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Amanda Lough, PhD

Amanda Lough, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Office: PISB 314
Phone: 215.895.6456

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

I like to describe myself as a traditional seismologist working in non-traditional settings. I started out as a classically trained geologist with an interest in earthquakes and volcanoes. I decided to focus on earthquakes and spent the majority of my graduate career identifying and studying earthquakes local to Antarctica. In the course of that project I found a group of earthquakes associated with a subglacial volcanic complex which brought me back to my interest in volcanoes. My current focus of research is looking into the seismic events associated with volcanoes, both those in eruptive cycles and those in quiescence. In particular, I am looking at a type of event called a DLP (deep long period seismic event) that has been recognized at a (limited) number of volcanoes but not fully understood. These events should provide us a unique opportunity to study mantle/crust interaction at a variety of locales. In addition, I am also interested in all long period and deep volcanic events and I continue to look at the seismicity unique to Antarctica. My work is highly field based as many of the areas I am interested in studying do not have permanent seismic networks. Prior to my arrival at Drexel, I participated as a team member in deployments in the Isparta Angle of Turkey, the eastern plateau of Antarctica and the Island of Four Mountains in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.


Amanda Lough started as an assistant professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University in 2016. She came to BEES from her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegies Institution for Science in Washington D.C. Prior to her post-doc at DTM, she earned her doctorate and masters from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, with departmental honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at the University of Missouri she was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity as one of the top ten juniors in the college of arts and science.

Selected Publications:

  • Lough, A. C., C. G. Barcheck, D. A. Wiens, A. Nyblade, and S. Anandakrishnan (2015), A previously unreported type of seismic source in the firn layer of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 120, 2237–2252, doi:10.1002/2015JF003658.
  • Lough, Amanda Colleen, "Studies of Seismic Sources in Antarctica Using an Extensive Deployment of Broadband Seismographs" (2014). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). Paper 1319., doi: 10.7936/K7TH8JRC.
  • Lough, A.C., Wiens, D.A., Barcheck, C.G., Anandakrishnan, S., Aster, R.C., Blankenship, D.D., Huerta, A.D., Nyblade, A., Young, D.A. and Wilson, T.J. (2013), Seismic detection of an active subglacial magmatic complex in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica, Nature Geoscience, 6(12), 1031-1035, doi: 10.1038/ngeo1992