Rodrigo Contreras-Arratia

Rodrigo Contreras-Arratia


I am a Chilean PhD Student at University of Leeds with strong background on mathematics and physics. My area of expertise is seismology both observational and theoretical.

I do programming using Python, but I also have experience in Fortran and Matlab and also I have experience using specialised software: SAC, GMT, LaTeX.

Mother language: Spanish.


My PhD is funded by Conicyt Chile, through its scholarship Becas Chile.


Non Academic Experience:

- Designing and implementing the Chilean National Seismic Network for National Emergencies Office (ONEMI, Chile). 

- Operate seismic network for volcano monitoring in southern Chile, including basic data process for National Geological and Mining Survey (SERNAGEOMIN, Chile).

- Two years of teaching experience at Universidad del Bio Bio, Chile, as part-time lecturer in Physics.

- Two years as Demonstrator at University of Leeds, for following modules: Time Series Analysis, Volcanic Processes, Inverse Theory and Global Seismology.

- Fieldwork installing seismometers and GPS during seismic crisis in Chile, Maule earthquake and Aysen Fjord seismic swarm.


Academic Experience:

- I worked for my Master's thesis in Nonlinear waves, project FONDECYT 1100990.

- I analysed seismic data from Lastarria Volcano (northern Chile), project FONDECYT 1030800.

- Currently a Postgraduate Researcher at Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, University of Leeds.

Research interests

My main interests are:

- Physical models which explains seismic activity in volcanic settings, rupture processes, radiation and moment tensor inversions.

- Volcano monitoring, seismic data analysis.

- Forward seismic modelling and moment tensor inversions.

- Solid-Fluid interactions in volcanic environments.

- Viscoelastic and plastic wave propagation.



  • BSc, Physical Sciences, Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile
  • MSc, Geophysics, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Diploma: Tsunami Hazards and Vulnerability in Pacific Coast of South America, PUCV, funded by UNESCO

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics