Earth & Planetary Sciences Faculty

Eli Silver
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Affiliations Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-2266, 831-459-4089
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3074
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Earth & Marine Sciences A142
  • Mail Stop Earth and Planetary Sciences

Summary of Expertise

Global Tectonics and Marine Geophysics

Research Interests

Eli Silver's research involves study of the active processes and mechanisms of continental margin evolution, focusing on subduction. He uses a wide variety of techniques, including marine and subaerial geology and geophysics.

Silver is currently focusing on the tectonic and hydrogeologic behavior of the Central American subduction zone, specifically using 3D seismic reflection data and surface bathymetry and imagery to understand how physical processes change approaching the zone in which earthquakes are generated. Surface imagery combined with 3D seismic data are used to discover the pathways of dewatering and degassing of the continental margin during the subduction process.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Teaching Interests

Tectonics, Remote Sensing, and Applied Geophysics.