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Daniel Brothers

Research Geophysicist

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Research Geophysicist

Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Santa Cruz, CA

2013 – Present


Research Geophycisist

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

2011 – 2013 

USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Fellow

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

2009 – 2011


Ph.D. 2009

Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

B.A. 2004

Department of Geological Sciences

University of Colorado, Boulder


Skarke, A., C. Ruppel, M. Kodis, D. Brothers, E. Lobecker, Widespread methane leakage from the sea floor on the northern US Atlantic margin, 2014, Nature Geoscience, 7, 657–661. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., C. Ruppel, J. Kluesner, J.D. Chaytor, U.S. ten Brink, J.C Hill, C. Flores, B. Andrews, 2014, Evidence for seabed fluid expulsion along the upper slope and outer shelf of the U.S. Atlantic margin, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2013GL058048. [Link]

Obelcz, J., D.S. Brothers, J.D. Chaytor, U.S. ten Brink, S. Ross, S. Brooke, 2014, Geomorphic characterization of four shelf-sourced submarine canyons, U.S. Atlantic margin, Deep Sea Research II, v. 104, p. 106–119. [Link]

U.S. ten Brink, J.D. Chaytor, E. Geist, Brothers, D.S., B. Andrews, 2014, Assessment of tsunami hazards to the U.S. Atlantic margin, Marine Geology, v. 353, p. 31–54. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., K. Luttrell, J. Chaytor, 2013, Sea-level–induced seismicity and submarine landslide occurrence, Geology, v. 41, no. 9, 979–982. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., U. ten Brink, B. Andrews, 2013, Geomorphic process fingerprints in submarine canyons, Marine Geology, v. 338, p.46–63. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., U. ten Brink, B. Andrews, J. Chaytor, D. Twichell, 2013, Geomorphic characterization of the US Atlantic continental margin, Marine Geology, v. 337, p.53–66. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., A.J. Harding, A. Gonzalez-Fernandez, W.S. Holbrook, G.M. Kent, N.W. Driscoll, J. Fletcher, D. Lizarralde, P.J. Umhoeffer, G. Axen, 2012, Farallon slab detachment and deformation of the Magdalena Shelf, southern Baja California: Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2011GL050828. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., D.K. Kilb, K. Luttrell, G. Kent, N. Driscoll, 2011, Flood induced rupture of faults beneath the Salton Sea: Nature Geoscience, 4, 486-492. [Link]

Kleppe, J.A., D.S. Brothers, G.M. Kent, F. Biondi, S. Jensen, N.W. Driscoll, 2011, Timing and severity of Medieval drought in the Lake Tahoe Basin: Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 3269–3279. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., N.W. Driscoll, G.M. Kent, A.J. Harding, J.M. Babcock, R.L. Baskin, 2009, Tectonic evolution of the Salton Sea inferred from seismic reflection data: Nature Geoscience, 2, 581-584. [Link]

Brothers, D.S., G.M. Kent, N.W. Driscoll, S.B. Smith, R. Karlin, J.A. Dingler, A.J. Harding, G.G. Seitz, J.M. Babcock, 2009, New constraints on deformation, slip rate, and timing o the most recent earthquake on the West Tahoe-Dollar Point Fault, Lake Tahoe Basin, California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 99, 2A, 499–519. [Link]


1) Andrews, B.D., Chaytor, J.D., ten Brink, U.S., Brothers, D.S., Gardner, J.V., 2013, Bathymetric terrain model of the Atlantic Margin for marine geological investigations. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report. 

2) Obelcz, J. D. Brothers, U. ten Brink, J. Chaytor, C. Worley, E. Moore, Chirp seismic reflection data from Baltimore, Washington, and Norfolk Canyons, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin, USGS Open File Report, 2014-1118.

3) Brothers, D.S., 2009, New insights into tectonic deformation along the North America-Pacific plate boundary: Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, San Diego. 

4) Maloney, J., D. Brothers, J. Babcock, A. Harding, 2009, Integrated earthquake potential offshore San Diego: A marine paleoseismic investigation, USGS National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, Final Report. 


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Natural Hazardshazards
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine geology
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine geophysics
Techniques and Methodsfield methods
Natural Hazardstsunamis
Techniques and Methodsremote sensing
Natural Hazardslandslides
Hydrologic Processeshydrodynamics
Hydrologic Processessediment transport
Natural Hazardsearthquakes

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A National Hazard, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

Continental Margins Research

  • Understanding the interplay between tectonic, sedimentary, climatic processes along continental margins.

  • Combining basic and applied research to identify and assess marine geohazards and offshore resources.

Press and Public Outreach

Contact Information

Daniel Brothers
2831 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-427-4748 - Fax
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