Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Kerry Edward Sieh

Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore

Asian School of the Environment
College of Science

Phone: (+65)6513 8093
Office: N2-01a-10

  • PhD Stanford University 1977
  • BA University of California, Riverside 1972
Nanyang Technological University
2008 – present. Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore []
2008 – present. Professor of Geology

California Institute of Technology
1986 – 2008. Professor of Geology
1982 – 1986. Associate Professor of Geology
1977 – 1982. Assistant Professor of Geology
Research Interests
My principal research interest is earthquake geology, which uses geological layers and landforms to understand the geometries of active faults, the earthquakes they generate, and the crustal structure their movements produce. My early work on the San Andreas fault led to the discovery of how often and how regularly it produces large earthquakes in southern California.

More recently, my students and colleagues and I investigated Taiwan's multitude of active faults and figured out how their earthquakes are creating that mountainous island. We are currently exploring the earthquake geology of Myanmar (Burma). Our principal current research interest is the subductionmegathrust that produced the devastating giant Sumatran earthquakes and Indian Ocean tsunamis of 2004 and 2005. That research suggests that the megathrust is poised to produce yet another giant earthquake in western Sumatra.

I am also now involved in creation of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, which aims to conduct basic and applied research related to earthquake, tsunami, volcanic, and climate hazards.
Current Projects
  • Angkor
  • Australasian Tektites Source
  • Historical Indonesian Earthquakes
  • Luzon Paleoseismology
  • Myanmar
  • SWAP
  • Sumatran Fault
  • Sumatran Megathrust
  • Sumatran Paleoseismic
Selected Publications
  • Xuhua Shi, Yu Wang, Jing Liu-Zeng, Ray Weldon, Shengji Wei, Teng Wang, Kerry Sieh. (2017). How complex is the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, South Island, New Zealand?. Science Bulletin, 62(5), 309-311.
  • K. E. Bradley, L. Feng, E. M. Hill, D. H. Natawidjaja, and K. Sieh. (2017). Implications of the diffuse deformation of the Indian Ocean lithosphere for slip partitioning of oblique plate convergence in Sumatra. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 122(1), 572-591.
  • Singh SC, Hananto N, Qin Y, Leclerc F, Avianto P, Tapponnier PE, Carton H, Wei S, Nugroho AB, Gemilang WA, Sieh K, Barbot S. (2017). The discovery of a conjugate system of faults in the Wharton Basin intraplate deformation zone. Science Advances, 3(1).
  • Feng, Lujia; Hill, Emma M.; Elósegui, Pedro; Qiu, Qiang; Hermawan, Iwan; Banerjee, Paramesh; Sieh, Kieh. (2015). Hunt for slow slip events along the Sumatran subduction zone in a decade of continuous GPS data. Journal of Geophysical research, 120(12), 8623–8632.
  • Tsang, L.L.H., A.J. Meltzner, E.M. Hill, J.T. Freymueller, and K. Sieh. (2015). A paleogeodetic record of variable interseismic rates and megathrust coupling at Simeulue Island, Sumatra. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(24), 10585-10594.

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