SRL Editorial Office and Board of Editors

Main editorial office: srl@seismosoc.org

Allison Bent, Editor-in-Chief
Natural Resources Canada, srleditor@seismosoc.org

Bent has been a research seismologist with Natural Resources Canada since earning her Ph. D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1990. Her research interests include earthquake sources, earthquakes in stable continental environments, crustal structure, ground motions and the seemingly never-ending issues surrounding magnitudes. Stemming from her research on historical earthquakes, she now finds herself an advocate for the preservation and digitization of analog seismograms. She spent two terms on SSA’s Board of Directors and five years as an Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America prior to becoming Editor-In-Chief of SRL in July 2019.

Annastasia Pratt, Managing Editor
J&J Editorial, LLC, srl@seismosoc.org

Pratt is a managing editor at J&J Editorial, LLC. She received an undergraduate degree in English and a certificate in publishing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has been with J&J since 2017 and has experience on a variety of engineering, medical and scientific titles. Annastasia has served as the Manuscript Coordinator for SRL since January 2020.

Associate Editors

Natalie Balfour, Earthquake Commission, New Zealand

Balfour is a seismologist and the manager of research at the Earthquake Commission in New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Victoria, British Columbia and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian National University. She moved back to New Zealand to work on GeoNet at GNS Science and then took up her current role at the Earthquake Commission. Her interests include real-time hazard monitoring networks, earthquake location and source characterisation, seismic hazard, crustal stress and public education. Balfour joined the editorial board of SRL in 2020.

Keywords: real-time hazard monitoring, earthquake location and source characterization, seismic hazard, crustal stress, science to practice and public education


William Frank, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frank is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. His research deals subduction dynamics and how to leverage microseismicity to interrogate the geodetic record to recover the evolution of fault motion throughout the earthquake cycle. He joined SRL as an Associate Editor in 2020.

Keywords: seismology, geodesy, earthquake physics, subduction, tectonophysics


Thomas Goebel, University of Memphis, Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Goebel is an assistant professor at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics in 2013 at the University of Southern California where he studied seismicity statistics and fault roughness. He was a postdoc at Caltech and University of California, Santa Cruz before joining the faculty at the University of Memphis in 2019. His research interests include the study of natural, induced and laboratory quakes as well as fault structure and hydrology.

Keywords: induced seismicity, rock mechanics, statistical seismology


Erol Kalkan, QuakeLogic Inc.

Kalkan is a structural engineer and CEO/Founder of QuakeLogic. He received his B.Sc. degree in civil engineering and first M.Sc. degree in engineering seismology. His second M.Sc. degree is in structural engineering. His doctoral degree is in structural and geotechnical engineering from University of California, Davis. His postdoctoral studies were conducted at University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked as a research structural engineer and strong-motion network manager for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, California. His research interests include structural health monitoring, earthquake-early warning, signal processing, ground-motion prediction, wave-propagation and seismic hazard quantification. He joined the editorial board of SRL in 2010.

Keywords: structural health monitoring, ground-motion prediction, seismic monitoring, signal processing, earthquake early warning, seismic hazard, wave-propagation


Zefeng Li, University of Science and Technology of China

Li is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Sciences at University of Science and Technology of China based in Hefei, China. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 and worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Seismological Laboratory at Caltech from 2017-2020. His main research interests are understanding of earthquake phenomena and mitigation of seismic hazards. His recent research topics include machine learning analysis of big seismic data and distributed acoustic sensing for earthquake monitoring. Li joined the editorial board of SRL in 2019.

Keywords: earthquake physics, seismic hazards, machine learning, distributed acoustic sensing


Dan McNamara, Daniel McNamara Consulting, LLC


Xyoli Pérez-Campos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Pérez-Campos is a professor in the Institute of Geophysics of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She received her Ph.D. in geophysics at Stanford in 2002 under the supervision of Greg Beroza. She was a posdoctoral scholar and a visitor professor in Caltech. Her principal research interests focus on the changes in the slab geometry and the processes associated with it but she is also interested in the relationship of source parameters and strong motions. Her recent research interests also focus on real-time seismic monitoring.

Keywords: seismic structure, source parameters, strong motion, monitoring


Valerie Sahakian, University of Oregon

Sahakian is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon in the Department of Earth Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. in geophysics in 2015 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Sahakian’s research interests include fault characterization using shallow and deep marine active-source seismic methods, ground-motion estimation with empirical and physics-based models, site effects and earthquake source physics.

Keywords: ground-motion estimation, active-source imaging, earthquake source physics


Brandon Schmandt, University of New Mexico

Schmandt is an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of New Mexico where he has been on the faculty since 2013. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Oregon and was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech from 2011-2012. His research interests include structural imaging and source seismology applied to tectonic and magmatic systems, mantle physical state and mechanical surface processes. Collection and analysis of seismic data from arrays with large numbers of sensors is a common link across most of his research topics. Schmandt joined the editorial board of SRL in 2018.

Keywords: crust, mantle, tectonics, volcanoes


Tim Stahl, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Stahl is a senior lecturer in tectonics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. From 2015-2017 he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury in 2015 for his work on active reverse faults in the Southern Alps and landslides in the 2010 Darfield earthquake. His current interests include characterizing seismic and coseismic hazards, as well as tectonic geomorphology and fault studies more broadly. Stahl joined the editorial board of SRL in 2020.

Keywords: paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology, seismic hazard, landslides


Eric M. Thompson, U.S. Geological Survey

Thompson is a research geophysicist with the USGS in Golden, Colorado. He earned a B.S. in earth science from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2002 and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University in 2009. He joined the USGS in 2015 where he participates in research, development and operations of many earthquake hazard products, including near-real-time products (ShakeMap for ground motion shaking intensity, and also rapid ground failure estimates), improved national-scale earthquake scenarios that are used by emergency planners and automated ground motion processing methods. He has participated in the reconnaissance of geotechnical effects of recent earthquakes, including the 2015 Gorkha, 2018 Anchorage, and 2020 Puerto Rico earthquakes. Thompson serves as the engineering seismology and impacts coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program, and joined SRL as an associate editor in 2012.

Keywords: earthquake, hazards, engineering, seismology


Hongfeng Yang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Yang is an associate professor in the Earth system science program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2010 from Saint Louis University. His research interest includes earthquake source physics, subduction zone dynamics, fault zone structure and evolution and induced earthquakes. He joined the editorial board of SRL in 2018.

Keywords: dynamic rupture simulation, subduction zone dynamics, fault zone structure and evolution, induced earthquakes


Eastern Section Editor

Oliver Boyd, U.S. Geological Survey

Boyd is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey studying various aspects of seismic hazard including ground motions and earthquake probabilities. He began with the USGS National Seismic Hazards Modeling Project in Golden, Colorado in 2004 studying time-dependent seismic hazard in Alaska. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 2007 to focus on earthquake hazards in the central and eastern United States (CEUS) and returned to Golden in 2013 to work on issues related to earthquake hazards across the conterminous United States, specifically those related to earthquake ground motions as part of the Ground Motion Project. Prior to joining the Survey, he obtained his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Keywords: seismic hazard, earthquakes, crustal structure, ground motion, North America


EduQuakes Editor

Alan Kafka, Weston Observatory, Boston College

Kafka’s research and teaching interests span the intersection of geophysics, earthquake science, environmental systems and citizen science for the public good. He studies earthquakes and seismological processes in many regions of planet Earth, and has long been obsessed with the enigma of why earthquakes occur in the Eastern U.S., deep in the interior of the North American plate. Kafka is inspired by and active in promoting today’s new technologies that drive emerging opportunities for cooperation among seismologists and students of all backgrounds and ages around the world.

Keywords: geophysics, earthquake science, environmental systems, citizen science


Electronic Seismologist Editor

Abhijit Ghosh, University of California, Riverside

Ghosh is an earthquake seismologist and an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011. He is interested in understanding the physics of earthquake slip and rupture dynamics by studying a wide spectrum of earthquake signals, including signals associated with slow earthquakes. He specialized in seismic array techniques and its applications in imaging earthquakes — big and small, slow and fast. Ghosh is also interested in aftershock studies, and how fault structure influences earthquake rupture. He joined the SRL editorial board in 2018.

Historical Seismologist Editor

John Ebel, Weston Observatory, Boston College

Ebel is a professor of geophysics at Boston College and a senior research scientist at the Weston Observatory. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. He has been on the faculty at Boston College and affiliated with Weston Observatory since 1981. His research focus has been on the seismicity and seismotectonics of central and eastern North America, with an emphasis on the seismicity of the northeastern U.S. His research also has concentrated on seismic hazard analyses, earthquake statistics, earthquake source studies and earthquake forecasting and prediction, both in the U.S. and globally.

Keywords: seismicity and seismotectonics, seismic hazard analysis, earthquake statistics, earthquake sources, earthquake forecasting and prediction


Data Mine Editor

Taka’aki Taira, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

Taira is a research seismologist at Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Hokkaido University, Japan in 2004. His research interests include 4D imaging of Earth’s structure, seismic instrumentation, earthquake rupture process and seismic wave propagation. He has been heavily involved in the operations of Northern California Earthquake Data Center to maintain and improve station metadata and waveform quality. Taira joined the editorial board of SRL in 2014.

Keywords: seismic imaging, seismic instrumentation, earthquake rupture process, seismic wave propagation


Communicating Science Editor

Maurice Lamontagne, Geological Survey of Canada

Lamontagne is a geological engineer and a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada since 1985. He received his Ph.D. from Carleton University in 1999. He has been working on Eastern Canadian earthquakes and their impacts. He participated in a number of aftershock field surveys. He is an official spokesperson when there is a widely felt or a devastating global earthquake.

Keywords: intraplate earthquakes, induced seismicity, historical seismicity, risk communications