Douglas Toomey

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  • Title: Director, Oregon Hazards Lab
  • Additional Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-5576
  • Office: 105A Cascade Hall
  • Office Hours: MW 11-12
  • Interests: Multi-hazards monitoring, societal resilience to earthquakes and wildfires, seismology, subduction zones, oceanic hotspots
  • Website: Website


B.S., 1981, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., 1987, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program


Current Students:

  • Larry Hartman, Ph.D. Candidate

Former Students:

  • Andrew Barclay Ph.D., 1998, currently at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Robert Dunn Ph.D., 1999, currently at University of Hawaii
  • Ulrich Faul Ph.D., 1994, currently at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bill Hammond Ph.D., 2000, currently at University of Nevada
  • Darwin Villagomez Ph.D., 2010, currently at CSI, San Diego, California
  • Troy Durant Ph.D., 2011, currently at Exxon Mobile, Houston, Texas
  • Matt Beachly M.Sc., 2012, currently at Symantec, Eugene, OR
  • Anne Wells M.Sc., 2011, currently at Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kohtaro Araragi M.Sc., 2012, currently Ph.D. student at Univ. of Tokyo
  • Joe Byrnes Ph.D., 2017, currently at Univ. of Minnesota, Post-doc
  • Brandon VanderBeek Ph.D., 2018, currently Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Padua, Italy
  • Gillean Arnoux Ph.D., 2018, currently Research Associate, Univ. of Oregon
  • Miles Bodmer Ph.D., 2019, currently Research Associate, Univ. of Oregon
  • Gabriel Ferragut M.Sc., 2021, currently at USGS


Research:  Our lab’s research focus is on tectonic plate boundaries and hotspots, where we have pioneered the use of ocean bottom seismology to study earthquake and volcanic processes. We have led scientific expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean oceans, the Galápagos Archipelago, and the Oman ophiolite. Our study sites include spreading centers (e.g., East Pacific Rise, Juan de Fuca Ridge, Mid-Atlantic Ridge), hotspots (Iceland, Galápagos), continental volcanoes (Newberry, Oregon), and more recently subduction zones (Cascadia Initiative, Santorini Volcano).  We use a wide variety of seismic methods (body and surface wave tomography, seismicity, ambient noise) and we are actively developing imaging methods for strongly heterogeneous and anisotropic media. Our research has been published widely in Nature, Science, Geology, Nature Geoscience, and specialty journals.


Applied Science: The work of the Oregon Hazards Lab represents the University of Oregon’s growing role in multi-hazards monitoring in the PNW, for which we have led a push for additional onshore and offshore earthquake monitoring stations to be incorporated into a full West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System ( We support the Oregon component of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (, a cooperative operation between the University of Oregon and University of Washington to monitor earthquake and volcanic activity in the Pacific Northwest. We are members of the ALERTWildfire constortium and we are leading the expansion of the wildfire camera network throughout the PNW.

Geophysics Website