I am a volcano seismologist with the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. My research interest include earthquake location methods, seismic tomography, earthquake source mechanisms, volcano seismology, and eruption forecasting.
Senior Geophysicist, Spectraseis Inc. (Denver, CO), March 2013 – June 2015
Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 2011- February 2013
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2009-June 2011
Geoscience Intern, ExxonMobil Exploration Company (Houston, TX), June 2005-August 2005
Staff Scientist, CBM Environmental Services (Charlotte, NC), August 2003-June 2004
Education and Certifications
PhD, Geophysics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 2009
MS, Geophysics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 2006
BS, Geology, cum laude, honors, University of North Carolina Wilmington, May 2003
BA, Physics, cum laude, University of North Carolina Wilmington, May 2003
Science and Products
Science and Products
Pre-USGS PublicationsPesicek, J., D. Child, B. Artman, and K. Cieślik (2014), Picking versus stacking in a modern microearthquake location: Comparison of results from a surface passive seismic monitoring array in Oklahoma, Geophysics, 79 (6), KS61–KS68.Pesicek, J. D., H. Zhang, and C. H. Thurber (2014), Multi-scale seismic tomography and earthquake relocation incorporating differential time data: application to the Maule subduction zone, Chile, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 104(2).*Bisrat, S. T., H. R. DeShon, J. Pesicek, and C. Thurber (2014), High-resolution 3-D P wave attenuation structure of the New Madrid Seismic Zone using local earthquake tomography, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 119, 409–424. *student authorPesicek, J. D., E. R. Engdahl, C. H. Thurber, H. R. DeShon, and D. Lange (2012), Mantle subducting slab structure in the region of the 2010 M 8.8 Maule earthquake (30 - 40°S), Chile, Geophysical Journal International, 191(1), 317-324.Widiyantoro S., J. D. Pesicek, and C. H. Thurber (2011), Complex structure of the lithospheric slab beneath the Banda arc, eastern Indonesia depicted by a new tomographic model, Research in Geophysics 1(1e) 1-6.Widiyantoro S., J. D. Pesicek, and C. H. Thurber (2011), Subducting slab structure below the eastern Sunda arc inferred from non-linear seismic tomographic imaging, R. Hall, M. Cottam, and M. Wilson (eds.), The SE Asian gateway: history and tectonics of Australia-Asia collision, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 355, 139-155.Pesicek, J. D., C. H. Thurber, H. Zhang, H. R. DeShon, E. R. Engdahl, and S. Widiyantoro, (2010) Teleseismic double-difference relocation of earthquakes along the Sumatra-Andaman subduction zone using a three-dimensional model, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B10303, doi:10.1029/2010JB007443.Pesicek, J. D., C. H. Thurber, S. Widiyantoro, H. R. DeShon, E. R. Engdahl, and H. Zhang (2010), Sharpening the tomographic image of the subducting slab below Sumatra, the Andaman Islands, and Burma, Geophysical Journal International, 181(4), doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04630.x.Pesicek, J., C. Thurber, S. Widiyantoro, E. R. Engdahl, and H. DeShon (2008), Complex slab subduction beneath northern Sumatra, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L20303, doi:10.1029/2008GL035262.