Carl Tape

Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Geophysical Institute and Department of Geosciences

Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Phone:907-474-5456 (office)
Office location: Geophysical InstituteElvey building, Room 413Dmap of UAF
Mailing address: University of Alaska FairbanksGeophysical Institute2156 Koyukuk DriveFairbanks, AK 99775
I am a seismologist. Seismology is about the study of earthquakes and the subsurface structure of Earth, from the surface to the center of the Earth's iron core.
I'm a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the Geophysical Institute (GI) and the Department of Geosciences -- see the GI Seismology Group website for more details. I conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. I completed my PhD in geophysics at the Seismological Laboratory at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California.
At UAF I teach Applied Seismology (GEOS 626) and Inverse Problems and Parameter Estimation (GEOS 627), and I co-teach Glaciers, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes (GEOS 120).
Research group:students: Aakash Gupta, Nealey Sims, Amanda McPhersonpostdocs: Julien Thurin, Bryant Chow, Yuan Tian, Evans Onyango (2023)previous group members:students: Ulrika Cahayani Miller (MS 2014), Celso Alvizuri (PhD 2016), Vipul Silwal (PhD 2018), Kyle Smith (PhD 2020), Cole Richards (MS 2020)postdocs: Yun Wang, Amir Allam, Ryan Modrak
ResearchTeachingProspective studentsCV and publications and moviesLinks: Geophysical Institute GI Seismology and Geodesy Group Alaska Earthquake Center UAF Research Computing Systems EarthScope in Alaska some things to do in Interior Alaska
News: simulations of 2018 Mw 7.1 Anchorage earthquake and others These simulations were featured in an Anchorage Daily News story by Alex DeMarban. earthquake nucleation in Minto Flats fault zone newspaper articles on Minto Flats project: hidden faults, Minto article on 1964 Alaska earthquake simulation (livescience) 2013 seismic imaging conference in Fairbanks jointly sponsored by CIG-QUEST-IRIS newspaper article on earthquake simulations (Fairbanks, Anchorage) bear encounters with seismic stations in Alaska AM970 radio discussion about EarthScope seismic array in Alaska detection of aurora using seismometers shAKe Alaska virtual museum exhibit
Seismology/Geophysics faculty at UAF (UAF email directory): Michael West, seismology Ronni Grapethin, geodesy Carl Tape, seismology David Fee, infrasound, seismology, volcanology Tarsilo Girona, volcanology Bernie Coakley, gravity, active-source seismic, crustal imaging Dmitry Nicolsky, tsunami modeling
Snapshot of a 3D wavefield simulation for the 1964 Alaska earthquake (Mw 9). White lines = faults and plate boundaries; green dots = seismic stations; yellow dots = Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau.The simulation used the code SPECFEM3D_GLOBE and was performed on the high-performance computing cluster at University of Alaska Fairbanks.Play the movie on youtube here or download the movie here.A high-resolution version of this simulation can be watched on youtube here.
Snapshots of a 3D wavefield simulation for a Mw 4.6 earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska,showing the strong effects of Cook Inlet basin on the seismic wavefield.A = Anchorage, RV = Redoubt volcano, K = Kenai.Play the movie on youtube here or download the movie here .
Snapshot of a 3D wavefield simulation for an earthquake in southern California. This earthquake was used in the tomographic inversion presented here. Image credit: SPECFEM3D and Santiago Lombeyda.
Alaska is one of the most seismically active regions on Earth.This shows earthquakes with Mw >= 4 from 1990–2010.The deeper earthquakes (blue + green) highlight the subducting Pacific plate.

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