Structural Seismology

Seismology is a diverse science that allows for the study of inaccessible regions of Earth's interior, from crust and lithosphere to the innermost core. Structural seismology is based on the analysis of seismic waveforms from earthquakes to understand the evolution of the heterogeneous structure of Earth. Research projects based on structural and observational seismology aim to understand structure at various depths and resolutions. Active structural seismology research at USC is focused on understanding how the dynamics, chemistry, and evolution of Earth's structure relate to geological observables, such as plate tectonics, volcanism, and earthquake occurrence.


  • Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
  • Phone: (213) 740-6106
  • Email: earthsci@usc.edu