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We are a group of earthquake seismologists and active tectonicists interested in the physical properties of faults, seismotectonics, crustal deformation, and the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting. We use a variety of tools, such as moment tensor inversion, waveform modeling, analysis of seismicity catalogs, and numerical models of fault friction to approach research questions. We reside in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. Active research projects and interests include

  • Kinematics of the LFE source
  • Using models of fault friction to explain various observed behaviors during slow slip events
  • Rheology of deep fault zones
  • The relationship between fluids, faults, and earthquakes
  • The seismotectonics of northern California and the Pacific Northwest
  • Site response of landslides, glaciers, etc.
  • Large N seismic deployments
  • Estimating strong ground motion

What we do

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Amanda Thomas


Quentin Bletery

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tyler Newton

PhD Student

Tim Lin

PhD Student

Emily Sexton

MS Student

Alex Babb

MS Student

Geena Littel

Undergraduate Researcher


Motivational Speaker



Rob Skarbek

Postdoc @ LDEO


  1. Bletery, Q., A. M. Thomas, A. W. Rempel, and J. L. Hardebeck (2017) Imaging shear strength along subduction faults. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2017GL075501.
  2. Beeler, N. M., A. M. Thomas, R. Burgmann, and D. R. Shelly (2017) Constraints on friction, dilatancy, diffusivity, and effective stress from low-frequency earthquake rates on the deep San Andreas Fault. JGR-Solid Earth. doi: 10.1002/2017JB015052.
  3. Thomas, A. M., N. M. Beeler, Q. Bletery, R. Burgmann, and D. R. Shelly (2017) Using low frequency earthquake families on the San Andreas fault as deep creepmeters. JGR-Solid Earth.doi: 10.1002/2017JB014404.
  4. Bletery, Q., A. M. Thomas,, J. C. Hawthorne, R. M. Skarbek, A. W. Rempel, and R. D. Krogstad (2017) Characteristics of secondary slip fronts associated with slow earthquakes in Cascadia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.01.046. [PDF]
  5. Bostock, M. G., A. M. Thomas, A. M. Rubin, and N. I. Christensen (2017) On corner frequencies, attenuation, and low-frequency earthquakes. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2016JB013405. [PDF]
  6. Hawthorne, J. C., M. G. Bostock, A. Royer, and A. M. Thomas (2016) Variations in slow slip moment rate associated with rapid tremor reversals in Cascadia. G-Cubed. doi:10.1002/2016GC006489. [PDF]
  7. Bletery, Q., A. M. Thomas, A. W. Rempel, L. Karlstrom, A. Sladen and L. De Barros (2016) Mega-earthquakes rupture flat megathrusts. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aag0482. [PDF]
  8. Thomas, A. M., G. C. Beroza and D. R. Shelly (2016) Constraints on the Source Parameters of Low-Frequency Earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault. Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2015GL067173. [PDF]
  9. Beeler, N. M., G. H. Hirth, A. M. Thomas, and R. Burgmann (2016) Effective stress, friction and deep crustal faulting. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2015JB012115.
  10. Bostock, M. G., A. M. Thomas, G. Savard, L. Chuang, and A. Rubin (2015) Magnitudes and moment-duration scaling of low-frequency earthquakes beneath southern Vancouver Island. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2015JB012195. [PDF]
  11. Thomas, A. M. and M. G. Bostock (2015) Identifying low-frequency earthquakes in central Cascadia using cross-station correlation. Tectonophysics. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.07.013. [PDF]
  12. Kyriakopoulos, C., A. V. Newman, A. M. Thomas, M. Moore-Driskell, and G. T. Farmer (2015) A new seismically constrained subduction interface model for Central America. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2014JB011859. [PDF]
  13. Plourde, A., M. G. Bostock, P. Audet, and A. M. Thomas (2015) Low-frequency earthquakes at the southern Cascadia margin. Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2015GL064363. [PDF]
  14. Royer, A., A. M. Thomas, and M. G. Bostock (2014) Tidal Modulation of Low Frequency Earthquakes and triggering of secondary events in Northern Cascadia. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2014JB011430. [PDF]
  15. Thurber, C. H., X. Zeng, A. M. Thomas and P. Audet (2014) Phase-Weighted Stacking Applied to Low-Frequency Earthquakes. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. doi:10.1785/0120140077. [PDF]
  16. Culha, C., A. Hayes, M. Manga, and A. M. Thomas (2014) Double ridges on Europa accommodate some of the missing surface contraction. JGR-Planets. doi:10.1002/2013JE004526. [PDF]
  17. Beeler, N. M., A. M. Thomas, R. Burgmann, and D. R. Shelly (2013) Inferring fault rheology from low frequency earthquakes on the San Andreas fault. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2013JB010118. [PDF]
  18. Thomas, A. M., R. Burgmann, and D. S. Dreger (2013) Incipient faulting near Lake Pillsbury, CA and the role of accessory faults in plate boundary evolution. Geology. doi:10.1130/G34588.1 [PDF]
  19. Thomas, A. M. (2013) Fact or friction: Inferring rheology from low-frequency earthquakes on the San Andreas fault. UC-Berkeley PhD Dissertation.
  20. McLaskey, G. C., A. M. Thomas, S. D. Glaser, R. M. Nadeau (2012) Fault healing promotes high frequency earthquakes in the laboratory and on natural faults. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature11512. [PDF]
  21. Thomas, A. M., R. Burgmann, D. R. Shelly, N. M. Beeler, and M. L. Rudolph (2012) Tidal sensitivity of low frequency earthquakes near Parkfield, CA: implications for fault mechanics within the brittle-ductile transition. JGR-Solid Earth. doi:10.1029/2011JB009036 [PDF]
  22. Thomas, A.M., R. M. Nadeau, and R. Burgmann (2009) Tremor-tide correlations and near-lithostatic pore pressure on the deep San Andreas fault. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature08654 [PDF]
  23. Ghosh, A., A. V. Newman, A. M. Thomas, and G. T. Farmer (2008) Interface locking along the subduction megathrust from b-value mapping near Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1029/2007GL031617 [PDF]


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Earthquake Seismology @ UO

My group works on problems in seismology, fault mechanics, active tectonics, etc. Additionally, our department hosts one of the largest geophysics programs in the country that includes eleven faulty members with wide ranging interests. If you're interested in attending graduate school in earthquake seismology at UO please send me an email with a copy of your CV and a statement of why you're interested in working with me. I'm particularly interested in taking students that have ideas of what they'd like to work on and why we'd be a good fit. There are currently no funded postdoctoral positions available but if you're interested in writing a proposal to come to Oregon please let me know.

Earth Sciences @ UO

The University of Oregon's Department of Earth Sciences is among the top geoscience programs in the world. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. We're a big department at 20ish faculty members and 40ish graduate students, but we're not too big. You'll still get regular attention from your advisor, have the chance to interact with all faculty members, and there's a healthy graduate community to support you in your research endeavors. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to prestigious postdocs at national institutions, such as the USGS, or to other top rated Earth science programs while others acquire faculty positions at schools throughout the US.


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Amanda M. Thomas
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
1272 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Office: Cascade 210C
Email: amt.seismo@gmail.com