Alan L. Kafka

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
kafka@bc.edu
www2.bc.edu/alan-kafka

Areas of Interest:

Seismology, Earthquake Hazards, Science Education, Science and Public Policy

Education:

Ph.D. (Geophysics), Stony Brook University (1980)
M.S. (Applied Mathematics), Stony Brook University (1973)
B.A. (Mathematics), New York University (1971)

Professional Experience:

Director, Weston Observatory, Boston College (2013 - present)
Director, Boston College Educational Seismology Project (2004 - present)
Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College (1989 - present)
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College (2011 - present)
Associate Director, Weston Observatory, Boston College (2004 - 2013)
Department Chair, Geology and Geophysics, Boston College (2001-2007)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics, Boston College (1987-1989)
National Research Council Associate, AFGL, Hanscom AFB, MA (1985-1986)
Assistant Professor, Geology and Geophysics, Boston College (1983-1984)
Research Associate, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University (1979-1982)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, City College of New York (1982)
Instructor, Mathematics, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY (1974-1975)

Selected Publications and Abstracts:

Kafka, A.L., and M. Barnett (2015). A Police Chief, a Mayor, and a Seismologist Walk Into a Town Hall Meeting: Responding to Citizens' Concerns About Earthquakes, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, October 15, 2015 (Abstract).

Chambless, H.E., and A.L. Kafka (2015). Injection Induced Seismicity, Hydraulic Fracturing Operations, and Wastewater Injection Wells in Oklahoma and California, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, October 15, 2015 (Abstract).

Bravo, T.K.,  and A. L. Kafka (2015). Record and Analyze Seismic Data in the Classroom with Free Iris Software!, 2015 Conference of the National Science Teachers Association, Chicago, IL, March 15, 2015 (Abstract).


Kafka, A.L., A.J. Kotowski, O. Ayandele, and A. Ferenczi (2014). Cellular Seismology: Is Past Seismicity a Good Basis for Seismic Source Characterization of the Central and Eastern U.S.?, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, November 2-4, 2014 (Abstract).


Kafka, A.L. (2013). New Opportunities for Exploring Global and Regional Earthquakes in the Classroom and Beyond, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, October 6-8, 2013 (Abstract).

Cinella, J.R., and A.L. Kafka (2012). Cellular Seismology Investigation of the Caribbean Plate, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, October 29, 2012 (Abstract).


Wolin, E, S. Stein, F. Pazzaglia, A. Meltzer, A.L. Kafka, and C. Berti (2012). Mineral Virginia earthquake illustrates seismicity of a passive-aggressive marginGeophysical Research Letters, 39(L02305), doi: 10.1029/2011GL050310.

Kafka, A.L. and J.E. Ebel (2011). Proximity to past earthquakes as a least astonishing hypothesis for forecasting locations of future earthquakes, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101(4), August 2011, doi: 10.1007/s00024-011-0315-1.

Chambers, D.W., J.A. Baglivo, J.E. Ebel, and A.L. Kafka (2011). Earthquake forecasting using hidden markov models, Pure and Applied Geophysics, doi: 10.1.1007/s00024-011-0315-1.

Kafka, A.L. (2011). Investigation of Cellular Seismology as a Basis for Seismic Source Characterization of the Central and Eastern United States, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, Little Rock, AR, October 17, 2011 (Abstract).

Fisher, S.W., and A.L. Kafka (2011). Effects of Spatial Scale and Magnitude on Cellular Seismology Forecasts in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, Little Rock, AR, October 17, 2011 (Abstract).

Kafka, A.L., A. Frappier, and N.P. Snyder (2011). Natural hazards, environmental degradation, and the urbanization of planet Earth: perspectives on the ethical challenges geoscientists face in an uncertain world, Proceedings of the International Conference on Ethics and Sustainability of the Earth, Boston College, February 2628, 2009.

Kafka, A.L. (2010). Cellular Seismology and seismic source characterization of the central and eastern United States, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, Boston College, October 18, 2010 (Abstract).

Kafka, A.L. (2007). Does seismicity delineate zones where future large earthquakes will occur in intraplate environments?, In Continental Intraplate Earthquakes: Science, Hazard, and Policy Issues, Geological Society of America volume, Geological Society of America Special Paper 425, Edited by S. Stein and S. Mazzotti, 3548, doi: 10.1130/2007.2425(03).

Kafka, A.L., and J.E. Ebel (2007). Exaggerated claims about earthquake predictions, EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 88(1), 1,6.

Ebel, J.E., D.W. Chambers, A.L. Kafka, and J.A. Baglivo (2007). Non-poissonian earthquake clustering and hidden Markov model as bases for earthquake forecasting in California, Seismological Research Letters, 77(1), 47-55.

Kafka, A.L., J.E. Ebel, M. Barnett, A. Macherides Moulis, L. Campbell, and S.E. Gordon (2006). Classroom seismographs and the challenge of encouraging a culture of scientific inquiry in K12 schools, Seismological Research Letters, 77(6), 74-86.

Barnett, M., A.L. Kafka, A. Pfitzner, and E. Syzmanski (2005). The Living Earth: Inviting students into the world of scientific research through seismology, Journal of College Science Teaching, 34(6), 50-54.

Kafka, A.L. (2005). The value of dialogue between scientists and theologians: A geophysicist's perspective, In The Dialogue Between Science and Religion: What We Have Learned from One Another, P. Byrne, Editor, University of Scranton Press, 143-156.

Kafka, A.L. and K. Rasmusson (2003). Using the AS1 seismograph for laboratory exercises in an introductory geophysics course: turning seismic moments into teachable moments, Seismological Research Letters, 74(5), 618-624.

Kafka, A.L (2002). Statistical analysis of the hypothesis that seismicity delineates areas where future large earthquakes are likely to occur in the central and eastern United States, Seismological Research Letters, 73(6), 990-1001.

Ebel, J.E. and A.L. Kafka (2002). A non-poissonian element in the seismicity of the northeastern United States, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 92(5), 2040-2045.

Kafka, A.L. (2001). Not always on solid ground: Earthquake causes in Northeast still a mystery to seismologists, Natural New England Magazine, 5, 53-57.

Kafka, A.L. and S.Z. Levin (2000). Does the spatial distribution of smaller earthquakes delineate areas where larger earthquakes are likely to occur?, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 90(3), 724-738.

Kafka, A.L. (2000). Public misconceptions about faults and earthquakes in the eastern United States: Is it our own fault?, Seismological Research Letters, 71(3), 311-312.

Kafka, A.L. (1999). Dr. Quake goes to high school, Seismological Research Letters, 70(2), 179-182.

Kafka, A.L., and E.K. Driscoll (1999). Earthquakes in the area surrounding the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts, Seismological Research Letters, 70(4), 446-460.

Ebel, J.E. and A.L. Kafka (1999). A Monte Carlo approach to seismic hazard analysis, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 89(4), 854-866.

Kafka, A.L. and Walcott, J.R. (1998). How well does the spatial distribution of smaller earthquakes forecast the locations of larger earthquakes in the northeastern United States?, Seismological Research Letters, 69(5), 428-439.

Ebel, J.E., A.R. Lazarewicz, A.L. Kafka (1997). A geographic information system approach to investigating the correlation of seismicity with tectonic features in the central and eastern United States, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Report NUREG/CR-6573.

Kafka, A.L. and P.E. Miller (1996). Seismicity in the area surrounding two Mesozoic rift basins in the northeastern United States, Seismological Research Letters, 67(3), 69-86.

Ebel, J.E. and A.L. Kafka (1991). Earthquake activity in the northeastern United States, in Decade of North American Geology, vol. GSMV-1, Neotectonics of North America, D.B. Slemmons, E.R. Engdahl, D. Blackwell, D. Schwartz and M. Zoback, Editors, Chapter 15, 277-290, 1991.

Kafka, A.L. (1990). Rg as a depth discriminant for earthquakes and explosions: a case study in New England, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 80(2), 373-394.

Saikia, C.K., A.L. Kafka, S.C. Gnewuch, and J.M. McTigue (1990). Shear wave velocity and attenuation structure of the shallow crust in southeastern New England from dispersion of Rg waves, Journal of Geophysical Research, 95(B6), 8527-8541.

Kafka, A.L., M.A. Winslow and N.L. Barstow (1989). Earthquake activity in the greater New York City area: a faultfinder's guide, in Field Trip Guidebook, 61st Annual Meeting, N.Y. State Geological Association, D. Weiss, ed., p. 177-205, 1989.

Kafka, A. L., and E.C. Reiter (1987). Dispersion of Rg waves in southeastern Maine: Evidence for lateral anisotropy in the shallow crust, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 77(3), 925-941.

Kafka, A.L., E.A. Schlesinger-Miller and N.L. Barstow (1985). Earthquake activity in the greater New York City area: magnitudes, seismicity and geologic structures, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 75(5), 1285-1300.

Nishenko, S.P., and A. L. Kafka (1982). Earthquake focal mechanisms and the intraplate setting of the Bermuda Rise, Journal of Geophysical Research, 87(B5), 3929-3941.

Kafka, A.L., and D.J. Weidner (1981). Earthquake focal mechanisms and tectonic processes along the southern boundary of the Caribbean plate, Journal of Geophysical Research, 86(B4), 2877-2888.

Kafka, A.L., and D.J. Weidner (1979). The focal mechanisms and depths of small earthquakes as determined from Rayleigh wave radiation patterns, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 69(5), 1379-1390.