The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences recognize outstanding postdoctoral students in the scientific disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry, who are conducting academic research at institutions across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. One of the finalists for the 2018 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists is Lucia Gualtieri, PhD, from Princeton University.
Dr. Gualtieri is a seismologist recognized for her contributions to the field of geophysics and seismology that have revolutionized the understanding of what globally detectable seismic background signals can tell scientists about environmental processes, such as hurricanes and landslides. She currently works at the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University. Lucia’s main research interests are in solving problems related to emerging fields in Seismology, such as ambient seismic noise and seismic signals due to mass-wasting events, which provides a means of analytic and numeric simulations to develop a theoretical understanding of the generation mechanisms of a variety of environmental processes. Lucia is also interested in using seismic waves to scan the interior of our planet and in gaining insights on how the Earth’s structure affects seismic records.
Before coming to Princeton, Dr. Gualtieri was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. In 2014, she earned a PhD in Geophysics, as a dual degree from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and the University of Bologna, where she also earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees.
Other awards earned by Dr. Gualtieri include the Laura Bassi Young Scientist Award by the Italian Physical Society in 2016 and the Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award by the American Geophysical Union in 2017.