I am a Professor of Volcanology and Geophysics in the Department of Geology of the University at Buffalo. My research focuses on the development and usage of space geodetic techniques to detect small movements of the Earth's surface and define the risks implied.

I use these technologies to study anthropogenic and natural geohazards such as aquifers-related deformation, volcanism, and crustal faulting (seismic and aseismic). I work at the frontiers of the fields of geodesy, active tectonics, hydrology, volcanology, numerical modeling, and risks assessment.

I received a M.Sc. in Geophysics (2008) from the University of Montpellier II (France), a Ph.D in Geophysics (2013) from the University of Miami, and completed my postdoc in the active tectonic group of the University of California, Berkeley (2015).

I was awarded the SUNY Buffalo Julian Park Award in 2016 for New Faculty Publication, the UC Berkeley Center for Effective Global Action Award in 2014, the Presenter Award at the 2nd International KACST-KAUST-JCCP workshop in 2014, the AGU Geodesy outstanding student paper award in 2012, and the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in 2011.


417 Hochstetter Hall,

State University of New York at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY 14260-1350

E-mail: estellec@buffalo.edu

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The 2004 M9.2 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake prompted me, as an undergrad student, to incline to the field of geophysics because I realized that a lot still needed to be done to fully understand earthquakes and the solid Earth.

My interests later shifted to volcanoes but my passion for earthquakes remained and got me involved in the Haiti GPS campaign following the earthquake, as well as in the relief effort.

My interests now encompass the broad fields of geohazards and resource assessment, from volcanology and earthquake physics to hydrology and climate change.

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