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Katie Keranen

  • Katie Keranen
  • Dept: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: 3110 Snee Hall
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Dr. Katie Keranen earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from Stanford University. She began her professional career at ExxonMobil Exploration as a geophysicist and then the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in the Earthquake Hazards division, Menlo Park, CA prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 2009. She was a GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer from 2011-2013. Katie accepted a faculty position in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University in July of 2013. Keranen's research uses seismic reflection imaging, along with local and global seismicity, to study active fault zones and regions of active tectonics. She is interested in the role that fluids and sediment play in controlling seismogenesis.

Research Interests

Keranen's research interests include the growth, evolution, and deformation of continents with a focus on the role of fluids in active deformation, including induced seismicity.

Teaching Interests

Geophysical techniques and methods including raw data processing and interpretation from geophysical fieldwork; solid earth structure and active processes.

Selected Publications

  • McComas, Katherine Anne, Hang Lu, Kathleen Keranen, Maria Furtney, Hwansuck Song. 2016. "Public perceptions and acceptance of induced earthquakes related to energy development." Energy Policy 99: 27-32.
  • Shillington, Donna, Anne Becel, Mladen Nedimovic, Harold Kuehn, Spahr Webb, Geoffrey Abers, Kathleen Keranen, Jiyao Li, Matthias Delescluse, Gabriel Mattei-Salicrup. 2015. "Link between plate fabric, hydration and subduction zone seismicity in Alaska." Nature Geoscience 8.
  • Li, Jiyao, Donna Shillington, Anne Becel, Mladen Nedimovic, Spahr Webb, Demian Saffer, Kathleen Keranen, Harold Kuehn. 2015. "Downdip variations in seismic reflection character: Implications for fault structure and seismogenic behavior in the Alaska subduction zone." Journal of Geophysical Research 120.
  • Keranen, Kathleen, Matthew Weingarten, Geoffrey A. Abers, Barbara Bekins, Shemin Ge. 2014. "Sharp increase since 2008 induced by massive wastewater injection." Science 345 (6195): 448-451.
  • Sumy, D. F., E. S. Cochran, Kathleen Keranen, M. Wei, G. Abers. 2014. "Observations of Static Coulomb Stress Triggering of the November 2011 M5.7 Oklahoma Earthquake Sequence." Journal of Geophysical Research 119 (3): 1904-1923.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer (GeoPRISMS) 2011
  • USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship (National Science Foundation) 2001
  • Michigan Space Grant for undergraduate research at MTU 2000
  • Department Scholar (Michigan Technological University) 2000


  • BS (Applied Geophysics), Michigan Technological University, 2001
  • Thermal Geophysics Group (Thermal Geophysics), University of Utah, 2002
  • MS (Geophysics), Stanford University, 2004
  • Ph D (Geophysics), Stanford University, 2008