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Jonathan Glen

Jonathan is a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey working with the Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center in Menlo Park, California. His recent research has mostly focused on applying potential-field, and rock- and paleo-magnetic methods to geologic and tectonic problems in the western U.S.

Jonathan's work involves studies in potential field geophysics and paleomagnetism applies to:

  • · Geothermal resources
  • · Basin and Range tectonics, volcanism, and metallogeny 
  • · Cascade Range and back-arc tectonics and metallogeny
  • · Alaska tectonics and metallogeny
  • · Paleomagnetic field behavior: magnetic polarity reversals, secular variation, excursions, paleointensity
  • · Magneostratigraphy and calibration of the magnetic polarity time scale 
  • · Hotspots and flood volcanism
  • · Mass Extinctions
  • · Electromagnetic monitoring of earthquakes
  • · Geophysical applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)


  • Research Geophysicist; Geophysics Unit of Menlo Park (GUMP); Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center (GMEG)
  • Chief, Geothermal Resource Investigations Project 

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Berkeley Geochronology Center

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Earth and Planetary Sciences, U.C. Santa Cruz

  • Visiting Lecturer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, U.C. Santa Cruz

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. (Geophysics) University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994

  • B.A. (Geophysics) University of California, Berkeley, 1986 

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Consulting Professor: Geophysics Department, Stanford University

  • Research Associate, Geological Sciences Department, Central Washington University

  • Associate Researcher, Berkeley Geochronology Center

  • Associate Researcher, Earth and Planetary Sciences, U.C. Santa Cruz, California

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