G&G100, Natural Disasters

Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2017

Natural events and their impact on humanity and the built environment. Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides, coastal flooding, tornados, hurricanes, and meteoritic impacts. Hazard mitigation strategies. Consequences of global warming.

G&G456/556, Introduction to Seismology

Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2017

Advanced undergraduate and graduate course covering earthquakes and seismic waves, P and S waves, surface waves and free oscillations, remote sensing of Earth’s interior and faulting mechanisms.

G&G370/757, Regional Perspectives on Global Geoscience

Spring 2017

Reading seminar in preparation for two-week G&G department field trip to Japan in June 2017.

G&G240, Forensic Geoscience 

Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Spring 2015

Approaches and technologies developed for geoscience that have been adapted and applied in criminal, environmental, historical, and archaeological investigations. Methods related to seismology, geophysics, geomorphology, geochemistry, and radiometric dating. Case studies include nuclear treaty verification, detection of unexploded ordnance and clandestine graves, military history, soil and groundwater contamination, archaeological controversies, art and antiquities fraud, and narcotics provenance.

G&G744, Seminar in Mantle and Core Processes

Fall 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2014

A seminar covering advanced topics concerning physical and chemical processes in the mantle and core of the Earth and planets. Topics have included the transition zone and lower mantle, results from the EarthScope project, and core-mantle boundary structure and dynamics.

G&G640 Physics and Phenomenology of Subduction

Spring 2010

An overview of the physical processes relevant to subduction zones. Topics include thermal and petrological structure of subduction systems, the balance of forces, slab morphology, mantle flow, subduction initiation and termination, seismicity, magmatism, and accretionary vs. erosive subduction.

G&G558, Observational Seismology

Fall 2009

An overview of techniques used in observational global seismology, including the theory and application of commonly used analysis methods, an exploration of current research topics, and topics in field seismology.