the heat producing elements in the crust. By applying crustal corrections, better estimates of the mantle contribution to heat loss and convective vigor can be estimated. Collaborating with Bill and his graduate student (Scott Wipperfurth), we hope to use the new crustal models to estimate Earth’s thermal budget by incorporating geoneutrino measurements.


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