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Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Earthquakes, Quaternary faults, and seismic hazard in New Zealand and beyond

Mark Stirling IPLPresented by Professor Mark Stirling
Department of Geology

Professor Stirling is a seismologist with a multidisciplinary background in geology and seismology. He specialises in the integration of geological, seismological and geodetic datasets for seismotectonic and seismic hazard modelling.

He moved to his present position in the Department of Geology at Otago in February 2016, and prior to that was a Principal Scientist at GNS Science. He has led the development of the last three versions of the national seismic hazard model for New Zealand (1998, 2002 and 2012), which is the hazard basis for the New Zealand Loadings Standard.

Having worked extensively in industry-funded projects in the building construction, hydroelectric power, nuclear, and development aid sectors, Professor Stirling is widely recognised for his pioneering collaborative work with US colleagues on the use of historical and geological observations to validate seismic hazard models. He currently contributes to the development of national seismic and volcanic hazard models in New Zealand, applying the unifying principles of hazard modelling to these disparate perils.

A recipient of two Otto Glogau Awards from the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering for his publications, he was Society President for the period 2004-2006, and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2007. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, and has served on oversight committees for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation over the period 2009-12.

In his lecture, Professor Stirling will describe some important and exciting developments in the multidisciplinary field of earthquake science, drawing from his most profound and exciting career experiences along the way (e.g. Kaikoura earthquake mapping). He will also take a little time to describe the influences that shaped his career path from an early age.

Professor Stirling was featured in the October 2016 Otago Magazine. Read the article on Seismic Science.

Date Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Inaugural Professorial Lecture
LocationArchway 1 Lecture Theatre
Contact NameJenny Leyden
Contact Phone64 3 479 7534

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