Goran Ekstrom

Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Affiliated with: Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

Seismology 108
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964


Ekström was born and grew up outside Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1981 with a degree in physics and did post baccalaureate work in seismology at Moscow State University, USSR. He graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with a Ph.D. in geophysics. After postdoctoral work at Columbia University, he joined the faculty at Harvard in 1990 as professor of geology and geophysics. In 2006 Ekström moved to Columbia University where he is professor of Earth and environmental sciences. His teaching includes environmental hazards and risk assessment. Ekström has served as chair of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, the EarthScope Steering Committee, the International Federation of Digital Seismographic Networks, and the International Seismological Centre executive committee. In 2015 he was awarded the Beno Gutenberg Medal by the European Geophysical Union for his outstanding contributions to seismology.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
Collaborative Research: Investigating the Limits of Ray-Based Global Surface-Wave Tomography 10/1/09 9/30/12
Collaborative Research: Mechanisms of Transient Deformation Following Great 2006-2007 Kuril Earthquakes: Frictional Afterslip or Viscoelastic Relaxation? 8/1/10 7/31/12
Collaborative Research: Strain Accumulation and release at the Kuril Subduction Zone from Postseismic Observations on the Kuril GPS Array in 2007-2014 2/1/12 5/31/16
EAGER: Catastrophic Landslide Dynamics from Seismic Wave Inversion and Satellite Remote Sensing 9/1/11 8/31/12
Facility Support: The Global CMT Project 1/1/13 5/31/17
Facility Support: The Global CMT Project 8/1/16 7/31/20
Improved locations for global seismic events using surface waves 7/1/15 6/30/19
IPA between Columbia University and USGS - Ekstrom 8/15/12 8/14/15
Landslide dynamics from seismic wave inversion, satellite remote sensing, and numerical modeling 9/1/12 8/31/16
New constraints on and models of global and plate-scale anisotropic mantle structure 7/1/13 6/30/17
Studies of Unusual Earthquakes: Volcanos and Landslides 7/1/10 6/30/13
Surface-Wave Data Profucts from USArray 4/1/15 3/31/17
Surface-wave Propagation Across North America: New Methods, Observations and Models 5/1/10 4/30/14
The Seismic Wave Background: Monitoring Earthquakes, Volcanic Tremors and Atmospheric Phenomena 1/1/16 12/31/16
Community Facility Support: The Global CMT Project 3/1/20 2/28/23
Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV) 5/1/19 9/19/21
CSEDI Collaborative Research: Understanding what we see in the lower mantle - mineral physics interpretation of seismic tomographic images 7/15/20 6/30/23
Collaborative Research: Incorporating SPECFEM3D Numerical Seismograms in the Global CMT Project 9/1/22 8/31/24
EarthCube Building Blocks: Collaborative Proposal: EarthCube Data Discovery Hub 9/1/16 8/31/20