• Associate Director, University of Utah Seismograph Stations
  • Research Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Research Summary

My research focus is related to seismic events, both natural and induced, within the Intermountain West, U. S. Recent papers have focused on the 2020 Magna Utah Earthquake and other Utah seismic sequences, seismic monitoring at the Utah Frontier Observatory for Research In Geothermal Energy (FORGE), and new methods to detect and characterize seismic sources.


Dr. Kristine Pankow received her Ph.D. in Earth Science with a Geophysics specialty from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1999.  Since 2000, she has worked as a seismologist at the University of Utah.  She is currently the Associate Director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) and is a Research Professor in the Geology and Geophysics Department.  She also leads seismic monitoring for the Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) project. In addition, Dr. Pankow is the Board Secretary for the Seismological Society of America, is a member of the Utah Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council, and is the Advanced National Seismic System, Regional Coordinator for the Intermountain Region.