Marine A. Denolle is a seismologist focused on understanding large earthquakes and their resulting ground motion. Her research has mostly investigated the seismic radiation from large plate boundary earthquakes and the amplification of their ground motion in urban sedimentary basin. She is an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Denolle is attempting to quantify how much the earth’s surface and its soft soils are affecting the rupture of large earthquakes. She is studying the fundamental theory of inelastic response of soils during earthquakes and its role in absorbing seismic energy. She plans to then observe large earthquakes, measure the amount of energy radiated at the surface by those large earthquakes, and compare these estimates to those from deep earthquakes to validate the theory.
Denolle received her PhD at Stanford University and was a Green Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, before beginning her assistant professorship at Harvard. She is a recipient of the 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering to study the ground motions in urban basins and the impact of environmental and anthropogenic factors in changing the current predictions. Denolle is also a recipient of an award from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.