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Janet Watt

My research focuses on characterizing onshore/offshore geologic structure, deformation, and active tectonics to address problems focused on geologic hazards and framework geologic processes. My recent work involves the development and application of integrative geophysical approaches to 3D characterization of faults and fault interactions.

I received my M.S. in Marine Science (Geological Oceanography) from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories while working at the USGS in Menlo Park, CA. As part of the Geophysical Unit of Menlo Park (GUMP), I used potential-field methods (gravity and magnetics) and 3D geologic mapping to understand earthquake and volcano hazards, and mineral and water resources in the western U.S. In 2010, I returned to my marine geology roots and joined the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA where I currently work as a Research Geophysicist.

Selected Media and Public Outreach

November 18, 2016, CBS This Morning "California prepares for next big earthquake"

October 19, 2016, Popular Mechanics "Two dangerous Fault Lines Under San Francisco Are Connected, Study Finds"

February 1, 2016, Earthquake News & Blog, "Why don't the earthquakes line up with the San Andreas fault?"

January 2, 2016, CBS NEWS, "Alarming Discovery Shows Bay Area’s 2 Most Dangerous Earthquake Faults May Be Connected"

December 31, 2015, San Francisco Chronicle, "New data on 2 Bay Area faults cause worry about next big quake"

November 20, 2014, KQED Science "Using 3D Visualization, Geologists Explore the Complex Areas Where Faults Join and Split"