Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America


Diane I. Doser is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. She came to El Paso in 1986 following one and a half years as a Bantrell postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Utah. Diane's research interests include studies of historical (pre-1963), instrumentally recorded earthquakes, induced seismicity in oil and geothermal fields, and seismic tomography technique. She joined the editorial board of BSSA in January 1996 and became Editor-in-Chief in 2010.


Laurie Gaskins Baise is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1997 and 2000 as well as her M.S. in Geophysics in 2000, all from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research has focused on seismic hazard mapping for liquefaction and soil amplification, earthquake site response, validation of ground motion prediction equations, and assessment of regional wave propagation effects. She joined the editorial board of BSSA in August 2013.

Allison Bent has been a Research Seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada since completing her Ph. D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1990.  Her primary research interests are earthquake sources with particular emphasis on historical, instrumentally recorded earthquakes and earthquakes in stable continental environments, crustal structure and tackling issues related to improving seismic hazard estimates, such as magnitude conversion relations and ground motions. Allison joined the BSSA editorial board in 2014.

Kelvin Berryman is a principal scientist at GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He completed graduate studies and his Ph.D. at Victoria University of Wellington and has been at GNS Science and its predecessor organizations (NZ Geological Survey and DSIR) since 1974. His research interests include earthquake geology/paleoseismology/tectonic geomorphology, probabilistic hazard analysis of earthquake and tsunami, and landscape evolution. He has also published on aspects of Quaternary geology such as loess and tephra studies. Kelvin joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2008.

Jessie Bonner is a scientist at National Security Technologies (NSTec) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He received his Ph.D from Southern Methodist University in 1997.  At NSTec, he is responsible for experimentation to support nuclear treaty monitoring, including seismic and acoustic phenomenologies for improved detection, location, discrimination, and yield estimation.  His research interests have included surface wave magnitudes, explosion source theory, and mining explosion seismicity.  Jessie joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2014.

Michel Bouchon is a scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France and at the University of Grenoble. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1976 under the supervision of Keiiti Aki. He has been closely associated for many years with the Earth Resources Laboratory of MIT. His research interests are primarily in seismic-wave propagation and earthquake-source studies, with particular emphasis on seismic exploration, site effects, strong ground motion, and earthquake rupture.

Raúl R. Castro is a research professor at the Department of Seismology, CICESE in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. He received his Ph. D. at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his earlier degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His research interests include strong ground motion, earthquake-source studies, body wave attenuation and site effects. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in September 2015.

Eric Chael is a seismologist in the Ground-Based Monitoring Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1983. At Sandia, he has worked primarily on seismic monitoring of underground explosions. His research interests have included seismic source spectra, event identification methods, and automated waveform analysis. Eric joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2010.

Martin C. Chapman is a research associate professor with the Department of Geological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg,Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1998. His research interests include seismicity of eastern North America, strong motion, and hazard assessment. He has served as an associate editor for BSSA since March 1995.

Luis Angel Dalguer is a seismologist and structural engineer at swissnuclear in Switzerland since April 2014. From 2008-2014, he was a  Senior Scientist  and head of the Earthquake Physics Group of the Swiss Seismological Service (SED), ETH-Zurich. He received his first PhD in structural engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) Porto Alegre, Brazil and a second PhD in Geophysics (Seismology) from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan. He also served in research positions at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Kyoto University), San Diego State University and the Earthquake Research Institute (University of Tokyo). His research is primarily related to the investigation of the physics of the earthquake source dynamic, near-source ground motion and the implementation of seismology research advancements into Earthquake Engineering knowledge, with the final goal to promote the integration between Earthquake Scientists and Earthquake Engineers. Luis joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2013.

John Douglas is a Chancellor's Fellow (Lecturer) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). From 2004 to 2015 he was an engineering seismologist at BRGM (French Geological Survey) and from 2009 to 2014 he was also a visiting professor at the University of Iceland. He received his Ph.D. from the University of London (Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK) in 2001 and his Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR, accredition to supervise research) from the Université de Grenoble (France) in 2010. His principal research interest is seismic-hazard assessment, in particular ground-motion prediction. John joined the editorial board of BSSA in July 2011.

Delphine D. Fitzenz is a Lead Modeler in the Model Development team at RMS, Inc., specialized in Earthquake Source and Recurrence Modeling. She received a Ph.D. from ETH-Zurich in 2002 for her work on the numerical modeling of faulting behavior and local stress evolution in response to regional tectonics and evolving fault hydraulic properties. Her research interests include earthquake hazard and risk assessment methodological developments, fault mechanics, and the assessment and communication of uncertainties as a tool for decision-making and for efficiently integrating datasets and linking disciplines to solve complex problems. Delphine joined the editorial board of BSSA in July 2013.

Matthew Gerstenberger is a senior scientist at GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. from ETH-Zürich in 2003. His research interests include probabilistic assessment of earthquake hazards, including time-dependent modelling, statistical seismology, and testing of earthquake forecast models. Matthew joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2012.

William C. Hammond is an associate professor in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In his research, he uses space geodetic techniques such as GPS and InSAR to study the active tectonic deformation of the continents, fault slip rates, mountain building processes, dynamics of the lithosphere and structural controls on geothermal systems. He is a member of the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory and operates the MAGNET semi-continuous GPS network that spans western Nevada and extends into four other western states.  His work has application to seismic hazards in the western United States.  He joined the editorial board in 2015.

Hiroshi Kawase is a professor in Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University. He was a professor at Kyushu University for about ten years, after eighteen years of service at Ohsaki Research Institute, Inc., a consulting company in Tokyo, Japan. He worked with K. Aki at USC from 1986 to 1988 for irregular soil amplification studies. His principal research interests are in strong-motion seismology and its engineering applications, in particular, quantitative prediction of strong motions and urban seismic-hazard evaluation. Hiroshi joined the editorial board of BSSA in January 1996.

Yann Klinger is a scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Strasbourg, under supervision of L. Dorbath and J. P. Avouac. He joined CNRS in 2001 after completing a postdoc at Caltech. His interest is focused on how faults accommodate deformation through the earthquake cycle, and his expertise is in paleoseismology, seismo-tectonics, and active tectonics. Yann joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2010.

Nicola Litchfield is a senior scientist and Head of Department at GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. She received her PhD from the University of Otago in 2000. Her research interests include using fluvial and marine terraces to understand tectonic deformation, and she has expertise in earthquake geology, tectonic geomorphology, paleoseismology, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and landscape evolution. Nicola joined the editorial board of BSSA in April 2016.

Stefano Parolai is the Head of the Centre for Early Warning at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. He received a Ph.D. in geophysics from University of Genova in 1997. His research interests include the effects of surface geology on seismic motion, strong-motion data analysis, source parameters, application of signal processing with focus on borehole data, early warning systems and multihazard and multirisk assessment. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2009.

Arben Pitarka is a seismologist in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore. He received his first Ph.D. in engineering seismology at the University of Tirana, Albania, and his second Ph.D. in seismology from Kyoto University in 1997. His research interests include development of numerical techniques for modeling wave propagation, ground-motion simulation, and rupture dynamics, and their application in strong-ground-motion prediction, seismic scattering, and underground nuclear-explosion monitoring. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in March 2005.

Thomas Pratt is a Research Geophysicist with the U. S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Program. He received his undergraduate degree in Geology from Cornell University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Virginia Tech. He started with the USGS in Golden, Colorado, and spent many years in Seattle, Washington before moving recently to Reston, Virginia. His research has focused on imaging and modeling active faults throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska, and on the influence of shallow deposits on ground shaking.

Danijel Schorlemmer is a senior scientist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from ETH Zürich in 2004. His main research interests are statistical seismology, earthquake forecasting and testing of forecast models, seismic hazard and risk assessment, and seismic recording completeness. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2014.

Brian Sherrod is a research geologist with the USGS in Seattle, Washington, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His research interests focus on paleoseismology and neotectonics. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2008.

Peter J. Stafford is a lecturer in the Structures Section of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, where he was appointed in 2007 following a period as a postdoctoral researcher. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand after completing research into probabilistic seismic-hazard analysis and engineering seismology. Peter also has professional experience in both structural and geotechnical engineering. His current research interests relate primarily to the specification of earthquake actions for hazard and risk assessment applications, with a particular focus upon the development of earthquake loss estimation methodologies.

Mark Stirling is senior scientist at GNS Science in New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in geology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his earlier degrees from Otago University, New Zealand. His main specialties are in the development and validation of multidisciplinary seismic-hazard models. A prime interest is in the integration of geological and seismological datasets to constrain seismic-hazard models for long return periods (e.g., 10 kyr). He has led the development of the last three versions of a national seismic-hazard model for New Zealand, and he has over 24 years of industry experience in hazard analyses in New Zealand, the United States, Australia, Southeast Asia, Japan, and elsewhere. He is a Fellow and former President of the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering. Mark joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2012.

Cezar I. Trifu was a researcher with National Institute for Earth Physics in Romania before moving in 1992 to Queen’s University in Canada. In 1993 he cofounded Engineering Seismology Group, Inc., and he serves as Director of Mining and Geotechnical Services. He is also adjunct professor with the Department of Mining Engineering at Queen’s University and guest professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at Xiamen University in China. His expertise is in seismic source, induced seismicity and use of passive seismic monitoring techniques to various geotechnical applications. Cezar joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2000.

Nicholas van der Elst is a research geophysicist at the USGS Earthquake Science Center in Pasadena, California. He received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 2012. He focusses on the mechanics of earthquake triggering, using statistical models and laboratory friction experiments. Interests include aftershock forecasting, remotely triggered earthquakes, and induced earthquakes. Nicholas joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2016.

Ivan G. Wong is a principal seismologist, vice-president, and manager of the Seismic Hazards Group of URS Corporation. For the past 36 years, he has evaluated the seismic hazards of more than 500 important and critical facilities worldwide. He serves as a consultant to several federal and state government agencies. Ivan's research interests focus on areas relevant to seismic hazard and risk assessment including seismotectonics, paleoseismology, strong-motion seismology, site-response modeling, and induced seismicity. Earthquake-hazard reduction and public outreach are also areas of Ivan's interest. He is an active member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, currently is a member of its Board of Directors, and served on its editorial board. Ivan joined the editorial board of BSSA in 1999.

Cleat P. Zeiler is a geophysicist currently working with the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Technical Applications Center located at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. His current work emphasizes nuclear treaty monitoring in support of negotiated treaties. Cleat's experience ranges from velocity modeling in western Montana, magnitude calibration, source discrimination, picking error, and signal reliability. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in July 2010.


Kim B. Olsen is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University, San Diego, California. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. His expertise is in simulation of ground motions and in earthquake rupture dynamics and high-performance computing. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in 1997.