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John E. Vidale

Department of Earth Sciences, USC

Expertise: His research focuses on earthquakes, Earth structure, volcanoes, and the hazards of strong shaking. His work has elements of numerical modeling, basic science, fundamental funding mudwrestling and pleading, and earthquake hazard mitigation.
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 tricked into 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 Science Planning Committee, Group Leader (2002)
SCEC Science Planning Committee, Group Leader (2004-2006)
SCEC Advisory Council, Member (2010-2016)
SCEC Advisory Council, Chair (2016-2017)