Dr. Robert B. Smith to present latest research on Yellowstone Hotspot

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Teton Science Schools will host world renowned Yellowstone geologist, Dr. Robert B. Smith for a free community lecture “The Anatomy of Old Faithful and New Findings on the Yellowstone Hotspot” this Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools (TSS). Join Dr. Smith as he presents the first public release of the Old Faithful seismic imaging project, the first such images ever created of the iconic geyser. He will also share his latest research on the Yellowstone plume and new imaging of Yellowstone's magma reservoirs and unprecedented ups and downs of the Yellowstone caldera measured by GPS. This special lecture also commemorates Bob's 59th year of fieldwork and research on Yellowstone’s volcanoes and earthquakes. Dr. Smith is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah and a Teton Science Schools’ Emeritus Board Member. His work was recently featured in the May edition of National Geographic Magazine which focused on Yellowstone National Park. His deep involvement with Teton Science Schools dates back to the 1970’s. Dr. Smith is eager to share his latest research with the Jackson Hole community and TSS. Teton Science Schools’ Executive Director Chris Agnew stated, “We are happy to welcome Dr. Bob Smith back to Teton Science Schools and the Jackson Hole Community. Bob's deep commitment to Teton Science Schools for nearly five decades is profound. We're happy to see National Geographic's recognition of Dr. Smith's outstanding contributions to science in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through their May issue. We look forward to learn about his most recent Yellowstone research.” Dr. Smith has a distinguished career in geophysics working on earthquake, crustal deformation and education and outreach. He has B.S. and M.S. from Utah State University and a Ph.D. University of Utah. He completed a Postdoc at Columbia University and visiting professorships at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. Early in his career Bob served as Director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) and implemented the first UUSS dedicated real-time computer system. Bob works on observations and modeling of lithospheric structure, earthquakes and volcanoes, GPS studies of crustal motion, seismicity and evolution of the Yellowstone hotspot. He has conducted pioneering geophysics investigations of the Yellowstone hotspot, the Basin-Range Province, Wasatch Front and Swiss-French-Italian Alps. His book with co-author Lee Siegel, “Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks”, is the most popular public document on this subject. In addition to Teton Science Schools, Dr. Smith has been a member of numerous boards and foundations including co-founder of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, IRIS; co-founder, University geodetic and GPS Consortium for Geoscience Research, UNAVCO; chairperson of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and co-founder and chair of EarthScope, the first national earth science research program. *Feature Photo: Dr. Robert Smith. h/t Teton Science Schools / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news