BOONE, N.C. — Hannah Krueger, a 2017 graduate of Appalachian State University’s Geology (BS) - Quantitative Geoscience degree program, hopes to become a research professor at a university. She’s currently enrolled at Brown University, working on her Ph.D. in seismology — a type of geophysics that studies seismic waves created by earthquakes.
Krueger’s interest in seismology has its roots in a mentorship program she participated in at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. At Appalachian, she conducted geophysical research, acquiring skills such as computer coding that are “vital for success” in the study of geophysics in graduate school.
One of the benefits of her degree program at Appalachian was that the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences serves only undergraduates. As a result, “I was able to start doing this research as a freshman,” Krueger said. “At a bigger university, that’s virtually impossible.”
Specifically, Krueger researched seasonal ground movements recorded by continuous GPS in southern California. She also helped enhance the quality of southern California GPS data for the improvement of earthquake hazard models. As part of a summer internship at the University of Washington, Krueger studied the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, which is sinking under the North American tectonic plate at a boundary called the Cascadia subduction zone.
As an Honors College student, she completed an honors thesis directed by professor Dr. Scott Marshall in the GES department. Her thesis was titled “Analysis of Secular Velocity Contamination Using Seasonal GPS Signals.”
While in graduate school at Brown, Krueger has received funding through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She also volunteers, developing science curriculum for local elementary schools in Providence, Rhode Island.
Krueger is originally from New Bern.
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