Kayla Kroll

Research Scientist; Seismology Deputy Group Leader
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Email: kroll5@llnl.gov
Phone: +19254236454


  • Ph.D., Geophysics/Seismology, University of California, Riverside, 2015
  • M.Sc., Geophysics/Seismology, University of California, Riverside, 2012
  • B.S., Geological Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2008

Research Interests

Induced seismicity (related to Oil and Gas operations, Geologic Carbon Storage, and geothernal energy production), fault interaction, earthquake processes (nucleation, stress transfer, triggering, forecasting), numerical earthquake simulation, methods to estimate the state-of-stress in the subsurface, dynamic rupture propagation, shallow earth structure, seismic hazard, geomechanics, machine learning applications for the subsurface.

Honors and Awards

  • IRIS Student Travel Scholarship – 2016, 2014, 2012
  • Outstanding Student Presentation Award – Seismological Society of America 2014
  • Graduate Year Fellowship, UC Riverside 2014
  • International Summer School on Earthquake Science – 2013
  • Biehler Excellence in Geophysics Award – 2013
  • Honorable mention - Outstanding Student Presentation Awards: American Geophysical Union – 2011
  • Graduate Fellowship, UC Riverside, 2009 – 2011
  • Southern California Earthquake Center Grant, 2011
  • Southern California Earthquake Center Grant, 2010
  • Margaret C. Van Buskirk Memorial Scholarship, 2008
  • Peter K. Valles Geology Award, 2007
  • Administrative Fund, Cal Poly Pomona 2007
  • Harvey A. Uhl scholarship, 2002
  • Kinematic Automation scholarship, 2002
  • Sheriff's Posse scholarship, 2002

Selected Publications

Kroll, K.A., T. A. Buscheck, J. A. White, and K. B. Richards-Dinger, Testing the Efficacy of Active Pressure Management as a Tool to Mitigate Induced Seismicity, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, submitted July 2018.

Allam, A. A., K. A. Kroll, C. B. Milliner, K. B. Richards-Dinger, Effects of Fault Roughness on Coseismic Slip and Earthquake Locations, Journal of Geophysical Research, submitted July 2018.

Kroll, K.A., Richards Dinger, K. B., and Dieterich, J. H. 2017. Sensitivity of Induced Seismic Sequences to Rate and State Frictional Processes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122(12).

Kroll, K.A., Richards Dinger, K. B., Dieterich, J. H., and Cochran, E. S. 2017. Delayed seismicity rate changes controlled by static stress transfer. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122(10), 7951–7965.

Kroll, K.A., Cochran, E. S., and Murray, K. E. 2017. Poroelastic properties of the Arbuckle Group in Oklahoma derived from well fluid level response to the 3 September 2016 M w 5.8 Pawnee and 7 November 2016 M w 5.0 Cushing earthquakes. Seismological Research Letters 88(4), 963–970.

Dieterich, J.H., K.B. Richards-Dinger, and K.A. Kroll. 2015. Modeling Injection- induced Seismicity With the Physics-based Earthquake Simulator RSQSim. Seismological Research Letters 86(4), 1102–1109.

Cochran, E.S., and K.A. Kroll. 2014. Stress- and Structure-Controlled Anisotropy in a Region of Complex Faulting - Yuha Desert, California. Geophysical Journal International 202(2), 1109–1121.

Kroll, K.A., E.S. Cochran, K.B. Richards-Dinger and D.F. Sumy. 2013. Aftershocks of the 2010 Mw 7.2 El Mayor- Cucapah Earthquake Reveal Complex Faulting in the Yuha Desert, California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 118(12), 6146–6164.