Faculty

imageJ Ramón Arrowsmith is a Professor of Geology at Arizona State University, and conducts research in active tectonics, quantitative structural geology and geomorphology. These include paleoseismology, earthquake geology, theoretical studies of faulting and hillslope development, and Quaternary Geology and desert surface processes. Active areas of geographic concentration include the San Andreas Fault system, Arizona, central Asia, Xinjiang China, Baja California, and the Afar region of Ethiopia (for the geologic context of paleoanthropologic studies). He also develops geoinformatics tools for cyberinfrastructure in the geosciences emphasizing high resolution topography derived from LiDAR technology.  Dr. Arrowsmith received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1995.


imageChaitan Baru is a Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC San Diego where he also leads the CloudStor group, which is involved in cloud storage research. He has been involved in a number of cyberinfrastructure projects including, as Project Director of the Geosciences Network (GEON, http://www.geongrid.org); Director, NEES Cyberinfrastructure Center (NEESit, http://it.nees.org); and, Cyberinfrastructure Lead, Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring network (TEAM, http://teamnetwork.org). He is also co-PI of the CUAHSI Hydrologic Information Systems (HIS, http://www.cuahsi.org/his.html) and was co-PI of the Cyberinfrastructure Testbed for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) while also serving as a founding member of the NEON Senior Management Team.

Baru’s research interests are in large-scale data systems, cloud computing, data integration, and scientific data management. Prior to SDSC, Baru was at IBM, where he led one of the development teams for DB2 Parallel Edition Version 1 (released Dec 1995). He received his B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and M.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.



imageChris Crosby is currently the geoscience coordinator for GEON and leader of the OpenTopography Portal project at San Diego Supercomputer Center.  Trained as a geologist, he has worked on paleoseismology, earthquake geology, and active tectonics research in the western US, Caribbean, and Central Asia.  He is currently interested in how geoinformatics approaches and cyberinfrastructure can be utilized to manage and improve access to earth science data and processing tools.  Chris is an expert in the management, distribution, processing, and application of high-resolution topography acquired via LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology and has guided the development of the OpenTopography Portal (formerly known as the GEON LiDAR Workflow) since its inception.




imageMatthew J. Fouch (http://fouch.asu.edu) is an Associate Professor of Geophysics in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University.  His primary research interests are seismic imaging of crust and mantle structure and dynamics over a broad range of spatial scales.  He has also recently become focused on aspects of regional earthquake seismicity and triggering. He has been heavily involved in the deployment of several broadband seismic arrays across the world that target regions of specific geologic interest.  In the past decade, he has led or significantly participated in 2 of the largest PI-driven broadband seismic installations in the world. He is also deeply involved with the National Science Foundation’s EarthScope program, the Earth Sciences equivalent of the Hubble Space Telescope, and received a 5-year early career grant from NSF’s EarthScope Science program. He was a recipient the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award, and has authored or coauthored nearly 40 papers in professional journals.




Randy Keller, University of Oklahoma



imageDebi Kilb is the Science Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Visualization Center and she is a Project Scientist at SIO with a specialty in seismology.  Her current research has an emphasis on understanding the underlying source physics of earthquakes and how one earthquake can influence another. She is also active in interdisciplinary studies that include numerous, and often disparate, datasets that must be combined in a manner comprehensible and accessible to a wide range of scientists.  To overcome this hurdle, she and her colleagues use interactive three-dimensional (3-D) computer visualizations as a primary tool for examining and communicating the results of scientific studies.  Debi also participates in over 50 education/outreach programs each year, including the annual SIO Earthquake Education Workshop for 6th grade teachers.  She holds a BA in Mathematics/Computer Science from UCSD, a Masters in Mathematics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Memphis.  She completed a 2-year post-doc at Princeton University before coming to SIO in 2001.

Website: http://eqinfo.ucsd.edu/~dkilb


imageSriram Krishnan is a Senior Distributed Systems Researcher at SDSC. He is the Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF CluE Award and an SDSC Triton Research Opportunities (TRO) award, for the investigation of performance of alternative strategies for provisioning data intensive applications. He is also the Lead Architect of the Services Oriented Architectures (SOA) for the National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR) and the OpenTopography projects. In the recent past, he was the Technical Project Manager and Software Architect for NEESit, which provides technology tools and infrastructure to enable earthquake engineers to remotely participate in experiments, perform hybrid simulations, organize and share data, and collaborate with colleagues. Dr. Krishnan received his Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science department at Indiana University in 2004. 


imageKai Lin is a Programmer Analyst at the San San Diego Supercomputer Center.  He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Lin’s current research interests include databases, data management, cyberinfrastructure, geoinformatics, and software engineering.


imageJohn Moreland is a senior Visualization Scientist at UCSD’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He specializes in scientific visualization, 3D computer graphics programming, and software/hardware design for advanced display systems. He has been an inventor on patents for advanced computer display systems. He has co-authored several books on the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), and has published numerous peer-reviewed technical papers on a wide variety of subjects in the field of computer science.  John has taught scientific visualization, advanced code optimization, and on many other technical topics at conferences worldwide including SIGGRAPH, Supercomputing, Internet World Asia, and Web Developers. He has also lectured for classes at UCSD, UT-Austin, UCSC, Hong Kong City Polytechnic, NASA/JPL, Cadence Design Systems, and many other venues.


imageDavid Nadeau is a computer scientist at SDSC/UCSD where he specializes in scientific and information visualization.  His animation work visualizing nebula is part of several planetarium shows, and his software tools have been used to visualize data from differing fields as microbiology to geoscience.  Written together with John Moreland, he has two published books on 3D computer graphics.  Nadeau has a Ph.D. from UCSD in Computer Engineering.


imageViswanath Nandigam is a Data Architect in the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Developement Group at SDSC. His research interests include scientific data acquisition and management, data intensive application development, parallel and federated database systems and information integration. He is also affiliated with the CloudStor Group at SDSC which engages in research and development related to data intensive cloud computing. Viswanath is currently the technical lead for the OpenTopography Facility. He also works on various other projects at SDSC including the NCI funded Cyberinfrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research and the American Red Cross Safe and Well application.


imageStephen Reynolds is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, with wide ranging research interests including structure/tectonics, regional geology of the Southwest, and the role of text and visualization in student learning. He was the first geologist with his own eye-tracking laboratory, which he uses to investigate how students interact with geologic photographs, illustrations, 3D animations, and textbooks. During his time at ASU and the Arizona Geological Survey, Steve authored or edited nearly 200 geologic maps, articles, and reports, including the 1988 Geologic Map of Arizona.  He recently published Exploring Geology (now in its second edition), an innovative college textbook designed from cognitive and educational research. Steve is known for innovative teaching methods, has received numerous teaching awards, and has an award-winning website. He was an NAGT distinguished speaker, is a GSA Fellow, and has received outstanding alumni awards from UTEP and the University of Arizona.



Sarah Robinson is a graduate student at Arizona State University. The focus of her research is on the utilization of LiDAR data for earth science education. This has included the development of several educational activities involving LiDAR for the study of active tectonics. Sarah has participated in and taught at many workshops on LiDAR and its uses in the earth sciences. Sarah received her B.S. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in 2004.




Peter Selkin is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science program at the University of Washington Tacoma. His research focuses on environmental and rock magnetism applied both to magmatic systems and to pollutant characterization. He developed a web page on Google Earth and geoscience education for Carleton College’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC), and has continued to explore the use of online tools to foster investigation and information sharing in environmental history. He received his Ph.D. in Earth Science from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2003.


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