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Monique Holt

Earth and Environmental Sciences


Monique Holt is an observational seismologist who uses natural and anthropogenic seismic sources to listen to the Earth. Monique completed her PhD in Geophysics at the University of Utah in 2021. Her dissertation research was focused on seismically distinguishing between earthquakes and explosions recorded at close distances. This work contributes to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty as capacity building for seismic discrimination. Prior to her PhD, she completed BS degrees in Applied Mathematics and Geophysics, and an MS degree in Geophysics at Southern Methodist University. During her time in Texas, she conducted research into several earthquake sequences that were near a significant amount of oil and gas activity. Her MS thesis was a collaborative effort to show that an earthquake sequence in Texas was induced by nearby wastewater disposal activity. Broadly, Monique’s research interests include forensic seismology (with emphasis on nuclear monitoring), network seismology, and seismic sources. She utilizes modern computational tools, such as high-performance computing and machine learning, to process and analyze seismic data.

Monique is also interested in researching how to dismantle systemic barriers to diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion in STEM. During her time at the University of Utah, she was the president of a student-led organization called Inclusive Earth, whose mission was to provide a safe and equitable space of students of all backgrounds. Monique has given several talks about her experiences leading diversity initiatives, and has participated in numerous committees dedicated to increasing the representation of marginalized groups in geosciences. When she’s not working, Monique can be found baking, reading, or harvesting starfruit in Stardew Valley.