Christiane Stidham


  Christiane Stidham

   Office: ESS 338 Phone: (631) 632-8059     
   E-mail Address: christiane.stidham "at"

   B.S., University of North Carolina, 1993
   Ph.D., University of California, 1999
   Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, 1999-2002
   Lecturer at Stony Brook University, 2002 – present

Christiane’s research has focused around tectonic and structural modeling, and simulation of earthquake wave propagation: in other words, computer simulations of earthquakes, which require construction of computer Earth models. These research topics include:

  • 3-D simulations of wave propagation and generation of strong ground motion in the San Francisco Bay region and in the Los Angeles Basin
  • Development of L.A. basin density model based on oil industry measurements
  • Construction of 3-D velocity model of Taiwan and offshore region

Construction of Earth models has been through ‘in-house’ 3D-generation programs in C, and through academic/oil industry program Gocad. Computer simulations were conducted on supercomputing facilities at Lawrence Livermore Lab, and on parallel computing clusters constructed at Caltech. Publications on the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles basin projects include:

Stidham, C., Three-dimensional crustal structure influences on wave propagation and generation of strong ground motion in the greater San Francisco Bay region, 1999. Ph.D. thesis, University of California, Berkeley.

Stidham, C., M. Antolik, D. Dreger, S. Larsen and B. Romanowicz, Three-Dimensional Structural Influences of the Strong Motion Wavefield of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1999. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 89, 1184-1202.

Komatitsch, D., Q. Liu, J. Tromp, P. Suess, C. Stidham and J. Shaw, Simulations of ground motion in the Los Angeles basin based upon the spectral element method, 2004. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 94, 187-206.

In teaching (since 2002), Christiane’s interests have evolved to include natural hazards (especially earthquakes of course), planetary geology and environmental geology. She now spends most of her working hours in an effort to jolt a few hundred non-science major freshman into thinking about the Earth for a change, and to stop texting each other.

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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has established a Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments. 

Stony Brook Geosciences going Far Beyond: Newest Department of Geosciences faculty member Weisen Shen's seismological research takes him to the South Pole.

Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


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