Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Demian M Saffer

Demian M Saffer
Director & Scott Petty Jr. Endowed Chair, Institute for Geophysics, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Shell Companies Foundation Centennial Chair in Geophysics
Dave P. Carlton Centennial Professorship in Geology

Office: ROC
Mailcode: R2200

During his 20-year career, Demian has published over 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Geophysical Research Letters, Geology, and the Journal of Geophysical Research. He has secured funding from the National Science Foundation, ExxonMobil, Shell, the U.S. Science Support Program, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and a host of other funding agencies. He has been co-chief scientist on five large expeditions with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) to study subduction zones and slow earthquakes through scientific drilling and borehole monitoring.

Before being hired to lead the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), Demian was a professor and head of Department of Geosciences at Penn State University. At UT, Demian holds the Scott Petty Jr. Endowed Director's Chair for UTIG.

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Areas of Expertise

Active tectonics, fault/sediment mechanics, geohydrology.

2020Spring GEO 291 Geomechs/Fluid Flow Sub Zones