Dr. John Louie

( University of Nevada, Reno )


  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Nevada Seismological Lab, Geosciences And Engineering
  • Research Fields: Earthquake Hazards And Resilience, Geothermal Exploration, Geotechnical Engineering
  • Disciplines: Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Geophysics and Seismology, Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Physical Sciences
  • Location:Carson City
  • Funding:USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


36 years’ experience employing and mentoring high-school interns, undergraduate senior projects, MS theses, and PhD dissertations


Dr. John N. Louie, Professor at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, has over forty years of university teaching and research experience in geophysics and seismology. He has published with students several well-cited papers on innovations in seismic imaging of earthquake faults in California, Nevada, and New Zealand. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Louie has developed a faster and more efficient site-assessment survey technique for earthquake-hazard evaluation, Refraction Microtremor. Research on this technology continues, measuring thousands of sites in California, Nevada, and New Zealand; and on using geological and geotechnical measurements to predict earthquake shaking from 3D wave physics, and improve communities’ resilience to disasters.


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Dr. John Louie
Interns and students measure the precise acceleration of gravity near Reno during Summer 2023. These measurements will refine a geophysical model allowing prediction of earthquake shaking levels.