Natural Hazards

Ned Bair

Dylan Rood

My research focuses on the use of several cosmogenic isotopes, including 10Be, 26AI and 36CI as geochemical/geophysical tracers and dating tools. I utilize cosmogenic nuclides to investigate terrestrial climate records, earthquake fault slip rates, erosion rates and landscape evolution, seismic hazard and earthquake ground motions, Earth surface processes, atmospheric circulation, hydrology, burial dating and archeology, and calibration of cosmogenic nuclide production rates.

Doug Burbank

Research Interests:
Tectonic geomorphology; active tectonics; structural and stratigraphic evolution of fold-and-thrust belts and foreland basins; evolution of collisional mountain ranges; kinematics of folding; basin analysis and modeling; analysis of digital topography; sedimentology; magnetostratigraphy; Quaternary paleoclimatology; glacial geology; geodynamics.

Frank Spera

Research applies the methods of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena to study generation, ascent and eruption of magma including interactions between fluids and rocks. Work includes laboratory studies of the viscometric properties of magma as well as studies of the geochemical evolution of magmatic centers. Using methods of Molecular Dynamics to understand the connection between the structure and properties of molten silicates and glasses of significance to petrologic processes.

Cathy Busby

I am a field geologist interested in tectonic reconstructions of dominantly volcanic and sedimentary terrains, using lab techniques such as geochronology, geochemistry, petrography, and paleomagnetics. I publish in a wide array of journal types, on a broad spectrum of topics, including subaerial to deepwater volcanology, sedimentology of active margins, economic geology, tectonophysics, structural geology, petroleum geology, geochronology and geochemistry. I put my students first on most papers, except for some of those that feature my most important ideas.

Leila M. V. Carvalho

Dr. Carvalho is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Researcher at the Earth Research Institute, UCSB. She has a B.S., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests are in regional and large-scale climate variability and modeling, global climate change and scaling processes in geophysics. These topics include (but are not limited to) climate variation and change in monsoon regions, tropical-extratropical interactions, extreme precipitation and temperature, and regional modeling.

Dar Roberts

Dr. Dar Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he started in January 1994. He is the author of over 169 refereed publications, over 15 books/book chapters and over 100 abstracts and non-refereed articles. Research interests include imaging spectrometry, remote sensing of vegetation, spectroscopy (urban and natural cover), land-use/land-cover change mapping with satellite time series, height mapping with lidar, fire danger assessment and, recently remote sensing of methane.


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