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Brian Shiro, Ph.D.

Brian Shiro manages science center operations, staff, and programs in Earthquake, Geomagnetism, and Landslide hazard monitoring areas. This includes utilizing expertise in geology, geophysics, and network operations to support the goals and objectives of the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area. In his prior position, Shiro was Seismic Network Manager at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Director - U.S. Geological Survey, Geologic Hazards Science Center: Golden, CO (2020-present)

    Seismic Network Manager - U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory: Hilo, HI (2016-2020)

    Geophysicist - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: Honolulu, HI (2005-2016)

    Graduate Assistant (Seismology) - Washington University in Saint Louis: Saint Louis, MO (2000-2005)

    Undergraduate Assistant (GPS Geodesy and Geochemistry) - Northwestern University: Evanston, IL (1998-2000)

    NSF/NASA Fellow (Glaciology and Exploration Geophysics) - Juneau Icefield Research Program: Juneau, AK (summer 1999)

    NSF REU Intern (InSAR Geodesy) - University of Alaska Fairbanks: Fairbanks, AK (summer 1998)

    NSF REU Intern (Applied Physics) - Rice University and NASA Johnson Space Center: Houston, TX (summer 1997)

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geology and Geophysics - University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa: Honolulu, HI (2021)
    Dissertation: "Geological and Geophysical Investigations on Kīlauea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes, Hawai‘i"

    M.S., Space Studies - University of North Dakota: Grand Forks, ND (2010)
    Thesis: "In Situ Geophysical Exploration by Humans in Mars Analog Environments"

    M.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences - Washington University in Saint Louis: Saint Louis, MO (2002)
    Thesis: "Outer Rise Seismicity and Dynamics at the Tonga Subduction Zone"

    B.A., majors: Integrated Science, Geological Sciences, Physics - Northwestern University: Evanston, IL (2000)
    Thesis: "Dislocation Models of Creep in the New Madrid Seismic Zone"

    Summer Schools:
    International Space University: Vancouver, BC (2005)
    NASA Planetary Science Summer School: Pasadena, CA (2003)
    NASA High Performance Computational Physics Summer School: Greenbelt, MD (2002)

Honors and Awards

  • (selected)

    2020 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters (2021)

    USGS STAR Award for 2021 student intern recruitment leadership (2021)

    HVO team, Runner up, Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals People's Choice Award (2019)

    HVO team, Finalist, Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (2019)

    USGS STAR Award for 2018/19 government shutdown work (2019)

    USGS STAR Award for 2018 eruption work (2019)

    DOI Unit Award for Excellence of Service to HVO for work during Kilauea eruption (2019)

    Harold T. Stearns Fellowship (2016)

    NOAA 10 Year Length of Service Award (2015)

    NOAA Service Awards (annually 2006-2015)

    NASA Astronaut selection "Highly Qualified" group, top 2-6% (2012)

    NOAA Citation Award for performance during 2009-2011 Pacific tsunamis (2012)

    NASA Flight Opportunities Program, co-Investigator (2012)

    NOAA Climate Data Modernization Program (CDMP) grant, PI (2010)

    NASA Astronaut selection "Highly Qualified" group, top 3-12% (2009)

    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2002)

    Carl Tolman Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2001)

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