Gail Atkinson

William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures | 2007 Recipient

Gail Atkinson was the Joyner Lecturer for 2007. She is Professor of Geophysics at University of Western Ontario and has spent much of her career working at the engineering-seismology interface. She has authored more than 100 research articles on the subjects of earthquake ground motions and seismic hazards; among these are well-known prediction equations for ground-motion amplitudes as a function of magnitude and distance that have been used in national seismic hazard maps for both the United States and Canada. She is a past president of SSA and served as Chair of the SSA Eastern Section. Her Joyner lecture was entitled “Earthquake ground motions: The Myths and the Mysteries.”