Jascha Polet

Department of Geological Sciences

Cal Poly Pomona

Associate Professor of Geophysics


   I am Associate Professor of Geophysics at the Department of Geological Sciences. I also have a position as a Visiting Associate at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory. My main research interests are in the field of observational seismology: learning about the Earth’s structure and earthquake source processes from records of ground motion.

    First things first: we have just returned from our Geophysics Yellowstone Field Module (June 2014), so take a look at our pictures!

   The most important (fairly) recent development in the department is our MSc program, now almost two years old. We are still accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2015, so contact me if you are interesting in talking about opportunities for an MSc project in seismology/geophysics or if you would just like to take a graduate class or two in Seismology or Shallow Subsurface Geophysics.

   I teach a wide variety of undergraduate classes at Cal Poly Pomona, such as: Living in Earthquake Country, Natural Disasters, Advanced Engineering Geology, Global Geophysics, Intro to Seismology and Shallow Subsurface Geophysics. I teach Advanced Seismology and Advanced Shallow Subsurface Geophysics as part of our MSc program.

    I have also organized several field based classes outside of California (and would love to take students to the volcanoes of Italy one day!). For example, in 2012 we conducted an interdisciplinary Geology/Environmental Biology field experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. We installed several seismometers and visited many sites of interest around the island. You can take a look at a slideshow of pictures or a selection of the many pictures we took when we were in Hawaii in 2011. And don’t forget the photos from out field class in Yellowstone National Park this June!

   Because Geophysics is a new program at Cal Poly, I have put together some information on what Geophysics is all about (with a pretty obvious bias towards my own field of seismology). I have also created a set of Geophysics student info pages with job and internship opportunities, workshops and conferences and classes I would recommend to get a strong background in Geophysics (especially if you are considering grad school). If you are interested in a project in seismology or geophysics as your senior thesis research, you can check out my research page and find suggestions for specific senior thesis topics on the student info pages.

   My own education in geophysics started in the Netherlands, where I received my Master's degree in Geophysics from the University of Utrecht.  I then moved to the much more seismically active (and sunnier) Los Angeles area and obtained my PhD in Geophysics from Caltech. I continued to work at the Seismological Laboratory as a researcher for several years, with the Southern California Seismic Network. Then I became a Research Scientist at the Institute of Crustal Studies at UCSB in 2004, while teaching part-time at Cal Poly. Now I look forward to pursuing my teaching and research interests here in the Geological Sciences Department for many years to come!

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If you have any questions about my classes, the Geology major or the MSc program at Cal Poly Pomona or if you would like to discuss possible senior thesis topics, send me an E-mail or drop by my office (8-242D):

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