what I do
The Alaska Earthquake Center is charged with detecting and reporting seismic activity in the state of Alaska. As director, I ensure that the center is meeting the needs of Alaska and meeting the needs of the agencies and organizations that rely on our information. The center operates the primary earthquake monitoring network in Alaska. New research is continually providing enhanced techniques for understanding earthquakes and the tectonics that cause them. In the north Pacific, seismology plays an equally critical role in monitoring volcanoes and tsunamis. Together with the Earthquake Center team, I advocate and develop tools that leverage the seismic infrastructure spanning Alaska. I use my role as State Seismologist to serve as a liaison and advocate for the many communities with a stake in earthquake science. This includes research scientists, educators, emergency managers, engineers, students and the public.