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Daniel Trugman

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Daniel was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, he received a BS in Geophysics from Stanford and both an MS and a PhD in Earth Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Daniel returned to Los Alamos in 2018 as the Richard P. Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow and became an Assistant Professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin in 2020.

Daniel arrived at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2022, where his research is a perfect fit for the overarching mission of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory. In 2023, Daniel was awarded the Charles F. Richter Early Career Award from the Seismological Society of America and the Mousel-Feltner Award for Research Excellence from the College of Science.

Daniel loves to be outside, especially in the mountains, and spends his free time exploring the eastern Sierra by way of hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, and trail running.

Research interests

Dr. Trugman's research focuses on developing and applying new techniques to analyze large datasets of seismic waveforms in order to better understand earthquake rupture processes and their relation to seismic hazards. His research team at the University is broadly interested in leveraging concepts from big data and scientific machine learning alongside high-fidelity physical modeling in order to advance earthquake science.

Topics of particular interest include to Dr. Trugman's research team include:

  • Nevada seismicity, tectonics, and earthquake sequences
  • Earthquake source properties (magnitude, stress drop, and radiated energy estimates)
  • Earthquake nucleation and rupture dynamics
  • Stress transfer and earthquake triggering
  • Earthquake early warning systems
  • Ground motion prediction and hazard analysis
  • Forensic seismology and nuclear monitoring

Courses taught

  • GEOL 479/679: Python for Earth Sciences
  • GE 479/679: Earthquake Engineering


  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of California - San Diego, 2017
  • M.S., Earth Sciences, University of California - San Diego, 2015
  • B.S., Geophysics, Stanford University, 2013

Selected publications