Ryan C. Porter
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ryan Porter

Research Interests

The use of earthquake seismology to study tectonics; crustal and upper mantle structure; subduction zone processes; seismic anisotropy


B.A., 2006, Geology-Physics, Whitman College Ph. D., 2011, Geosciences, University of Arizona

Contact & Links

  • (202) 478-8821
  • rporter at dtm.ciw.edu
  • Earth and Planets Laboratory
    Carnegie Institution for Science
    5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20015-1305
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Website


My research is focused on using seismology to better understand tectonically active regions. For my research thus far I have primarily focused on the North and South American Cordillera and have been involved with projects studying California, Utah and northern Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, Peru, and Argentina. I am particularly interested in how the angle of subduction impacts regional deformation. Some of the techniques I work with are receiver functions, ambient noise tomography, and surface wave tomography. I am also interested in combining seismic techniques and in measuring seismic anisotropy to better understand deformation at depth.