Christiann Boutwell
University of Southern California

Welcome to my site!

I am a geophysics graduate student at the University of Southern California. I discovered my passion for earth science during my first geology class as a freshman undergraduate. Since then, I have gained experience in a few varying fields of earth science: hydrogeology, sedimentary geology and- now- seismology. During my time here at USC, I've had the opportunity to be directly involved with the Southern California Earthquake Center. This has allowed me to explore many areas of seismology including earthquake forecasting, early warning, ground motion and response, statistical seismology, seismic imaging, etc.

"I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives. We will not become enthusiastic for the fact, the knowledge, the absolute truth of the day, but remain always uncertain … In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar." — Richard P. Feynman