Heidi Houston

Professor of Earth Sciences

Research & Practice Areas

Geophysics, Seismology and Fault Mechanics


Prof. Houston has been a Professor at USC since 2018. Prior to that, she was a Professor at the University of Washington. She has also worked at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz.


  • Ph.D. Geophysics, California Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Mathematics, University of Washington
  • M.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Prof. Houston’s research focuses on earthquake physics and fault mechanics. She has specific interests in major plate boundaries, particularly subduction zones, deep earthquakes, and slow slip and tremor.

    Research Specialties

    Geophysics, Seismology and Fault Mechanics

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