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Ken Hudnut is the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Mission Area. He works to understand and explain natural hazards in order to help people; he is responsible for ensuring USGS hazards science is being applied to help solve societally relevant problems. In 2017, the American Geophysical Union selected him to receive the Mueller Award for distinguished service and leadership. To help understand the San Andreas Fault system and the behavior of faults in general, he has studied earthquakes worldwide using satellite & airborne imagery along with field work to provide ground truth. He has served as a geophysicist studying earthquakes for the USGS office in Pasadena, California since 1992. Before joining USGS, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where he serves on the faculty as a Visiting Associate in Geophysics. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1989, and his A.B. (high honors) from Dartmouth in 1983.
Photo caption: Hudnut indicates surface rupture where the maximum co-seismic fault slip of 45 cm from the 24 August 2014 South Napa earthquake (MW 6.0) occurred (USGS photo by Dale Cox).