BSSA Editorial Staff and Board of Editors

Editor-in-Chief: Thomas L. Pratt
Research Geophysicist, U. S. Geological Survey
Email: bssaeditor [at] seismosoc [dot] org

Manuscript Coordinator: Betty Schiefelbein
Email: bssamss [at] seismosoc [dot] org

Production Coordinator: Sarah Tyler
Email: bssaprod [at] seismosoc [dot] org

BSSA Editorial Board

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:

Allison Bent has been a Research Seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada since completing her PhD 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Diego Melgar is assistant researcher in the Seismological Laboratory at the University of California Berkeley. He received his Ph. D. in geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he studied the contributions of real-time geodesy to ground motion and source analysis. His research interests include the study of large earthquakes, tsunamis and warning systems by combination of geodetic, seismic, and oceanographic datasets.

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.

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 at 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.

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 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.

Electronic Supplements Editor:

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.