Kathryn Materna
Assistant Professor
Geological Sciences • CIRES


  • PhD (Earth and Planetary Science): University of California, Berkeley
  • BS (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science): MIT


My interests are in tectonic deformation related to the earthquake cycle and the generation of seismicity. I use space-geodetic techniques (such as GPS and InSAR) and seismic datasets (such as characteristically repeating earthquakes) to understand these processes, including coseismic and interseismic deformation, aseismic creep, seasonal elastic loading, and induced seismicity. My research often focuses on regions in California, such as the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mendocino Triple Junction, and the Brawley Seismic Zone, but also includes other active areas around the world.   

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