Peter J Haeussler, Ph.D.



Postdoctoral Researcher    1992-1994           U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska
Ph.D.                                      1991                            University of California Santa Cruz            Earth Sciences
B.S.                                         1984                             Michigan State University                          Geology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Earthquake hazards

  • onshore-offshore study of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault system.
  • identification and characterization of seismic sources across southern Alaska, including the Castle Mountain fault, Denali fault, Totschunda fault, Broad Pass fault, Patton Bay thrust, Cape Cleare thrust, and fault cored folds in the Cook Inlet and Susitna basins.
  • paleoseismology of the Alaska-Aleutian megathrust from coastal marsh and lake records.
  • I am strongly interested in improving our understanding of active and recent deformation in Alaska, whether it is onshore or offshore, using any types of data that shed light on the most recent geologic history of the state.

Submarine landslides

  • Characterization and description of submarine landslides in coastal fjords of southern Alaska generated by the 1964 M9.2 earthquake

Framework geology

  • Geology of the western Alaska Range and southeastern Alaska
  • Cook Inlet, Susitna, and Peters Hills basin geology
  • Accretionary complex history and record of ridge subduction

Alaska Earthquake Hazards

  • I am the Alaska Coordinator for the Earthquake Hazards Program of the USGS. I provide input to the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Council on Alaska issues and I am the Alaska coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program external grants program. Feel free to contact with me to discuss various proposal ideas.
  • Media experience: I frequently discuss earthquake hazards and Alaskan geology with the media. I have appeared on, and provided input to, the National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Nightline, Frontline, and numerous other local and regional media outlets.

Professional Experience

1994 - Present           Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska
1992 - 1994               Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska
1992                          Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California
1986 - 1991               Research Assistant, University of California Santa Cruz
1985 - 1988               Teaching Assistant, University of California Santa Cruz
1985                          Geologist, Lancer Energy Corporation, Wilmore, Kentucky

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

1985-present, American Geophysical Union
1985-present, Geological Society of America
1992-present, Alaska Geological Society
2010-present, Seismological Society of America

Honors and/or Awards

  • Fellow, Geological Society of America