Sean Ford

Staff Scientist
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Phone: +19254246998


  • PhD, Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, 2008
  • MS, Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, 2005
  • BA, Geophysics, University of California, 1999

Professional Background

Sean Ford is a seismologist in the Physical & Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His primary research at LLNL involves understanding the seismic signature of the explosion source. He started at LLNL as a postdoctoral researcher in 2009 and became a staff scientist in 2010. Prior to obtaining his advanced degrees, he served for four years in the U.S. Air Force Space Command. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysics, Seismological Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union.

Research Interests

Explosion source phenomenology, seismic attenuation, aftershock statistics, neotectonics, and the deep earth.

Honors and Awards

The Secretary’s Appreciation Award, 2017; Directorate Award, 2012, 2013, 2017; Spot Award, 2011, 2012, 2017

Selected Publications

Ford, S. R., G. D. Kraft, and G. A. Ichinose "Seismic moment tensor event screening," Geophys. J. Int.221, 77-86, (2020).

Ford, S. R., D. S. Dreger, and W. R. Walter "Identifying isotropic events using a regional moment tensor inversion," J. Geophys. Res.114, B01306, (2009).