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Joan Gomberg

Joan Gomberg is a research geophysicist, specializing in earthquake seismology for the Earthquake Hazard Program in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Her research focuses on how earthquakes initiate and affect one another, the different ways in which faults slip, and earthquake-triggered phenomena in submarine and other environments. Joan has been engaged in efforts to enhance subduction zone science.

Research Interests
Earthquake hazard assessment, earthquake interactions, source scaling, coupled aseismic and seismic deformation, seismicity evolution, earthquake scaling,  offshore geodesy, and submarine landslides and gravity flows.

Professional Experience

  • Post-doc, University of California, San Diego - 1986-87

  • Post-doc, University of Nevada, Reno - 1987-88

  • Visiting Scholar, Inst, Geol. & Nuclear Sci., New Zealand - Winter, 2002

  • Visiting Scholar, Ist. Naz. di Geofisica e Vulc., Italy - Spring, 2002

  • Research Geophysicist, US Geological Survey, Golden, CO - 1988-1994

  • Research Geophysicist, US Geological Survey, Memphis,TN - 1994-2006

  • Adjunct Assoc. Prof., Univ. of Memphis,, Memphis,TN - 1994-2006

  • Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey, Seattle, WA - 2006-present

  • Affiliate Assoc. Prof., Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA - 2006-present

Education and Certifications

  • University of California, San Diego, Geophysics, Ph.D., 1986

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Geophysics, B.Sc., 1979

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union Member, Fellow 1979 - present

  • Seismological Society of America Member, 1986 - present

  • SSA/IRIS Distinguished Lecturer Selection Standing Comm. Member 2004 - 2010

  • SSA Selection Standing Comm. Member  2004 - 2010

  • SSA Board of Directors Member 2003 - 2006

  • SSA Vice President 2004 - 2006

  • SSA Board of Dir. Nominating Comm.Chair  2006

  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institutions 2012 - present

  • Assoc. of Women in Geoscience  Member 1987 - 2005

  • IRIS PASSCAL Standing Comm. Member 2001 - 2004

  • Council of Natl. Seismic Sys. Board Member   1997 - 2001

  • Cascadia Regional Earthquake Working Group 2006 - present

  • Pacific Northwest Contingency Planners And Recovery Managers 

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for the USGS Circular and Fact Sheet, “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide”.

  • 2015 Association for Women Geoscientists Excellence Award

  • 2013 American Geophysical Union Fellow

  • 2016 Star award for participation in Society of Environmental Journalists conference.

  • 2016 Star award for leadership in subduction zone science coordination.

  • 2013 Mendenhall Fellowship Award (mentor) Exploring Fault Slip Modes in Alaska and the Aleutian Arc

  • 2012 Mendenhall Fellowship Award (mentor) Building New Holistic Earthquake Monitoring

  • 2009 Mendenhall Fellowship Award (mentor) Crustal structure, faulting, and earthquake effects in the Cascadia region

  • 2008 Star award for leadership in activities related to episodic tremor and slip.

  • 2007 Star award for leadership in activities related to episodic tremor and slip.

  • 2005  Star award for service to the Earthquake Hazards Program

  • 2004 Star award for leadership in the Central and Eastern U.S. Hazards program

  • 2003 Central Region Geologic Hazards Team Senior Scientist in Residence Award

  • 2001 Star award for leadership in the Central and Eastern U.S. Hazards program

  • 2000 Star award for leadership in the Central and Eastern U.S. Hazards program

  • 1999  Star award for liaison activities with the Mid-America Earthquake Center.

  • 1998  Star award for leadership in responding to the M4.9, southern Alabama earthquake.

  • 1997 On the Spot award for organizing a workshop on U.S. seismic networks and the national seismic system

  • 1993  Gilbert Fellowship (Dynamic Strains and Earthquake Triggering)

  • 1991 Branch of Geologic Risk Assess. Best Pub. Award

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government