Robert J Mellors

Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Phone: +19254230578


  • Ph.D., Seismology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1995
  • M.S., Seismology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1989
  • B.S., Geology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1986

Research Interests

Seismology and geophysics, regional phase propagation, interferometric synthetic aperture radar, crustal and surface deformation, reflection seismology, earth structure, seismic hazard, and signal processing.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Gök, R., R. J. Mellors, E. Sandvol, M. Pasyanos, T. Hauk, R. Takedatsu, G. Yetirmishli, U. Teoman, N. Turkelli, T. Godoladze, and Z. Javakishvili, "Lithospheric Velocity Structure of the Anatolian plateau-Caucasus-Caspian Regions", submitted to Jour. Geophys. Res., (2010).

Glowacka, E., O. Sarychikhina, F. Suarez, F. Alejandro Nava, and R. J. Mellors, "Anthropogenic subsidence in the Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico, and slip on the Saltillo fault", Environ Earth Sci, DOI 10.1007/s12665-009-0137-y, (2009).

Sarychikhina, O., E. Glowacka, R. J. Mellors, R. Vázquez, L. Munguía and M. Guzmá, "Surface displacement and groundwater level changes associated with the 24 May 2006, Mw5.4 Morelia fault earthquake", Mexicali Valley, Baja California, Mexico, 99, 4,2180-2189, Bull. Seismo. Soc. Amer., (2009).

Sandwell, D. D. Myer, R. J. Mellors, M. Shimada, B. Brooks, and J. Foster, "Accuracy and Resolution of ALOS Interferometry: Vector Deformation Maps of the Father's Day Intrusion at Kilauea", IEEE Trans. Geo. Remote. Sens., 46, (11), 3524-3534., (2008).

Mellors, R. J., D. Kilb, A. Aliyev, A. Gasonov, and G. Yetirmishli, "Correlations between Earthquakes and Large Mud Volcano Eruptions", Jour. of Geophys. Res., 112, B04304, doi:10.1029/2006JB004489, (2007).

Mellors, R. J., and B. Panahi, "InSAR analysis of the Absheron Peninsula and nearby areas," Proceedings of the NATO ARW on Mud Volcanism, Geodynamics and Seismicity, Baku, Azerbaijan, from 20 to 22 May 2003. Series: Nato Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 51 Martinelli, Giovanni; Panahi, Behrouz (Eds.), 288 pages, (2005).

Heuze, F., R. Archuleta, F. Bonilla, S. Day, M. Doroudian, A. Elgamal, M. Hoehler, T. Lai, D. Lavallee, B. Lawrence, P-C. Liu, A. Martin, L. Matesic, R. J. Mellors, B. Minster, D. Oglesby, S. Park, M. Riemer, J. Steidl, F. Vernon, M. Vucetic, J. Wagoner, Z. Yang, "Estimating Site-Specific Strong Earthquake Motions", Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 24, 199-223, (2004).

Mellors, R. J., H. Magistrale, P. Earle, and A. Cogbill, "Comparison of moderate earthquakes in Southern California using InSAR and seismology", Bull. Seismo. Soc. Amer.,94, (6), 2004-2025, (2004).

Mellors, R. J., E. Riggs, J. Eakins, F.Vernon,and P. Kilburg, "A Real-time Interactive Educational Seismology Exhibit", Seismo. Res. Lett.,74,(5),635-640, (2003).

Mellors, R. J., and A. Boisvert, "Deformation near the Coyote Creek fault, Imperial County, California: tectonic or groundwater-related?", Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, 4, (2), 1012, doi:10.1029/2001GC000254, (2003).

Mellors, R. J., D. T. Sandwell, and L. Sichoix, "Lack of precursory slip to the Hector Mine earthquake as constrained by InSAR", Bull. Seismo. Soc. Amer., 92,(4), 1443-1450, (2002).

Rodgers, A. J., Walters, W. R., Mellors, R. J., Al-Amri, A. M. S., Zhang, Y-S., "Lithospheric structure of the Arabian Shield and Platform from complete regional waveform modeling and surface wave group velocities", Geophys. Jour. Int., 138, 871-87, (1999).

Mellors, R. J., F. L. Vernon, V. E. Camp, A. Al-Amri, and A. Ghalib, "Regional waveform propagation in the Saudi Arabian peninsula", Jour. Geophys. Res., 104, p. 20,221-20,232, (1999).

Martynov, V., F. Vernon, R. J. Mellors, and G. Pavlis, "High-frequency attenuation in the crust of the northern Tien Shan", 89, 215-238, Bull. Seismo. Soc. Amer., (1999).

Sandvol, E. D. Seber, M. Barazangi, F. Vernon, R. J. Mellors, A. Al-Amri, "Lithospheric discontinuities beneath the Arabian Shield", Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 2873-2876, (1998).

Mellors, R. J., F. L. Vernon, and D. Thomson, "Detection of dispersive signals using multi-taper double coherence", 135, 146-154, Geophys. Jour. Int., (1998).

Mellors, R. J., F. L. Vernon, G. L. Pavlis, G. A. Abers, M. W. Hamburger, S. Ghose, and B. Iliasov, "The Ms=7.3 Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan earthquake:1: Constraints on fault geometry and source parameters based on aftershocks and body-wave modeling", Bull. Seismo. Soc. Amer., 87,11-22, (1997).

Ghose, S., R. J. Mellors, A. Korjenkov, M. W. Hamburger, T. L. Pavlis, M. Omuliev, E. Mamyrov, and A. R. Muraliev, "The Ms=7.3 Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan earthquake in the Tien Shan: 2: Aftershock focal mechanisms and surface deformation", Bull. Seismo. Soc. Amer., 87, 23-38, (1996).

Mellors, R. J., A. A. Lukk, M. W. Hamburger, G. L. Pavlis, and H. Al-Shukri, Evidence of a high-velocity slab associated with the Hindu Kush seismic zone, Jour. Geophys. Res., 100, 4067-4078, (1995).

Mellors, R. J., J-L. Chatelain, M. Bevis, B. L. Isacks, and G. Hade, A tilt and seismicity event in the Vanuatu Island Arc, Jour. Geophys. Res., 96, 16,535-16,546, (1991).