California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences


Victor Tsai

Victor Tsai

Professor, Seismological Laboratory

Professor of Geophysics
Ph.D., 2009, Harvard University, USA

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 357
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6993
Fax: (626) 564-0715


Victor's research lies mainly at the intersection of seismology, geomechanics and other disciplines like glaciology, oceanography, and mathematical geophysics. One of his primary goals is to understand sources of ambient seismic noise and how these sources can be used to provide constraints on Earth structure (e.g. through ambient noise tomography) and other physical processes (e.g. sea ice interactions with ocean waves). He is also working to understand the short-timescale variability of glaciers and, in particular, is modeling rapid drainage of water in glaciers and the implications of this drainage. In addition, Victor is interested in improving seismic imaging techniques and geophysical time series analysis.