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Michael L. Begnaud


Research Interests

  • Nuclear Explosion Monitoring
  • Seismic Location
  • Geophysical Modeling
  • Data Management
  • Marine and Continental Margin Seismology



  • 505-667-7620 - Phone


Professional Service

  • EES Division Web Committee
  • EES Division "Next Steps" committee, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Spring 2002 - 2004
  • Web Committee, Los Alamos Seismic Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fall 1999 - 2003
  • Seminar Coordinator, Geology Department, University of California, Davis, Fall 1992-Spring 1993


Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union, member 1990 - Present
  • Seismological Society of America, member 1998 - Present



  • Ph.D. Geology. Geology Department, University of California, Davis, June, 1997
  • B.S. Geology. Geology Department, University of California, Davis, March 1991


Recent EES-11 Posters



  • Phillips, W. S., M. L. Begnaud, C. A. Rowe, L. K. Steck, S. C. Myers, M. Pasyanos, and S. Ballard (2007), Accounting for upper mantle gradient in Pn tomography studies, Geophys. Res. Lett., in press.
  • Gallardo, V. A., M. L. Begnaud, J. Williams, K. C. McNally, D. S. Stakes, and G. W. Simila (2004), Analysis of the December 1998 Santa Cruz Mountains, California earthquake sequence: Implications for uplift and earthquake hazard, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 94, 1890-1901.
  • Stakes, D. S., B. Romanowicz, M. L. Begnaud, K. C. McNally, J. P. Montagner, E. Stutzman, and M. E. Pasyanos (2002), The MBARI Margin Seismology Experiment: A Prototype Seafloor Observatory, in Science-Technology Synergy for Research in Marine Environment: Challenges for the XXI Century, edited by L. Beranzoli, et al., pp. 93-110, Elsevier.
  • Begnaud, M. L., K. C. McNally, D. S. Stakes, and V. A. Gallardo, A crustal velocity model for locating earthquakes in Monterey Bay, California, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 90, 1391-1408, 2000.
  • Begnaud, M. L., and D. S. Stakes, Constraining continental margin seismicity by extending on-shore seismograph stations to critical off-shore sites, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 90, 414-424, 2000.
  • Romanowicz, B., D. Stakes, J. P. Montagner, P. Tarits, R. Uhrhammer, M. Begnaud, E. Stutzmann, M. Pasyanos, J. F. Karczewski, S. Etchemendy, and D. Neuhauser, MOISE: A pilot experiment towards long term sea-floor geophysical observatories, Earth Planets Space, 50, 927-937, 1998.
  • Stakes, D., J. McClain, T. VanZandt, P. McGill, and M. Begnaud, Corehole seismometer development for low-noise seismic data in a long-term seafloor observatory, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 2745-2748, 1998.
  • Stakes, Debra S., Barbara Romanowicz, Jean-Paul Montagner, Pascal Tarits, Jean-Francois Karczewski, Steve Etchemendy, Craig Dawe, Doug Neuhauser, Paul McGill, Jean Claude Koenig, Jean Savary, Mike Begnaud, and Mike Pasyanos, Seismic experiment paves way for long-term seafloor observatories, Eos Trans. AGU., 79, 301,308-309, 1998.
  • Begnaud, M. L., J. S. McClain, G. A. Barth, J. A. Orcutt, and A. J. Harding, Velocity structure from forward modeling of the eastern ridge-transform intersection area of the Clipperton Fracture Zone, East Pacific Rise, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 7803-7820, 1997.
  • Begnaud, M. L., Structure of the eastern Clipperton Transform Zone, East Pacific Rise, Ph.D. thesis, University of California, Davis, 1997.
  • McClain, J. S., M. L. Begnaud, M. A. Wright, J. Fondrk, and G. K. Von Damm, Seismicity and tremor in a submarine hydrothermal field: The northern Juan de Fuca Ridge, Geophys. Res. Lett., 20, 1883-1886, 1993.


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