Richard Blakely

Richard is a Research Geophysicist (Emeritus) with the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from Oregon State University. He focuses on the application of gravity, magnetic, and other geophysical methods to address a variety of earth science issues in the Western United States.

Biography

Richard Blakely received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University in 1972 and 1971, respectively, and his B.S. degree from Oregon State University (OSU) in 1968. After graduation from Stanford, he served as Assistant Professor in the School of Oceanography at OSU. He joined the USGS in 1975, becoming Senior Scientist six years before retiring from the USGS in 2016. As an Emeritus Research Geophysicist, Richard uses potential-field (gravity and magnetic) and other geophysical methods to help address national earth science issues in the Western United States. His recent research focuses on mapping and characterizing hazardous faults in the Cascadia subduction zone, assessing mineral resources in the Basin and Range, and estimating ground-water resources of the arid southwest US.

Education

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, Stanford University, 1972
  • M.S., Geophysics, Stanford University, 1971
  • B.S., General Science, Oregon State University, 1968

Professional Experience

  • 2016-present, Research Geophysicist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 2010-2016, Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1975-2010, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1973-1975, Assistant Professor, School of Oceanography, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • 1972-1973, Research Associate, School of Oceanography, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • 1972, Research Associate, Stanford University
  • 2005-2006, Chief, Geophysical Unit of Menlo Park (GUMP), U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1988-1991, Chief, Crustal Dynamics Section, Branch of Geophysics, U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1978-1979, 1986-1987, Consulting Professor, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University
  • 1990-1993, Adjunct Professor, School of Oceanography, Oregon State University

Editorships and Service

  • Associate Editor, Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics, 1985 to 1988.
  • Associate Editor, U.S. National Report (GP Section) to the IUGG, 1985 to 1987.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1987 to 1990.
  • President and President-Elect, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section, AGU, 2008-2012
  • AGU Council, 2008-2012
  • CSIRO (Australia) Deep Earth Imaging Advisory Panel, 2016-2020
  • USGS Innovation Center Advisory Group (ICAG), 2016-present

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2003
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of America, 1987
  • Meritorious Service Award, Department of Interior, 1994
  • Shoemaker Award for Communications Product Excellence