Large sand dike near St. Louis, Missouri
The primary focus of our research is paleoseismology, or the study of
prehistoric earthquakes as preserved in the geologic record. The purpose of paleoseismology is to
define the earthquake potential of fault zones or source areas. We also study other geologic hazards, review earthquake hazard
assessments, provide geological expertise for archeological investigations, train earth scientists in paleoseismology, and develop educational materials about geosciences.
- Paleoseismology and neotectonics of North America and the Caribbean.
- Earthquake potential of the New Madrid seismic zone, central U.S.
- Earthquake-induced liquefaction and ground failure.
- Tsunami hazards and characteristics of tsunami deposits.
- Application of remote-sensing techniques in paleoseismology.