Sergio Sepúlveda

Associate Professor, FRBC Chair in Resource Geoscience & Geotechnics
Earth Sciences

Areas of interest

Sergio is an engineering geologist who studies the nature and effects of geological processes that may impact people and infrastructure, using engineering tools for their investigation. His main research interests are on the application of engineering geology and geotechnical analyses on the investigation of geohazards, both in the natural mountain environment as well as in engineering works such as mining or energy projects and in urban planning. His recent research mainly focuses on rock slope stability, earthquake-induced landslides, debris flows and landslide hazard assessment in Cordilleran settings. The methods applied include strong fieldwork and laboratory testing components and the use of remote sensing tools as well as geographic information systems, slope stability and numerical modelling software. Other broad research interests include underground geomechanics, forestry impacts on slopes, seismic hazard and slope tectonics.


  • BSc., Universidad de Chile, 1999
  • MSc., University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Leeds, UK, 2004


Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Research Group

Our focus is applied research in geotechnics and engineering geology in the natural resources industries. This group is led by Dr. Sergio Sepulveda, the FRBC Endowed Chair.