Anne Meltzer

seismology, tectonics, geodynamics

The Earth extends for thousands of kilometers beneath our feet. Dynamic processes operating in the Earth’s interior shape our world, build continents and ocean basins, concentrate natural resources, and generate hazards that impact society. Seismology, the study of earthquakes and elastic wave propagation through the earth, allows us to see into the earth revealing the structure and inner workings of our planet.


My research focuses on the structure and evolution of continental lithosphere, interactions between solid earth and surface processes, and faulting and deformation in the earth's crust and mantle lithosphere. As an observational seismologist much of my work involves the deployment of temporary seismic arrays in active collisional orogens and continental margins where dynamic processes can be observed in action. My current research uses earthquakes as sources to image earth structure, study earthquake source mechanisms, and infer physical properties. I also use active source reflection seismology and ground penetrating radar (GPR) to image the near-surface environment with applications to active tectonics, hydrology, and climate change. My research is collaborative with colleagues from other earth science disciplines at Lehigh and at other instituions in the US and abroad. In addition, I'm interested in how recent advances in seismic instrumentation and monitoring can be leveraged for effective hazard mitigation and risk reduction, particularly in emerging countries where rapid growth and economic development provide tremendous opportunities for advancement.

current funded research

Funding for the following reserach is provided by the US National Science Foundation Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Earth Sciences.

Intracontinental Deformation and Surface Uplift: Geodynamic Evolution Of The Hangay Dome, Mongolia Central Asia
Lhasa Block Top to Bottom-Lithospheric Evolution of Asia's Leading Edge
Analysis of Seismicity Associated with the Mw=8.8 2010 Maule (Chile) Earthquake and Implications for Subduction Processes
EarthScope RAPID: Geodetic and seismological response to the Mineral, VA Earthquake, 23 August, 2011

additional recent and ongoing research

Geodynamics of Indentor Corners; seismicity and lithospheric structure - Eastern US; strain partitioning and active faulting during oblique convergence - Ecuador, Northern Andes

fieldwork in Tibet

Installation of a temporary broadband sesimic station in Tibet.

prospective students

If you're intellectually curious, interested in working across traditional boundaries and across cultures, and are intrigued by how the earth beneath our feet shapes our lives on its surface, come join us and pursue studies in seismology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University.

courses taught

ees 027 - natural hazards: impacts and consequences
ees 201 - seismology: the earth and environment
ees 407 - seismology
ees 426 - tectonic processes


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Contact Information

Anne Meltzer
+1.610.758.3673 (Office)
+1.610.758.3677 (Fax)
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lehigh University
1 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3001 USA
Meltzer CV
Careers in Seismology
SSA Seismological Society of America
Seismological Grand Challenges
Understanding Earth's Dynamic Systems - Long Range Science Plan for Seismology
Seismology Resources
IRIS Facility support for seismology
USGS National Earthquake Information Center