Peter J Haeussler, Ph.D.

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 me to discuss various proposal ideas.



Ph.D.   1991   University of California Santa Cruz    Earth Sciences
B.S.     1984    Michigan State University                   Geology

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

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