Cliff Thurber

Clifford H. Thurber
(608) 262-6027
Office: 104A Weeks Hall
Recent Publications | Geophysics Research


Professor Thurber expects to be on sabbatical in academic year 2018-2019.  As a result, he will not be accepting new graduate students or hosting summer internships next year.


Professor Thurber is an international leader in research on three-dimensional seismic imaging (“seismic tomography”) using earthquakes. His primary research interests are in the application of seismic tomography to fault zones, volcanoes, and subduction zones, with a long-term focus on the San Andreas fault in central California and volcanoes in Hawaii and Alaska. Other areas of expertise include earthquake location (the topic of a book he edited) and geophysical inverse theory (the topic of a book he co-authored).


At the undergraduate level, Professor Thurber has taught General Geology, Environmental Geology, and Applied Geophysics. At the graduate level, Professor Thurber has taught Physics of the Earth II (Seismology), Geophysical Inverse Theory, Tectonophysics, and a variety of seminars on faults and volcanoes.