Stephen McNutt



Office: SCA 213
Phone: 813.974.4584
Lab: SCA 210


  • Ph.D. (1985) Columbia University, N.Y., NY.
  • M.Phil. (1984).
  • M.A. (1982).
  • B.A. (1977) Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Professional Experience

  • 1984-1991: California Division of Mines and Geology, Sacramento, California
  • 1991-2012: University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2012-present: University of South Florida


Steve McNutt is a volcano seismologist who worked half time for the Alaska Volcano Observatory from 1991-2012. He coordinates volcano seismology research for the Department of Geosciences at USF with Research Assistant Professors Glenn Thompson and Jochen Braunmiller. He presently supervises three PhD students. His research interests include: 1) studies of source and propagation effects for volcanic tremor, low-frequency events, and explosion earthquakes; 2) volcanic hazards assessments in Alaska, California, and Central America; 3) the mechanical behavior of volcanoes, including periodicity of eruptions, and the effects of earth tides, sea level variations, and tectonic stresses on triggering eruptive activity; 4) volcano infrasound; and 5) volcanic lightning. From July 1999 to July 2007 he served as Secretary-General for the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.

Graduate Students

  • Heather McFarlin
  • Kathryn Dorn

Specialty Area

Volcano Seismology, Infrasound, Lightning