Keith A Howard

Keith A. Howard is a Research Geologist Emeritus at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center in Menlo Park, CA. Since joining the USGS in 1966, he had a diverse geologic career investigating a wide range of geologic processes. Presently, his reasearch includes volcanology, Colorado River evolution, granite, and extensional tectonics.


Keith has conducted lunar and planetary investigations, Apollo astronaut training and mission support (1960s and 1970s), and field studies of volcanic and impact structures. He led a team that made the first national map of active faults and fault provinces of the United States and Puerto Rico. He conceived the USGS climate-research program and led the effort to gain support for the program and its acceptance by Congress (1970s). He led the Pacific to Arizona Crustal Experiment, geologic-geophysical transect across the SW USA (1980s-1990s). He has authored a range of studies of landscape evolution, crustal structure, planetology, and igneous and tectonic processes. 

Recent Accomplishments


  • BS, Geological Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1961
  • MS, Geological Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1962
  • PhD, Geology, Yale, 1966

Professional Studies/Experience

  • 2007-current, USGS Scientist Emeritus, Menlo Park, CA
  • 2014, Lecturer, San Jose State University
  • 1966-2006, USGS Research Geologist
  • 1974, Visiting Faculty, University of South Florida
  • 1962, USGS Geologist
  • 1961, Engineering Geologist, McCreary-Koretsky Engineering
  • 1960, Geologic Field Assistant, UC Berkeley


Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

  • Geological Society of America, Elected Fellow, 1972
  • American Geophysical Union since 1969
  • Peninsula Geological Society since 1967; President 2008-2009
  • Geological Society of Washington since 1975
  • Fullbright Association

Research Partners:

  • Arizona Geological Survey
  • National Science Foundation
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Oregon
  • Queensland Technical Institute
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Florida

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Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts