At Work: Natalie Balfour

Natalie Balfour

20 September 2023–Throughout her career, Natalie Balfour has moved back and forth between research, management and leadership roles. “It is a bit of who I am,” said Balfour, now the head of research at Toka Tū Ake EQC, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission. “I love learning about natural hazards, about … Continue Reading »

At Work: Carene Larmat

18 August 2023–It sounds like science fiction, but one of Carene Larmat’s tasks as a geoscientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory is time reversal. “During my Ph.D. it became possible to perform time reversal of the seismic waves created by an earthquake, using a supercomputer and the full waveform solver … Continue Reading »

At Work: Ruth Harris

Ruth Harris at 2023 SSA Annual Meeting

19 July 2023–Like all scientific disciplines, seismology is not immune to trends. And right now, creeping faults are having a bit of a moment, according to Ruth Harris. The topic is a long-time research interest of Harris, a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center and president … Continue Reading »

At Work: Greg McLaskey

Greg McLaskey in lab

19 June 2023–Interested in math and science early on, and looking for a job that would benefit society, Greg McLaskey went to college to study civil engineering. “The thing that excited me the most about civil engineering was non-destructive testing,” he recalled, so he was soon learning all about wave … Continue Reading »

At Work: Simona Gabrielli

Simona Gabrielli at Mount St. Helens

22 May 2023–Simona Gabrielli studies seismic attenuation, or what happens when a seismic wave interacts with its surrounding medium. She compares it to how a stone dropped into a pond sends ripples through the water, and the ripples change direction depending on what they meet as they move across the … Continue Reading »

At Work: Wasja Bloch

Wasja Bloch in snow

14 April 2023–As he studied subduction zone seismicity, Wasja Bloch noticed that water was sometimes used as a wild card when it came to explaining what lays below these complex tectonic plate margins. “If people do interpretations of subsurface images and something’s odd, they sometimes pull the ‘fluid joker,’” Bloch … Continue Reading »