Greg Waite

Greg Waite


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  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • PhD, Geophysics, University of Utah
  • MS, Geophysics, University of Utah
  • BS, Mathematics, St. Norbert College


Dr. Waite uses seismology to study the Earth over a range of scales from the crust to the upper mantle. His research integrates seismology with other geophysical and geological techniques to develop models for active processes in the crust and upper mantle.

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
  • Mantle and crustal-scale seismic tomography
  • The relationship of seismic anisotropy to fluids and strain
  • Active-source investigations of magmatic systems
  • Triggering of earthquakes by magmatic and hydrous fluid migration
  • Relationship between shallow syneruptive volcanic earthquakes and degassing

Recent Publications

  • Waite, G.P., P.A. Nadeau, and J.J. Lyons (2013) Variability in eruption style and associated very-long-period events at Fuego volcano, Guatemala", J. Geophys. Res., 118, 1526-1533, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50075. Read More
  • Anderson, J.F., J.M. Lees, G.P. Waite, and J.B. Johnson (2012) Source and propagation effects on near-field co-eruptive ground motion at Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala, Bull. Seismo. Soc. Am, 102, 696-706, doi:10.1785/0120110106. Read More
  • Beachley, M., E. Hooft, D. Toomey, and G.P. Waite (2012), Upper Crustal Structure of Newberry Volcano from P-Wave Tomography and Finite Difference Waveform Modeling, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B10311, doi:10.1029/2012JB009458. Read More
  • Lyons, J.J., G.P. Waite, M. Ichihara, and J.M. Lees (2012) Tilt prior to explosions and the effect of topography on ultra-long-period seismic records at Fuego volcano, Guatemala, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L08305, doi:10.1029/2012GL051184. Read More
  • Richardson, J.P., G.P. Waite, W.D. Pennington, R.M. Turpening, and J.M. Robinson (2012), Icequake locations and discrimination of source and path effects with small aperture arrays, Bering Glacier terminus, AK, J. Geophys. Res., 117, doi:10.1029/2012JF002405. Read More
  • Lyons, J.J. and G.P. Waite (2011) Dynamics of explosive volcanism at Fuego volcano imaged with very long period seismicity, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B09303, doi:10.1029/2011JB008521. Read More
  • Nadeau, P.A., J.L. Palma, and G.P. Waite (2011), Linking volcanic tremor, degassing, and eruption dynamics via SO2 imaging, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L01304, doi:10.1029 /2010GL045820. Read More
  • Dalton, M.P., G.P. Waite, I.M. Watson, and P.A. Nadeau (2010), Multiparameter quantification of gas release during weak strombolian eruptions at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L09303, doi:10.1029/2010GL042617. Read More
  • Richardson, J.P., K.A. FitzGerald, G.P. Waite, and W. D. Pennington (2010), "Acoustic and seismic observations of calving events at Bering Glacier, Alaska", in Shuchman, R.A. and E.G. Josberger, eds., Bering Glacier: Interdisciplinary Studies of Earth's Largest Temperate Surging Glacier, Geol. Soc. Am. 462, Boulder, CO.
  • Richardson, J.P., G.P. Waite, K.A. FitzGerald, and W. D. Pennington (2010), Characteristics of seismic and acoustic signals produced by calving, Bering Glacier, AK, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L03503, doi:10.1029/2009GL041113. Read More
  • Lyons, J.J., G.P. Waite, W.I. Rose, and G. Chigna (2010), Patterns in open vent, strombolian behavior at Fuego volcano, Guatemala, 2005-2007, Bull. Volcanol., 72, 1-15, doi:10.1007/s00445-009-0305-7. Read More
  • Johnson, J.B., R. Sanderson, J. Lyons, R. Escobar-Wolf, G. Waite, and J.M. Lees (2009), Dissection of a composite volcanic earthquake at Santiaguito, Guatemala, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L16308, doi:10.1029/2009GL039370. Read More