Germán Prieto's main interest is in the use of seismic records to understand earthquake sources, the interior of the Earth, and how each affects the ground motions that we feel on the Earth's surface.
Seismological observations are affected by the internal structure of the Earth, for example amplification of seismic waves in sedimentary basins. The nature of the earthquake source also has a significant impact on ground motions, and Prieto is interested in a better understanding of earthquake ruptures, i.e., are large earthquakes different from the more common small ones?
A particular interest is whether the earthquake process is self-similar, i.e. is an M = 8.0 earthquake simply an M = 2.0 earthquake scaled by a large factor or is the physics of the two processes different?
After receiving his bachelor degree in geology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Prieto obtained his doctorate in earth sciences from Scripps (UC San Diego). Since 2009 Prieto was an assistant professor in the physics department at the Universidad de los Andes. He joined EAPS in July 2013.
Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair (2014-2017) | Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, JGR-Solid Earth, AGU (2011) | Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award, AGU-Seismology Section (2010) | Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University (2007)