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Uri ten Brink, PhD

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.


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)

Professional Experience

  • 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

Education and Certifications

  • 1981-1986       Ph.D.   Geological Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

  • 1977-1980       B.Sc.   Geology and Physics, The Hebrew University, Israel

  • 1991-1996  Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University

  • 1987-1991  Post-doctoral scholar, Stanford University

  • 1986-1987       Post-doctoral scholar, Tel Aviv University

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • 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

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