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Richard Blakely

Richard is a Scientist Emeritus with the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. 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.

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.

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

  • 2005-2006, Chief, Geophysical Unit of Menlo Park (GUMP), U.S. Geological Survey

  • 1990-1993, Adjunct Professor, School of Oceanography, Oregon State University

  • 1988-1991, Chief, Crustal Dynamics Section, Branch of Geophysics, U.S. Geological Survey

  • 1978-1979, 1986-1987, Consulting Professor, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University

  • 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

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, Stanford University, 1972

  • M.S., Geophysics, Stanford University, 1971

  • B.S., General Science, Oregon State University, 1968

Affiliations and Memberships

  • USGS Innovation Center Advisory Group (ICAG), 2016-present

  • CSIRO (Australia) Deep Earth Imaging Advisory Panel, 2016-2020

  • President and President-Elect, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section, AGU, 2008-2012

  • AGU Council, 2008-2012

  • Assoc. Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1987-1990

  • Assoc. Editor, Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics, 1985-1988

  • Assoc. Editor, U.S. National Report (GP Section) to the IUGG, 1985-1987

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow,  American Geophysical Union, 2003

  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1987

  • Meritorious Service Award, Dept. of Interior, 1994

  • Shoemaker Award for Communications Product Excellence

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