Michael Brudzinski



Ph.D. (2002) University of Illinois

219 Shideler Hall

I earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed an endowed fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the Miami faculty in 2004.  My scientific research is focused on the origins of hazardous earthquakes.  I have maintained nearly a decade-long field experiment in southern Mexico to investigate how tectonic plates collide.  I am also helping to uncover relationships between enhanced oil and gas recovered and earthquakes in Ohio and surrounding regions through collaborations with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

My educational focus is on developing active, engaging, e-learning courses, through assessment of inquiry-based training, student engagement, and authentic scientific experiences in virtual classrooms.  I have generated over $1.5 million in external funding at Miami to support the integration of research and teaching efforts, including a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award.  I have mentored over 20 students and postdocs resulting in national presentations, publications, and over $400k of student/postdoc led funding.

Possible thesis/dissertation topics:

  • Relationships between Great Earthquakes, Slow Slip and Fault Tremor.
  • Seismicity Associated with Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery.
  • Seismic vs. Aseismic Deformation in Subductino Zones.

Current/recent graduate student research:

  • Seismic and Aseismic Deformation of the Oaxaca Segment in the Mexican Subduction Zone.
  • Template Matching to Identify Induced Seismicity in Ohio.
  • Segmentation of Non-Volcanic Tremor in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Selected Recent Publications:

Skoumal, R., Brudzinski, M.R., Currie, B.S., Levy, J., Optimizing Multi-Station Earthquake Template Matching Through Re-Examination of the Youngstown, Ohio Sequence, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2014.

Graham, S.E., DeMets, C., Cabral-Cano, E., Kostoglodov, V., Walpendorf, A., Lasserre, C., Brudzinski, M.R., McCaffety, R., Salazar-Tlaczani, L., GPS constraints on the 2011/12 Oaxaca slow slip event that preceded the 20 March 2012 Ometepec earthquake, southern Mexico, Geophysical Journal International, 197 (3): 1593-1607, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu019, 2014.

Holtkamp, S.G., Brudzinski, M.R., Megathrust earthquake swarms indicate frictional changes which delimit large earthquake ruptures, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 390, 234-243, 2014.

Sit, S., Brudzinski, M.R., Kao, H., Detecting tectonic tremor through frequency scanning at a single station:  Application to the Cascadia margin, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 343, 134-144, 2012.

Chen, W.-P., Hung, S.-h., Tseng, T.-L., Brudzinski, M.R., Yang, Z., Nowack, R.L., Rheaology of the continental lithosphere:  Progress and new perspectives, Gondwana Rsearch, 21(1), 4-18, 2012.

Brudzinski, M.R., Episodic Tremor and Slip:  Potential Clues to the Earthquake Process and How Faults Slip, The Earth Scientist, 27, 7-12, 2011.

Brudzinski, M.R., Sikorski, J.J., Impact of the COPEL on active-learning revisions to an introductory geology course:  Focus on student development, Nature, 2010; 467 (7317): 828 DOI; 10.1038/nature09401, 2010.

Selected Grants:

  • Department of Energy, conditionally awarded 2014 (subcontract through OSU).  Title:  Utica Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory.
  • National Science Foundation, awarded 2013 (with S. Bilek, New Mexico Tech).  Title:  Deep Megathrust Conditions Comparing Seismicity Rates and Source Parameters with Tremor, Slow Slip, and the Mw 7.4 Ometepec, Mexico earthquake.
  • US Geological Survey, awarded 2011 (with T. Melbourne, Central Washington University.  Title:  Delineating future Cascadia megathrust rupture with continuous GPS and seismic recordings of Episodic Tremor and Sliip.
  • National Science Foundation, awarded 2009.  Title:  CAREER:  Implementing Inquiry-Based Approaches in Geoscience Education and Research.

Teaching Interests:

  • Developing an Inquiry Based Learning Environment
  • Active Learning in Online Courses
  • Pathways to Energy and Environmental Careers
  • Fostering Quantitative Literacy

Specific Courses:

GLG 121 - Environmental Geology - Emphasis on Natural Hazards

GLG 261 - Geohazards and the Solid Earth

GLG 461/561 - Geophysics (cross-listed with PHY 466/566)

GLG 457/567 - Seismology (cross-listed with PHY 467/567

GLG 662 - Subduction Zones

GLG 667 - Advanced Seismology

Service Interests:

  • Undergraduate Research Internships
  • Outcomes and Assessment
  • Mentoring Early Career Scientists
  • Seismicity Monitoring in the Central and Eastern US

More information about the Seismology program can be found here.

For complete descriptions of courses please see the 2018/2019 Miami Bulletin.