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Stanley P Mordensky

Stanley is a Research Geologist at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. Since joining the USGS, Stanley has devoted his career to developing machine learning methods for analysis of geothermal systems, groundwater, and subsurface heat flow and specializes in experimental rock mechanics, volcano processes, fluid transport, and hydrothermal alteration.

Stanley joined the USGS as a Mendenhall Research Fellow with the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center in February 2021. His research interests vary from machine learning, geothermal systems, and volcano monitoring to rock mechanics, geochemistry, and geohazards. Stan spent several seasons mapping lithology, geotechnical units, geothermal hazards, and volcanic hazards across several geophysical provinces and has taught these subjects to university students. He also served as a volunteer for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Yellowstone National Park.

Professional Experience

  • 2020: Guest Scientist, Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs, WY

  • 2017: Guest Scientist, Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs, WY

  • 2014 - 2015: Research Fellow, National Energy and Technology Laboratory. Albany, OR

  • 2010: National Association of Geoscience Teachers Fellow, Reston, VA

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Engineering Geology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2019

  • MSc, Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, USA, 2012

  • BSc, Economics, George Washington University, USA 2009

  • BA, Geological Sciences, George Washington University, USA 2009

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Geological Society of America

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government