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Dr. Uri S. ten Brink

  U.S. Geological Survey,
Woods Hole Science Center

Quissett Campus, 384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1598

Tel. (508) 457-2396
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  1977-1980    B.Sc.   Geology and Physics, The Hebrew University, Israel.
  1981-1986 Ph.D. Geological Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University


  1981-present:   Research geophysicist, USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Project chief Marine geohazards: Sources and probability
Project chief Tsunami hazard assessment for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts (US-Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
Project chief USGS ocean bottom seismometers
  2013: Professor and Chairman, Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa
  1999-present: Adjunct Scientist, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  1991-1996: Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University.
  1987-1991: Post-doctoral scholar, Stanford University.
  1986-1987: Post-doctoral scholar, Tel Aviv University.


  Member, UNESCO-IOC Working Group on tsunamis and other hazards, 2011 - present.
  Member, NSF panel evaluating the management structure of the ocean bottom seismometer facilities, 2011.
  Guest editor- Marine Geology "Assessment of tsunami hazards to the U.S. Atlantic coast", 2009.
  Member, IODP evaluation panel for multi-leg ‘mission’ proposals, 2007.
  Leader- Reports and Presentations about tsunami hazard in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts to Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NOAA NTHMP, FEMA, NOAA Weather service, National Research Council, 2006 - present
  Associate Editor - Terra Nova, 2007 - 2012.
  USGS representative to the National Association of State Boards of Geology, 2004-2007
  Member, NSF-MARGINS Steering Committee, 2004-2007
  Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1996 - 1998
  Member, Ocean Drilling Program Tectonics Panel, 1992-1996
  Search committee member for an editor for the journal Tectonics, 1995
  Tectonophysics Section chairman and organizing committee member, Fall AGU meeting, 1994
  Tectonophysics Section member and organizing committee member, Fall AGU meeting, 1993
  Member, Advisory committee on the Antarctic Lithosphere to OPP, NSF, 1990 – 1994


Partial advisor for six Ph.D. students from Stanford University, MIT, MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Columbia University, and the University of Madrid. Ph.D. Committee member for additional five students from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and from Tel Aviv University. Supervisor/co-supervisor of nine post-doctoral fellows funded by the joint WHOI/USGS and USGS Mendenhall programs. Supervisor of one Fulbright Scholar and undergraduate projects.


  31 cruises (21 as chief scientist)
  3 over-ice land traverses, Antarctica (co-chief)
  3 Airborne magnetic, land gravity, and seismic surveys Dead Sea rift (co-chief)


  2010 – Senior Scientist (ST), Federal government.
  2007/8 – Distinguished Lecturer – Seismological Society of America/ IRIS.
  1996 - Fellow, Geological Society of America.
  1990 - Royal Society of New Zealand annual prize for Geophysics.


Tectonic processes, the temperature field, and the rheology of the crust and upper mantle of continental margins in regions characterized by strike-slip motion, rifting, subduction, and large sediment loads. The effects of tectonic and sedimentary processes and properties on earthquake, landslide, and tsunami hazards. Initiation and evolution of submarine landslides and canyons. The development and implementation of acquisition and processing techniques for seismic, acoustic, and potential field data. Exploration of Polar Regions to assess their past and present environmental impact on global climate change.
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