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Randall UpdikeRandall Updike
Regional Director, Southwest, USGS


Dr. Randall (Randy) Updike currently serves as the Regional Director for the USGS Southwest Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah), based in Denver, Colorado.

Career History and Highlights

In 1987, Randy joined the USGS serving as Associate Office Chief in the Office of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Engineering and was the National Program Coordinator for the Earthquake Hazards Program for 3 years. From 1996 until 2001 he was the Chief Scientist for the Geologic Hazards Science Center, Golden, CO, responsible for the National Earthquake Information Center, the Global Seismograph Network, and concurrently was the National Landslide Program Coordinator. In 2003, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as Central Regional Geologist.


Randy was born in Texas and grew up in Kansas City. He was the first in his family tree to graduate from high school, much less go to college. He earned his Ph.D in Geology from Arizona State University. He joined the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys in 1978 and for 10 years conducted applied research in earthquake and landslide engineering geology throughout Alaska. He is married, has three children, and five grandchildren (who call him 'Pop').


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