Distinguished Lectureship - Speakers

Dr. Susan Hough

Research Geophysicist
U.S. Geologic Survey Pasadena,
Pasadena, California

What Past Earthquakes Tell Us About Future Earthquake Hazard: Facts & Fake Facts

Curriculum Vitae

Susan Hough graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in geophysics in 1982 and received a PhD in Earth sciences from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. Since 1992 she has worked as a research geophysicist at the US Geological Survey in Pasadena. Her research interests include earthquake ground motions, induced earthquakes, historical earthquakes, and seismic hazard. She led deployments of portable seismometers following a number of damaging earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta, California, and 2010 Haiti earthquakes. She has co-authored over 120 articles, and was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2009. She is now serving as President-Elect of the Seismological Society of America. In addition to technical articles, she has a long-standing interest in science communication, having authored five books on earthquake science for a non-specialist audience as well as numerous popular articles. She has further led USAID-supported capacity development projects in a number of countries including Nepal, Haiti, and Myanmar.

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Seismologists spend their lives working to understand earthquakes, including earthquakes caused by human activities, so that we can understand and mitigate the hazard they pose. Fortunately for us all, large earthquakes do not strike frequently in any one place. Many of the most important past earthquakes occurred before the invention of modern seismometers. To understand these events, scientists draw on sleuthing skills to explore all available sources of data. In this talk, I describe some of the ingenious work that has been done to understand past earthquakes, and the lessons they can teach us about present-day earthquake hazard. I also discuss evidence that, while earthquakes induced by wastewater injection appeared to be a new phenomenon, there is evidence that humans caused earthquakes in a number of places, including Oklahoma and Texas, as far back as the early 20th century.

Date Venue
Jul 16 2019, 7:00 PM Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Empirical Theater, Portland, Oregon
Oct 17 2019, 8:30 PM Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
Oct 18 2019, 7:00 PM Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon
Nov 12 2019, 6:30 PM American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Dr. Susan Hough

Research Geophysicist
U.S. Geologic Survey Pasadena,
Pasadena, California

The Very Long Reach of Very Large Earthquakes

Curriculum Vitae

Susan Hough graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in geophysics in 1982 and received a PhD in Earth sciences from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. Since 1992 she has worked as a research geophysicist at the US Geological Survey in Pasadena. Her research interests include earthquake ground motions, induced earthquakes, historical earthquakes, and seismic hazard. She led deployments of portable seismometers following a number of damaging earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta, California, and 2010 Haiti earthquakes. She has co-authored over 120 articles, and was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2009. She is now serving as President-Elect of the Seismological Society of America. In addition to technical articles, she has a long-standing interest in science communication, having authored five books on earthquake science for a non-specialist audience as well as numerous popular articles. She has further led USAID-supported capacity development projects in a number of countries including Nepal, Haiti, and Myanmar.

Date Venue
Jan 26 2005, 3:00 PM University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
Feb 04 2005, 3:00 PM Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 28 2005, 4:00 PM SSA Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee
May 17 2005, 4:00 PM Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas
Nov 05 2005, 3:00 PM Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, Ohio
Nov 18 2005, 3:00 PM Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, District of Columbia