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Suzan Van Der Lee

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences


Areas of Focus

  • Earthquakes
  • Geophysics
  • Seismology
  • Earth’s interior structure and dynamics
  • Field sensors
  • Data science


  • Structure of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle, specifically North and South America, the larger Mediterranean region, East Asia, and parts of Africa
  • Seismic tomography
  • Ambient seismic noise
  • Geodynamics, specifically the fate of subducted tectonic plates and related processes, such as the Earth’s deep water cycle
  • Earthquakes — their mechanisms, rupture processes, potential triggers and seismic wave propagation
  • Mid-continent rift — specifically its buried structures inferred from seismic imaging