Welcome to the University of Rhode Island Seismology Lab

About Us

The Seismology Lab uses seismic waves to investigate the structure and dynamics of the Earth's interior and applies research in understanding earthquake and volcanic hazards and monitoring underground nuclear tests. We deploy seismometers on the ocean floor or on land, often in remote areas such as the East Pacific Rise, Iceland, Tibet, and Solomon Islands. We excel in the development and application of advanced methods based on simulation of wave propagation in 3D Earth models using high-performance computing.

We welcome collaboration and invite highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars to join our Lab. For inquiries, please contact seismlab@gmail.com.


02-2018 Lab alumna, Assist. Prof. Haiying Gao of UMass Amherst, received a prestigious NSF Career Grant.

01-2018 Jiahang Li's paper on passive-source reverse-time migration is published in JGR Solid Earth (pdf). Congratulations!

01-2018 The Lab welcomed visiting Ph.D student Fei DENG from Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration.

12-2017 Xueyang Bao, Nian Wang, Brian Savage, and Aaron Hirsch gave presentations at the Fall AGU meeting in New Orleans on a range of topics (Ontong Java Plateau, attnuation kernels, ZH kernels, Foundering of the lithosphere beneath Tibet, eastern North America, subduction at Papua New Guinea, SAC, North Korea test location and moment tensor).

12-2017 Dr. Xinfu Li and Dr. Lianghui Guo of China University of Geosciences (Beijing) started their visits at the Lab. Welcome!

News Archive

Special Events

2017 North Korean Nuclear Test. On 2017-09-03, North Korea conducted a nuclear test measured magnitude 6.3, its largest test to date (read more).

June 2013 Meteotsunami on the U.S. East Coast. Tsunami waves generated by an eastward-moving severe weather front hit the U.S. East Coast on June 13, 2013, causing minor property damages and injuries (read more).