Dr. Lucy Jones Bio

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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 the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction for the Natural Hazards Mission of the US Geological Survey, leading the 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 in urban areas with economic analysis and emergency response to increase resilience to natural disasters. Major products of the MHDP included the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario that led to the creation of the Great California ShakeOut, a public emergency preparedness event involving over 7 million people; 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 90 papers on research seismology with primary interest in the physics of earthquakes, foreshocks and earthquake hazard assessment, 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 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.

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