Ana Cristina Aguiar Moya

Staff Scientist
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Phone: +19254223722


  • Ph.D., Geophysics, Stanford University, 2015
  • M.Sc., Geology, Central Washington University, 2008
  • B.S., Physics, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2005

Research Interests

I am interested in earthquake detection and location, specifically in the implementation of automated methods; whether using cross-correlation techniques or other methods to aid in the detection and location of events. As well as understanding the assumptions that go into earthquake location analyses, and accounting for shortcomings that different methods might have. I have a particular interest in applying non-standard data mining techniques and data science approaches to seismology, especially those with statistical approaches, to address increasingly larger and more complex data sets. Other topics of interest to me are slow earthquakes and tectonic tremor, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment and ground motion prediction.

Honors and Awards

  • PLS Directorate Best Poster Award, LLNL Postdoc Poster Symposium, 2018
  • Outstanding Thesis Award, Central Washington University, 2007
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union, 2007

Selected Publications

Aguiar, A. C, and S. C. Myers (2018). First motion earthquake focal mechanisms for the 2014 Newberry EGS stimulation. Manuscript submitted to Seismological Research Letters, November 2018.

Aguiar, A. C, and S. C. Myers (2018). Microseismic event relocation based on PageRank linkage at the Newberry Volcano geothermal site. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, doi: 10.1785/0120180115

Aguiar, A. C, K. Chao, and G. C. Beroza (2017). Tectonic tremor and LFEs on a reverse fault in Taiwan. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 6683-6691, doi: 10.1002/2016GL072148.

Aguiar, A. C., and G. C. Beroza, PageRank for earthquakes (2014). Seismological Research Letters, v. 85 no. 2 p. 344-350, doi: 10.1785/0220130162.

Aguiar, A. C., T. I. Melbourne, and C. W. Scrivner, Moment release rate of Cascadia tremor constraint by GPS (2009). Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 114, B00A05, doi: 10.1029/2008JB005909.