Jessica R. Murray-Moraleda INSTITUTE: U. S. Geological Survey TITLE: Research Geophysicist COUNTRY: U. S. A. PERIOD OF STAY: September 1 – November 30, 2011 RESEARCH THEME: An algorithm for detecting transient deformation events in GPS data HOST TEACHER: Junichi Fukuda SELF-INTRODUCTION: My research focuses on using geodetic data to constrain models of crustal deformation in order to illuminate the underlying physical processes and improve seismic hazard assessment. Particularly interesting to me are aseismic processes including fault creep, postseismic deformation, and transient slip. My current work includes applying block modeling methodology to investigate the way in which strain is partitioned between strike-slip and thrust faulting in the central coast region of California, imaging the spatial extent and rate of creep on faults in northern California, and developing methods for automatically detecting transient deformation signals in geodetic data. In addition to these research activities, I lead the GPS component of the USGS Earthquake Science Center’s Crustal Deformation Project. In this capacity I oversee data collection, processing, and monitoring, the expansion of continuous GPS station coverage, and new efforts to use real-time high-rate GPS data for improved earthquake response. My primary research focus while at ERI is the further development of transient detection methods, and I am grateful for the exciting opportunity to work with Dr. Junichi Fukuda on this project.