News and upcoming events
August 2020 ~ New paper in Seismology Research Letters: Haney, M. H., Ward, K. M., Tsai, V. C., and Schmandt, B., (2020), Bulk Structure of the Crust and Upper Mantle beneath Alaska from an Approximate Rayleigh-Wave Dispersion Formula, Seismology Research Letters, v. XX, no. XX, p. 1-12. doi:10.1785/0220200162.
August 2020 ~ It has been an unusual spring and summer for all of us. As we are approaching the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, all of us are taking the necessary precautions to return to a safe and productive fall semester. I am personally excited for the addition of a new master's student joining my research group this fall, Spencer Larsen, and wish him success during his studies here at SDSMT.
January 2020 ~ New paper in Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth: Berg, E. M., Lin, F., Allam, A., Schulte-Pelkum, V., Ward, K. M., and Shen, W., (2020), Shear Velocity Model of Alaska via Joint Inversion of Rayleigh Wave Ellipticity, Phase Velocities, and Receiver Functions across the Alaska Transportable Array, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v. 125, no. 2, p. 1-22. doi:10.1029/2019JB018582.
September 2019 ~ Dr. Kevin M. Ward, along will several members of the Geology and Geological Engineering Department, led a trip to Yellowstone National Park. We visited Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as well as many other places of geologic significance over the four-day department field trip.
August 2019 ~ Dr. Kevin M. Ward led a team that recovered nearly 100 nodes around Lassen Volcanic Center. The data will be used to look for long period local earthquakes and shallow tomographic imaging.
July 2019 ~ Dr. Kevin M. Ward led a team that deployed nearly 100 nodes around Lassen Volcanic Center. The team will return in August to collect the data that will be used to look for long period local earthquakes and shallow tomographic imaging.
March 2019 ~ New paper in Geophysical Journal International: Wang, Y., Lin, F., and Ward, K. M., (2019), Ambient noise tomography across the Cascadia subduction zone using dense linear seismic arrays and double beamforming, Geophysical Journal International, v. 217, no. 3, p. 1668-1680. doi:10.1093/gji/ggz109.
February 2019 ~ Dr. Kevin M. Ward along with SDSMT undergraduate Hannah Duncan helped deploy 400 nodal seismometers in the Alaskan interior along the Denali fault. In total, the team included 10 students and researchers from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the University of Utah, and SDSMT who were funded by an NSF RAPID grant. A local reporter also accompanied us and contributed this news story.
January 2019 ~ New paper in Geosphere: Pavlis, G. L., Bauer, M. A., Elliott, J. L., Koons, P., Pavlis, T. L., Ruppert, N., Ward, K. M., and Worthington, L. L., (2019), A unified three-dimensional model of the lithospheric structure at the subduction corner in southeast Alaska: Summary results from STEEP, Geosphere, v. 15, no. 2, p. 1-25. doi:10.1130/GES01488.1.
December 2018 ~ The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology now has a working seismometer on campus! The realtime waveforms can be viewed using the Raspberry Shake Station View. More advanced users can access and edit the data using the user-friendly software Swarm.
November 2018 ~ New paper in Geophysical Research Letters: Ward, K. M., Lin, F., and Schmandt, B., (2018), High-resolution receiver function imaging across the Cascadia subduction zone using a dense nodal array, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 45, no. 22, p. 12218-12225. doi:10.1029/2018GL079903.
September 2018 ~ New paper in Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth: Ward, K. M., and Lin, F., (2018), Lithospheric Structure Across the Alaskan Cordillera from the Joint Inversion of Surface Waves and Receiver Functions, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v. 123, no. 10, p. 8780-8797. doi:10.1002/2018JB015967.
September 2018 ~ New paper in Geophysical Research Letters: Jiang, C., Schmandt, B., Ward, K. M., Lin, F., and Worthington, L. L., (2018), Upper mantle seismic structure of Alaska from Rayleigh and S-wave tomography, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 45, no. 19, p. 10350-10359. doi:10.1002/2018GL079406.
September 2018 ~ Dr. Kevin M. Ward attended the CUAHSI Near Surface Geophysics for Hydrology workshop in Laramie, Wyoming.