Dr. Xiaowei Chen

ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics
the University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
Tel: 405-325-3373
Office: Sarkeys Energy Center 854

I am interested in recruiting students who are interested in any aspects of seismology and earthquake processes.
Please contact me for potential research projects.

07/23/2015: Please consider submit abstract to our AGU session:
S004: Earthquake Source Studies: Advances in Investigation of Parameters of Simple Source Models
Conveners: Takahiko Uchide, Xiaowei Chen and German Prieto

06/19/2015: Our SEG abstract has been accepted to the "injection induced seismicity 2 session"
Titled: Effect of geothermal operations on seismic characteristics in the Salton Sea geothermal field
By: Yifang Cheng (1st yr MS student) and Xiaowei Chen
Time:10/20/2015, 4:00 PM

05/29/2015: New paper on foreshock analysis in California is online for the special issue: "current challenges in statistical seismology" on Pure and Applied Geophysics, (access to the paper).

About Me:
In January 2015, I became an assistant professor at the ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics at University of Oklahoma.

From August 2013 to December 2014, I was a postdoc investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
From April to August in 2013, I visited Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo as a visiting research fellow.
In March 2013, I obtained my doctoral degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego.

I have been chasing earthquakes since my summer internship at Yunnan Province in 2006, which is one of the most seismic active regions in China. After obtaining my bachelor degree at USTC in China, I moved to California for graduate study. Motivated by the Tohoku earthquake, I moved to Japan for four months after graduation. After returning to the U.S., I relocated to Massachusetts to study subduction earthquakes in the Pacific west coast. At the end of 2014, I relocated to Oklahoma - the new earthquake county in the U.S. - where seismicity rate started to increase in 2009, and now exceeds California.

For my research, I use a variety of seismological analysis tools to understand: how do earthquakes interact with each other? how do earthquakes respond to external stress perturbations, either man-made or natural? what is the rupture process of earthquakes? what controls the maximum size expected of the earthquake on individual faults?