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Speaker Biography: Mary Lou Zoback

Mary Lou Zoback Dr. Mary Lou Zoback

Senior Research Scientist,
USGS Menlo Park
Research Geophysicist at the U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA. B.S. 1974, M.S. 1975, and Ph.D., 1978, all in Geophysics and all from Stanford University. National Research Council Post-Doc 1978-1979 with USGS Heat Flow Studies group, research scientist in the Earthquake Studies office at the USGS since 1979, presently in Seismology Branch.

Major area of interest is active tectonics, with emphasis on the relationship of the in-situ tectonic stress field to earthquake deformation. Regions of interest range from the Basin and Range province, the San Andreas fault system, and intraplate regions. Leader, World Stress Map Project of the International Lithosphere Program (1986-1992), this project involved more than 40 scientists from over 30 different countries with the objective of compiling and interpreting geologic and geophysical data on the present day tectonic stress field to infer the relative magnitudes of the different forces acting on the lithosphere. Lead to a special issue of JGR, July 1992.

Past member of U. S. Geodynamics Committee (National Research Council); Editorial Board, GEOLOGY; NSF review panel for the Continental Dynamics program; and National Research Council Panel on Coupled Hydrologic/Tectonic/Hydrothermal Systems at Yucca Mountain. Past member of Geological Society of America Council and Executive Board; past-President, GSA Cordilleran Section; past-Chair, GSA Geophysics Division. Honors: AGU Macelwane Award (1987), Elected National Academy of Sciences (1995), USGS Gilbert Fellowship Award for a one year sabbatical in Karlsruhe, Germany (1990-1991), Fellow, GSA (1984), Fellow, AGU (1987).
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