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Leah Salditch

PhD Student

M.S. Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2016
B.A. Anthropology, American University, 2009
A.A. Liberal Arts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2007
Curriculum Vitae


I study large earthquake temporal clusters from a probabilistic perspective. This includes simulating paleo-earthquake records that exhibit temporal clusters to understand the gross characteristics and behavior of faults in different tectonic regimes. My research proposes an alternative to the traditional earthquake cycle model that allows a fault's past to influence its future likelihood of experiencing an earthquake. Additionally, my research looks at qualitative intensity distributions from large historical earthquakes in California, which can facilitate a better understanding of how well current probabilistic seismic hazard assessments reflect the observed record of earthquake intensities and damage.

Selected Publications

Salditch, L.M. and Ferguson, J.F. (March 2016), An animated map of Texas and Oklahoma seismicity from 1973 to the present, GSA South-Central Section Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 48(1), doi: 10.1130/abs/2016SC-273280.

Teaching Assistantships

EARTH 106: Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate, Spring 2017

Community Service

Brentfield Elementary School Science Night Activity Leader, 2015
Paleo-Lab Fossil Preparator, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2010-2011
NU Science Policy Outreach Taskforce Speaker, Covenant Home of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 2017
Science Fair Judge, McCutcheon Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
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