Gregory C. Beroza

Stanford University

Primary Section: 16, Geophysics
Secondary Section: 15, Geology
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2022)


Greg Beroza is a seismologist known for his work on earthquake processes.  He is known particularly for his studies of the systematics and mechanics of slow, intermediate-depth, and induced earthquakes that have contributed to understanding those phenomena and quantifying the hazards they pose. Beroza was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up there, and in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Geophysics and then from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Geophysics in 1989.  After a one-year postdoctoral position at MIT, he joined the faculty in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University in 1990 where he now holds the Wayne Loel Professorship.  He has been Deputy Director, then Co-Director, of the Southern California Earthquake Center since 2007.  He was named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, a Fellow of the AGU in 2008, the Beno Gutenberg Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2014, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2022.

Research Interests

Greg Beroza’s research focus is on using records of ground motion known as seismograms to develop a clearer understanding of earthquake processes.  His group has worked on fast, slow, intermediate-depth, and human-induced earthquakes.  They have developed a framework for understanding the properties of a distinct family of slow earthquakes and went on to elucidate the shear character of low frequency earthquakes and tectonic tremor.  He has developed open-source data-mining and machine-learning methods for improved small earthquake detection and characterization.  Application of these precision seismology techniques to tectonic earthquakes, induced earthquakes, and magmatic systems has resulted in greatly improved completeness of seismicity catalogs and a clearer illumination the 3D geometry of complex fault systems. His research group has also used ambient field measurements to constrain both elastic and anelastic Earth structure, and to predict directly the strength and variability of earthquake strong ground motion. 

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