Prof Phil R. Cummins

PhD in Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley
College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Other Earth Sciences 0499

Research interests

Subduction zone earthquakes and tsunami generation & propagation. Physics of megathrust rupture and modeling and analysis of seismic and tsunami waveforms.

Earthquake and tsunami source physics and early warning. Seismographic network design, real-time data acquisition and processing, rapid source characterisation and source imaging.

Earthquake and tsunami hazard and risk. Historical earthquakes and tsunami, probabilistic hazard and risk analysis, building fragility and seismic risk.

Earth structure & seismic ground motion. Estimation of sedimentary basin structure and its effects on amplification and resonance of seismic waves.



Phil Cummins received his PhD in Geophysics from U. California Berkeley in 1988. He spent several years as a postdoctoral and research fellow at the ANU’s Research School of Earth Sciences researching deep earth structure. In 1996 he became a research scientist at the Japan Agency for Marine- Earth Science and Technology, where he eventually led a research program in earthquake and tsunami science. In 2001 he moved back to Australia to lead Geoscience Australia’s Earthquake and Tsunami Hazard Project, eventually becoming the Principal Scientist in GA’s Regional Development Section. Since 2010 he has also held a position as Prof. Natural Hazards at ANU’s Research School of Earth Sciences. 



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