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Brian P. Wernicke
Curriculum Vitae

Date and Place of Birth

26 June 1958
Los Angeles, California

Marital Status

Married; two children

Education

PhD, Earth and Planetary Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982
BS, Geological Sciences, University of Southern California, 1978

Current Position

2001-present: Chandler Family Professor of Geology, California Institute of Technology

Positions Held

  • 2003-2004: Crosby Distinguished Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1992-2001: Professor of Geology, California Institute of Technology
  • 1987-1992: Professor of Geology, Harvard University
  • 1990: Visiting Professor, California Institute of Technology
  • 1986-1987: Associate Professor of Geology, Harvard University
  • 1983-1986: Assistant Professor of Geology, Harvard University
  • 1982-1983: Assistant Professor of Geology, Syracuse University

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa (1978)
  • W.A. Tarr Award for Outstanding Undergraduate in Geological Sciences, University of Southern California (1978)
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award (1985)
  • Honorary A.M. Degree, Harvard University (1987)
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America (1991)
  • Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal), Geological Society of America (1991)
  • Highly Cited Researcher (most-cited 250 in Geosciences category), Institute for Scientific Information (2002)

Professional Service

  • Member, Working Group 3, Second Conference on Scientific Oceanic Drilling (COSOD-II), 1986-1987
  • Panelist, U.S. Geological Survey External Grants Program, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, 1987
  • Member, Continental Margins Committee, Ocean Sciences Board, National Research Council, 1987-1989
  • Member, Panel on Coupled Hydrologic/Tectonic/Hydrothermal Processes at Yucca Mountain, Board on Radioactive Waste Management, National Research Council, 1990-1992
  • Member, Antarctic Lithosphere Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation, 1990-1991
  • Corresponding Member, Working Group 3, Team D, Interunion Commission on the Lithosphere, 1986-1990
  • Editorial Board, Geology, 1990-1992
  • Panelist, Continental Dynamics Program, Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation, 1993-1996
  • Member, Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) Selection Committee, Geological Society of America, 1996-1998
  • Member, Earthscope Plate Boundary Observatory Steering Committee, Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation, 1999-present
  • Editor-in-Chief, Tectonics, 2000-present

Research Interests

Tectonic evolution of the continental lithosphere through judicious combination of field observation and geophysical and geochemical methods; physical processes governing the large-scale structural evolution of mountain belts, especially extension of the continental crust and processes in the deep lithosphere; GPS geodesy and neotectonics, especially earthquakes and slow episodic deformations revealed through comparison of geodetic and geologic measurements.