Vernon Cormier

Professor Emeritus


Research Interests

My research interest is solid earth geophysics, emphasizing deep and three-dimensionally heterogeneous structure of Earth inferred from seismic wavefields. Areas have included effects on the seismic wavefield by descending slabs and fault zones, solidification of the inner core and its role in driving the geodynamo, viscoelastic and scattering attenuation of waves in heterogeneous media, synthesis of seismic wavefields for nuclear test detection, and seismic detection of mineral phase changes in the upper mantle.



  • Ph.D., Geophysics, Columbia University, 1976
  • M.Phil., Geophysics, Columbia University, 1973
  • B.S. with honors, Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, 1970


  • 1987-present: Professor, University of Connecticut
  • 1982-1987: Principal Research Scientist, MIT
  • 1980-1982: Staff Scientist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • 1979-1980: Research Associate, Harvard University
  • 1976-1979: Research Associate, CIRES, University of Colorado

Professional Societies

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Seismological Society of America
  • Royal Astronomical Society
Contact Information
Mailing AddressDept. of Physics, University of Connecticut unit 3046, 196 Auditorium Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3046
Office LocationS412