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


Yuval Tal

Francesco Civilini

Post Doctoral Scholar in Geophysics

Ph.D., 2018, Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 257
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-3074
Fax: (626) 564-0715


My main research objective is to expand the scientific return of future planetary missions through the development of machine learning algorithms for lander-side signal assessment, focusing on the Moon and Europa. The development of these methods has the potential to aid in the solution of large-scale seismological questions on missions to distant planetary bodies, where strict power limitations drive the recording, on-board analysis, and telemetry of data.

Here on Earth, I am developing algorithms for detecting and locating Long Period Long Duration signals at geothermal fields, which have been attributed to superposition of slow shear-slip events on large faults during stimulation. Prediction of how pre-existing faults and fractures shear in response to hydraulic stimulation can help optimize field operations and improve recovery. In addition to these topics, I also have experience in site response seismology and ambient seismic noise interferometry.