Oliver S Boyd, Ph.D.

Research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey studying various aspects of seismic hazard with a concentration on the central and eastern United States


I began with the National Seismic Hazards Mapping Project in Golden, CO in 2004 and now spend most of my activities within the Central and Eastern U.S. Seismic Hazards Project. I am an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis where I help students to better understand seismic hazards. Much of my research focuses on several aspects of earthquake hazards including time-dependent earthquake probabilities, declustering of foreshocks and aftershocks, and parameters related to earthquake sources. I helped update the central and eastern United States source models for the 2008 and 2014 updates of the National Seismic Hazard Maps. Other recent projects include a time-dependent seismic hazard map of Alaska and a seismic hazard analysis of Afghanistan, the latter being done in conjunction with other U.S. Agency for International Development’s reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Survey, I obtained my Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I performed laboratory experiments on seismic wave attenuation and produced and interpreted tomographic images of seismic wave attenuation and velocity beneath the western United States.