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Michelle (Dunn) Scalise

Ph.D. student, Geophysics


I am a Geophysics PhD Candidate in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno. My research utilizes numerical modeling and high performance computing to explore ground motion from earthquakes and explosions for seismic hazards and forensic seismology applications. I have had the opportunity to be involved in large projects comprised of multidisciplinary teams at national laboratories and government agencies.

Prior to my dissertation research, I received my Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with an emphasis in Geophysics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During my undergraduate studies, I played Division I water polo and worked at the Earth Research Institute assisting with strong motion seismology research.

During my time at UNR, I taught Introduction to Geophysics and the geoscience section of SCI 110. The course is designed for incoming freshman geoscience majors to introduce and reinforce fundamental concepts in geological sciences and connect students to the opportunities available in the College of Science. In addition, I have received several professional teaching certificates through various graduate school programs.

Research interests

  • Geophysics
  • Computational Seismology
  • Observational Seismology
  • Forensics Seismology
  • Engineering Seismology
  • Near Surface Geophysics


  • B.S., Earth Science - Geophysics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016

Professional Certifications

  • Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Certification
  • Teaching with Technology Certification