Chris Potter

Chris Potter has contributed to many projects related to structural geology, crustal structure, and regional tectonics in North America and elsewhere. His work has also addressed oil and gas resources in Alaska and China, uranium resources in Virginia, and a proposed nuclear waste disposal site in Nevada.


Recent Accomplishments


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1983.
  • M.Sc., Brown University, 1976.
  • B.A., Williams College, 1974.

Professional Studies/Experience

  • USGS Research Geologist since 1989.
  • (Central Energy Resources Science Center Director, 2007 to 2013).
  • Assistant Professor, Lafayette College, 1987-1989.
  • Postdoctoral Associate / Research Associate, Cornell University, 1983-1987.
  • Staff Geologist, Law Engineering Testing Company, 1977-1979.


Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards


  • Geological Society of America (Fellow).
  • American Geophysical Union

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts