Overview:Development
of the theory of plate tectonics as a unifying mechanism for
understanding
large-scale geologic processes.Physical
and chemical structure of the earth and its evolution through
geologic time.
Dynamic processes in the core, mantle and crust. Contemporary
applications of
geological and geophysical techniques. Learning
Outcomes:

Students
will gain a more thorough
understanding of the development of plate tectonic theory

Students
will be able to understand physical
principles of seismology, geodesy, gravity, magnetism and heat
flow and how
these data constrain dynamic processes and the physical and
chemical structure
of the earth

Students
will be able to analyze and interpret
geophysical datasets using contemporary techniques

Course material can be found on Blackboard

GEOL
6380 Geophysical Inverse Theory

Fall 2012: MW 9:30-10:50 AM
Heroy 204, Conference Room

Overview:
Quantification
is
one
of the hardest problems in the Earth Sciences but is the
corner stone for developing and examining scientific
hypotheses. This course will provide an advanced
undergraduate student or first year graduate student the
mathematical foundations of linear algebra, vector
spaces and generalized inverse theory, with an
introduction to statistics. Example problems in
the Earth Sciences will be incorporated in class
projects showing how to set up a parameter-estimation
problem and appropriate ways of solving them. The
MATLAB programming language will be used for solving
homework problems and project development. Class
grades will be based on tests, homework assignments, and
the final project with class presentation.

Taught
at CERI, University of Memphis

ESCI
7603
Inverse
Methods
in Geophysics

Fall 2011: MWF 10:20-11:15
AM CERI House 3 Conference Room

Overview:
Quantification
is
one
of the hardest problems in the Earth Sciences but is the
corner stone for developing and examining scientific
hypotheses. This course will provide an advanced
undergraduate student or first year graduate student the
mathematical foundations of linear algebra, vector
spaces and generalized inverse theory, with an
introduction to statistics. Example problems in
the Earth Sciences will be incorporated in class
projects showing how to set up a parameter-estimation
problem and appropriate ways of solving them. The
MATLAB programming language will be used for solving
homework problems and project development. Class
grades will be based on tests, homework assignments, and
the final project with class presentation

Antelope:
Love it or hate it, here is how to use it

Fall
2011: Tuesday 1:00-2:30 PM CERI Mac Lab

The Antelope database system has multiple applications
in seismology and is the prefer method for many standard
IRIS-related tasks. Topics covered in this short-course
will include 1) overview of real-time and non-real-time
applications of Antelope; 2) creating metadata tables; 3)
merging field data into a waveform database; 4) archiving data
with the IRIS Data Management Center; 5) using Antelope
software to detect arrivals and associate with earthquakes; 6)
analyzing local earthquake waveforms, relocating earthquakes,
and cross-correlating waveforms in Antelope; and 7) writing Matlab scripts to work with Antelope
databases. The computer scripting language Perl will
also be covered as needed. We may also play with
integrating temporary networks with the Transportable Array
near real-time data if time allows.

Fall 2010: MWF 9:10-10:05 AM CERI House 3
Conference Room or Unix Lab

Overview: The course provides an
overview of computational techniques and common tools used
by geoscientists. Homework assignments are designed so that
students can acquire a working knowledge of a wide range of
scientific programming and scripting languages.
Emphasis is placed on manipulation and analysis of
geophysical data in a Unix/Linux environment. Topics covered
include working within the Unix/Linux environment;
programming in MATLAB; scripting (sh and csh); generating
publishable graphics with Generic Mapping Tools (GMT); and
Seismic Analysis Code.

ESCI 7702 Seminar in Seismology-The
Seismogenic Zone of Subduction Thrust Fault

Spring 2008: Tues,Thurs 1:00-2:25 House 3
Conference Room

Overview: Underthrusting earthquake
occurring along subduction megathrusts account for greater
than 80% of the seismic moment released worldwide. Great (Mw>8), large (Mw>7), and tsunamigenic earthquakes at convergent
margins, such as the recent 2004 Sumatra earthquake, cause
much damage and loss of life along heavily populated coastal
zones. Understanding how and where these
seismogenic zone earthquakes occur is a major focus of the
international scientific community. This seminar will
focus on the range of compositional, mechanical, hydrothermal,
and frictional properties controlling seismogenesis along the
subduction thrust. Readings will include seminal and
recent papers on rate-and-state friction laws, accretionary
versus erosional margins, thermal modeling, geodetic and
seismic modeling, tsunami modeling, observations of tremor and
aseismic slip, the role of the upper and lower plate, and the
use of proxy data to constrain hazard.