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John E. Vidale

Department of Earth Sciences, USC
Professor

Expertise: earthquakes, Earth structure, volcanoes, hazard, numerical modeling.
 
 
Email: seismoguy@mac.com
About Me Publications
John Vidale is Dean's Professor at USC and the Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center.

He studied physics, geology, and economics at Yale ('81), then gained his PhD from Caltech ('86). Toil at UC Santa Cruz and the USGS in Menlo Park led to teaching at UCLA for a decade. While at UCLA, he was Acting then Interim Director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.

In 2006, John escaped to verdant Seattle. There, he was a professor at the University of Washington, Director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the Washington State Seismologist, and minor Facebook doyen until 2017.

His honors include the Macelwane Medal (1994) and the Gutenberg Lecturer (2009) from the American Geophysical Union, Researcher of the Year by the College of the Environment at UW (2011), and membership in the National Academy of Science (2017).

SCEC Participation

SCEC Director (2017 - Present)
SCEC Board of Directors, Chair (2017 - Present)
SCEC Advisory Council, Chair (2016 - 2017)
SCEC Advisory Council, Member (2010 - 2016)
SCEC Science Planning Committee, Group Leader (2002, 2004 - 2006)
SCEC Mentor (2002)