Professor Peter Malin

Position:           Director

Qualifications:  PhD - Geophysics (Princeton University)
                                 MS - Marine Geophysics (Stanford University)


Phone:             +64 9 373 7599 extension 82972

Peter has an extensive background in crustal seismology and geophysics.  He is also known for work on borehole instrumentation, some of which have been used in geothermal fields in Iceland and research on California's San Andreas Fault.

In 2004, while at Duke University, Peter's research group was responsible for the seismic monitoring at the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), resulting in the discovery of a new type of seismic wave in a fault.

Peter's current research interest focuses on fault zone guided waves and the interaction of faults and fractures with subsurface fluids. With his students and close colleagues, Peter has been studying the 'joint geophysical imaging' of fracture zones using seismic, electromagnetic, and potential field methods.

He is also applying his efforts to take part in related energy, hazards, and environmental studies as the Director of IESE at the University of Auckland.

Selected Publications (Google Scholar - full publication list)

Ellsworth, W. E., and P.E. Malin. 2011. Deep Rock Damage in the San Andreas Fault Revealed by P- and S-Type Fault Zone Guided Waves, in: Geology of the Earthquake Source: A Volume in Honor of Rick Sibson. Geological Society of London.

Barry Voight, Steve Sparks, E. Shalev, Peter Malin, Timothy Minshull, Michele Paulatto, and Larry Brown. 2010. "Active-Source Seismic Experiment Reveals Structure under Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, WI" EOS cover article. Trans Am Geophy Union.               

Li, Y-G., P.E. Malin. 2008. San Andreas Fault damage at SAFOD viewed with fault-guided waves. Geophysical Research Letters. 35, L08304, doi:10.1029/2007GL032924.

Malin, P., E. Shalev, H. Balven, and C. Lewis-Kenedi. 2006. Structure of the San Andreas Fault at SAFOD from P-wave tomography and fault-guided wave mapping, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L13314, doi:10.1029/2006GL025973.

Chavarria, J.A., P.E. Malin, E. Shalev, and R.D. Catchings. 2003. A look inside the San Andreas Fault at Parkfield through Vertical Seismic Profiling. Science, 302, 1746-1748.

Hunt, A.G. and P.E. Malin. 1998. The possible triggering of Heinrich Events by iceload-induced earthquakes. Nature 393: 155–158.

Malin, P.E., M. Lou, and J.A. Rial. 1996. FR waves: A second fault-guided mode with implications for fault property studies. Geophysical Research Letters 23: 3547–3550.

Malin, P.E., E.D. Goodman, T.L. Henyey, Y.G. Li., D.O. Okaya, and J.B. Saleeby. 1995. Significance of seismic reflections from a tilted exposure of deep continental crust, Tehachapi Mountains, California. Journal of Geophysical Research 100: 2069–2088

Malin, P.E. and M.G. Alvarez. 1992. Stress diffusion along the San Andreas fault at Parkfield, CA. Science 256: 1005–1007.

Malin, P.E., S.N. Blakeslee, M.G. Alvarez, and A.J. Martin. 1989. Microearthquake      imaging of the Parkfield asperity. Science 244: 557–559.


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University of Texas talk - Helping Water Flow Through Rock 
(Live Presentation Broadcast - External)

Professor Peter Malin, Director of IESE visited The University of Texas in September 2011 to give a presentation on Engineered/Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).  His talk provided colleagues with an insight into advanced research being undertaking at IESE around a new fracture-rock flow model for understanding these systems; which are conceptually simple but have long defied cost-effective field realisation.