Welcome to my first blog post of the summer! I'm excited to be able to share my experiences working on the OIINK Flexible Array Experiment with you this summer.
The past week has been filled with new friends, experiences, and information that have definitely helped to start my summer off well. In particular, there have been two specific aspects that I am going to share about in specific.
1. Lectures on Using Seismology for Earth Structure
We were fortunate to have Dr. Marueen Long from Yale University here with us for the first couple days. She lectured on a variety of topics, including sharing some of her research on mantle dynamics with us. Prior to this week, I haven't had much exposure to using seismology for earth structure problems, and the complications involved with studying a complicated earth. Since my research this summer is focused mainly on determining the crustal structure of the Illinois Basin, learning about this branch of seismology has been fascinating. I came in having researched a decent amount on earthquakes and risk analysis, and it has been awesome to feel excited about other areas of seismology, especially considering I am working with earth structure problems this summer.
2. Installing a Broadband Seismometer
On the first full day of orientation week we had the opportunity to install a broadband seismometer with the help of the IRIS PASSCAL instrument center. My research project this summer involves using the exact same instruments and so learning how to install them before the summer was a valuable experiment. Plus it makes the seismologist inside me nerd out a little bit. I look forward to interpreting data from these instruments this summer, as well as being part of the transportation of the array to a new location.
That is all for now, and I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts throughout the summer!
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