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.
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