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Xiaowei Chen

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Xiaowei Chen

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California
B.S., University of Science and Technology of China

Office: SEC 854
Fax: 405-325-3140

Area of Interest

Earthquake Seismology
Earthquake Triggering
Induced Seismicity


My research has been focused on earthquake seismology, and study regions range from distant glacier termini to densely populated urban areas. I used a variety of seismological tools to try to understand what causes earthquakes to start, what influences the source process and seismicity pattern, how earthquakes interact with each other, and whether small earthquakes are related to larger events. I am especially interested in the influences of fluid and anthropogenic activities. Over the next few years, my goals are to work on a series of projects on earthquake behaviors related to industry operations, tectonic and volcanic processes. 

Courses Taught

Induced Seismicity (Graduate Seminar) - GEOL 6970 (Spring)

Faculty Website

Selected References

Chen, X., P. M. Shearer, California foreshock sequences suggest underlying aseismic process, Geophysical Research Letters, 2013. 

Chen, X., P. M. Shearer, and R. E. Abercrombie, Spatial migration of earthquakes within seismic clusters in Southern California: Evidence for fluid diffusion, J. Geophys. Res., 2012

Chen, X., and P. M. Shearer, Comprehensive analysis of earthquake source spectra and swarms in the Salton Trough, California, J. Geophys. Res., 2011.

Chen, X., P. M. Shearer, F. Walter, and H. A. Fricker, Seventeen Antarctic seismic events detected by global surface waves and a possible link to calving events from satellite images, J. Geophys. Res., 2011.