Editorial Team

The Seismica Editorial Team includes members of the Management Committee, members of the Operational teams, and Handling Editors.

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Christie Rowe, Executive Editor, Community
Christie is a Canada Research Chair in Earthquake Geology and Associate Professor at McGill University. She studies outcrops of active and ancient, exhumed faults to understand fault creep, earthquake slip, and healing throughout the crust and plate boundaries. At Seismica, Christie coordinates journal building and organizational structure as Seismica’s Executive Editor for Community.

Catherine (Kate) Rychert, Executive Editor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Dr. Catherine Rychert is an Associate Scientist with Tenure at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her work focuses on seismically imaging Earth’s interior to better understand mantle dynamics and plate tectonics. In particular she focuses on the thickness and definition of the tectonic plate. She is an executive editor at Seismica and leads the EDI taskforce.

Sam Teplitzky, Executive Editor, Open Science
Sam is an open science and Earth sciences librarian at University of California, Berkeley. She is the Open Science Editor at Seismica where she is helping to design and implement an open, transparent and reproducible workflow for Seismica authors. Sam is excited to support not only open access articles but also a fully open research process for the Seismica community.

Carmine Galasso, Executive Editor, Operations
Carmine is a Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering in the University College London (UCL)’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), UK. His research focuses on developing and applying probabilistic and statistical methods and computational tools for catastrophe risk modelling and disaster risk reduction for natural hazards, with particular emphasis on earthquakes and their cascading hazards. His research interests include earthquake-induced ground-motion selection, simulation and validation; time-dependent earthquake risk; impact-based earthquake early warning; earthquake-risk-informed and people-centred decision-making on urban planning and design. Carmine is the Executive Editor for Operations at Seismica.

Gareth Funning, Executive Editor, Production
Gareth works as a Professor at the University of California, Riverside. He is a geophysicist. By studying movements and deformation of the Earth's surface, he aims to learn more about processes that occur in the crust. These include earthquakes, the bending of the crust by plate tectonics, slow movements of faults ('fault creep'), and human activities such as geothermal power production. Gareth is the Executive Production Editor for Seismica.

Tran T. Huynh, Media & Growth, Chair
As the Associate Director for Science Operations for the Southern California Earthquake Center, Tran has responsibility for the Center’s strategic planning and implementation, budgeting and financial operations, research administration, personnel, communications, and core science operations. Within Seismica, Tran leads the Media & Growth team.

Kiran Thingbaijam, Fast Reports, Chair
Kiran Kumar S. Thingbaijam is a senior scientist (seismic hazard modeller) at GNS Science. His research explores seismic hazard analysis, with focus on empirical models of earthquake source and ground motion. At Seismica, he chairs the Fast Reports section, is on the Management Committee and contributes to the development of Editorial Policies and Guidelines.

Hannah Mark, Standards & Copy-Editing, co-Chair
Hannah is a geophysicist. Currently a postdoctoral investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she uses marine and terrestrial seismic data to study mantle dynamics and how tectonic processes interact with geochemical cycles. She is the co-chair of standards and copy-editing for Seismica, working on polishing and formatting accepted articles for publication.

Théa Ragon, Standards & Copy-Editing, co-Chair
Currently a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (USA), Théa uses geodetic and seismic data, and inverse or forward modeling, to better understand the deformation of the shallow parts of the Earth a few seconds to years before, during and after an earthquake. She is the co-chair of the Standards and Copy-Editing team for Seismica, and is probably editing and formatting your accepted manuscript as you read these lines. She also serves as Handling Editor.

Martijn van den Ende, Tech team, co-Chair
Martijn is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université Côte d’Azur working on a mix of earthquake cycle modelling, rock mechanics, observational seismology, fibre-optic sensing, and Deep Learning. Martijn formed the original “Task Force” that explored the feasibility of the Seismica initiative, and he currently assists the journal with technical matters such as maintenance of the website.

Thomas Lecocq, Tech team, co-Chair
Thomas is a seismologist working at the Seismology & Gravimetry department of the Royal Observatory of Belgium. Thomas does research on different topics of seismology and earthquake science, including intraplate earthquakes monitoring, imaging and monitoring with ambient seismic noise and volcanoseismology. He is a strong advocate for Free and Open Source software and contributes to different open source projects, namely ObsPy. Thomas is the co-chair of the technical team for Seismica.

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Kasey Aderhold, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Kasey is an earthquake seismologist working at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, primarily on projects and programs in instrumentation. She is lending a hand at Seismica to help address equity, diversity, and inclusion through best practices, policy, and procedures.

Tiegan Hobbs, Fast Reports
Tiegan Hobbs is a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada, and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. She leads the development of Canada's national seismic risk model, and is also interested in seismic hazard, active tectonics, geodesy, fault physics, and geotechnical engineering. She will be serving Seismica as a Fast Reports editor.

Ryo Okuwaki, Fast Reports
Ryo Okuwaki is an observational seismologist based at University of Tsukuba, Japan. His research covers a broad range of geophysics and seismology, mainly focusing on earthquake-source kinematics and physics, earthquake-source imaging, Earth’s subsurface phenomena, environmental seismology, and array seismology. For Seismica, he has been involved as a Fast Reports editor.

Matthew Agius, Media & Growth
Matthew Agius is a seismologist currently working as a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Malta. His research interests range from setting up and operating onshore and offshore seismic networks, processing seismic signals to locate earthquakes, real-time earthquake monitoring and tsunami simulation and using large seismic datasets to image the Earth's lithosphere and mantle structures.

Quentin Brissaud, Media & Growth
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Jaime Convers, Media & Growth
Jaime Convers is a seismologist, part of the branding, launch, and social media team in Seismica. His research incorporates seasonally induced seismicity and moment tensor inversions in southeast Brazil. He also works with calculations of radiated seismic energy for intermediate to large earthquakes. He is especially obsessed with the evaluation of energy-deficient Tsunami earthquakes applied to earthquake early warning.

Ezgi Karasozen, Media & Growth
Ezgi is a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her work focuses on developing techniques to better characterize the seismic source in real-time, in order to enhance monitoring capabilities and strengthen hazard response environments. Currently, she is working on detecting and locating landslide-triggered tsunamis in Southern Alaska. She is passionate about the real-time applicability of her research, and its public engagement component. At Seismica, she is a part of the Media & Growth Team, where she helps define and communicate Seismica's message with the broader community by creating content for different platforms.

Shiba Subedi, Media & Growth
Shiba is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland working on crustal imaging, seismicity, and education seismology mainly in the Himalayas. Shiba initiated a program Seismology at School which is bridging geoscientists with the public in Nepal. He has more than five years of experience in earthquake communication and outreach activities. Shiba is a member of the Seismica Media & Branding team.

Abhineet Gupta, Standards & Copy-Editing
Abhineet is an earthquake engineer focusing on how earthquakes impact communities. He works at the intersection of disaster risk forecasting, statistical modeling, and machine learning. He has worked on seismic rate assessment, ground motion prediction, and hazard and risk assessment for induced seismicity. His other research interests include measuring cascading impacts on interconnected lifeline infrastructure from disasters, and effective communication of uncertainties for decision making. At Seismica, he has worked as part of the media and growth, and the standard and copy-editing teams.

Kirsty Bayliss, Standards & Copy-Editing
Kirsty Bayliss is a statistical seismologist interested in earthquake hazard over different timescales. Her experience is in applying statistical methods to earthquake data to study clustering and to develop probabilistic earthquake forecasts. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Kirsty is part of the Standards and Copy-Editing team at Seismica.

Karen Pearson, Standards & Copy-Editing
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Keyla Ramirez, Standards & Copy-Editing
Keyla Ramirez Loaiza has joined the Seismica Copy Editing & Standards team. Her research interests are earthquake relocalitation, velocity model building and various geophysical data integration. She is the Head of the Geophysics Department at the Venezuelan Foundation for Seismological Research (FUNVISIS). As head of the department she develops with her team projects in Seismic Microzonation to ensure earthquake resistant building design codes, Geodynamic modeling in the South America – Caribbean Boundary, and the Andes of Merida and the and also contributes with the CTBTO National Data Centre . She studied at University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Claudia Reis, Standards & Copy-Editing
Cláudia Reis is a structural engineer from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon studying the cascading earthquake and tsunami effects on coastal structures. Her main interests are the geophysical characterization of earthquake and derivative tsunami phenomena, multi-hazard/risk assessment and mathematical tools to reproduce the physics involved during the interaction between extreme natural hazard and the response of the built environment. Within Seismica community, she is part of the Standards and Copy Editing Team.

Dragoș Toma-Dănilă, Tech team
Dragos is an experienced researcher in seismology and GIS, with a focus on seismic risk, network analysis and educational seismology. He works at the National Institute for Earth Physics, Romania and is currently involved in the Tech Team of Seismica, making sure that you don’t experience problems with your submission and article processing.

Jesper Sören Dramsch, Tech team
Jesper Dramsch works at the intersection of machine learning and physical, real-world data. Currently, they're working as a scientist for machine learning in numerical weather prediction at the coordinated organisation ECMWF. Jesper has defended a PhD in machine learning for geoscience at DTU. Their interests extend to reproducibility and sci-comm, which they apply in the Tech Team at Seismica.

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Atalay Ayele
Atalay Ayele is Prof. of Geophysics (Seismology) who is currently the director of the Institute of Geophysics Space Science and Astronomy of Addis Ababa University. He is currently involved in teaching and advising postgraduate students, coordinating & running the national seismic station network of the country, data analysis and research. He served as chairman of the coordinating committee for the EAGLE (Ethiopian Afar Geoscientific Lithospheric Experiment) which was conducted from 2001-2003 in the main Ethiopian rift and it is one of the successful projects in that region in geophysics discipline. He was also involved in broadband seismic experiments of the French (Strasbourg) and Penn State University working groups and the two projects are winded up successfully, Coordinator of sub-Saharan Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and founding president of the African Seismological Commission (AfSc). He is Visiting Fellow of Leeds and Bristol Universities. Prof. Ayele is fellow of the Ethiopian Science Academy. He is the 2021 international award recipient of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in recognition for making an outstanding contribution to furthering the Earth and space sciences and using science for the benefit of society in developing nations. Atalay serves as a handling editor.

Greg Beroza, Editorial Mentoring
Greg is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. His research is data-driven and focused on earthquake seismology. Among his interests are induced earthquakes, slow earthquakes, intermediate-depth earthquakes, ground motion prediction, and the use of machine learning for seismological analysis. He will be a handling editor at Seismica with an emphasis on editorial mentoring.

Pathikrit (Path) Bhattacharyaa
Path is a geophysicist working as an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Science Education and Research, India. His research interests are broadly within the domain of physics of earthquakes – both natural and human-induced. He has particularly focussed on understanding the role of friction and fluids in controlling fault behaviour within different parts of the earthquake cycle by combining rock deformation experiments, field observations and modelling. Within Seismica, Path is involved as a handling editor.

Åke Fagereng
Åke is a structural geologist based at Cardiff University, UK. His is interested in how the Earth deforms, and specifically in the range of fault slip styles from steady creep to earthquakes. He primarily studies natural fault rocks through field and lab studies, but also uses numerical models and deformation experiments, and participates in geophysical deployments. Ake has joined Seismica as a handling editor and member of the mentoring programme.

Alice-Agnes Gabriel
Alice is a seismologist combining physics-based computer simulations, routinely utilizing the largest supercomputers worldwide, with data-driven techniques and theoretical analysis to uncover the physical mechanisms relevant to understanding earthquakes. Her research bridges space-time scales as well as disciplines within Geophysics and with Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. For Seismica, she has been a member of the first task force and is now appointed as a Handling Editor.

Pablo Heresi
Pablo is an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Chile. His current research and expertise are within earthquake engineering and engineering seismology topics, including performance-based earthquake engineering, seismic hazard and risk analysis both on a building level and a regional scale, ground-motion characterization, and seismic protection devices. Pablo is part of the Seismica Board as Handling Editor.

Steve Hicks (he/him)
Stephen is a seismologist at Imperial College London (UK). His research interests cover structural seismology (e.g., 3-D tomographic imaging of seismic velocities, attenuation, anisotropy) and source seismology (earthquake rupture mechanics and source inversions) in a range of active tectonic environments (e.g., subduction zones, ocean transform faults), and induced seismicity. Stephen is passionate about making seismology and earthquake research more equitable and inclusive so he was part of the original Task-Force who initiated the original idea behind Seismica. Since then, Stephen has been involved in the development of the journal’s policies and guidelines, and as Handling Editor will put these into practice.

Paula Koelemeijer
Paula is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford in the UK. Her research has mostly focused on imaging and interpreting the seismic structure of the lower mantle, often using normal mode observations combined with geodynamic simulations and mineral physics. She also has an interest in using seismic noise to study animal and human behaviour. Paula is involved in Seismica as a Handling Editor.

Andrea Llenos
Andrea is a Research Geophysicist with the US Geological Survey. As a statistical seismologist, her research interests include earthquake forecasting, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, and understanding the causes and implications of natural and human-induced changes in seismicity rate. She is a Handling Editor for Seismica and has also helped develop guidelines for authors, reviewers, and editors.

Nicola Piana Agostinetti
Nicola is an Earth Scientist interested in the exploration and monitoring of the subsurface, for a sustainable exploitation of the geo-reosurces. In his research, he integrates various geo-observables to investigate the subsurface taking into consideration different perspectives. Nicola has a long-standing track-record (>20 years) in seismology, with experience ranging from field operations to data analysis and Earth modeling. When he is not "geo-researching”, he is either running or playing guitar. For Seismica, he has been involved in the writing of policies and guidelines and he is now part of the editorial board as Handling Editor.

Marino Protti Quesada
Marino Protti is a geophysicist and Director of the Costa Rica Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, at the National University (OVSICORI-UNA). He has over three decades of experience studying subduction processes that generate large earthquakes. He was part of an international team that anticipated the rupture area of the Nicoya September 5th, 2012, MW=7.6 earthquake. Marino is a Handling Editor at Seismica and involved in EDI work.

Mathilde Radiguet
Mathilde is a geophysicist based at Université Grenoble Alpes, France. Her research focussed on the study of the seismic cycle including earthquakes, interseismic deformations and slow fault slip. She uses geodetic (GNSS, InSAR) and seismic data to monitor crustal deformation and characterize fault processes. Mathilde has joined Seismica as a handling editor.

Lise Retailleau
Lise is a research scientist at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris based at the volcanological observatory of Piton de la Fournaise. Her research focuses on the analysis of the various seismic signals generated in volcanic contexts that propagate in the ocean or in the solid Earth. She studies the links between different events and volcanic activity. She also studies oceanic sources of signals and their use for Earth imaging. Lise joined Seismica as a Handling Editor.

Vitor Silva
Vitor Silva is an earthquake engineer with a focus on seismic hazard and risk analyses, development of methodologies to analyse the impact of earthquakes, and creation of open-source tools. He is the Risk Coordinator at the Global Earthquake Model Foundation and a senior researcher at the Research Unit RISCO at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Vitor is a strong advocate of open science, models and tools, and has contributed to the Seismica policies.

Danielle Sumy
Danielle is a seismologist and earthquake education researcher interested in how people think and act during earthquakes. Her research focuses on the ways people learn about earthquakes, whether through museum visits, library texts, or through various media sources, and the potential barriers to access and inclusion. This research contributes to the body of disaster risk reduction literature, particularly as it relates to earthquake and tsunami early warning. Danielle is motivated by her belief that earthquakes are natural, but disasters are not. Other research interests include earthquake triggering of induced earthquakes and hydrothermal/geothermal events. Danielle is at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, and currently works on the U.S. Geological Survey’s ShakeAlert earthquake early warning project.

Yen Joe Tan
Yen Joe is an Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interest involves using seismology to study various active tectonic processes such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including those occurring on the seafloor. He will contribute as a Handling Editor for Seismica.

Suzan van der Lee
Suzan is a data-driven seismologist and a professor in Earth and planetary sciences. She strives to unravel, predict, and understand the dynamics of the Earth’s deep interior, utilizing her expertise in observational & computational seismology, including tomographic imaging of the Earth’s mantle and crust. She has led numerous big-data analyses and seismic data acquisition field experiments in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Suzan is excited to begin her role on the editorial board of Seismica at the end of 2022, when she completes prior professional service commitments.

Lauren Waszek
Lauren is a global seismologist, studying the structure and properties of Earth’s interior from the shallow mantle to the inner core. Her research integrates seismic observations with modeling from mineral physics and geodynamics, in order to constrain compositional characteristics and the associated dynamical processes. Lauren is a lecturer in Physics at James Cook University, and acts as a handling editor for Seismica.

Randy Williams
Randy is a senior research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research includes field, laboratory, and numerical investigations of fault and earthquake mechanics in addition to the feedbacks between deformation, fluid flow, and mass transport in the crust. Other interests include paleoseismology and quantitative approaches to better constraining the periodicity (or lack thereof) of large earthquakes in the rock record. Randy is a Handling Editor for Seismica.

Wenbin Xu
Wenbin is professor in geodesy and geophysics at Central South University, China. His research focuses on the use of space geodesy (InSAR, GNSS) to study crustal deformation associated with a variety of geophysical and anthropogenic processes, such as earthquake cycle deformation, volcanic activity, land subsidence, and so on. Within Seismica, He is committed to serve as handling editor.