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Undergraduate Research

Students interested in gaining research experience in seismology are encouraged to contact us for research opportunities. The following students worked on various seismological projects at the Graduate School of Oceanography. Their research activities were supported by NSF research grants and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography (SURFO), a summer program designed primarily for students who have just completed their junior year. There are also year-round research opportunities. URI undergraduates may carry out Special Studies under the guidance of a faculty member.

Ron Camara (Univ. of RI) Effects of glacial melting on seismic wave propagation, fall, 2010.

Brian Covellone (Univ. of RI) Wave propagation through a hydrothermal vent at the Juan de Fuca Ridge, spring, 2007.

Robert Dubuc (Univ. of Oregon) The coupling of tsunami and seismic energy, summer, 2006.

John Mischler (Augustana College, IL) Seismicity at the Lucky Strike, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge south of the Azores islands, summer, 2004.

Danielle Stroup (Florida State Univ., major: physics) T-phase and tsunamigenic earthquakes, research cruises near Iceland, summer, 2003.

John Blum (University of Michigan, major: physics) Mantle discontinuity structure beneath southern Africa, 06/2002-05/2003. He participated in a research cruise off Iceland, gave a talk at the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco, and published two papers.
Blum, J., and Y. Shen, South African Archaen cratonic keels extend to the upper mantle transition zone, Eos Trans. AGU, 83, F976, 2002.
Shen, Y., and J. Blum, Observation of subduction oceanic crust in the upper mantle transition zone?, Eos Trans. AGU, F954, 2002.
Blum, J., and Y. Shen, Thermal, hydrous, and mechanical states of the mantle transition zone beneath Southern Africa, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 217, 367-378, 2004. (pdf)
Shen, Y., and J. Blum, Seismic evidence for accumulated oceanic crust above the 660-km discontinuity beneath southern Africa, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(18), 1925, doi:10.1029/2003GL017991, 2003. (pdf)


Rachael Potts (URI; major: geology) Microseism Weather (independent study), 2001.

Robin Glas (Univ. Maine, major: geophysics) Teleseismic analysis of negative velocity gradient in the upper mantle transition zone, 2001.

Lauren Fry (Gustavus Adolphus College) Mantle discontinuity structure beneath the Azores Islands, summer, 2000.

Michael Cardiff (Oblin College) Mantle discontinuity structure beneath Iceland, 06/1999 - 12/1999. He presented the following paper at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in San Francisco.
Cardiff, M., Y. Shen, and the ICEMELT and HOTSPOT teams, Azimuthal dependence of mantle discontinuities near 220 and 300 km depth beneath Iceland, Eos Trans. AGU, 80, S218, 1999

Sarah McDonald (Univ. Waikato, N.Z.) Earthquake activities recorded by an ocean bottom seismometer arrays at the southern East Pacific Rise, 03/1998-05/1999.