Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt is a Research Geologist at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. Kevin received a MSc and a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington. Since joining the USGS in 1989, he has devoted his career to studying geomorphology and Quaternary studies and specializes in landslide geology and geologic mapping. 


Kevin researches geomorphic processes and rates ranging from slope stability and erosion in post-fire steeplands to Quaternary tectonic deformation. He uses Quaternary geologic mapping to elucidate research topics in the contexts of geologic and tectonic evolution, hydrologic routing and storage, vegetation cover and root reinforcement, and landscape recovery from disturbance.

Presently, his research focuses on interpreting the geologic history of Channel Islands National Park.

Professional Experience:

  • 1989-1991, 1997-Current, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA


  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, 1999
  • M.Sc., Geological Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, 1994
  • B.Sc., Geology and Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 1989


  • 2013-present, ecorisQ- International Association for Natural Hazard Risk Management, U.S. Federal Liaison
  • 1999-present, Geological Society of America
  • 1991-present, American Geophysical Union

Research Partners:

  • National Park Service
  • California Geological Survey