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Academic Training:

  • Physics B.S. (distinction and departmental honors), Harvey Mudd College, 1975; Marine Geophysics Ph.D.,
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, 1980
  • Chartered Statistician, 2003

Academic Positions:

  • 1980-1982: Postdoctoral Research Geophysicist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
  • 1982-1985: Assistant Research Geophysicist, IGPP, Univ. California at San Diego
  • 1985-1986: Associate Research Geophysicist, IGPP, Univ. California at San Diego
  • 1985-1986: J Robert Oppenheimer Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1986-1991: Member of the Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories
  • 1991-1993: Associate Scientist with Tenure, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 1993-present: Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 2017-present: Walter A. & Hope Noyes Smith Chair for Excellence in Oceanography

Academic Record:

Over 122 papers published, 2 books, 2 patents, over 7,000 citations, h-index of 47. See google scholar link

5 Post-Doctoral Fellows trained, 4 Ph.D. students graduated



34 oceanographic cruises, 20 as chief scientist

Expert witness in 3 patent litigation trials

Co-editor of the academia and industry standard MT textbook - The Magnetotelluric Method: Theory and Practice


Industry Collaborations & Engagement:

Geosystem, Shell, Schlumberger, PGS


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Alan D Chave

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