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Oliver S Boyd, Ph.D.

Research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey studying various aspects of seismic hazard including ground motions and earthquake probabilities

I began with the National Seismic Hazards Modeling Project in Golden, CO in 2004 studying time-dependent seismic hazard in Alaska and producing a seismic hazard analysis of Afghanistan, the latter being done in conjunction with other U.S. Agency for International Development’s reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. I moved to Memphis, TN in 2007 to focus on earthquake hazards in the central and eastern United States (CEUS) and returned to Golden in 2013 to work on issues related to earthquake hazards across the conterminous United States, specifically those related to earthquake ground motions as part of the Ground Motion Project. Much of my past research has centered on several aspects of earthquake hazards including time-dependent earthquake probabilities, declustering of foreshocks and aftershocks, and parameters related to earthquake sources. I helped update the CEUS source models for the 2008 and 2014 updates of the National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM) and helped to incorporate basin models in the western United States for the 2018 update of the NSHM. More recently, I have been working on ground motion site amplification along the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains and building a geology-based National Crustal Model for earthquake hazard studies. Prior to joining the Survey, I obtained my Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I performed laboratory experiments of seismic wave attenuation in artificial glass cracks and glass bead cylinders, produced and interpreted tomographic models of seismic wave attenuation and velocity beneath the western United States, and studied receiver functions in New Zealand.

Professional Experience

  • 2004–present—Research Geophysicist, USGS

  • 2004—Research Assistant—University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 2000–2004—Graduate Research Assistant—University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 1998–2000—Geophysicist, Western Geophysical

  • 1996–1997—Technician, Geo-Insight

  • 1995–1997—Graduate Research Assistant—University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 1993–1995—Lab Research Assistant—University of Colorado at Boulder

Education and Certifications

  • 2004—Ph.D. Geophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 1997—M.S. Geology, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 1995—B.A. Geology, Emphasis in Geophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • 1995–present—American Geophysical Union, Member

  • 2000–2015—Geological Society of America, Member

  • 2004–present—Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Associate Member

  • 2004–present—Seismological Society of America, Member

  • 2007–present—Eastern Section (ES) of the Seismological Society of America, Member

    ES Secretary, 2011–2013

    ES Vice President, 2013–2015

    ES President, 2015–2017

    ES Past President, 2017–2019

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