Melissa Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Earth Science. Melissa is a seismologist, and her research focuses on using seismic waves to determine the structure of subduction zones to better understand seismogenic processes and dynamics. She is currently Co-PI on a research project in southern Alaska (SALMON: Southern Alaska Lithosphere and Mantle Observatory Network), an EarthScope Flexible Array experiment. The science objective of SALMON is to use local and teleseismic earthquakes to image the seismic structure of the crust and upper mantle to better understand the active tectonic setting and the tectonic history of the Cook Inlet region. Melissa received her BS in geology at the University of North Alabama and her MS in geophysics from Arizona State University where she studied anisotropy of the Core-Mantle Boundary. She earned her PhD in geophysics from the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis where she researched seismogenic zone structure of the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican subduction zones using local earthquake tomography.

Research Interests

  • Seismology, geophysics, geology


  •   Earth Science (PhD)
    The University of Memphis
  •   Geological Sciences (MS)
    Arizona State University
  •   Geology-Professional Option (BS)
    University of North Alabama

Selected Intellectual Contributions

  • Avinash Nayak, Donna Eberhart-Phillips, Natalia A. Ruppert, Hongjian Feng, Melissa M. Moore, Carl Tape, Douglas H. Christensen, Geoff A. Abers, and Clifford H. Thurber. 2020. Three-Dimensional Seismic Velocity Models for Alaska from Joint Tomographic Inversion of Body-Wave and Surface-Wave Data. Seismological Research Letter
  • Gregory A. Buckley and Melissa M. Moore. 2019. Challenges in Teaching Climate Science Literacy in Alabama, Part I: Climate Change and the Southeast U.S. Warming Hole. Journal of Sustainability Studies
  • C Tape, D Christensen, Melissa M. Moore-Driskell, J Sweet, and K Smith. 2017. Southern Alaska Lithosphere and Mantle Observation Network (SALMON): a seismic experiment covering the active arc by road, boat, plane, and helicopter.
  • C Kyriakopoulos, A V. Newman, A M. Thomas, Melissa M. Moore-Driskell, and G T. Farmer. 2015. A new seismically constrained interface model for Central America.
  • C Tape, D Christensen, and Melissa M. Moore-Driskell. 2015. Southern Alaska Lithosphere and Mantel Observation Network.
  • Melissa Marie Moore-Driskell, H DeShon, W Rabbel, M Thorwart, and Y Dzierma. 2013. Integration of Arrival Time Datasets for Consistent Tomography Quality Control: A Case Study of Amphibious Experiments Along the Middle America Trench.
  • S E. Hanson, H R. DeShon, Melissa M. Moore-Driskell, and A.M.S. Al-Amri. 2013. Investigating the P wave velocity structure beneath Harrat Lunayyir, northwestern Saudi Arabia, using double-difference tomography and earthquakes from the 2009 seismic swarm.
  • E J. Garnero, Melissa M. Moore, and T Lay. 2004. Isotropy or weak vertical transverse isotropy in D".
  • Melissa Marie Moore, E J. Garnero, T Lay, and Q Williams. 2004. Shear wave splitting and waveform complexity for lowermost mantle structures with low-velocity lamellae and transverse isotropy.