Kenneth W Hudnut, PhD

Ken Hudnut investigates earthquakes as a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, California. He is currently studying aspects of surface fault ruptures and fault interactions observed during the 2019 Ridgecrest, California earthquake sequence, and their implications for earthquake source physics & earthquake hazards assessments.


To help understand the San Andreas Fault system and the behavior of faults in general, Hudnut has studied earthquakes worldwide using satellite & airborne imagery along with field work to provide ground truth. In 2017, he received the Ivan I. Mueller Award for distinguished service and leadership from the American Geophysical Union. In 2018 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. He is a Visiting Associate in Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology and an Adjunct Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1989, and his A.B. (high honors) from Dartmouth College in 1983.

Publications also available from Google Scholar, Publons (Web of Science ResearcherID B-1945-2009), and ORCID.