Current Position:

Professor of Geophysics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, Head, Center for Nonlinear Earth Systems, Columbia Earth Institute

Topics of Research:

Experimental and theoretical rock mechanics, especially friction, fracture, and hydraulic transport properties. The principal applications are the seismotectonic cycle, the mechanism of earthquakes, and the large scale permeability of the crust. Observational studies include geological, seismological, and geodetic investigation of seismotectonics. Nonlinear dynamics as applied to earth processes.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • A. P. Sloan Fellow, 1975-1977
  • Cecil and Ida Green Fellow, 1980-1981
  • AGU Fellow Medaille de College de France,
  • 1995 Murcheson Medal, Geol Soc. London, 2005


  • "Fractals in Geophysics", edited by Christopher H. Scholz and Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Birkhauser Verlag, Basel, 1989.
  • "The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, Christopher H. Scholz, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1990., 2nd ed. 2001.
  • "Fieldwork: A Geologist's Memoir of the Kalahari", Christopher Scholz, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1997.
  • Plus over 200 scientific papers.