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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 processes and seismic hazard assessment. Earthquakes remain a major unsolved problem in natural science, described by some as the turbulence of solids. My goals are to better understand earthquake physics and to improve estimates of seismic hazard. I use a combination of physical and stochastic numerical modeling of earthquake processes that I confront with seismological observations. I am particularly interested in better understanding the mechanisms by which earthquakes trigger other earthquakes and in improving models for the probabilistic forecasting of future earthquake potential. 


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 in 2002. After a year of working for the German Agency for International Development in Guatemala, I returned to academia and obtained an M.S. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2008) 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 for two years, before returning to the US in 2010 as a Harry H. Hess Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. Since leaving Princeton for Bristol in October 2013, I have remained affiliated with Princeton as a visiting researcher. 

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