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
Winter rains and summer groundwater pumping in California’s Central Valley make the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges sink and rise by a few millimeters each year, creating stress on the state’s earthquake faults that could increase the risk of a quake.
The more time it takes for an earthquake fault to heal, the faster the shake it will produce when it finally ruptures, according to a new study by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley.
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.