William L Yeck

I am a seismologist at the USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center, in Golden, Colorado. My research is largely focused on improving how we detect and characterize earthquakes. I primarily focus my reserach on anthropogenic seismicity within the United States, but I also have a strong research interest in significant global earthquakes. 



2015 - Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder

2008 - B.S. in Physics, Astronomy-Physics, (Minor in Archeology), University of Wisconsin - Madison



Yeck, W. L., G. P. Hayes, D. E. McNamara, J. L. Rubinstein, W. D. Barnhart, P. S. Earle, and H. M. Benz (2017), Oklahoma experiences largest earthquake during ongoing regional wastewater injection hazard mitigation efforts, Geophys. Res. Lett., 1–7, doi:10.1002/2016GL071685.

Yeck, W. L., A. F. Sheehan, J. C. Stachnik, and F.C. Lin (2017), Offshore Rayleigh group velocity observations of the South Island, New Zealand, from ambient noise dataGeophys. Res. Lett.209(2), 827-841, doi:10.1093/gji/ggx054

McMahon, N. D., R. C. Aster, W.L. Yeck, D.E. McNamara, and H.M. Benz (2017), Spatiotemporal evolution of the 2011 Prague, Oklahoma, aftershock sequence revealed using subspace detection and relocation, Geophysical Research Letters44(14), 7149-7158.

Herman, M. W., J. L. Nealy, W. L. Yeck, W. D. Barnhart, G. P. Hayes, K. P. Furlong, and H. M. Benz, (2017), Integrated Geophysical Characteristics of the 2015 Illapel, Chile, EarthquakeJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

Rennolet, S. B., M.P. Moschetti, E.M. Thompson, W.L. Yeck  (2017), A flatfile of ground motion intensity measurements from induced earthquakes in Oklahoma and KansasEarthquake Spectra.


Yeck, W. L., M. Weingarten, H. M. Benz, D. E. Mcnamara, E. Bergman, R. B. Herrmann, J. Rubinstein, and P. S. Earle (2016), Far-field pressurization likely caused one of the largest injection induced earthquakes by reactivating a large pre-existing basement fault structure, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/2016GL070861.

Yeck, W. L., A. F. Sheehan, H. M. Benz, M. Weingarten, and J. Nakai (2016), Rapid Response, Monitoring, and Mitigation of Induced Seismicity near Greeley, Colorado, Seismol. Res. Lett., 87(4), 837–847, doi:10.1785/0220150275.

McNamara, D. E., W. L. Yeck, W. D. Barnhart, V. Schulte-Pelkum, E. Bergman, L. B. Adhikari, A. Dixit, S. E. Hough, H. M. Benz, and P. S. Earle (2016), Source modeling of the 2015 Mw 7.8 Nepal (Gorkha) earthquake sequence: Implications for geodynamics and earthquake hazards, Tectonophysics, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2016.08.004.

Ball, J. S., A. F. Sheehan, J. C. Stachnik, F.-C. Lin, W. L. Yeck, and J. A. Collins (2016), Lithospheric shear velocity structure of South Island, New Zealand, from amphibious Rayleigh wave tomography, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121(5), 3686–3702, doi:10.1002/2015JB012726.

Choy, G. L., J. L. Rubinstein, W. L. Yeck, D. E. McNamara, C. S. Mueller, and O. S. Boyd (2016), A Rare Moderate‐Sized (Mw 4.9) Earthquake in Kansas: Rupture Process of the Milan, Kansas, Earthquake of 12 November 2014 and Its Relationship to Fluid Injection, Seismol. Res. Lett., 87(6), 1433–1441, doi:10.1785/0220160100.

Worthington, L. L., K. C. Miller, E. A. Erslev, M. L. Anderson, K. R. Chamberlain, A. F. Sheehan, W. L. Yeck, S. H. Harder, and C. S. Siddoway (2016), Crustal structure of the Bighorn Mountains region: Precambrian influence on Laramide shortening and uplift in north-central Wyoming, Tectonics, 35(1), 208–236, doi:10.1002/2015TC003840.


Yeck, W. L., L. V. Block, C. K. Wood, and V. M. King (2014), Maximum magnitude estimations of induced earthquakes at Paradox Valley, Colorado, from cumulative injection volume and geometry of seismicity clusters, Geophys. J. Int., 200(1), 322–336, doi:10.1093/gji/ggu394.

Yeck, W. L. (2015), Investigation into the deformation of the lithosphere past and present using passive seismic methods: Case studies of the Wyoming Craton and South Island of New Zealand (Doctoral dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder).

Block, L. V., C. K. Wood, W. L. Yeck, and V. M. King (2015), Induced seismicity constraints on subsurface geological structure, Paradox Valley, Colorado, Geophys. J. Int., 200(2), 1170–1193, doi:10.1093/gji/ggu459.

Hayes, G. P. et al. (2015), Rapid Characterization of the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake Sequence and Its Seismotectonic Context, Seismol. Res. Lett., 86(6), 1557–1567, doi:10.1785/0220150145.


Yeck, W. L., A. F. Sheehan, M. L. Anderson, E. A. Erslev, K. C. Miller, and C. S. Siddoway (2014), Structure of the Bighorn Mountain region, Wyoming, from teleseismic receiver function analysis: Implications for the kinematics of Laramide shortening, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119(9), 7028–7042, doi:10.1002/2013JB010769.

Block, L. V., C. K. Wood, W. L. Yeck, and V. M. King (2014), The 24 January 2013 ML 4.4 Earthquake near Paradox, Colorado, and Its Relation to Deep Well Injection, Seismol. Res. Lett., 85(3), 609–624, doi:10.1785/0220130188.


Yeck, W. L., A. F. Sheehan, and V. Schulte-Pelkum (2013), Sequential H-k Stacking to Obtain Accurate Crustal Thicknesses beneath Sedimentary Basins, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 103(3), 2142–2150, doi:10.1785/0120120290.


Yang, Z., A. F. Sheehan, W. L. Yeck, K. C. Miller, E. A. Erslev, L. L. Worthington, and S. H. Harder (2012), Imaging basin structure with teleseismic virtual source reflection profiles, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39(2), doi:10.1029/2011GL050035.


Buffam, I., S. R. Carpenter, W. L. Yeck, P. C. Hanson, and M. G. Turner (2010), Filling holes in regional carbon budgets: Predicting peat depth in a north temperate lake district, J. Geophys. Res., 115(G1), G01005, doi:10.1029/2009JG001034.