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


  1991-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
  2015-present Editor in Chief, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
  2013-present 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


  Chairman, U.S.-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation panel for Earth and Atmospheric sciences, 2015
  Member - Netherlands Science Foundation panel on Caribbean natural and social sciences, 2014
  Member, ITU-WMO-UNESCO/IOC Joint Task Force on Submarine Cables for Tsunami Warnings and Scientific Research, 2013
Co-convenor, Workshop on landslide tsunami probability, 2011
  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


Advisor for 3 Ph.D. students and 1 M.Sc. student at the University of Haifa. Partial advisor for eight Ph.D. students and an M.Sc. student from Stanford University, MIT, MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Columbia University, the University of Madrid, and the University of Haifa. Ph.D. Committee member for additional five students from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and from Tel Aviv University. Supervisor/co-supervisor of ten post-doctoral fellows funded by the joint WHOI/USGS, Helmsley Foundation, and USGS Mendenhall programs. Supervisor of one Fulbright Scholar and undergraduate projects.


  39 cruises (25 as chief scientist)
  3 over-ice land traverses, Antarctica (co-chief scientist)
  3 Airborne magnetic, land gravity, and seismic surveys Dead Sea rift (co-chief scientist)


  2016 – Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  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


Quantifying tectonic and morphological processes and their impacts on the assessments of tsunami, landslide, and earthquake hazards. Bridging gaps between disciplines in Earth Sciences.
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