Michael West

Alaska Earthquake Center
Seismology
Volcanology
(907)474-6977
301J Elvey
Michael West directs the Alaska Earthquake Center. The center reports tens of thousands of earthquakes each year in Alaska and the Arctic including, on average, a magnitude 5 earthquake each week. He is a Research Associate Professor and maintains a research program with a strong emphasis on graduate student training. His research is rooted in observational methods with applications to earthquake swarms, volcanoes, earth structure and glaciers. West received a Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University in 2001. He holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Colorado College and attributes his teaching and outreach style to his years spent teaching high school. He serves on several professional committees tied to the Advanced National Seismic System, the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, the Seismological Society of America and the IRIS Consortium. His professional service focuses on advocacy for earthquake and tsunami preparedness with an emphasis on Alaska and the Arctic.
Current Positions: 
State Seismologist, Research Associate Professor