Christopher Markham
Christopher S. Markham, Ph.D.
Associate
Civil Engineering
  • Oakland

Dr. Markham specializes in geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and geotechnical site investigation. He has experience examining the response of foundation soils due to dynamic and static loading and the effects of this response on the performance of overlying buildings. Dr. Markham has analyzed the response of loose and soft soil sites under seismic loading, with an emphasis on liquefiable soils. He has experience with site characterization, soil sampling techniques, advanced laboratory testing of soil, post-earthquake reconnaissance, and interpretation and analysis of seismic records, as well as experience in the study and evaluation of foundations, retaining structures, and slope stability.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Markham was a graduate research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral research focused on examining the dynamic response of soils prone to liquefaction through the use of advanced laboratory testing and seismic site response analyses. During his time at UC Berkeley, Dr. Markham also worked with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center in analyzing and processing earthquake records for the PEER database of strong motion records. He was a graduate student instructor for an undergraduate course on the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering as well as a graduate level course on advanced geoengineering testing and design. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2011

Publications

Markham CS, Bray JD, Macedo J, Luque R. Evaluating nonlinear effective stress site response analyses using records from the Canterbury earthquake sequence. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 2016; 82(84–98).

Markham CS. Response of liquefiable sites in the central business district of Christchurch, New Zealand. Ph.D. thesis. University of California, Berkeley, 2015.

Markham CS, Bray JD, Macedo J, Luque R. Deconvolution of surface motions from the Canterbury earthquake sequence for use in nonlinear effective stress site response analyses. 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015.

Markham CS. Dynamic response of liquefiable sites in the central business district of Christchurch, NZ. Geotechnical Society lecture at U.C. Berkeley, CA, April 29, 2015.

Markham CS. Dynamic response of liquefiable sites in the central business district of Christchurch, NZ. San Francisco Geo-Institute Chapter, March 24, 2015.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers—ASCE

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2011