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 Subduction Zones.

Current/Recent Graduate Student Research

  • Sutton Chiorini, M.S. 2019, Improved Realties Detection of Induced Seismicity in Ohio.
  • Shannon Fasola Ph.D. in progress, Investigating earthquake swarms for clues of the driving mechanism.
  • Sarah Smith, M.S., 2017, Re-evaluation of the 2009-2011 Southern Fort-Worth Basin (TX) Earthquakes:  Potential Relationships with Hydraulic Fracturing and Wastewater Injection.
  • Shannon Fasola, M.S. 2016, New perspective on the transition from flat to steeper subduction in Oaxaca, Mexico based on seismicity, nonvolcanic tremor, and slow slipRob Skoumal, Ph.D. 2016, Characterizing induced and natural earthquake swarms using algorithms
  • Rob Skoumal, M.S. 2014, Optimizing Multi-Station Earthquake Template Matching Through Re-Examination of the Youngstown, Ohio Sequence.

Selected Recent Publications

Kozłowska M. A., Brudzinski M. R., Seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal in Ohio, USA, Acta Geophysica, Volume 27 Issue 1, ppp. 351-364, 2019.

Skoumal R. J., Ries R., Brudzinski M. R., Barbour A. J., Currie B. S., Earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing are pervasive in Oklahoma, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2018JB016790, 2018.

Sweet, J. R., K. R. Anderson, S. Bilek, Brudzinski, X. Chen, H. DeShon, C. Hayward, M. Karplus, K. Keranen, C. Langston, F.-C. Lin, B. Magnani, R. L. Woodward, A Community Experiment to Record the Full Seismic Wavefield in Oklahoma, Seismological Research Letters, 3.7 IF, 89(5), 1923-1930, doi:10.1785/0220180079, 2018.

Skoumal R. J., Brudzinski M. R., Currie B. S., Proximity of Precambrian basement affects the likelihood of induced seismicity in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Williston Basins, Geosphere, 2.2 IF, 14 (3): 1365-1379, doi.org/10.1130/GES01542.1, 2018.

Currie B. S., Free J. C., Brudzinski M. R., Leveridge M. C., Skoumal R. J., Seismicity induced by wastewater injection in Washington County, Ohio: Influence of preexisting structure, regional stress regime, and well operations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 3.4 IF, doi:10.1002/2017JB015297, 2018.

Kozłowska M. A., Friberg P., Brudzinski M. R., Skoumal R. J., Baxter N. D., Currie B. S., Maturity of nearby faults influences seismic hazard from hydraulic fracturing, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 9.7 IF, 115(8), E1720-E1729, doi:10.1073/pnas.1715284115, 2018.

Watkins, W. D., Thurber, C. H., Abbott, E. A., Brudzinski, M. R., Local earthquake tomography of the Jalisco, Mexico region, Tectonophysics, 2.7 IF, 724, 51-64, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2018.01.002, 2018.

Brudzinski M. R., Using GPS velocity vectors to illustrate elastic rebound, In The Trenches, 8 (1), org/nagt/publications/trenches/v8-n1/196290.html, 2018.

Selected Grants

USGS-NEHRP, 2071 - 2018, "Collaborative Research:  Improved Characterization of Slow Slip in Cascadia by Stacking GPS on Tremor Times", $19,030, Lead PI

USGS-NEHRP, 2017 - 2018, "Investigating Induced Seismicity Associated with Hydraulic Fracture Stimulations in Oklahoma", $59,899, Lead PI

OSU, DOE Subcontract, 2017 - 2021, "Utica Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory", $99,999, PI

NSF, 2016 -2019, "Does Proximity of Hydraulic Fracturing and Wastewater Disposal to Basement Increase the Likelihood of Induced Seismicity in the Central and Eastern US?", $358,584, Lead PI

Boldly Creative-Strategic Academic Enrichment Initiative, 2019 - 2024, "Data Analytics in the Liberal Arts", $600,000, co-PI

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 2019/2020 Miami Bulletin.