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Liam D. Toney

Phone: +1 360 305 8188


University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) | Fairbanks, AK | May 2023 (expected)
Ph.D. in Geophysics

Pomona College | Claremont, CA | December 2017
B.A. cum laude in Physics; minor in Geology

School for International Training | Jaipur, Rajasthan, India | August 2015–December 2015
Sustainable Development and Social Change program

Research Experience

U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Hazards Science Center | Golden, CO | June 2020–present
Student Trainee (Physical Science), Landslide Hazards Program

UAF Geophysical Institute | Fairbanks, AK | August 2018–present
Graduate Research Assistant

GNS Science | Waikato, New Zealand | April 2018–May 2018
Ashfall Geovisualization Developer

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) | Albuquerque, NM | June 2017–August 2017
R&D Intern, Geophysics Department

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) | Albuquerque, NM | June 2016–August 2016
Summer REU Intern (placement at SNL as part of the IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program)

Teaching Experience

Remote Online Sessions for Emerging Seismologists (ROSES) Summer School | August 2020

Breakthrough Collaborative | Birmingham, AL | June 2015–July 2015
Teaching Fellow

Pomona College | Claremont, CA | January 2014–May 2016
Teaching Assistant, Physics Department


Toney, L. D., Fee, D., Allstadt, K. E., Haney, M., & Matoza, R. S. (in review). Reconstructing the dynamics of the highly-similar May 2016 and June 2019 Iliamna Volcano, Alaska ice–rock avalanches from seismoacoustic data. Earth Surface Dynamics Discussions.

Toney, L. D., Abbott, R. E., Preston, L. A., Tang, D. G., Finlay, T., & Phillips-Alonge, K. (2019). Joint body- and surface-wave tomography of Yucca Flat, Nevada using a novel seismic source. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 109(5), 1922–1934.

Conference Presentations

Fee, D., Toney, L. D., Matoza, R. S., Sanderson, R. W., Haney, M., Lyons, J. J., Iezzi, A. M., Kim, K., De Angelis, S., Diaz Moreno, A., & Jolly, A. D. (2019). A framework for improved infrasound back-projection on local and regional scales. Abstract S41E-0577 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec. (poster)

Toney, L. D., Fee, D., Allstadt, K., Haney, M., & Matoza, R. S. (2019). A tale of two very large avalanches: Probing the limits of seismoacoustic avalanche characterization on Iliamna volcano, Alaska. Abstract S23D-0658 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec. (poster)

Toney, L. D., Fee, D., Haney, M., Matoza, R. S., & Allstadt, K. (2019). Seismoacoustic insights from the May 22nd, 2016 Iliamna volcano rock and ice avalanche. Abstract 47 presented at 2019 SSA Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 23–26 April. (poster)

Toney, L. D., Abbott, R. E., & Preston, L. A. (2017). Joint body-and surface-wave tomography of Yucca Flat, Nevada. Abstract S33A-0854 presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11–15 Dec. (poster)

Toney, L. D., Abbott, R. A., Knox, H. A., Preston, L. A., & Hoots, C. R. (2016). Surface-wave tomography of Yucca Flat, Nevada. Abstract S51A-2744 presented at 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 12–16 Dec. (poster)

Honors & Awards

Honorable Mention
John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Contest, SciPy 2020

Distinction in the Senior Exercise
Physics Department, Pomona College

Pomona College Scholar
Pomona College

Tileston Physics Prize
Physics Department, Pomona College

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union | 2016–present

Seismological Society of America | 2019–present


Surveys in Geophysics

Vice President | May 2020–present
Geophysical Institute Graduate Student Association (GIGSA)

Treasurer | April 2019–May 2020

Technical Skills


  • Python
  • R
  • Shell scripting
  • GMT
  • GDAL
  • LaTeX
  • Git
  • HTML + CSS


  • ArcGIS
  • Adobe Illustrator + InDesign + Photoshop + Lightroom
  • GitHub
  • macOS
  • Windows


Date Duration Activity Location Role
July–August 2019 4 weeks Seismic and infrasound station installation/maintenance Adak/Atka/Chuginadak/Umnak islands, Alaska, USA Assistant
April 2018 1 day Volcanic gas flux measurement White Island, New Zealand Assistant
April 2018 2 days Microgravity survey Mount Tongariro, New Zealand Assistant
February 2018 1 week Seismic deployment Southland, New Zealand Assistant
July 2016 1 week Active-source seismic survey Nevada National Security Site, Nevada, USA Assistant

Last updated 11 August 2020