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Annie Patton

Ph.D. in Geophysics, NSL Graduate Student


Originally from central Illinois, I received B.S. degrees in Engineering Physics and Geophysics in May of 2022 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my undergraduate career, I interned with the Illinois State Geological Survey doing near-surface geophysical fieldwork and working on a large data digitization project to make ISGS archives freely available to the public. I have been a student at the University of Nevada, Reno since August of 2022, working with Prof. Daniel Trugman in the Nevada Seismological Laboratory. I am currently working on a Southern California Earthquake Center project involving shear-wave splitting analysis for earthquakes in the San Jacinto Fault Zone.

I enjoy conducting fieldwork when extra hands are needed, and in my free time I read, drink lots of coffee, and enjoy the outdoor activities that the Reno-Tahoe area offers.

Research interests

  • Geophysics
  • Earthquake Seismology
  • Seismic Hazards


  • B.S. Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2022)
  • B.S. Geology w/ Geophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2022)