Peter Mora is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at The University of Queensland, Director of the Queensland University Advanced Centre for Earthquake Studies, and Executive Director of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation. His current research is on computational earthquake science and aims to develop an understanding of the underlying physics of faults and fault systems in order to establish the scientific underpinning for earthquake forecasting.
Professor Mora obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Geophysics from Adelaide
University in 1979. He then worked
as an exploration geophysicist for ESSO Australia in Sydney and subsequently
became a consultant to Delhi Petroleum in 1981 developing seismic modelling
software. In 1982, he commenced postgraduate studies in geophysics
at Stanford University where he obtained an M.Sc. in 1984
and Ph.D. in 1987 on nonlinear inversion of seismic data.
In 1985, while on leave of absence from Stanford,
he worked as a visiting research fellow at the Institut de Physique
du Globe (IPG) in Paris, France. In 1987, he commenced as a research scientist
at Thinking Machines Corporation in Cambridge, Massachussetts, developing
massively parallel computer algorithms for seismic processing and modelling.
In 1989, he joined the faculty of the Seismology Department at
Institut de Physique du Globe
where he established an industry sponsored consortium - The Seismic Simulation
Project - to research the simulation of geophysical phenomena such
as seismic waves, rock fracture and earthquakes. In 1992, he commenced developing the Lattice Solid Model to study the nonlinear physics of earthquakes. In 1993, he was promoted to Professor of Mathematical Geophysics at the IPG and became
the Director of the French national centre for parallel computing in the earth
sciences (CNCPST). Late in 1994, he returned to Australia to
establish and direct QUAKES. In 1997, he established the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES) with scientists from Australia, China, Japan and USA and was voted in as Executive Director of ACES in 1998.
He has over 100 publications spanning theoretical and computational geophysics, exploration
seismology, and earthquake science.