Paul A Bedrosian


Paul is an expert in the development and application of electromagnetic geophysical methods to framework tectonics, resource assessment, natural hazards and fundamental Earth processes. His work has investigated seismic variability along the San Andreas Fault, tectonics of the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, and the structure of Mount St. Helens. His current research is on regional-scale mineral-resource investigations, the magmatic/hydrothermal systems of active volcanoes and the importance of solid-earth conductivity to space-weather hazards. 


  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Washington, 2002 
  • M.S. Physics, University of Washington, 1998  
  • B.S. Physics, University Of Minnesota, 1996 
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1996 

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado 
  • 2005-2007, Mendenhall Fellow, U.S Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado 
  • 2002-2004, Humboldt Fellow, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam Germany 
  • 1998-2002, Research Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 

Research Interests

  • Structure and evolution of active and fossil tectonic margins 
  • Geophysical imaging of hydrothermal and magmatic systems 
  • Joint interpretation of coincident geophysical data sets 
  • Advanced processing and modeling techniques for imaging earth structure 


  • 2010-present, Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (faculty) 

Professional Societies 

  • American Geophysical Union 
  • Geological Society of America 

Academic and Professional Service 

  • 2018-present, Earth, Planets and Space Journal (editor)