BSSA Editorial Staff and Board of Editors

Editor-in-Chief: Thomas L. Pratt
Research Geophysicist, U. S. Geological Survey

Manuscript Coordinator: Betty Schiefelbein

Production Coordinator: Paige Horvath

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BSSA Editorial Board
Editor-in-Chief,  Thomas Pratt,

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.

Associate Editors:

Fabian Bonilla is a seismologist at the Université Paris Est, France. He received a PhD in Geological Sciences in 2000 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the supervision of Ralph Archuleta. He worked at IRSN (the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety) from 2000 to 2010. His research interests are strong-motion seismology, wave propagation in complex media including nonlinear soil behavior, and monitoring of soil dynamic properties using continuous recordings.

Richard Briggs is a research geologist with the USGS in Golden, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his B.S. degree from Stanford University.  He joined USGS after completing a postdoc at Caltech. His interests include earthquake geology, paleoseismology, seismotectonics, and seismic hazard models. Rich joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2016.

Thomas Brocher is a Research Geophysicist in the US Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, California, where he recently served as Center Director.  He received his B.S. in geology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and his Ph.D. in geophysics from Princeton University in 1980.  He came to the USGS in 1985 after leading research cruises for the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research interests include seismotectonics, imaging crustal structure, simulating ground motions in 3D crustal structure, and hazard assessment. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2016.

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.

Fabrice Cotton is a Professor in the Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Potsdam and the head of the seismic hazard and stress field section of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). He received a PhD in Geophysics in 1995 at the Joseph-Fourier University (Grenoble, France). He worked at IRSN (the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety) from 1999 to 2001 and was a Professor at the Joseph-Fourier University from 2001 to 2014. His research interests include source studies, strong-motion seismology and stable continental regions seismic-hazard evaluation.

Luis Angel Dalguer is a seismologist and structural engineer. He received his first PhD in structural engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and a second PhD in Geophysics (Seismology) from Kyoto University in 2002. In 2018 he opened his own consulting company “3Q-Lab GmbH” providing professional service on seismology and earthquake engineering related problems. He is advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on issues related to seismic hazard for nuclear installations. Previously, he was working for the nuclear industry in Swissnuclear as seismic hazard and structural analysis specialist; He also served in research positions at the Swiss seismological service (SED), ETH-Zurich; at San Diego State University, at University of Tokyo, at University of Kyoto. His main research is on physics-based earthquake rupture for near-source ground motion modeling and their engineering applications. His interest includes seismic hazard assessment (probabilistic and deterministic), near-source ground motion evaluation, ground motion prediction equations, site effects, ground motion selection for engineering application, earthquake-resistant structural analysis and design, fragility curves development, risk mitigation. Luis joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2013.

John Douglas is a Senior 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 PhD from the University of London (Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK) in 2001 and his Habilitation à diriger des recherches from the Université de Grenoble (France) in 2010. His principal research interest is seismic-hazard assessment, in particular ground-motion prediction, including compiling a GMPE compendium ( John joined the editorial board of BSSA in July 2011.

Delphine D. Fitzenz is a Senior Principal Modeler in the Model Development team at RMS, in the Earthquake Source Modeling Team. 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 recurrence modeling from earthquake geology data, fault mechanics, in particular the role of fluids in faulting, and sensitivity of probabilistic earthquake risk models to earthquake source modeling and assumptions. Delphine was on the editorial board of BSSA from July 2013 to July 2016 and is joining again as of April 2018.

Matthew Gerstenberger is a seismologist and Principal Scientist at GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand in the Earth Structures and Processes Department. He received his Ph.D. in aftershock hazard assessment from ETH-Zürich in 2003. His research interests include probabilistic assessment of earthquake hazards, modelling of uncertainty, time-dependent modelling, statistical seismology, and testing of earthquake forecast models. He leads the development of the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model.  Matthew joined the editorial board of BSSA in 2012.

Ronni Grapenthin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at New Mexico Tech. He received a PhD in Geophysics in 2012 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he studied volcanoes with GPS. From 2012-2014 he worked on earthquake rapid source modeling and the integration of real-time GNSS into earthquake early warning systems at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the study of large earthquakes and warning systems through the combination of geodetic and seismic data sets.

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.

YoungHee Kim is an associate professor in School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Seoul National University, South Korea. She received her Ph.D. in Geophysics at Caltech in 2011 and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in 2011-2012. Her principal research interests focus on the use of seismic array data to provide insights into processes occurring in the crust and mantle. Her recent research interests focus on lithosphere structure/processes via body-wave seismic imaging, locating and characterizing earthquakes, and tectonics. YoungHee joined the editorial board of BSSA in May 2019.

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.

Sheri Molnar is an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Victoria then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Earthquake Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include strong motion seismology, site effects and non-invasive techniques for earthquake site characterization, seismic hazard microzonation mapping and simulation of earthquake ground motions and site response. Sheri joined the editorial board of BSSA in September 2018.

Adrien Oth is a senior seismologist and the scientific director of the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS) in Luxembourg. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Karlsruhe in 2007. His research interests include earthquake source parameters and seismic wave propagation, strong-motion analysis and ground motion models, earthquake early warning systems, site effects, and volcano seismology. Adrien joined the editorial board of BSSA in November 2017.

Stefano Parolai is the director of the SeismologicalResearch Centre at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) in Italy. 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.

Adrian Rodriguez-Marek is a Professor in the Geotechnical Engineering program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech). He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering with a focus on ground motion predictions, site response, and seismic hazard analysis. He joined the editorial board of BSSA in January 2017.

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.

Mark Stirling is the inaugural Chair/Professor of Earthquake Science at the University of Otago, and is a seismologist with a multidisciplinary background in geology and seismology. He specialises in the integration of geological, seismological and geodetic datasets for seismotectonic and seismic hazard modelling. He moved to his present position in February 2016, and prior to that was a Principal Scientist at GNS Science. He led the development of the last three versions of the national seismic hazard model for New Zealand (1998, 2002 and 2012), which is the hazard basis for the New Zealand Loadings Standard. He has worked extensively in industry-funded projects in the building construction, hydroelectric power, nuclear, and development aid sectors, and is widely recognised for his pioneering collaborative work with US colleagues on the use of historical and geological observations to validate seismic hazard models. He has been the recipient of two Otto Glogau Awards from the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering for his publications, was Society President for the period 2004-2006, and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2007. He has served on the editorial board since 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 co-founded ESG Solutions, and served as Director of Mining and Geotechnical Services, and then Executive Vice-President. He was also guest professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at Xiamen University in China. Cezar is adjunct professor with the Department of Mining Engineering at Queen’s University. 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 with Lettis Consultants International in Walnut Creek, California.  For the past 41 years, he has the evaluated the seismic hazards of more than 700 important and critical facilities worldwide.  He serves as a consultant to numerous federal, state, and local government agencies.  Ivan’s research interests focus on areas relevant to seismic hazard and risk assessments including seismotectonics, seismicity, strong motion seismology, both empirical and numerical ground motion modeling, site response analysis, and induced seismicity.  Ivan has also served in a number of roles for the  Earthquake Engineering Research Institute including 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.