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1975 …2020

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Research Interests

Professor Stein’s research focuses on investigating plate boundary processes and deformation within the lithosphere using a range of techniques including seismology, space-based geodesy, and marine geophysics. At present, one major effort focuses on the evolution of North America's Midcontinent rift and of rifting processes worldwide. Another looks at a variety of topics dealing with earthquake hazard mitigation science and policy, including the fact that commonly used earthquake hazard mapping methods sometimes fail to predict what happens in large destructive earthquakes. Prof. Stein and colleagues are exploring how to assess how well these maps work, what causes the large uncertainties involved, and how to do better. Other topics include ongoing or past studies of earthquakes and earthquake zones that give insight into tectonic processes. These include the New Madrid seismic zone, the 2011 Virginia earthquake, the 2001 Bhuj earthquake in India, the 2004 Sumatra earthquake, 2011 Tohoku earthquake, and the Andes. Some studies, focusing on the thermal evolution of oceanic lithosphere, are cooperative projects with his wife Carol, who is on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Education/Academic qualification

Geophysics, PhD, California Institute of Technology

… → 1978

Geophysics, MS, California Institute of Technology

… → 1977

Earth and Planetary Sciences, BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 1975

Research interests

  • Earthquake hazard mapping
  • North America's midcontinent rift
  • Tectonic processes

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Research Output

Earthquake supercycles and Long-Term Fault Memory

Salditch, L., Stein, S., Neely, J., Spencer, B. D., Brooks, E. M., Agnon, A. & Liu, M., Jan 5 2020, In : Tectonophysics. 774, 228289.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Tectonic implications of the gravity signatures of the Midcontinent Rift and Grenville Front

    Elling, R. P., Stein, S., Stein, C. A. & Keller, G. R., Mar 5 2020, In : Tectonophysics. 778, 228369.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Assessments of the performance of the 2017 one-year seismic-hazard forecast for the central and eastern United States via simulated earthquake shaking data

    Brooks, E. M., Neely, J., Stein, S. A., Salditch, L. & Spencer, B. D., Jan 1 2019, In : Seismological Research Letters. 90, 3, p. 1155-1167 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Correction to: Real-time national GPS networks: opportunities for atmospheric sensing (Earth, Planets and Space, (2000), 52, 11, (901-905), 10.1186/BF03352303)

    Ware, R. H., Fulker, D. W., Stein, S. A., Anderson, D. N., Avery, S. K., Clark, R. D., Droegemeier, K. K., Kuettner, J. P., Minster, J. & Sorooshian, S., Dec 1 2019, In : Earth, Planets and Space. 71, 1, 46.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access
  • P Wave Teleseismic Traveltime Tomography of the North American Midcontinent

    Bollmann, T. A., van der Lee, S., Frederiksen, A. W., Wolin, E., Revenaugh, J., Wiens, D. A., Darbyshire, F. A., Stein, S., Wysession, M. E. & Jurdy, D., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 124, 2, p. 1725-1742 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Scopus citations