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Robert Skoumal, PhD

I am a research geophysicist at the Earthquake Science Center in Moffett Field, California. My research focuses on improving our ability to characterize both natural and induced (“anthropogenic”) earthquakes. I am particularly interested in developing new methods to characterize small magnitude earthquakes, distinguishing between natural/induced seismicity, and seismogenic fault mapping.

Professional Experience

  • 2020-present: Research Geophysicist, US Geological Survey (Moffett Field, CA)

  • 2016-2020: Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, US Geological Survey (Menlo Park/Moffett Field, CA)

  • 2016: Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

  • 2015: Geophysical Rock Properties R&D Intern, Chevron Corporation (Houston, TX)

  • 2012-2016: Research & Teaching Assistant, Miami University (Oxford, OH)

  • 2011: Teaching Assistant, Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)

  • 2011: NOAA Hollings Scholar (Kenai Peninsula, Alaska)

Education and Certifications

  • 2016: Ph.D. Geology, Miami University (Oxford, OH) 
           Dissertation: “Characterizing induced and natural earthquake swarms using correlation algorithms”

  • 2014: M.S. Geology, Miami University (Oxford, OH)
           Thesis: "Optimizing multi-station template matching through re-examination of the Youngstown, Ohio, sequence"

  • 2012: B.S. Marine Science (Geophysics) summa cum laude, Eckerd College, (St. Petersburg, FL)
           Thesis: "Seasonal and interannual oceanographic variability in Kachemak Bay, Alaska"

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