Keith D. Koper

Keith D. Koper, Seismology science adviser for Eos


Keith D. Koper received a B.A. in the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Washington University in 1998. He was a postdoc at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2001 and an assistant/associate professor of geophysics at Saint Louis University from 2001 to 2010. Currently, Koper is professor of geophysics and director of the seismological observatory (UUSS) at the University of Utah. He has 79 peer-reviewed journal publications and has been principal investigator on external awards totaling $10.71 million. During 2016–2018, Koper was on the board of directors of Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, and he currently serves as vice-chair of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, member and secretary of the U.S. Air Force Seismic Review Panel, and member of the federal Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction. Koper’s research interests include array seismology, Earth’s ambient seismic noise field, forensic seismology and exotic sources, rupture imaging of giant earthquakes, seismicity and tectonics of the intermountain West, mining-induced earthquakes, and the structure and dynamics of Earth’s deep interior—especially the core.


Doornbos Prize, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics-SEDI, 2006

Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2012


Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah


Salt Lake City, Utah