BSSA Editorial Staff and Board of Editors

Martin Mai, Editor-in-Chief

Mai is Professor of Geophysics at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, which he joined as founding faculty in June 2009. He received his MS degree from University Karlsruhe (1995), his PhD from Stanford University 2002, and was post-docs (2002-2004) and research scientist (2004 – 2009) at ETH Zurich, Institute of Geophysics and the Swiss Seismological Service. Martin’s research addresses the physics of earthquakes and the complexity of earthquake phenomena, with emphasis on earthquake-source imaging, dynamic rupture modeling, ground-motion and tsunami simulations, and earthquake mechanics. He became Editor-in-Chief of BSSA in January 2022.

Mark Stirling, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Stirling is the inaugural Chair/Professor of Earthquake Science at the University of Otago, and is a seismologist with a multidisciplinary background in geology and seismology. He specialises in the integration of geological, seismological and geodetic datasets for seismotectonic and seismic hazard modelling. He moved to his present position in February 2016, and prior to that was a Principal Scientist at GNS Science. He led the development of the last three versions of the national seismic hazard model for New Zealand (1998, 2002 and 2012), which is the hazard basis for the New Zealand Loadings Standard. He has worked extensively in industry-funded projects in the building construction, hydroelectric power, nuclear, and development aid sectors, and is widely recognised for his pioneering collaborative work with US colleagues on the use of historical and geological observations to validate seismic hazard models. He has been the recipient of two Otto Glogau Awards from the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering for his publications, was Society President for the period 2004-2006, and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2007. He has served on the editorial board since 2012, and he became Deputy Editor in January 2022.

Hannah Calhoun, Managing Editor
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Paige Horvath, Production Coordinator

Associate Editors

Aybige Akinci
Akinci is a senior researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) in Rome, Italy. She earned her B.Sc. degree in Geophysical Engineering from Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in Türkiye, where she also served as an Associate Professor in the same department until 2000. During her Ph.D., she focused on “Seismic Waves Attenuation in Western Anatolia and Southern Spain” at the Department of Physics, University of Salerno, Italy, in 1994. In the post-doctorate phase from 1998 to 1999, she actively participated in projects related to “Middle East Seismic and Crustal Attenuation Studies” and “Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Mapping and Ground Motion Relations for the Central United States” at the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University, USA. Her primary research areas encompass Seismic Wave Attenuation, Ground Motion Scaling, and both Probabilistic and Deterministic Seismic Hazard Assessments. Akinci joined the editorial board of BSSA in November 2023.

Céline Beauval
Beauval is a researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), and at ISTerre in Grenoble, France. She received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Grenoble while at the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety in Paris. She joined IRD in 2005 after completing a postdoc at the University of Potsdam. Her research interests are related to probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA) : historical seismicity, earthquake catalogs, long-term earthquake forecasts, sensitivity of hazard estimates to uncertainties on the source and ground-motion models, testing ground-motion models and seismic hazard estimates against observations, inclusion of site effects into PSHA. Céline joined the editorial board of BSSA in April 2022.

Fabian Bonilla
Bonilla is a seismologist at the Université Paris Est, France. He received a PhD in Geological Sciences in 2000 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the supervision of Ralph Archuleta. He worked at IRSN (the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety) from 2000 to 2010. His research interests are strong-motion seismology, wave propagation in complex media including nonlinear soil behavior, and monitoring of soil dynamic properties using continuous recordings.

Sanjay Singh Bora
Bora is an engineering seismologist and assistant professor of Earth sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India. He received his first Masters in Physics from Kumaun University, Nainital, India and a second Masters in Computational Seismology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Geophysics in 2016 from University of Potsdam, Germany. He subsequently worked at the Swiss Seismological Service (SED), ETH Zurich, and at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam. His main research interests are in seismic-hazard analyses, in particular strong motion seismology, ground motion models (GMMs), site effects and earthquake source parameters. Sanjay joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2021.

Richard Briggs
Briggs is a research geologist with the USGS in Golden, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his B.S. degree from Stanford University.  He joined USGS after completing a postdoc at Caltech. His interests include earthquake geology, paleoseismology, seismotectonics, and seismic hazard models. Rich joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2016.

Thomas Brocher
Brocher is a Research Geophysicist in the US Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, California, where he recently served as Center Director.  He received his B.S. in geology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and his Ph.D. in geophysics from Princeton University in 1980.  He came to the USGS in 1985 after leading research cruises for the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research interests include seismotectonics, imaging crustal structure, simulating ground motions in 3D crustal structure, and hazard assessment. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2016.

Silvia Castellaro
Castellaro is associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Bologna, Italy. She received her M.S. degree in Geophysics (1998), B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering (2002), and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences (2002) from the University of Bologna. She has worked on time-dependent and independent seismic hazard assessment methods and earthquake catalog homogenization. She also spent some years working on statistical seismological problems, particularly on magnitude conversions. Her interest later moved to engineering seismology and specifically to the dynamic behavior of soils and structures. She is passionate about geophysical exploration methods and instrumentation. Castellaro joined the editorial board of BSSA in April 2021.

Eric Chael
Chael is a seismologist in the Ground-Based Monitoring Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1983. At Sandia, he has worked primarily on seismic monitoring of underground explosions. His research interests have included seismic source spectra, event identification methods, and automated waveform analysis. Eric joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2010.

Luis Angel Dalguer
Dalguer is a seismologist and structural engineer. He received his first PhD in structural engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and a second PhD in Geophysics (Seismology) from Kyoto University in 2002. In 2018 he opened his own consulting company “3Q-Lab GmbH” providing professional service on seismology and earthquake engineering related problems. He is advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on issues related to seismic hazard for nuclear installations. Previously, he was working for the nuclear industry in Swissnuclear as seismic hazard and structural analysis specialist; He also served in research positions at the Swiss seismological service (SED), ETH-Zurich; at San Diego State University, at University of Tokyo, at University of Kyoto. His main research is on physics-based earthquake rupture for near-source ground motion modeling and their engineering applications. His interest includes seismic hazard assessment (probabilistic and deterministic), near-source ground motion evaluation, ground motion prediction equations, site effects, ground motion selection for engineering application, earthquake-resistant structural analysis and design, fragility curves development, risk mitigation. Luis joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2013.

John Douglas
Douglas has been a Managing Consultant in the Built Environment group at Frazer-Nash Consultancy (Glasgow, UK) since April 2024. Previously, he was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). From 2004 to 2015 he was an engineering seismologist at BRGM (French Geological Survey) and from 2009 to 2014 he was also a visiting professor at the University of Iceland. He received his PhD from the University of London (Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK) in 2001 and his Habilitation à diriger des recherches from the Université de Grenoble (France) in 2010. His principal research interest is seismic-hazard assessment, in particular ground-motion prediction, including compiling a GMPE compendium ( John joined the editorial board of BSSA in July 2011.

 Matthew Gerstenberger
Gerstenberger is a seismologist and Principal Scientist at GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand in the Earth Structures and Processes Department. He received his Ph.D. in aftershock hazard assessment from ETH-Zürich in 2003. His research interests include probabilistic assessment of earthquake hazards, modelling of uncertainty, time-dependent modelling, statistical seismology, and testing of earthquake forecast models. He leads the development of the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model.  Matthew joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2012.

Jeanne Hardebeck
Hardebeck is a research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center in Moffett Field, California. She received her M.S. in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1997 and her Ph.D in Geophysics from Caltech in 2001. After receiving her Ph.D., she served as a Green Postdoctoral Scholar for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. She was a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholar for the USGS Earthquakes Hazard Team and started as a Research Geophysicist for the USGS Earthquakes Hazard Team in 2004. Her research interests include stress-change and earthquake triggering, crustal stress, seismotectonics, earthquake statistics, and aftershock forecasting.  Jeanne served on the editorial board of BSSA from 2002 to 2010 and rejoined in October 2021.

Caroline Holden
Holden is a strong motion seismologist. She received her PhD from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2004. She worked as a senior seismologist for GNS Science for over 14 years. In 2021 she started her own consulting company “SeismoCity” providing expertise on ground motion modelling, earthquake early warning systems, as well as assessment of building response to ground shaking. She is also passionate about sharing science with the public, media, schools and natural hazard agencies. Caroline joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2022.

YoungHee Kim
Kim is a professor of Geophysics (Seismology) in School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Seoul National University, South Korea. She received her Ph.D. in Geophysics at Caltech in 2011 and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in 2011-2012. Her principal research interests focus on the use of seismic array data to provide insights into processes occurring in the crust and mantle. Her recent research interests focus on lithosphere structure/processes via body-wave seismic imaging, locating and characterizing earthquakes, and tectonics. YoungHee joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2019.

Yann Klinger
Klinger is a scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Strasbourg, under supervision of L. Dorbath and J. P. Avouac. He joined CNRS in 2001 after completing a postdoc at Caltech. His interest is focused on how faults accommodate deformation through the earthquake cycle, and his expertise is in paleoseismology, seismo-tectonics, and active tectonics. Yann joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2010.

Nicola Litchfield
Litchfield is a Tectonic Geomorphologist/Earthquake Geologist and Principal Scientist at GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Otago in 2000 and was a post-doctoral fellow at GNS Science 2001-2004. Her research focuses on active fault mapping and paleoseismology, marine and fluvial terraces as recorders of permanent uplift, particularly in the Hikurangi Subduction Margin, and contributing paleoseismic data to seismic hazard modeling. Nicola joined the editorial board of BSSA in April 2016.

Adrien Oth
Oth is a senior seismologist and the scientific director of the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS) in Luxembourg. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Karlsruhe in 2007. His research interests include earthquake source parameters and seismic wave propagation, strong-motion analysis and ground motion models, earthquake early warning systems, site effects, and volcano seismology. Adrien joined the editorial board of BSSA in November 2017.

Junghyun Park
Park is a research scientist in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX. She received her Ph.D. in geophysics from SMU in 2013. Her research focuses on the use of seismic and infrasound array data to monitor (signal detection, association, and event location) anthropogenic sources such as underground nuclear explosions or mining explosions near the Earth’s surface and to quantify the source characterization. Her expertise includes forensic seismology, seismoacoustic data analysis, underground nuclear explosion monitoring, and data quality control tools. Junghyun joined the editorial board of BSSA in December 2021.

Stefano Parolai
Parolai is the director of the Seismological Research Centre at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) in Italy. He received a Ph.D. in geophysics from University of Genova in 1997. His research interests include the effects of surface geology on seismic motion, strong-motion data analysis, source parameters, application of signal processing with focus on borehole data, early warning systems and multihazard and multirisk assessment. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2009.

Arben Pitarka
Pitarka is a seismologist in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore. He received his first Ph.D. in engineering seismology at the University of Tirana, Albania, and his second Ph.D. in seismology from Kyoto University in 1997. His research interests include development of numerical techniques for modeling wave propagation, ground-motion simulation, and rupture dynamics, and their application in strong-ground-motion prediction, seismic scattering, and underground nuclear-explosion monitoring. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in March 2005.

Ricardo Taborda
Taborda is a civil engineer who works at the interface of engineering and earthquake seismology, with interest in numerical modeling and large-scale ground motion simulation, and also strong-motion seismology and its applications in structural and geotechnical engineering, including soil-structure and site-city interaction. He received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Universidad EAFIT, a first M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a second M.Sc. in Structural Mechanics from the University of Southern California, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked at Carnegie Mellon with the Quake Group and at The University of Memphis with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information. He currently serves as Dean of Engineering at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia. Ricardo joined the editorial board of BSSA in October 2021.

Cezar I. Trifu
Trifu was a researcher with National Institute for Earth Physics in Romania before moving in 1992 to Queen’s University in Canada. In 1993 he co-founded ESG Solutions, and served as Director of Mining and Geotechnical Services, and then Executive Vice-President. He was also guest professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at Xiamen University in China. Cezar is adjunct professor with the Department of Mining Engineering at Queen’s University. His expertise is in seismic source, induced seismicity and use of passive seismic monitoring techniques to various geotechnical applications. Cezar joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2000.

Victor C. Tsai
Tsai is an associate professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, worked as a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey, and was an assistant professor and then professor at Caltech for eight years prior to his move to Brown. His interests include earthquake and glacier mechanics, ground motions, seismic imaging and wave propagation, solid/fluid interactions, and ambient seismic noise. Victor joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2022.

Shengji Wei
Wei is an assistant professor in the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Asian School of Environment in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He graduated in Geophysics (B.S., 2004) and received a Ph.D. in Geophysics (2009) from the University of Science and Technology of China and spent his postdoc time at the CalTech SeismoLab. His research focuses on earthquake source studies, involving integrating multidisciplinary approaches for rupture imaging and developing high frequency waveform inversion and modeling techniques. Shengji works closely with collaborators in rock mechanics, earthquake dynamic simulation, geodesy, and geology to decipher fundamental earthquake physics questions. He is also interested in Southeast Asia seismology, volcano seismology and crustal to upper mantle structure imaging to better understand tectonic and geodynamic processes. Shengji joined the editorial board of BSSA in October 2021.

Ivan G. Wong
Wong is a Principal Seismologist with Lettis Consultants International in Walnut Creek, California.  For the past 41 years, he has the evaluated the seismic hazards of more than 700 important and critical facilities worldwide.  He serves as a consultant to numerous federal, state, and local government agencies.  Ivan’s research interests focus on areas relevant to seismic hazard and risk assessments including seismotectonics, seismicity, strong motion seismology, both empirical and numerical ground motion modeling, site response analysis, and induced seismicity.  Ivan has also served in a number of roles for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute including its editorial board.  Ivan joined the editorial board of BSSA in 1999.

Jiancang Zhuang
Zhuang is an associate Professor of statistics in the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM), Tokyo. He received his PhD in statistics from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan in 2003. He worked as a post-doc fellow in ISM and UCLA from 2003 to 2007. He became a faculty member in ISM in 2007 and now is the leader of the statistical seismology research group in ISM. His main research is on probability and statistical problems in seismology, including statistical modelling and probability forecasting of seismicity, forecast evaluation, seismic hazard assessment, Bayesian geophysical inversion, and statistical learning in seismology. Jiancang joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2022.