Adjunct Assistant Professor

Seismology, Applied Geophysics, Infrasound, and Underground Space

Mail: P.O. Box 2135, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Phone: (919) 360-7805


Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Advancing the understanding of source mechanisms of earthquakes and explosions, seismic propagation, and earth structure related to nuclear test ban treaty verification and induced seismicity
  • Application of geophysical techniques to shallow exploration, structural analysis, and material properties investigations such as archaeology and nondestructive testing
  • Generation and propagation of infrasound

Research Activities

  • Seismology and infrasound aspects of nuclear treaty monitoring
  • Location and characterization of shallow structures and underground space
  • Animal communications using infrasound

Selected Publications and Presentations

Shore, Michael J. (2014) Elephant Scent Training – Infrasound and Seismic Monitoring. U.S.-Israel Working Dog Technical Exchange Meeting, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Shore, Michael J. (2014) Motivation for a High Explosive Testing Program in South Africa. ARA Technical Report, Raleigh, NC.

Shore, Michael J. (2013) Infrasound and Seismic Monitoring during Scent Training using African Elephants. South African Indigenous Biosensors Meeting, Bonwa Phala Nature Reserve, Bela Bela, South Africa.

Shore, Michael J., Steve Cotton, Ben Dolgin, and Ken Kuck (2007) Sub-Surface Navigation. Underground Facilities Focus Group Technical Conference on Collaborative R & D Technologies and Strategies to Find, Characterize and Assess Underground Facilities, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Technical Working Group, Chantilly VA

Shore, Michael J. et al. (1997) Proceedings of the 19th Annual Seismic Research Symposium on Monitoring a Comprehensive Test ban Treaty, 23-25 September 1997. Defense Special Weapons Agency, HQ Air Force Technical Applications Center, and Department of Energy Office of Nonproliferation and National Security, Alexandria, VA.

Shore, Michael J. (1984) A seismic Q-profile for the lower mantle from short-period P waves. Nature, 310(5976), pp. 399-401.

Shore, Michael J. (1983) Short period P-wave attenuation in the middle and lower mantle of the earth. PhD Dissertation. The Johns Hopkins University. Published as VELA Seismological Center Technical Report 83-7, May 1983.

Shore, Michael J., with Robert J. Zavadil, D. Wilmer Rivers, and Robert R. Blandford (1983) Estimates of seismic activity in the Soviet Union based on maximum likelihood estimates of magnitude. Air Force Technical Applications Center Technical Report ED-83-1, February 1983.

Shore, Michael J. (1982) Seismic travel-time anomalies from events in the western Soviet Union. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 72(1), pp. 113-128. Paper was presented at the 1981 Meeting of the Seismological Society of America.

Shore, Michael J. (1981) Some comments on the relationship of travel time anomalies, magnitude residuals and other geophysical parameters. Presented at the Spring 1981 meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Shore, Michael J. (1975) Long period noise and capability study. VELA Seismological Center Technical Report #38, June 1975.

Shore, Michael J., and Jon B. Secoy (1975) Analysis of seismic data recorded near the SHOAL test site in Nevada and the CANNIKIN test site on Amchitka Island, Alaska. VELA Seismological Center Report #37, April 1975.

Shore, Michael J. (1972) Prediction of the frequency domain response of explosive sources with comparison to the BOXCAR event. Prepared in partial fulfillment for Master of Science Degree. The Pennsylvania State University. Paper was presented at the Spring 1973 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.


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