Natural Disasters

Meet the Faculty

David Oglesby, Lisa Grant Ludwig and Corrie Neighbors

David Oglesby received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. Oglesby develops computer models of the forces acting on faults that develop into fault ruptures and fault slippage, and the transmission of seismic waves from slipping faults. His modeling predicts the wave propagation and ground motion caused by different faults. He can answer how and why faults slip, causing earthquakes. 

Lisa Grant-Ludwig's research group addresses natural hazards and disasters from a geologic perspective, with emphasis on earthquakes. Earthquakes are a major threat to public health globally and locally in California. We focus on defining the potential for large earthquakes, and working collaboratively on developing forecasts, hazard models and effective responses. Results of our work are applied for disaster preparedness planning, structural design, land-use planning, seismic risk assessment and public education about earthquake hazard.

Corrie Neighbors received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and has been teaching at the university level since 2005. Corrie is an observational seismologist, traveling to tectonically active regions (e.g., U.S., Mexico, Chile, etc.) to install seismic instruments. Through her research and the research conducted by the greater seismic and engineering community, we may better understand earthquake processes and seismic hazard to mitigate damage from future earthquakes.

Created by David Oglesby, Corrie Neighbors, Lisa Grant-Lubwig

Natural Disasters



UC Irvine, PUBHLTH 90
4 quarter units

Natural disasters are natural processes that adversely affect humans. By examining these processes students develop a basic understanding of Earth's physical environment. Topics include: tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, severe weather, flooding, climate change, mass extinctions and impacts with space objects.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: May 22, 2017  
Registration ends: Sep 27, 2017
First day of instruction: Sep 28, 2017
Last day of instruction: Dec 8, 2017


Please click here to download a syllabus for this course.


Lisa Grant-Ludwig