Dana E Peterson

Dana Peterson joined the USGS in 2018 through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program with the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center in Denver, Colorado, before transitioning to a staff Geophysicist in 2019. Her work involves using seismic, electromagnetic, and magnetic methods to understand tectonic processes and model potential hazards.  



Ph.D. Seismology & Geological Sciences, Cornell University, 2020

B.A. Geology & Geophysics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013 

Professional Experience: 

  • 2019-Present: Geophysicist, Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO 
  • 2016: Exploration Geophysics Intern at Shell, Houston, TX 
  • 2014-2019: NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
  • 2013-2014: Research Assistant at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore 

Honors, Awards, Recognition, Elected Memberships: 

  • 2018, NSF Graduate Research Internship 
  • 2017, Estwing Award for Outstanding Graduate Student 
  • 2015, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 
  • 2014-2016, Cornell Long Fellowship 

Current Research

  • Airborne electromagnetic and magnetic imaging of weak zones on Iliamna Volcano, Alaska in partnership with the Alaska Volcano Observatory 
  • Geophysical studies on the architecture of large igneous systems with a focus on the Duluth Complex 
  • Interdisciplinary Methods and Applications in Geophysics (IMAGe)