William Barnhart

Bill Barnhart
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D. Cornell University, 2013
B.S. Washington and Lee University, 2008
(319) 335-1818
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Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
Active Tectonics, Natural Hazards, Geodesy, Geophysics

My research interests broadly span the field of active tectonics and natural hazards. In particular, my research focuses on observing and characterizing the nature of active deformation from both natural (earthquakes, plate motions, landslides) and anthropogenic (induced seismicity) processes. Together, these processes help us to form a better understanding of how the earth’s lithosphere behaves in the past, present, and future, and how we might mitigate the effects of various natural hazards.

Students – Below, you can find a list of topics, tools, and locations my research group use and study. If any of these topics excite you, or you want to learn more about where our research group is going, get in touch for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc opportunities! In addition to working in the geophysics group at the University of Iowa, you will also have the opportunity to interact with organizations like the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) as well as intern at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden Colorado – home of USGS real-time earthquake monitoring operations

Research Topics:

  •                 Earthquake and lithospheric deformation
  •                 Earthquake interaction and triggering
  •                 Aseismic slip and strain
  •                 Growth of geological structures
  •                 Active landslide dynamics and rheology
  •                 Induced seismicity
  •                 Remote sensing geodesy
  •                 Inverse and numerical modeling
  •                 Subduction zone earthquake cycles



  •                 InSAR
  •                 Optical imagery pixel tracking
  •                 GPS
  •                 Seismology
  •                 Inverse theory
  •                 Geological and geomorphic field observations



                The Globe!