Mary Lou Zoback

Mary Lou Zoback Chetlain ( born July 5, 1952 in Sanford ( Florida)) is an American geophysicist and geologist.

Zoback studied geology and geophysics at Stanford University, where she 1974 their Bachelor's degree, Master's degree in 1975 and was made ​​in 1978 received his doctorate in geophysics. Since 1979 she is with the United States Geological Survey, initially as a Fellow of the National Research Council of the United States 1978/79, where she investigated geothermal flows. 1990/91 she was in a sabbatical year at the University of Karlsruhe as Gilbert Fellow of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Zoback deals with questions and tectonic earthquakes, in particular the. Situ stress field in the earth's crust and its relationship to deformation by earthquakes 1986 to 1992 she headed the World Stress Map Project of the International Lithosphere Program. She examined the voltages on the San Andreas Fault and was from 1990 to 1992 during the investigation team for the proposed U.S. repository for nuclear waste in the Yucca Mountains.

Zoback is engaged in prominent positions in earthquake safety issues. She was Chief Scientist of the Earthquake Hazards Team of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park and was regional coordinator of the Northern California Earthquake Hazards Program. In 2006, she headed the organizing committee for the activities ( Earthquake Centennial Alliance) to commemorate the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Give advice regarding the seismic hazard ( Vice President Earthquake Risk Applications) at the company Risk Management Solutions in Newark ( California). In 2006 she received the Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction Award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

1985-1989 she was a member of Geodynamics Committee of the National Research Council.

She is married to Mark Zoback since 1973.

In 1987, she received the James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the 2007 Public Service Award and the Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological Society of America. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America ( in whose advice she was and whose she was chairman in 2000 ) and the National Academy of Sciences (1995).


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