Jeremy Pesicek, Ph.D.




earthquake location methods, seismic tomography, earthquake source mechanisms, volcano seismology, earthquake statistics, eruption forecasting



Pesicek, J. D., Ogburn, S. E., & Prejean, S. G. (2021). Indicators of Volcanic Eruptions Revealed by Global M4+ Earthquakes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126(3), e2020JB021294.

Supendi, P., Nugraha, A. D., Widiyantoro, S., Pesicek, J. D., Thurber, C. H., Abdullah, C. I., et al. (2020), Relocated aftershocks and background seismicity in eastern Indonesia shed light on the 2018 Lombok and Palu earthquake sequences. Geophysical Journal International, 221(3), 1845–1855.

DeGrandpre, K. G., Pesicek, J. D., Lu, Z., DeShon, H. R., & Roman, D. C. (2019). High Rates of Inflation During a Noneruptive Episode of Seismic Unrest at Semisopochnoi Volcano, Alaska in 2014–2015. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20(12), 6163–6186

Syahbana, D. K., Kasbani, K., Suantika, G., Prambada, O., Andreas, A. S., Saing, U. B., Kunrat, S.L., Andreastuti S., Martanto, M., Kriswati, E., Suparman, Y., Humaida, H., Ogburn, S., Kelly, P., Wellik, J., Wright, H., Pesicek, J.D., et al. (2019), The 2017–19 activity at Mount Agung in Bali (Indonesia): Intense unrest, monitoring, crisis response, evacuation, and eruption. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 8848.

Pesicek, J. D., Wellik, J. J. II., Prejean, S. G., & Ogburn, S. E. (2018). Prevalence of Seismic Rate Anomalies Preceding Volcanic Eruptions in Alaska. Frontiers in Earth Science, 6.

Nugraha, A. D., Shiddiqi, H. A., Widiyantoro, S., Thurber, C. H., Pesicek, J. D., Zhang, H., Wiyono, S. H., Ramdhan, M., Wandono, Irsyam, M. (2018), Hypocenter relocation along the Sunda Arc in Indonesia, using a 3D seismic‐velocity model. Seismological Research Letters, 89 (2A): 603-612. 

Pesicek, J., K. Cieślik, M. Lambert, P. Carrillo, and B. Birkelo (2016), Dense surface seismic data confirm non-double-couple source mechanisms induced by hydraulic fracturing, GEOPHYSICS, 81 (6), KS207-KS217, doi:10.1190/geo2016-0192.1.

Pesicek, 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.

Ohlendorf, S. J., C. H. Thurber, J. D. Pesicek, and S. G. Prejean (2014), Seismicity and seismic structure at Okmok volcano, Alaska, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 278-279, 103-109.

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 America104(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.

Pesicek, 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.

Pesicek, J. D., J. Sileny, S. G. Prejean, and C. H. Thurber (2012), Determination and uncertainty of moment tensors for microearthquakes at Okmok Volcano, Alaska, Geophysical Journal International, 190(3), 1689-1709.

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 International181(4), doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04630.x.

Statz-Boyer, P., C. Thurber, J. Pesicek, and S. Prejean (2009), High precision relocation of earthquakes at Iliamna volcano, Alaska, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 184, 323-332.

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.

Pesicek, J. D., C. H. Thurber, H. R. DeShon, S. G. Prejean, and H. Zhang (2008), Three-dimensional P-wave velocity structure and precise earthquake relocation at Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 98(5), 2428-2448.



  • 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



  • Research Geophysicist, USGS Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (Vancouver, WA), August 2015 – present
  • 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
  • Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 2006-August 2009
  • Geoscience Intern, ExxonMobil Exploration Company (Houston, TX), June 2005-August 2005
  • Staff Scientist, CBM Environmental Services (Charlotte, NC), August 2003-June 2004



National Science Foundation grant, High-Resolution Structure and Seismicity of the Central Chile Subduction Zone, EAR-Geophysics, PI J.D. Pesicek, Co-PIs C. Thurber (UW) and H. Zhang (MIT), Start date: 07/01/11, Duration: 24 months, UW award: $147,678.