Graduate Student
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Alicia Hotovec-Ellis


Me and my bright red hair (August 2011)
I started my Ph.D. here at UW in 2009, after receiving both a B.S. and M.S. in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. I currently study seismology under John Vidale, with an emphasis on volcano seismology. My current research investigates the connections between earthquakes and tremor. More broadly, I consider most applications of geophysical methods to understanding active volcanoes interesting.

My love affair with volcanoes and earthquakes started at an early age; somewhere around 10, when I got glasses and was crushed to find out I couldn't be an astronaut or a fighter pilot. I think I was originally attracted to the explosivity and danger of volcanoes, but as I matured I began to find them fascinatingly complex and not well understood. Besides, volcanoes make for exciting field areas, and they can change on time scales that even humans can appreciate. I've grown to also enjoy working with earthquakes, and have been employed by the USGS-NEIC and PNSN to study and monitor them.

In my free time (what little of it I have), I consider myself something of an artist and graphic novelist. I've been working on two long-term story projects for several years, both of which are available on the internet:

Shishinkontan, my newest endeavor SkyFall,
my older, complete project

Office: ATG-202
Phone: (206) 619-3958
Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195