Paul Stone is a Research Geologist in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. He received a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University. Since joining the USGS in 1984, he has studied the geology and tectonic evolution of the southwestern United States, especially in the Owens Valley, Death Valley, and Mojave Desert regions.
Paul Stone majored in Paleontology at U.C. Berkeley where he earned his A.B. and M.A. degrees. He later switched to Geology at Stanford where he earned his Ph.D. As a research geologist with the USGS, he has focused on developing a better understanding of the paleogeographic and paleotectonic evolution of the southwestern U.S., concentrating mainly on the Paleozoic and Mesozoic intervals of geologic time. His main goal has been to produce high-quality, multipurpose geologic maps and associated reports that clarify the geologic framework, interpret the geologic history, and provide a basis for future scientific studies.
1984 - Present, Research Geologist, USGS, Menlo Park, CA, with temporary management positions in 1990-1994 (Reston, VA), 2002 (Menlo Park), and 2011-2012 (Menlo Park).
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Geology, Stanford, 1985
M.A., Paleontology, U.C. Berkeley, 1977
A.B., Paleontology, U.C. Berkeley, 1969
Affiliations and Memberships*
Geological Society of America, 1981 - Present
Pacific Section SEPM, 1993 - Present
San Jose State University
Northern Arizona University
California State University Northridge
*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