Uri ten Brink

My research focuses on quantifying tectonic and morphological processes and their impacts on the assessments of tsunami, landslide, and earthquake hazards. I am also interested in bridging gaps between disciplines in Earth Sciences. I am the project chief of the USGS Marine Geohazards: Sources and probability project and in charge of the USGS ocean bottom seismometers.



  • 1981-1986       Ph.D.   Geological Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
  • 1977-1980       B.Sc.   Geology and Physics, The Hebrew University, Israel


  • 1991-present    Research geophysicist, USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • 2015-2019        Editor in Chief, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
  • 1999-present    Adjunct Scientist, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 2013-2016       Professor and Chairman, Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa
  • 2016-present   Affiliate Professor, University of Haifa
  • 1991-1996       Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University
  • 1987-1991       Post-doctoral scholar, Stanford University
  • 1986-1987       Post-doctoral scholar, Tel Aviv University


  • Chairman, U.S.-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation panel for Earth and Atmospheric sciences, 2015
  • Member - Netherlands Science Foundation panel on Caribbean natural and social sciences, 2014
  • Member, ITU-WMO-UNESCO/IOC Joint Task Force on Submarine Cables for Tsunami Warnings and Scientific Research, 2013
  • Co-convenor, Workshop on landslide tsunami probability, 2011
  • Member, NSF panel evaluating the management structure of the ocean bottom seismometer facilities, 2011
  • Guest editor- Marine Geology "Assessment of tsunami hazards to the U.S. Atlantic coast", 2009
  • Member, IODP evaluation panel for multi-leg ‘mission’ proposals, 2007
  • Leader- Reports and Presentations about tsunami hazard in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts to Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NOAA NTHMP, FEMA, NOAA Weather service, National Research Council, 2006 - 2016
  • Associate Editor - Terra Nova, 2007 - 2012
  • USGS representative to the National Association of State Boards of Geology, 2004-2007
  • Member, NSF-MARGINS Steering Committee, 2004-2007
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1996 - 1998
  • Member, Ocean Drilling Program Tectonics Panel, 1992-1996
  • Search committee member for an editor for the journal Tectonics, 1995
  • Tectonophysics Section chairman and organizing committee member, Fall AGU meeting, 1994
  • Tectonophysics Section member and organizing committee member, Fall AGU meeting, 1993
  • Member, Advisory committee on the Antarctic Lithosphere to OPP, NSF, 1990 – 1994


Advisor for 3 Ph.D. students and 1 M.Sc. student at the University of Haifa. Partial advisor for eight Ph.D. students and an M.Sc. student from Stanford University, MIT, MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Columbia University, the University of Madrid, and the University of Haifa. Ph.D. Committee member for additional five students from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and from Tel Aviv University. Supervisor/co-supervisor of eleven post-doctoral fellows funded by the joint WHOI/USGS, Helmsley Foundation, and USGS Mendenhall programs. Supervisor of one Fulbright Scholar and undergraduate projects


  • 41 cruises (26 as chief scientist)
  • 3 over-ice land traverses, Antarctica (co-chief scientist)
  • 4 Airborne magnetic, land gravity, and land seismic surveys (co-chief scientist)


  • 2016 – Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2010 – Senior Scientist (ST), Federal government
  • 2007/8 – Distinguished Lecturer – Seismological Society of America/ IRIS
  • 1996 - Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 1990 - Royal Society of New Zealand annual prize for Geophysics                                            

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                                SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Quantifying tectonic processses

    Quantifying morphological processes

    Glaciated continental shelves

    • Cooper, A.K., S. Eittreim, U.S. ten Brink, and I. Zayatz, Cenozoic Glacial sequences of the Antarctic Continental margin as recorders of Antarctic ice-sheet fluctuations, in The Antarctic Paleoenvironment: A perspective on global change, Antarctic Research Series, v. 60, Edited by J. Kennett, American Geophys. Union, pp. 75-89, 1993.
    • ten Brink, U., Tectonic subsidence and the stratigraphy of the Antarctic continental margins and intracontinental basins, Terra Antarctica, v. 1, pp. 255-257, 1994.
    • ten Brink, U., and C. Schneider, Glacial morphology and depositional sequences of the Antarctic continental shelf, Geology, v. 23, pp. 580-584, 1995. 
    • ten Brink, U., C. Schneider, and A.H. Johnson, Morphology and stratal geometry the Antarctic continental shelf: Insights from models, in Geology and seismic stratigraphy of the Antarctic margin, Antarctic Research Series, v. 68, Edited by A. Cooper, P. Barker, and J. Brancollini, American Geophysical Union, Washington, pp. 1-24, 1995. 

    Sediment compaction

    • Meckel, T.A., ten Brink, U.S., and Williams, S.J., Estimating present compaction rates in coastal deltaic environments - numerical methods and stratigraphic influences, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L11403, doi:10.1029 /2006GL26300, 2006. 
    • Meckel, T.A., ten Brink, U.S., and Williams, S.J., Sediment compaction rates and subsidence in deltatic plains: numerical constraints and stratigraphic influences, Basin Research, 19, 19-31, 2007. 

    Atlantic margin morphology, canyon formation and landslide initiation

    • Chaytor, J. D., ten Brink, U. S., Solow, A. R., and Andrews, B. D., Size distribution of submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic Margin, Marine Geology, v. 264, no. 1-2, p. 16-27, 2009. 
    • Locat, J., H.J. Lee, U. ten Brink, D. Twichell, E. Geist and M. Sansoucy, Geomorphology, Stability and Mobility of the Currituck Slide, Marine Geology, v. 264, no. 1-2, p. 28-40, 2009. 
    • Twichell, D.C., J.D. Chaytor, U.S. ten Brink, and B. Buczkowski, Morphology of late Quaternary Submarine Landslides along the U.S. Atlantic Continental Margin, Marine Geology, v. 264, no. 1-2, p. 4-15, 2009. 
    • Brothers, D.S., ten Brink, U.S., Andrews, B.D., Chaytor, J.D., and Twichell, D.C., Geomorphic process fingerprints in submarine canyons, Marine Geology, v. 337, p. 53-66, 2013. 
    • Brothers, D.D., ten Brink, U.S., Andrews, B.D., and Chaytor, J.D., Geomorphic characterization of the U.S. Atlantic continental margin, Marine Geology, v. 338, p. 46-63, 2013. 
    • Andrews, B.D., Chaytor, J.D., ten Brink, U.S., Brothers, D.S., and Gardner, J.V., 2013, Bathymetric terrain model of the Atlantic margin for marine geological investigations: USGS Open-File Report 2012–1266, 11 p., http:/pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1266/
    • Obelcz, J., Brothers, D., Chaytor, J., ten Brink, U., Ross, S.W., and Brooke, S., Geomorphic characterization of four shelf-sourced submarine canyons along the U.S.Mid-Atlantic continental margin, Deep-Sea Research II, v. 104, p. 106-119, 2014. 
    • Hill, J.C., D.S. Brothers, B.K. Craig, U.S. ten Brink, J.D. Chaytor, and C.H. Flores, The Role of antecedent geology in submarine slope failure: An examination of the Currituck Slide Complex, U.S. Atlantic Margin, Marine Geology, 2016. 


    • Chaytor, J.D., and ten Brink, U.S., Event sedimentation in low-latitude deep-water carbonate basins, Anegada passage, northeast Caribbean, Basin Research, p. 1-26, 2014. 
    • Andrews, B.D., U.S. ten Brink, W.W. Danforth, J.D. Chaytor,, J-L Granja-Bruna, P. Llanes Estrada, and A. Carbo-Gorosobel, Bathymetric terrain model of the Puerto Rico Trench and Northeast Caribbean for marine geological investigations, USGS Open-file report 2013-1125, 2014 http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1125/

    Submarine slope failures

    • ten Brink, U.S., R. Barkan, B.D. Andrews, and J.D. Chaytor, Size distributions and failure initiation of submarine and subaerial landslides, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 287, pp. 31-42, 2009. 
    • ten Brink, U. S., Andrews, B. D., & Miller, N. C., 2016. Seismicity and sedimentation rate effects on submarine slope stability. Geology, 44, 563-566. 

    Processing and modeling seismic reflection and refraction data

    • Beaudoin, B.C., U.S. ten Brink, and T.A. Stern, Characteristics and processing of seismic data collected on thick, floating ice: Results from the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, Geophysics, v. 57, pp. 1359-1372, 1992.
    • Zhang, J., U.S. ten Brink, and M.N. Toksoz, Non-linear refraction and reflection travel time tomography: Application to the crustal structure of the California Borderland, J. Geophys. Res., v. 103, pp. 29,743-29,757, 1998.
    • Loss, J., U. ten Brink, and I. Pecher, RayGui - A graphical 2-D ray-tracing interface for UNIX, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 79, no. 28, p. 334, 1998.
    • Loss, J., I. Pecher, and U. ten Brink, RayGUI - a graphical 2-D ray-tracing package for UNIX, USGS Open-File Report 98-203, 1998.
    • Song, J., and ten Brink, U.S., Graphical user interface (RayGUI 2.0) for interactive seismic ray tracing, EOS, v. 86, no. 9, p. 90, 2005. 
    • Song, J. and U. ten Brink, RayGUI 2.0-A Graphical User Interface for Interactive Forward and Inversion Ray-Tracing, USGS Open-File Report 2004-1426, 2004.

    Electronic Media

Title: Science in the Middle East
New York Academy of Sciences - Science and the City. June 20, 2008
Format: MP3, 11.8 MByte
Running Time: 00:25:08

Lecture Title: Size Distribution of Submarine Landslides and Its Implication to Tsunami Hazards
Offshore Geohazard University
Running Time: 00:12:00

Lecture Title: Assessing Tsunami Hazards to U.S. East Coast Using Relationships Between Submarine Landslides and Earthquakes 
Offshore Geohazard University
Running Time: 00:21:30

    Lecture Title: Deformation of  the Pacific-North-American  plate boundary at queen Charlotte Fault: The possible role of rheology
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Seminars, October 2017.Running Time: 00:45:00

    Educational Film

    Title: The Puerto Rico Trench: Exploring the deepest place in the Atlantic Ocean
14-minute educational film about sea floor mapping and tsunami and earthquake hazards, 2004, by Joram ten Brink
For a DVD copy of the movie, please contact: 
Dr. Uri ten Brink , U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Science Center 
384 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543 1-508-457-2396; utenbrink@usgs.gov