Portrait of Emily Roland

Emily Roland

Assistant Professor


Emily is a marine geophysicist focused on understanding where, when, and how fault slip occurs at active plate-boundary faults. She uses various seismic and modeling techniques to explore how the structure of the Earth surrounding fault zones influences earthquakes processes and aseismic fault slip. Much of her research is focused in areas that may be the source of an earthquake sometime in the future, including subduction zone margins like the Cascadia and Alaska megathrusts and Pacific mid-ocean ridge transform faults. Because these features are found beneath kilometers of ocean water, Emily often utilizes seismic tools that are designed to be used in marine settings for her research, including ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) and marine seismic reflection and refraction imaging.