About Rick

I am a geoscientist with interests in geophysics, seismological imaging and source studies, and Earth processes encompassing earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, oceans, and geology. My research has drawn from significant seismological field studies in western North America, Italy, and Antarctica. I have strong teaching and research interests in geophysical inverse and signal processing methods and am the lead author on the widely used reference volume and textbook "Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems" (Aster, Borchers, and Thurber, 2011; 2018).

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  • Earthquake and Volcano Seismology, Seismic Imaging, Inverse Problems, Signal Processing, Cryospheric and Fluvial seismology, Antarctic Geophysics, Seismological Instrumentation.


Ph.D. , Earth Science - University of California
San Diego, CA, 1991

M.S., Geophysics - University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, 1986

B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Additional Major in Physics - University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, 1983

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2021
  • Board Chair, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, 2019-2022
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Wisconsin, 2017
  • IRIS Leadership Award, 2014
  • New Mexico Tech Distinguished Research Award, 2010
  • President, Seismological Society of America, 2009-2011
  • IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer, 2009-2010
  • New Mexico Tech Faculty Award, 2005
  • NSF Antarctic Service Medal, 1999

Selected Publications

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Selected Articles

Mount Erebus Volcano: An unparalleled natural laboratory to study alkaline magmatism and open-conduit volcano behavior

Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 0.1144/M55-2019-8, 2021

Achievements and prospects of global broadband seismographic networks after 30 years of geophysical observations

Reviews of Geophysics, 10.1029/2021RG000749, 2022

Swell-triggered seismicity within the near-front damage zone of the Ross Ice Shelf

Seism. Res. Lett, 10.1785/0220200478, 2021

Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems, Third Edition

Elsevier Academic Press, 392 pp., 2018


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Seismological Society of America
  • International Glaciological Society

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