Purdue University Mark

Tim Filley
Associate Professor

Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
ph. (765) 494-6581


Our group’s research, especially on earthquakes, affords us many education and outreach opportunities. While conducting a GPS survey in Haiti immediately after the 2010 earthquake, which brought us to towns throughout the country, we took many opportunities to discuss the earthquake and future seismic hazards with a broad array of people.

Clockwise from upper left: Talking with Haitian high school students about earthquakes; Discussing the earthquake with displaced college students from Port-au-Prince; Live on Haitian TV (with Purdue graduate student D. Sarah Stamps); Answering questions live on the radio; New friends in a tent city.

You can read about our experience in Haiti on our blogs (NSF Geophysicists in Haiti, The Plainspoken Scientist,  and Live Science).

We are currently teaming up with high schools in Haiti and international organization Teachers Without Borders to develop an earthquake curriculum for Haitian high schools. We are planning on holding workshops for teachers in the Port-au-Prince and Mirebalais regions in the coming years.

Following the recent devastating earthquake in Sendai, Japan, where we visited in 2010 to begin a rheology research collaboration, we discussed the causes of the earthquake and tsunami with several local (WFLI) and international (CNN) news organizations.

We have also given a number of talks to a variety community groups, including libraries, high schools, elder hostels, and local councils. We enjoy accommodating requests for talks on any aspect of earthquakes - just ask!


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