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Our faculty are internationally recognized as some of the foremost authorities on fault mechanics, earthquake forecasting, seismic imaging, and deep earth structure. Field areas range from downtown Los Angeles to remote Siberia. Within UCLA, we work closely with specialists in tectonics, geodesy, geocomplexity, and applied mathematics to solve recalcitrant problems. We also take advantage of our special geographical location. California is a famous hotbed of earthquake research, with major collaboratories such as the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Here we need only to step outside our doors to see the objects of our research.

Faculty in Geophysics

Title Position Email Address
Jonathan Aurnou Professor
Peter Bird Professor Emeritus
Paul Davis Professor Emeritus
Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni Department Chair & Professor - Louis B. and Martha B. Slichter Endowed Chair in Geosciences
Jean-Luc Margot Professor
Lingsen Meng Associate Professor
William Newman Professor
Gerald Schubert Professor Emeritus
Lars Stixrude Professor