Each program lists faculty potentially willing to serve as M.S. Thesis advisor. Individual faculty must be contacted directly to confirm availability.
- Vic Camp (Ph.D., 1976 Washington State University) – volcanology, petrology, tectonic control of magmatic systems, geologic mapping in volcanic terrains with an emphasis on the flood basalts and Basin-and-Range volcanic rocks of eastern Oregon
- Gary Girty (Ph.D., 1983 Columbia University) – processes controlling the compositions of sandstones and argillites, sedimentological and structural origins of Paleozoic/Mesozoic rocks of the western Cordillera
- David Kimbrough (Ph.D., 1982 UC Santa Barbara) – geochronology, isotope geology, petrology, tectonics
- Steve Day (Ph.D., 1977 UC San Diego) – seismology, source dynamics, earthquake strong motion, explosion seismology]
- Shuo Ma (Ph.D., 2006 UC Santa Barbara) – earthquake source physics, numeical simulation of earhtquakes source dynamics, wave propagation in complex media, and ground motion estimation. He uses field observations, e.g., ground motion, GPS, seismicity, and off-fault damage, among others to constrain features of his simulations, such as rupture initiation, propagation, and healing.
- Kim Olsen (Ph.D., 1994 University of Utah) – seismology, 3-D simulation of wave propagation using finite differences, strong ground motion and site amplification, earthquake dynamics, non-linear effects in strong ground motion, parallel and high-performance computing, visualization and animation.
- Kathryn Thorbjarnarson (Ph.D., 1990 UCLA) – groundwater and surface water interactions in riparian and estuarine wetlands, nutrient loadings by groundwater to surface waters, laboratory and computer simulations of fate and transport of organic contaminants
- Tom Rockwell (Ph.D., 1983 UC Santa Barbara) – paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology, neotectonics, soils stratigraphy, earthquake history of major faults in southern and Baja California, Turkey, Israel, India, Nepal and other exotic areas
- Stephen Schellenberg (Ph.D., 2000 University of Southern California) – paleobiology and paleoecology of invertebrates and protists, Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleoceanography, applications of isotopic and elemental chemistry to biological, ecological, and environmental research