Dr. Walter Mooney, USGS, Menlo Park

Posted by pkm at Jan 15, 2015 07:24 AM |

Walter D. Mooney is a research seismologist at the Earthquake Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA.  He was introduced to seismology in 1972 by Jack Oliver and Bryan Isacks while he was an undergraduate at Cornell University (1969-1973).  He completed a Ph.D. (1979) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Robert Meyer on the deep structure of the South American Andes from seismic-refraction measurements, also spending time in 1976 in Karlsruhe, Germany with Karl Fuchs and Claus Prodehl. After completing his Ph.D. he began working at the USGS, becoming head of the Seismology Branch from 1994-1997.  He has been a visiting professor at several universities: Kiel, Strassburg, Paris, Rice, and Jilin and Wuhan (both China).  He is a consulting professor of geophysics at Stanford University.

Walter is interested in the structure, composition and evolution of the continental lithosphere. He has published widely on this topic, primarily using seismological and potential fields data. He is the co-author, together with Claus Prodehl, of the 800-page monograph “The Earth’s Crust: History and Results from Controlled Source Seismology” (Geol. Soc. Am. Memoir 218, 2012).  Since 1982 he has collaborated closely with seismologists in China, where he is a foreign guest professor and frequent visitor to the China Earthquake Administration. One of his current projects concerns the crustal and upper mantle structure beneath the greater Red Sea region based on 160 newly-installed broadband seismometers. He is also actively engaged in earthquake and tsunami research, and was the USGS coordinator of a successful effort to create a tsunami early warning system in Indonesia and other countries in the Indian Ocean region.

He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, which also presented him the George P. Woollard Award for geophysical contributions to geology. He collects vintage (1960s) British sports cars, particularly Jaguar, MG and Triumph, some of which are currently in good running condition.

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