Dr. Kristine Pankow

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Associate Director, University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Research Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics


Office: FASB 223

Office Phone: 801-585-6484

Email: pankow <at> seis.utah.edu


Dr. Kristine Pankow received her Ph.D. in EarthScience with a Geophysics specialty from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1999. Since 2000, she has worked as a seismologist at the University of Utah. She is a member of the Utah Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council and is the Advanced National Seismic System, Regional Coordinator for the Intermountain Region. Her recent research papers have included topics such as the Bingham Canyon landslides, Utah seismicity and seismotectonics, dynamic triggering of earthquakes, and detection of and improved location of mining induced seismicity. Current research projects include continued analysis of Utah and Intermountain seismicity, detection and analysis of induced earthquakes, and detection of other types of seismic signals.

Research Projects:

Better characterizing induced seismicity sequences using USArray data

Enhanced geothermal system testing and development at the Milford, Utah FORGE site

Structurally controlled geothermal systems in the Eastern Great Basin extensional regime, Utah

Does a stress threshold exist (i.e., amplitude, frequency, stress orientation, or duration of shaking) for triggering earthquakes?

Deep coal mine safety improvements

Research Group:

Lisa Linville, Ph.D student

Stephen Potter, M.S. student

Andy Trow, M.S. student

Dr. Hao Zhang, Postdoctoral Research Associate


Curriculum Vitae