Now Natural Catastrophe Specialist at Swiss Re
M.S. Statistics, Northwestern University, 2017
B.S. Physics and Earth and Planetary Science, minors in Mathematics and Space Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
My research involves assessing the performance of earthquake hazard maps. Engineers and city planners use these maps to make decisions for hazard mitigation, but frequently the maps used prove ineffective, and there is no agreed upon metric for defining map success. My work focuses on quantifying the performance of hazard maps, so objective comparisons can be drawn between maps. Ultimately, this work can be used to ask the question of how good must a map be to be successful? Recently, I have been studying the effectiveness of the new, annual maps produced by the USGS to anticipate seismic hazard from manmade sources, such as wastewater injection.
Horace A. Scott Graduate Award for Outstanding Research, 2016
Northwestern Institute for Policy Research Graduate Research Fellow, 2015-2016
Northwestern Institute for Policy Research Graduate Research Fellow, 2016-2017
Northwestern Institute for Policy Research Graduate Research Fellow, 2017-2018
Brooks, E. M., Stein, S., Spencer, B. D., Salditch, L., Petersen, M. D., and McNamara, D. E. (2017). Assessing earthquake hazard map performance for natural and induced seismicity in the central and eastern United States, Seismological Research Letters, In Review.
Brooks, E. M., Stein, S., and Spencer, B. D. (2017). Investigating the effects of smoothing on the performance of earthquake hazard maps. International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering, In Press.
Brooks, E. M., Stein, S., and Spencer, B. D. (2016). Comparing the performance of Japan’s earthquake hazard maps to uniform and randomized maps. Seismological Research Letters, 87(1), 90-102.
Stein, S., Spencer, B. D., and Brooks, E. M. (2015). Metrics for assessing earth- quake hazard map performance. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 105(4), 2160-2173.
Stein, S., Spencer, B. D., and Brooks, E. M. (2015). Bayes and BOGSAT: issues in when and how to revise earthquake hazard maps. Seismological Research Letters, 86(1), 6-10.
Earth 202: Earth's Interior, Fall 2014
Earth 201: Earth Systems Revealed, Winter 2015
Earth 103: Geological Hazards, Spring 2015
Shedd Aquarium Guest Engagement Volunteer, 2015 – Present