Scott Burdick

Scott Burdick

Assistant Professor


 0224 Old Main



Scott Burdick



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Seismic imaging of the crust and mantle
  •  Bayesian Inference 
  •  Geophysical inverse problems


 My primary research is in using seismic waves to better understand continental tectonics and mantle dynamics. With novel observations and theoretical advances, I have developed new methods for recovering the seismic structure of the Earth, from full-mantle heterogeneity to small-scale discontinuities in the lithosphere. My ongoing efforts have focused on the vital task of quantifying how uncertainty in data and physical approximations relate to uncertainty in seismic models in order to better understand the inferences we draw about the Earth. Although my training and passion have been for structural seismology of the crust and mantle, lately I have been interested in bringing my expertise in inverse theory to bear on more diverse problems like mass spectrometer data reduction and the imaging of glacial aquifers.


  • B.S. Purdue University, 2006
  • Ph.D. MIT, 2014

Courses taught

ESG 1010: Science of the Earth

ESG 3100: Environmental Systems

ESG 3300: Structural Geology

ESG 5210: Environmental and Applied Geophysics

ESG 5420: Math Methods in Earth Science