Research Expertise and Interest

geophysics, geology, earth and planetary science, geomechanics, tectonics, Seismology, structural geology, active tectonics, fault zone processes, crustal deformation, space geodesy, natural hazards, landslides

Research Description

Roland Bürgmann received his Vordiplom in Geology, Paleontology, and Mineralogy from the Universität Tübingen, Germany in Geology in 1987, his M.S. in Structural Geology from the University of Colorado in 1989, and his PhD in Geomechanics and Crustal Deformation from Stanford University in 1993. He is currently a professor in the Earth and Planetary Science Department and heads the UC Berkeley Active Tectonics Research Group.

His current research focusses on active tectonics; relying on space geodetic, geological and seismological observations combined with mechanical models for an improved understanding of earthquake cycles, landslides and hydrological systems.

In the News

Five Berkeley faculty members elected fellows of the AAAS

Five Berkeley faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon the society’s members by their peers. The five are among 443 members awarded the honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of Science and five other journals.

Project will monitor tremor activity beneath San Andreas Fault

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has donated $1.2 million to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory to install a small network of earthquake sensors around the San Andreas Fault at Cholame to monitor faint tremors that have been discovered in the area.

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March 10, 2021
Karen Graham
Climate-induced sea-level rise, along with natural and human-induced subsidence is causing coastal communities to experience sea-level rise four times faster than the global average. In a study published in 2018, Manoochehr Shirzaei at Arizona State University and Roland Bürgmann at the University of California, Berkeley show that major portions of San Francisco Bay's shoreline are sinking faster than the sea is rising. For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News.
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