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Sean Lahusen, PhD

Sean Lahusen is a Research Geologist at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. He received his B.S. in Geology from Western Washington University and his PhD from the University of Washington. Since joining the USGS in 2020, his research has focused on the geologic properties and geomorphologic processes that control landslide susceptibility in Cascadia and coastal Alaska.

Sean works to better understand how landslides affect landscapes and people. He uses field observations, lidar and optical imagery analysis, and numerical modeling to study landslide susceptibility, frequency, and triggering mechanisms. His current research projects include examining geologic and structural controls on deep-seated landslide density in the Oregon Coast Range, using 3-D slope stability models to estimate shaking intensity during past great earthquakes along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and constraining hazard from large bedrock landslides following rapid glacial retreat in coastal Alaska.

Professional Experience

  • 2020 - Present, Mendenhall Research Geologist, Geology Minerals Energy and Geophysics Science Center, Moffett Field, CA.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, 2019

  • B.S. Geology, Western Washington University, 2013

  • Professional Geology License, National Association of Boards of Geology, 2021

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • 2018 - Present, American Geophysical Union

  • 2012 - Present, Geological Society of America

Honors and Awards

  • 2015, Parke D. Snavely, Jr., Cascadia Research Award, Geological Society of America

Science and Products

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