Geosciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2011.
B.A. Geology/Physics, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 2006
Office: Geology Building (bldg.
#12) room 214
Phone: (928) 523-2429
Ryan Porter’s research is focused on using natural-source
seismic imaging to better understand tectonic processes on Earth. Using
techniques such as receiver functions, ambient noise tomography, and surface
wave tomography to image the Earth’s subsurface, Ryan studies how the crust and
mantle have evolved in recent and ancient times. He is specifically interested
in the role that lithospheric-scale processes play in shaping the landscape
that we observe at the surface today. Ryan’s research has primarily
concentrated on the North and South American Cordillera and South Africa and he
has been involved with field projects in California, Arizona, Wyoming,
Washington State, Argentina, and Peru.
Fouch, M., Schmerr, N., Dynamic Lithosphere within the Great Basin.Submitted
to G3 November 2013.
Porter, R., Fouch, M., Semken, S., 2013. Seismic evidence for lithospheric
modification beneath the Mojave Neovolcanic Province, Southern California,
Geophysical Research Letters 40 (19): 5119–5124
Porter, R., Zandt, G., Beck, S., Wagner, L., Estela, M., Hernando, T., 2013.
Ambient Noise Tomography Across the Central Andes. Geophysical Journal
International 194 (3): 1559-1573.
Gilbert, H., Zandt, G., Beck, S., Warren, L., Calkins, J., Alvarado, P.,
Anderson, M., 2012. Shear wave velocities in the Pampean flat-slab region from
Rayleigh wave tomography: Implications for slab and upper mantle hydration. J
Geophys Res-Solid 117, B11301.
Porter, R., Zandt, G., McQuarrie, N., 2011. Pervasive lower-crustal
seismic anisotropy in Southern California: Evidence for underplated schists and
active tectonics. Lithosphere 3, 201.