Two presentations in the Geodesy Section were named Outstanding Student Papers at AGU's Spring Meeting in Baltimore, Md.
John Weber presented “Estimation of Site Velocity Gradients from GPS Measurements in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.” Weber received an A.S. (1980) from Moraine Valley Community College, then a B.S. (1982), and an M.S(1987), both in Geology, from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He completed his Ph.D. (1995) research at Northwestern University as a NASA Fellow, and is currently working at RSMAS as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. In his work, he estimates strains and motions in the Caribbean-South America plate boundary zone by comparing historic (1901) triangulation data to 1994 GPS measurements. His research interests are broadly related to kinematics and deformation, mostly in plate boundary zones (ancient and modern), although his Ph.D. research focused on poorly understood intraplate deformation. He applies in his research techniques from both geodesy and structural geology. This fall, he will start a new position as a structural geologist at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.