Education:

  • 1981, B.Sc., Pennsylvania State University
  • 1987, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Professional Experience:

  • 2002-, Professor, University of Oregon
  • 1997-2002, Head Computational Sciences Institute, University of Oregon
  • 1996-2002, Associate Professor, University of Oregon
  • 1990-1996, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon 1987-1990, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1981-1987, Graduate Research Assistant, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Professional Activities:

  • Associate Editor, Journal Geophysical Research, 2005-
  • Chair, Oversight Committee of Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool, 2006-
  • Member, Oversight Committee of Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool, 2004-2006
  • Member, RIDGE 2000 Organizing Committee, 1999
  • Member, Ad Hoc Working Group, Seismology and Geodynamics, NEPTUNE, 1999
  • Member, Scientific and Steering Evaluation Panel for Earth’s Interior, JOIDES, 1998-2000
  • Member, RIDGE Steering Committee, 1994 - 2000
  • Member, RIDGE Program Element Subcommittee, Crustal Accretion Variables, 1992 - 1994
  • Member, Ocean Drilling Program, Site Survey Panel, 1993 - 1996

Graduate Students Supervised

  • Andrew Barclay, Ph.D., 1998
  • Robert Dunn, Ph.D., 1999
  • Ulrich Faul, Ph.D., 1994
  • Bill Hammond, Ph.D., 2000
  • Darwin Villagomez, Ph.D., 2009
  • Troy Durant, Ph.D., 2010
  • Mathew Beachly, M.Sc., 2010

Post-Doctoral Collaborators

  • David Jousselin RIDGE Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-2000
  • Laura S. Magde NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 1997-1999
  • Bulent Kaypak, NATO Fellow, 2005

Major Research Interests:

  • Seismicity and seismic structure of plate boundaries
  • Mid-ocean ridges
  • Hotspots
  • Magmatic Processes
  • Computational seismology

Oceanographic Expeditions:

  • January-March 1982 MARK I & II, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, R/V KNORR
  • July 1985 TAG, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, R/V KNORR
  • January-February 1988 RAITT, East Pacific Rise, R/V THOMAS WASHINGTON
  • September-November 1992 FARAII, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, R/V MAURICE EWING, Co-Chief Scientist
  • December 1992 FARAIII, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, R/V OCEANUS, Chief Scientist
  • May-June 1996 MELT recovery leg, R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON
  • October-November 1996 MAR Bullseye, R/V MAURICE EWING, Co-Chief Scientist
  • November 1997 EPR Undershoot, R/V MAURICE EWING, Chief Scientist
  • July-August 2003Proto-NEPTUNE, Juan de Fuca Ridge
  • July-August 2003Keck-ROPOS-CanRidge, Juan de Fuca, R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON
  • July-August 2004Keck-MBARI, Juan de Fuca, R/V WESTERN FLYER

Field Experiments:

  • February 1998 Oman Ophiolite Seismic Experiment
  • 1999 – 2003  The IGUANA Project, Imaging Galápagos Upwelling and Neotectonics of the Archipelago

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