Johnson Family Lecture Series 

"Earthquakes in the Central United States: Links to Wastewater Disposal and Oil and Gas Production" with Dr. Heather DeShon

Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on Park University's Parkville Campus
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Johnson Family Lecture Series in Science was established to provide members of the community, as well as liberal arts and science majors, an opportunity to experience science in action and hear established scientists discuss their research. In addition to a public event, the lecture series includes the opportunity for Park students to engage with the featured speaker in a more academic-focused setting.  

Dr. Heather DeShon is a seismologist at Southern Methodist University whose research focuses on understanding earthquake initiation and fault slip complexity. She uses high-resolution earthquake relocation and subsurface imaging to explore the spatial and temporal relationships between characteristics of the earthquakes and variability in subsurface structures and rock properties. Her background in using onshore-offshore seismic networks to understand mega-earthquakes in subduction zones has more recently been applied to studies of intraplate seismicity, potentially induced earthquakes and fault structures in the central United States. More broadly, her research interests are aimed at improving the characterization of seismic and tsunami hazard. Heather received her B.S. in Geophysics and Mathematics at Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (Geophysics) from the University of California-Santa Cruz.



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