Heather Savage

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Earth & Marine Sci. C340


Heather Savage's research focuses on earthquakes and faults. Using both laboratory experiments and field studies, she works on questions regarding the strength and stability of faults in order to improve our understanding of when and where larger earthquakes occur. She uses rock deformation and friction experiments at pressures and temperatures relevant to the seismogenic zone to study in situ fault conditions where earthquakes start. Heather uses field observations of fault structure, particularly mapping earthquake slip and damage zones, to provide windows into the processes that occur during earthquakes, such as heat production and chemical reaction, that affect fault zone mechanics. She has worked in a variety of geologic settings, studying faults in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Alaska, Wyoming, Japan and New Zealand.


The Pennsylvania State University, 2007, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002, M.S.
Colgate University, 1998, B.A.


Outstanding Reviewer, GRL, 2017
Geoprisms Distinguished Lecturer, 2016-2018
AGU Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award, 2016
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Palisades Geophysical Institute Young Scientist Award, 2015
NSF Margins Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007
Marathon Alumni Centennial Graduate Fellowship, Penn State, 2004-2005
Gloria Radke Memorial Prize, U. Mass, 2000