Jillian Pearse

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught at CSULB

  • GEOL 102: Planet Earth
  • GEOL 110: Natural Disasters
  • GEOL 460: Introduction to Geophysics

Research Interests

  • Geodynamics
  • Geodesy
  • Crustal deformation
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Remote Sensing

Research Projects

My current research projects are focused on active crustal deformation processes such as magma transport and rifting, and the effects of anthropogenic activity such as resource extraction on the Earth's surface. I use a combination of satellite-based deformation measurements, geophysical field data and thermo-mechanical models. I also use optical and radar remote sensing to study environmental changes such as deforestation, and their relationship to landslide hazard.

Select Publications

  • Pearse, J, Cárdenas Contreras, A., Barrera López, C. V., Castillo Ruiz, N, Martínez Gómez, H, & Tary, J.B. (2021), Gravity survey and modelling of the Nemocón salt mine, Colombia, Near Surface Geophysics DOI:10.1002/nsg.12146
  • Huguet, C., Pearse, J., Noè, L. F. Castillo Ruiz, N., Valencia, D. M., Jimenez Heredia, A., & Patiño Avedaño, M. A. (2019), Improving the motivation and performance of students through technology-aided active learning, Journal of Geoscience Education 68 (1) 20-32.
  • Murad, C. & Pearse, J., (2018) Landsat study of deforestation in the Amazon region of Colombia: Departments of Caquetá eand Putumayo, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 11, 161-171.
  • Pearse, J. , Singhroy, V. Samsonov S. , & Li, J. , (2014), Anomalous surface heave induced by enhanced oil recovery in northern Alberta: InSAR observations and numerical modeling, JGR-Solid Earth.
  • Pearse, J., & Lundgren, P. (2013), Source model for the Lazufre Volcanic Center, central Andes, constrained by InSAR time series, Geophysical Research Letters Vol 40 No. 6.
  • Fialko, Y. & Pearse, J., (2012), Sombrero uplift above the Altiplano-Puna Magma Body: Evidence of a ballooning mid-crustal diapir, Science, Vol. 388.

Education History

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2007-2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Lab, 2009-2011
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2005
  • M.Sc., Geophysics, University of Toronto, 1999
  • B.Sc., Math and Physics, University of Toronto, 1998