Aron MELTZNER

Research:

I am interested in earthquakes and coastal hazards and, as such, am split between the Earth Observatory's Tectonics and Climate groups. With a background in geology and geomorphology, my current studies involve applications of neotectonics, paleo-seismology, and/or paleo-geodesy to address fundamental questions about earthquake recurrence and repeatability, fault segmentation, fault interactions, and past sea level change. I have an ongoing paleo-seismic trenching study in California, and I am using coral micro-atolls to infer tectonic histories off the west coast of Sumatra, and independently to infer relative sea level histories on the 'stable' Sunda Shelf farther east. I am excited to be collaborating with some leading geochemists on questions at the forefront of geochronology, including problems of initial thorium in U-Th dating and the carbon reservoir correction for 14C dating.

 

Education:
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geology, California Institute of Technology, 2010
  • Master of Science (Geological Sciences), San Diego State University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science with honor (Geology), California Institute of Technology, 2000
Professional Activities:
  • American Geophysical Union

  • Geological Society of America

  • Seismological Society of America

  • Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

  • Advised a total of 2 first-year PhD students and 6 undergraduate interns, in research, since 2012

  • Participant, GeoPRISMS Subduction Cycles & Deformation (SCD) Implementation Workshop, Austin, TX, January 2011

  • 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting co-convener for the special session entitled “Subduction-Zone Segmentation over Multiple Earthquake Cycles”

  • 2009 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting co-convener for the special session entitled “Paleogeodesy at Subduction Zones”

  • 2006 Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting co-convener for the special session entitled “The Giant Sumatran Earthquakes of 2004 and 2005”

  • Development of a website, educational exercises (undergraduate level), and a trail guide for the lay public for the offset of Wallace Creek along the San Andreas fault in the Carrizo Plain. The website URL is http://www.scec.org/wallacecreek/ and the brochure and class exercises are available in PDF format from the website.
Honours and Awards:
  • 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Student Paper Award, Seismology Section, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Student Presentation Award, Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, April 2006, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005 recipient of the Outstanding Student Presentation Award, Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, April 2005, Incline Village, NV
  • 2003–2004 recipient of the Special Institute Fellowship in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship 2002 Honorable Mention awardeerecipient of various awards and scholarships in the Department of Geological Sciences at SDSU, 2001–2003
  • winner of the 2000 Deans’ Cup award (at Caltech), in recognition of efforts to improve the quality of undergraduate life at Caltech and to establish lines of communication with members of the faculty and administration; accompanied by a $200 prize
  • 1999–2000 recipient of the Ian Campbell Award in Geology (at Caltech), for outstanding performance in field geology courses during the 1999–2000 academic year; accompanied by the award of a Brunton Compass
  • 1998–1999 recipient of the Fritz Burns Prize in Geology (at Caltech), in recognition of one’s potential to make a significant contribution in the earth sciences through research; accompanied by a $2500 grant to support ongoing research

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