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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

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, 1999

  • M.Sc., Geological Sciences, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, 1994

  • B.Sc., Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1989

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • 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

  • National Park Service

  • California Geological Survey

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