Hilary R. Martens

Hilary R. Martens

Assistant Professor

Office: CHCB 329/330
Email: hilary.martens@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1-2 PM

Wednesdays 11-12 AM

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Assistant Professor in Geophysics


Spring 2020:

Geo 491: Undergraduate Research Methods | Spring 2020

Geo 439: Geophysics | Spring 2020

Geo 107N: Natural Disasters | Spring 2020


Geo 107N: Natural Disasters | Fall 2019


Geo 107N: Natural Disasters | Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019

Geo 582: Topics in Structure and Geophysics | Spring 2018

Geo 491: Introduction to Geophysics | Fall 2017

Geo 595: Special Topics, Geophysical Theory and Methods | Spring 2017


2016 | PhD, California Institute of Technology | Geophysics

2015 | MS, California Institute of Technology | Geophysics

2010 | MPhil, St. John's College, University of Cambridge | Geophysics

2009 | MSc, University College London | Space Science

2008 | BA, University of Montana | Physics

2008 | BA, University of Montana | Fine Arts - Music

Field of Study

Earth Deformation | Surface Mass Loading | Tidal Harmonic Analysis | Earthquake & Volcano Seismology | Microseismicity | Planetary Science


2019 | Martens, H.R., L. Rivera, & M. Simons. LoadDef: A Python-based toolkit to model elastic deformation caused by surface mass loading on spherically symmetric bodies, Earth and Space Science, 6: 1-13, doi:10.1029/2018EA000462. [https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018EA000462]

2019 | Knappe, E., R. Bendick, H.R. Martens, D. Argus, & W. Gardner. Downscaling vertical GPS observations to derive watershed-scale hydrologic loading in the norther Rockies, Water Resources Res., 55(1): 391-401, doi:10.1029/2018WR023289. [https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2018WR023289]

2018 | McMahon, N.D., W.L. Yeck, M.C. Stickney, R.C. Aster, H.R. Martens, & H.M. Benz. Spatiotemporal analysis of the foreshock-mainshock-aftershock sequence of the 6 July 2017 M5.8 Lincoln, Montana, earthquake, Seismol. Res. Lett., 90(1): 131-139, doi:10.1785/0220180180. [https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article/90/1/131/566214/spatiotemporal-analysis-of-the-foreshock-mainshock]

2017 | Argus, D.F., F.W. Landerer, D. Wiese, H.R. Martens, Y. Fu, J.S. Famiglietti, B.F. Thomas, T.G. Farr, A.W. Moore, & M.M. Watkins. Sustained water loss in California's mountain ranges during severe drought from 2012 through 2015 inferred from GPS, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 122: 10,559–10,585, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JB014424. [https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2017JB014424]

2016 | Martens, H.R., M. Simons, S. Owen, and L. Rivera. Observations of ocean tidal load response in South America from subdaily GPS positions, Geophys. J. Int., 205(3):1637-1664, doi:10.1093/gji/ggw087. [http://gji.oxfordjournals.org/content/205/3/1637.short] (Winner of the GJI Student Author Award | Open Access)

2016 | Martens, H.R., L. Rivera, M. Simons, and T. Ito. The sensitivity of surface mass loading displacement response to perturbations in the elastic structure of the crust and mantle, J. Geophys. Res., 121(5):3911-3938, doi:10.1002/2015JB012456. [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015JB012456/full]

2016 | Martens, H.R. Using Earth deformation caused by surface mass loading to constrain the elastic structure of the crust and mantle, Dissertation (PhD), California Institute of Technology, doi:10.7907/Z9N29TX7. [http://thesis.library.caltech.edu/9666/]

2015 | Schuler, J., T. Greenfield, R.S. White, S.W. Roecker, B. Brandsdóttir, J.M. Stock, J. Tarasewicz, H.R Martens, and D. Pugh. Seismic imaging of the shallow crust beneath the Krafla central volcano, NE Iceland, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JB012350. [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015JB012350/full]

2015 | Lin, N.Y., R. Jolivet, M. Simons, P.S. Agram, H.R. Martens, Z. Li, and S.H. Lodi. High interseismic coupling in the Eastern Makran (Pakistan) subduction zone, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 420:116--126. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X15001867]

2015 | Martens, H.R., A.P. Ingersoll, S.P. Ewald, P. Helfenstein, and B. Giese. Spatial distribution of ice blocks on Enceladus and implications for their origin and emplacement, Icarus, 245:162-176, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.09.035. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103514005016]

2013 | Martens, H.R., and R.S. White. Triggering of microearthquakes in Iceland by volatiles released from a dyke intrusion, Geophys. J. Int., 194(3):1738-1754, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt184. [http://gji.oxfordjournals.org/content/194/3/1738] (Open Access)

2011 | White, R.S., J. Drew, H.R. Martens, J. Key, H. Soosalu, and S.S. Jakobsdóttir. Dynamics of dyke intrusion in the mid-crust of Iceland, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 304(3-4):300-312, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.02.038. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X11001178]

2010 | Martens, H.R., R.S. White, J. Key, J. Drew, H. Soosalu, and S.S. Jakobsdóttir. Dense seismic network provides new insight into the 2007 Upptyppingar dyke intrusion, Jökull, 60:47–66. [http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/1981/1/207_Martens_etal_Jokull_2010.pdf]

2008 | Martens, H.R., D.B. Reisenfeld, J.D. Williams, R.E. Johnson, and H.T. Smith. Observations of molecular oxygen ions in Saturn's inner magnetosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35(20), doi:10.1029/2008GL035433. [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2008GL035433/full] (Designated a GRL Highlight)


2019 | Davidson Honors College Distinguished Alumna

2016 | Geophysical Journal International Student Author Award

2014 | NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

2010 | National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2009 | NASA Group Achievement Award, Cassini Plasma Spectrometer Team

2008 | Marshall Scholarship

2007 | Glamour Magazine College Women of the Year

2006 | Goldwater Scholarship

2003 | University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarship

International Experience

Academic Guest: ETH-Zurich, Switzerland

  • June-August 2018
  • May-December 2019

Graduate Student: Cambridge University, England

  • September 2009 - November 2010

Graduate Student: University College London, England

  • September 2008 - September 2009