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2010 Ph.D. Geoscience - Pennsylvania State University
2004 B.S. Geology - University of Florida

Professional Experience

  • Washington University in Saint Louis - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • 2014-2015 Research Associate; Lecturer
  • 2012-2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate
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  • 2010-2013 Development Geophysicist
  • 2006 Geophysical Intern


My research interests include studying global earthquakes and the structure of Earth's crust and mantle using seismic techniques.  Much of my previous work has focused on areas of active deformation and volcanism in eastern and western Africa, as well as the structure of stable cratons in southern Africa, and subduction zone processes in the southwestern Pacific.

My current projects include continued investigation of African tectonics and volcanism, studies of seismicity and structure in Alaska, and studies of seismicity in the northeastern US.  I am also interested in working with students to investigate the shallow structure and geologic history of the central New York area.


Travel for data collection is an integral part of my academic research into earthquakes and Earth structure.  Most of my field work has been located in Africa, including Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and South Africa.  I have also completed two field seasons in Antarctica - South Pole Station and McMurdo Station, and one field season aboard the NSF ship Oceanus, deploying Ocean Bottom Seismometers.  For details on field seasons, see my C.V..

Research station in the snowMcMurdo Station, Antarctica Team members at station on Fishtail Point, Antarctica Burying a seismometer Testing equipment with community members in Uganda Students making gravity measurements in South Africa  Aboard the Oceanus Preparations of an Ocean Bottom Seismometer Deployment of an Ocean Bottom Seismometer


Graw, J.*, ​A. Adams​, S. Hansen, D. Wiens, L. Hackworth, and Y. Park (2016), Upper mantle shear wave velocity structure beneath northern Victoria Land, Antarctica: Volcanism and uplift in the northern Transantarctic Mountains, ​Earth and Planetary Science Letters​, Vol. 449, 48-60.

Adams, A., D. Wiens, A. Nyblade, G. Euler, P. Shore, and R. Tibi (2015), Lithospheric instability and the source of the Cameroon Volcanic Line: Evidence from Rayleigh wave phase velocity tomography, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, Vol. 120, 1708-1727.

O’Donnell, J. P., A. Adams, A. A. Nyblade, G. D. Mulibo*, and F. Tugume* (2013), The uppermost mantle shear wave velocity structure of eastern Africa from Rayleigh wave tomography: constraints of rift evolution, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 194, iss. 2, 961-978.

Adams, A., Nyblade, A., and D. Weeraratne (2012), Upper mantle shear wave velocity structure beneath the East African Plateau: evidence for a deep, plateau-wide low velocity anomaly, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 189, 123-142.

Adams, A. and A. Nyblade (2011), Shear wave velocity structure of the southern African upper mantle with implications for the uplift of southern Africa, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 186, iss. 2, 808-824.
Adams, A. (2010), A seismic investigation of crust and upper mantle structure beneath the Zagros Mountains and the Southern and East African Plateaus, Ph.D. Dissertations, Pennsylvania State University.
Adams, A., R. Brazier, A. Nyblade, A. Rodgers, and A. Al-Amri (2009), Source Parameters for Moderate Earthquakes in the Zagros Mountains with Implications for the Depth Extent of Seismicity, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 99, 2044-2049.

* indicates an undergraduate or graduate co-author