Margaret S. Boettcher

Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-0580
Office: Earth Sciences, James Hall Rm 234, Durham, NH 03824
Margaret S. Boettcher


  • Ph.D., Geology/Earth Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Geophysics and Seismology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Mathematics, Brown University
  • B.S., Geology/Earth Science, Brown University
  • B.S., Physics, Brown University

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 400: Freshman Field Seminar
  • ESCI 401: Dynamic Earth
  • ESCI 409: Geology and the Environment
  • ESCI 734: Geophysics
  • ESCI 735: Earthquakes and Faulting
  • ESCI 796: Top/Earthquake Physics

Selected Publications

Levy, S., Bohnenstiehl, D. R., Sprinkle, P., Boettcher, M. S., Wilcock, W. S. D., Tolstoy, M., & Waldhauser, F. (2018). Mechanics of fault reactivation before, during, and after the 2015 eruption of Axial Seamount. Geology, 46(5), 447-450. doi:10.1130/G39978.1

Wolfson-Schwehr, M., & Boettcher, M. S. (2018). Global Characteristics of Mid-Ocean Ridge Transform Fault Structure and Seismicity. In J. Duarte (Ed.), Transform Plate Boundaries and Fracture Zones. Elsevier.

Cassotto, R., Fahnenstock, M., Amundson, J., Truffer, M., & Boettcher, M. S. (2018). The correlation between calving event size and speed variations at Jakobshavn Isbræ - or lack thereof. Journal of Glaciology.

Wolfson-Schwehr, M., Boettcher, M. S., & Behn, M. D. (2017). Thermal segmentation of mid-ocean ridge-transform faults. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18(9), 3405-3418. doi:10.1002/2017GC006967

Moyer, P. A., Boettcher, M. S., Ellsworth, W. L., Ogasawara, H., Cichowicz, A., Birch, D., & van Aswegen, G. (2017). Call for Models—A Test Case for the Source Inversion Validation: The 2014 M L  5.5 Orkney, South Africa, Earthquake. Seismological Research Letters, 88(5), 1333-1338. doi:10.1785/0220160218

Boettcher, M. S., Hirth, G., & Evans, B. (2007). Olivine friction at the base of oceanic seismogenic zones. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112(B1). doi:10.1029/2006JB004301

Behn, M. D., Boettcher, M. S., & Hirth, G. (2007). Thermal structure of oceanic transform faults. Geology, 35(4), 307. doi:10.1130/G23112A.1

McGuire, J. J., Boettcher, M. S., & Jordan, T. H. (2005). Foreshock sequences and short-term earthquake predictability on East Pacific Rise transform faults. Nature, 434(7032), 457-461. doi:10.1038/nature03377

Morgan, J. K., & Boettcher, M. S. (1999). Numerical simulations of granular shear zones using the distinct element method: 1. Shear zone kinematics and the micromechanics of localization. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 104(B2), 2703-2719. doi:10.1029/1998JB900056

Fischer, K. M., Fouch, M. J., Wiens, D. A., & Boettcher, M. S. (1998). Anisotropy and Flow in Pacific Subduction Zone Back-arcs. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 151(2-4), 463-475. doi:10.1007/s000240050123

Most Cited Publications