Jeffrey Gu, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 492-2292
3-107 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



I received my PhD degree in Geophysics from Harvard University under the guidance of Professor Adam Dziewonski, whose passion and vision for seismological research are unparalleled.  I minorred in computer science during my graduate studies, but the field evolved so fast that I am way behind today's technologies, at least according to my 'ever-encouraging' graduate students.  I am currently the associate editors of Surveys in Geophysics and Journal of Seismology.

In my pastime I passionately follow the National Football League, especially Tom Brady and the big, bad New England Patriots, the reigning Superbowl Champ from 2014!


My main research areas are regional seismology and tectonics, seismic sources and inversions.   My favorite depth range is the mantle transition zone where major mineralogical phase changes of olivine and garnet take place.  More recently I have been focusing on regional tectonics beneath Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.  Under the help of students and departmental technicians I was able to deploy a series of broadband seismometers in various parts of Alberta.  This array (CRANE) is now the backbone for the regional seismic monitoring, especially pertaining to induced earthquakes by wastewater or fracking injections, as well as for the investigations of crustal and mantle seismic structures.   I love computations and occasionally dabble in research pertaining to ultrasonic waves in bones.


Love teaching in general.  Students need to keep space though since I could get quite animated in class.   Not the most organized person but do my best to make classes interesting.


Seeking qualified graduate students who are interested in

(1) Regional crust and mantle seismic structure analysis

(2) Induced earthquakes

(3) Global seismic imaging

Due to the lack of departmental funds, interested students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships such as CSC (Chinese Scholarship Council).  Scholarship recipient's chances of admission to our graduate program (which is getting harder by day) are substantially better than the rest.


GEOPH 224 - Geophysical Exploration Techniques

Geophysical exploration with focus on techniques relevant to hydrocarbon and mineral exploration; gravity and magnetic exploration techniques; basics of seismic wave propagation in Earth; seismic data processing; the geological interpretation of seismic reflection and refraction data. Prerequisites: one of MATH 101, 115, 118, 146; one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131, and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130. Note: Not available to students in Honors or Specialization Geophysics. Note: offered alternate years only. Consult Department for course schedule.

Winter Term 2021
PHYS 234 - Introductory Computational Physics

Algorithms for scientific data analysis: sorting methods, polynomial fitting, regression, interpolation, and Fourier analysis: techniques for solving physics and geophysics problems with selected topics from mechanics, waves, geometrical optics and ray tracing, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics, decay processes, quantum physics, signal processing. Prerequisites: one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131, and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130; and MATH 100 or 113 or 114 or 117 or 144, and MATH 102 or 125 or 127. CMPUT 174 is recommended for students without prior programming experience.

Winter Term 2021

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