Geoff Blewitt, professor of geosciences at NBMG, has won UNR’s Outstanding Researcher award. The award is given annually to a University faculty member based on a very distinguished record in research or creative activities. The award winner must have contributed a meaningful amount of work while a member of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Prof. Blewitt was hired by NBMG 21 years ago to start a program in the discipline of geodesy and its many scientific applications, including the precise measurement of geology in action today. He has since established the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory, which has installed over 400 GPS stations spanning the Great Basin. These stations are used to measure the buildup of strain in the Earth’s crust that eventually leads to earthquakes that cause permanent displacements, such as the May 15th M6.5 Monte Cristo Range earthquake near Tonopah. He has over 100 publications that have been cited more than 12,000 times, and he has been principal investigator on dozens of projects funded by NASA, NSF, DOE, and USGS, bringing in over $7M in federal grants in just the past 10 years.
You can read about Geoff’s award and his research in this Nevada Today article:
Using worldwide GPS data to study changes in Earth’s crust, from the Ice Age to today—The University’s 2020 Outstanding Researcher award recognizes the amazing discoveries, scientific contributions and career of Geoff Blewitt
by Jane Tors, with contributions by Mike Wolterbeek
Nevada Today, June 5, 2020
“Visionary with a view: Geoff Blewitt, University of Nevada, Reno’s 2020 Outstanding Researcher, at a GPS station overlooking the Truckee Meadows.”
Congratulations to Geoff!