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Fred F Pollitz

Fred Pollitz is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He received his Ph.D in Geophysics (long-period seismology) from Princeton University in 1989, advised by Tony Dahlen.

As a postdoctoral researcher he switched focus to crustal deformation studies, motivated initially through collaboration with Dr. Selwyn Sacks at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  With the USGS since 2000, he has continued to work on problems related to crustal deformation and long-period seismology.


B.Sc. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA (1984)

B.Sc. in Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA (1984)

Ph.D. in Geophysics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ USA (1989)

Professional Experience:

1997 to 2000:  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Davis
1995 to 1997:  Isaac Newton Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, England
1993 to 1995:  Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe, Germany
1992 to 1993:  CNRS Research Associate, Laboratoire de Sismologie, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris
1989 to 1991:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Honors and Offices:

2010 - First author of two of the 20 most cited `earthquake’ papers of the period
2002 - 2013 - Associate Editor, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
1998 - 2001 - Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research