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Dr Maximilian Werner

Dr Maximilian Werner

Dr Maximilian Werner
MSci(Lond.), PhD(UCLA)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Earthquake Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment

Office L126
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 331 5014


My research interests centre on earthquake physics, seismic hazard assessment and earthquake resilience. I combine physical and stochastic numerical modeling of earthquake processes that I confront with seismological observations. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms by which earthquakes trigger other earthquakes (e.g. in damaging earthquake cascades) and in improving models for the probabilistic forecasting of future earthquake potential, including probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA). Some of my recent work has focused on increasing earthquake resilience in Bhutan and Nepal. 


I joined the School of Earth Sciences and the Cabot Institute of the University of Bristol in October 2013 as Lecturer in Natural Hazards and Risks, with a focus on earthquake seismology and seismic hazards. I obtained my undergraduate education at Imperial College London, where I received an M.Sci. in Physics. After a year of working for the German Agency for International Development in Guatemala, I returned to academia and obtained an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduating, I joined the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher before returning to the US inas a Harry H. Hess Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. 


I teach courses of the geology, geoscience and geophysics degree programmes of the School of Earth Sciences. 

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