Robert B. Herrmann holds the Paul C. Reinert Chair of Natural Sciences at  Saint Louis University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences where he has been on the faculty since 1975. Dr. Herrmann previously held position of the Otto W. Nuttli Professor of Geophysics.  After receiving a B. S. in Physics at Xavier University he obtained a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Saint Louis University in 1974. His research  focus on the shallowest part of the Earth reflect a desire to perform research of value to society with the ultimate goal of providing engineers with input ground motions. Thus he is interested in seismic instrumentation, seismic network operation and performance, the determination of earthquake source parameters and the characterization of high frequency ground motions. This is accomplished through an extensive set of computation tools freely distributed in his Computer Programs in Seismology package.  He is  member of the Seismological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and was awarded the Jesuit Seismological Association Award of the Eastern Section, Seismological Society of America.   Further information can be found here.


  • Herrmann, R. B, M. Withers and H. Benz (2008). The April 18, 2008 Illinois earthquake – an ANSS monitoring success, Seism. Res. Letters 79, 830-843.
  • Herrmann, R. B., H. Benz, and C. J. Ammon (2010). Monitoring the earthquake process in North America, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. (USGS internal review)
  • Xu, Y., R. B. Herrmann and K. D. Koper (2009). Source parameters of regional small-to-moderate earthquakes in Yunnan-Sichuan region, China, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. (in press).
  • Xu, Y., R. B. Herrmann, W. Chan (2009). High frequency ground motion scaling in Yunnan and Sichuan, China, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. (in press)
  • Herrmann, R. B. And L. Malagnini (2010). Regional moment tensors of the April 6, 2009 L'Aquila Italy earthquake sequence, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. (in review).
  • Bonner, J., R. Herrmann and H. Benz (2010). Variable-period surface wave magnitudes: a rapid and robust estimator of seismic moments, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 100, .(in press)
  • Herrmann, R. B. (2010) (ed). Computer Programs in Seismology