Heather DeShon


Director of Undergraduate Studies


Phone: 214-768-2916
Email: hdeshon@smu.edu
Professional website: http://faculty.smu.edu/hdeshon/

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz



  • Earthquake physics, focus on subduction zones and intraplate faults
  • Induced seismicity
  • Earthquake tomography, location and waveform cross-correlation techniques
  • Seismogenic zone processes and fault complexity
  • Volcano seismology


Jeong, S., B. Stump and H.R. DeShon (2020), Spectral Characteristics of Ground Motion from Induced Earthquakes in the Fort Worth Basin, Texas, Using the Generalized Inversion Technique, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, accepted July. doi: 10.1785/0120200097.

Frohlich, C., C. Hayward, J. Rosenblit, C. Aiken, P. Hennings, A. Savvaidis, C. Lemons, J.I. Walter, H.R. DeShon (2020), Onset and cause of increased seismic activity near Pecos, West Texas, USA from observations at the Lajitas TXAR Seismic Array, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125(1), doi:10.1029/2019JB017737

Kwong, K.B., H.R. DeShon, J. Saul, C.H. Thurber (2019), Constraining the Oceanic Lithosphere Seismogenic Zone Using Teleseismic Relocations of the 2012 Wharton Basin Great Earthquake Sequence, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124(11), 11938-11950. doi:10.1029/2019JB017549

Kwong, K.B., H.R. DeShon, J-W. Kim, Z. Lu (2019), Resolving Teleseismic Earthquake Catalog and InSAR Data Discrepancies in Absolute Space to Explore Rupture Complexity Along the Ecuadorian Megathrust Fault, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124, 6703-6719. doi:10.1029/2018JB016271

Quinones, L., H.R. DeShon, S. Jeong, P. Ogwari, O. Sufri, M.M. Holt, and K.B. Kwong (2019), Tracking Induced Seismicity in the Fort Worth Basin: A Summary of the 2008-2018 North Texas Earthquake Study Catalog, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 190(4), 1203-1216. doi: 10.1785/0120190057.

DeShon, H.R., C.T. Hayward, P.O. Ogwari, L. Quinones, O. Sufri, B. Stump and M.B. Magnani (2018), Summary of the North Texas Earthquake Study Seismic Networks, 2013-2018, Seismological Research Letters, 90(1), 387-394. doi:10.1785/0220180269.

Quinones, L.A., H.R. DeShon, M.B. Magnani, and C. Frohlich (2018), Stress orientations in the Fort Worth Basin, Texas, determined from earthquake focal mechanisms, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 108(3A), 1124-1132. doi: 10.1785/0120170337.

Ogwari, P., H.R. DeShon and M.J. Hornbach (2018), The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Earthquake Sequence: Seismicity Beyond Injection Period, Journal of Geophysical Research, 123(1), 553-563. doi:10.1002/2017JB015003.