Robert M. Nadeau

BIDS Data Science Fellow Alumni

Real name: 
Robert M. Nadeau

I study repeating micro-earthquakes (REQs) and non-volcanic tremor (NVT), which are two recently discovered low-amplitude seismic phenomena that occur in large numbers and have special properties that illuminate deep fault zone and large earthquake processes. In California, they have been identified in only a few select locations, and my current research is focused on obtaining a larger-scale view of their distribution in space and time along the San Andreas Fault in Northern California. This research is laying the groundwork for future in-depth investigations into REQ and NVT processes, how they respond to active tectonics, and how to use these phenomena to better understand changes in fault zone properties preceding larger earthquakes. My use of the large volumes of digital seismic data that have recently become available to evaluate low-amplitude signals requires the development of a big data approach, an effort greatly benefitting by my participation in BIDS.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Seismology, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and BSL, 1995–1998
  • PhD Geophysics, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • BS, Geophysics, University of Minnesota, 1989



  • Research Geophysicist
    • ​Full, 2010
    • Associate, 2006
    • Assistant, 1998


Responsibilities (Past/Present)

  • Research and monitor repeating earthquakes, non-volcanic tremor, and deep fault zone deformation
  • Serve as PI and co-PI on extramurally funded projects
  • Provide research training to/collaborate with graduates/undergraduates
  • Manage and provide quality control for Berkeley’s seismic borehole networks (i.e., HRSN and NHFN)


Publications (Author/Co-Author)

  • High Impact: 12 (five in Nature; seven in Science)
  • Total: 46


Synergies (since 2009)

  • Outreach (media interviews, telephone, and email)
  • Student thesis committees: four