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Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, SAFRR Project

U.S. Geological Survey

Speaking At:
Potential for Megadisasters
June 25, 2013 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 147A
Topic: Hazards

Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She currently serves as Science Advisor for Risk Reduction in the Natural Hazards Mission of the US Geological Survey, leading long-term science planning for natural hazards research. She also leads the SAFRR Project: Science Application for Risk Reduction to apply USGS science to reduce risk in communities across the Nation.

In 2006, Dr. Jones created and led the innovative Multi Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP) in Southern California that integrated hazard science with economic analysis and emergency response to increase resilience to natural disasters. Major products of MHDP included the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario and the Great ShakeOut, a public emergency preparedness event that began with 5 million people in southern California in 2008 and has expanded to more than 19 million people around the world in 2012; the ARkStorm scenario, a model of a great storm in California; and the Southern California Debris Flow Warning System (in partnership with the National Weather Service).

Dr. Jones has authored over 100 papers on research seismology with primary interest in earthquake statistics and integrated disaster scenarios, especially in southern California.  She serves on the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council and was a Commissioner of the California Seismic Safety Commission from 2002 to 2009. She has received numerous awards, including the Alquist Award from the California Earthquake Safety Foundation, Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior, Woman of the Year from the California Science Center and the Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievements in Science Communication from the USGS.

Dr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University in 1976 and a Ph. D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.  Dr. Jones, a fourth-generation resident of southern California, currently lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Dr. Egill Hauksson, also a seismologist.