Becky Fildes

Becky Fildes

Becky Fildes is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Davis. She is a geophysicist whose research is now focused on using numerical models and earthquake observations to study deep earthquakes in subducting slabs.

Investigating earthquake activity of the 2018 Kīlauea Volcano eruption

Photograph of Kīlauea’s summit, Halema’uma’u Crater, partway through the 2018 eruption. The seismic events at the summit and associated eruptive activity greatly changed the structure of the summit and surrounding region. Photograph by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on June 12, 2018 (

Both earthquakes and research project directions can be hard to predict. This week Becky Fildes, a graduate student at UC Davis, takes us on a journey of how she came to study earthquake behavior in Hawaii during an active volcanic eruption and how our understanding of caldera collapses can be further improved. In my first year of graduate school in 2017, I had started studying earthquake statisti ...[Read More]