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Leah Salditch

PhD Candidate

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.


2017 Seismological Society of America Student Presentation Award

Selected Publications

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. 89(1), p. 118– 126, doi: 10.1785/ 0220170124. 

Stein, S., Salditch, L., Brooks, E.M., Spencer, B.D., and Campbell, M. (2017). Is the Coast Toast? Exploring Cascadia Earthquake Probabilities. GSA Today, Vol. 27(11).

Salditch, L., Hough, S.E., Stein, S., Spencer, B.D., Brooks, E.M., Neely, J.S. and Lucas, M.C. (2018). The 1952 Kern County, California earthquake: A case study of issues in the analysis of historical intensity data for estimation of source parameters. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Vol. 283, p. 140-151.

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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