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Brian Collins

Brian Collins is a research civil engineer with the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science center. Brian works primarily with the Landslide Hazards Program addressing a wide range of landslide issues including storm-induced shallow landslides and debris flows, deep-seated landslide mobility, and rockfall initiation.

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present, Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

  • 2006-2008, Mendenhall Post-doctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

  • 2005-2006, Engineering Research Manager, Blackhawk Geological Hazard Abatement District, San Ramon, CA

  • 2004-2005, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Berkeley, CA

  • 2000-2004, Research Assistant, University of California, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Berkeley, CA

  • 1998-2000, Staff Engineer, Golder Associates, Lakewood, CO

  • 1995-1998, Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Boulder, CO

Education and Certifications

  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 2004, Geotechnical Engineering

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, M.S., 1997, Geotechnical Engineering

  • Purdue University, B.S.C.E., 1995, Civil Engineering

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, California

  • National Weather Service, Monterey, California, Weather Forecast Office

  • University of Lausanne, Risk Analysis Group, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Laboratory of Experimental Rock Mechanics, Lausanne, Switzerland

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government