Michael Ritzwoller

Professor. Ph.D. University of California San Diego, 1987. Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2005. Gutenberg Lecturer, American Geophysical Union, 2013.

Center for Imaging the Earth's Interior
Department of Physics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
phone: (303) 492-7075
fax: (303) 492-7935
email: michael.ritzwoller@colorado.edu

Michael Ritzwoller is the Director of the Center for Imaging the Earth's Interior. CV

Professor Ritzwoller is an observational seismologist. His early work was mainly in normal mode seismology and helioseismology. Research in the last decade has concentrated on developing methods to focus seismic models derived from surface wave dispersion information to tectonic scales, particularly in the US and China. Recent emphasis has focused on developing methods for exploiting ambient noise and earthquakes in surface wave tomography and combining this information to produce 3-D models of the crust and uppermost mantle. In addition, he has developed Monte Carlo methods for seismic inversions and has worked on applying physical constraints from geodynamical models and thermodynamics into seismic inversions. Considerable emphasis is also placed on developing seismic methods in nuclear monitoring to improve event locations and the ability to discriminate nuclear explosions from earthquakes.

Recent Classes:

General Physics I&II, Intermediate Mathematical Physics I&II, Earth and Planetary Physics I, Science and Public Policy.



3-D Models

Research Products

Surface Wave Dispersion Maps