Allen CV
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley


Positions for students and postdocs

Current research group members

Group BBQ - May 2015

Cheng Cheng PhD candidate, 2011-present.
Earth structure and process
Angela Chung Postdoctoral fellow, 2014-present.
PhD, Stanford University, 2014.
Improving earthquake early warning algorithms
William Hawley PhD candidate, 2013-present.
BA, Harvard University, 2012.
Structure of the Juan de Fuca plate
Eoghan Totten Undergraduate researcher from Imperial College London, 2014-present.
Qingkai Kong PhD candidate, 2011-present.
Non-traditional networks and earthquake early warning
Diego Melgar Postdoctoral fellow, 2014-present.
PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2014.
Large earthquake ruptures
Ran Nof Postdoctoral fellow, 2014-present.
PhD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2012.
Developing earthquake early warning for Israel
Robert Martin-Short PhD candidate, 2014-present.
Subduction zone dynamics
In addition to the students and postdocs participating in the group reserach efforts, several members of the Berkeley Seismo Lab's IT staff are active participants providing seismological, programming and other technical support.

Former graduate students

Rob Porritt PhD 2013, UC Berkeley. thesis
Thesis: Tracing the Farallon plate through seismic imaging with USArray.
Now NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California.
Simona Colombelli Visiting PhD student 2012, UC Berkeley.
PhD candidate, University of Naples Federico II
Rapid characterization of large magnitude earthquakes using real-time GPS
Holly Brown PhD 2012, UC Berkeley. thesis
Thesis: Evaluating and Improving the ElarmS Earthquake Early Warning Algorithm.
Gilead Wurman PhD 2010, UC Berkeley. thesis
Thesis: Earthquake Early Warning and the Physics of Earthquake Rupture.
Now Chief Seismologist, Seismic Warning Systems.
Mei Xue PhD 2008, UC Berkeley. thesis
Thesis: Using Seismic Methods to Constrain Mantle Convection Processes.
Now Associate Professor, Global Seismology & Geodynamics, School of Ocean & Earth Science, Tongji University, In Shanghai. website
Veronica Grasso PhD 2006, University of Naples (visiting student at UC Berkeley).
Thesis: Uncertainty in earthquake warning systems.
Now Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Geneva.
Erik Olson MSc 2005, University of Wisconsin, Madison. thesis
Thesis: A new way to look at fault rupture: Understanding and characterizing earthquake predominant period
Now Geophysicist, AIR Worldwide, Boston.
Andrew Lockman MSc 2004, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Thesis: Earthquake early warning using P-wave arrivals
Now Geotechnical Engineer, MWH Americas in Denver.

Former postdocs

Ronni Grapenthin Postdoctoral fellow, 2012-2014.
PhD, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2012.
Deformation source studies and development of real-time GPS processing methodologies
Now Assistant Professor at New Mexico Tech
Lingsen Meng Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2013.
PhD, Caltech, 2012.
Physiccs of large earthquakes
Now Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles
Serdar Kuyuk Postdoctoral fellow, 2011-2013.
PhD, Tohoku University, 2008.
Earthquake early warning implementation in California
Now Professor at Sakarya University, Turkey
Pascal Audet Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2011.
Subduction and triple-junction processes.
Now Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa.
Mathias Obrebski Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2011.
Imaging North America.
Now Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
David Shelly Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2008.
Episodic tremor and slip.
Now Research Geophysicist, USGS Menlo Park.

Former undergraduate research students

Rohan Argawal UC Berkeley undergraduate researcher, 2012-2014.
Mobile earthquake apps, MyQuake.
Robert Martin-Short Undergraduate researcher visiting from Imperial College London, 2012-2013.
Seismic anisotropy of the Juan de Fuca plate
Core Bernard Undergraduate researcher, 2010-2012.
Ground shaking from past and future earthquakes, MyQuake.
Adam Holt Undergraduate researcher, visiting from Imperial College London, 2009-2010.
Research: Seismicity in the Pacific Northwest
Caroline Eakin Undergraduate researcher, visiting from Imperial College London, 2008-2009.
Research projects: Mantle flow in the Pacific Northwest using shear wave splitting; Earthquakes and sunspots
Adeline Souf Undergraduate researcher, LaSalle Beauvais, France. Summer 2009.
Research project: Minimizing system and telemetry delays in California's seismic networks.
Ana Luz Acevedo-Cabrera UC Berkeley undergrad researcher, 2007
Research project: Seismic tomography of the western US
Andrew Tran IRIS intern summer 2007
Research project: Non-volcanic tremor in northern California.
Louisa Tsang Visiting student, Imperial College London, Fall 2006 to Spring 2007
Research project: Magnitude scaling relations from P-waves in southern California.
Rob Porritt IRIS intern summer 2006
Research project: Automating the search for seismic tremor along strike-slip faults.
Ajay Limaye UC Berkeley undergrad, Fall 2005 to Spring 2006
Research project: Natural hazard exposure in developing nations.
Mehershad Duhmubed UC Berkeley undergrad, Spring 2006
Research project: Real-time earthquake visualization.
Marion Ferrat Visiting student, Imperial College London, Fall 2005 to Spring 2006
Research project: Real-time earthquake visualization.

Former visitors

Liang Zhou Visiting from the Geology and Geophysics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009.
Structure and history of the Eastern China Craton