Cliff Thurber

Clifford H. Thurber

Emeritus Professor Seismology

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Office: 104A Weeks Hall

Recent Publications | Geophysics Research

Professor Thurber retired from teaching in summer 2020, although he is still active in research.  As a result, he will not be accepting new graduate students or hosting summer interns.


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).