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James Neely

PhD Candidate

M.S. Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
B.A. Physics and History, Bowdoin College, 2010
Curriculum Vitae


My research focuses on earthquakes, including both seismic hazards and what they tell us about long-term geologic processes. My previous research has included seismicity studies of lithosphere tearing and subsequent transform fault development along the Australia-Pacific subduction zone. Using Coulomb Failure Stress, b-value, and earthquake rupture property analyses, I examined the transform plate boundary development process. Currently, I am studying the seismic hazard posed by earthquakes along the eastern continental margin of North America by examining what the possible maximum earthquake magnitude might be.    

Academic Awards

2016: AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) international competition 2nd place team, Penn State
2015: Dr. Gabriel & Mrs. Katherine Leblanc Fellowship in Geophysics, Penn State
2015: Chesapeake Energy Scholarship in Geoscience, Penn State
2014: Petroleum Geosystems Initiative Fellowship, Penn State
2010: Magna cum Laude, Bowdoin College
2010: Phi Beta Kappa, Bowdoin College
2010: Honors in History for Senior Thesis, Bowdoin College

Teaching Assistantships

2015 – 2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Penn State. Geology of Oil and Gas. Earth History. Natural Disasters.
2008 – 2010: Writing Tutor, Bowdoin College

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