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Scott Phillips



  • Nuclear Test Discrimination
  • Reservoir- and Mining-Induced Microseismicity
  • Seismic Tomography
  • Seismic Scattering and Site Response
  • Special Interests
  • Languages: intermediate Spanish, beginning Japanese
  • Coach, Los Alamos Nordic Ski Team, Level II Certification.
  • American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists



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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph.D. Geophysics (Advisor Keiiti Aki), 1985.
  • University of California, Berkeley: B.A. Geophysics (Advisor Bruce Bolt), 1979.
  • Edinburgh University, U.K.: 2nd/3rd year Geophysics (Advisor Bruce Hobbs), 1977-1978.
  • Experience
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM: Staff, Consultant, 1985-
  • Nambe Geophysical, Inc., NM: Officer/partner, 1992-
  • National Center for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, Tsukuba Japan, Science and Technology Fellowship, Sept. 1992 to March 1993.
  • University of Southern California/USGS: Post-doc, 1985.
  • Gulf Science and Technology, Harmarville, PA: Summer 1981.
  • U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA: Summer 1980.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Research Assistant, 1979-1985.



  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph.D. Geophysics (Advisor Keiiti Aki), 1985.
  • University of California, Berkeley: B.A. Geophysics (Advisor Bruce Bolt), 1979.
  • Edinburgh University, U.K.: 2nd/3rd year Geophysics (Advisor Bruce Hobbs), 1977-1978.


Links and Technical Reports



Phillips, W. S., James T. Rutledge, Leigh S. House, Michael C. Fehler, Induced Microearthquake Patterns in Hydrocarbon and Geothermal Reservoirs - 872 KB PDF File

Phillips, W.S. and K. Aki, Site amplification of coda waves from local earthquakes in central California, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 76, 627-648, 1986.

Phillips, W.S., W.H.K. Lee and J.T. Newberry, Spatial variation of coda Q in California, PAGEOPH, 128, 251-260, 1988.

Larkin, T.H., P.A. Johnson, P.M. Rich, G. Eischeid and W.S. Phillips, Cross-borehole compressional wave imaging of unconsolidated sediments, IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 28, 922-931, 1990.

Phillips, W.S. and M.C. Fehler, Traveltime tomography: a comparison of popular methods, Geophysics, 56, 1639-1649, 1991.

Fehler, M.C. and W.S. Phillips, Simultaneous inversion for Q and source parameters of microearthquakes accompanying hydraulic fracturing in granite rock, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 81, 553-575, 1991.

Roberts, P.M., W.S. Phillips and M.C. Fehler, Development of the active doublet method for measuring small velocity and attenuation changes in solids, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 91, 3291-3302, 1992.

Phillips, W.S., S. Kinoshita and H. Fujiwara, Basin-induced Love waves observed by the strong motion array at Fuchu, Japan, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 83, 64-84, 1993.

Block, L., C.H. Cheng, M.C. Fehler and W.S. Phillips, Seismic imaging using microearthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing, Geophysics, 59, 102-112, 1994.

Rutledge, J.T., W.S. Phillips, A. Roff, J.N. Albright, T. Hamilton-Smith, S.K. Jones and K.C. Kimmich, Subsurface fracture mapping using microearthquakes detected during primary oil production, Clinton County, Kentucky, paper SPE 28384, 1994.

Hartse, H., W.S. Phillips, M.C. Fehler and L.S. House, Single-station spectral discrimination using coda waves, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 85, 1464-1474, 1995.

Roff, A., W.S. Phillips and D.W. Brown, Joint structures determined by clustering microearthquaes using waveform amplitude ratios, Intr. J. Rock Mech. and Geomech. Abs., in press.

Phillips, W.S. and L.S. House, Detailed joint structures in a geothermal reservoir from studies of microearthquake clusters, submitted to J. Geophys. Res., 1996.

Hartse, H.E., S.R. Taylor, W.S. Phillips and G.E. Randall, A preliminary study of regional seismic discrimination in Central Asia with emphasis on Western China, submitted to Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.

Phillips, W.S., J.T. Rutledge, T.E. Fairbanks, T. Gardner, M. Miller and B. Schuessler, Reservoir fracture mapping using microearthquakes: Austin chalk, Giddings field, TX and the 76 field, Clinton Co., KY, paper SPE 36651, 1996.

Phillips, W.S., T.E. Fairbanks, J.T. Rutledge and D. Anderson, Microseismic monitoring in the Austin Chalk, submitted to Tectonophysics (special issue on induced seismicity)


Roberts, P.M., M.C. Fehler, P.A. Johnson, W.S. Phillips, Active Doublet Method for Measuring Small Changes in Physical Properties, 5,369,997, 1994.


Phillips, W.S., The Separation of Source, Path and Site Effects on High Frequency Seismic Waves: An Analysis Using Coda Wave Techniques, Ph.D. Thesis, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, 1985.

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