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Erin Burkett

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Dr. Erin R. Burkett serves as a Geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Project, working to facilitate the implementation and understanding of natural hazards science.  Partners and users of SAFFR's science, projects, and resources range between individual members of the community and decision-makers in the public and private sectors. 


Dr. Burkett received a B.S. in Physics and a Minor in Art from the University of Delaware in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of California, Davis in 2010.  During post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), her involvement in communication of earthquake science through talks and tours in the Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory, which included collaboration with USGS scientists, led to her opportunity to work with the USGS SAFRR group. 


Dr. Burkett is currently involved in projects including earthquake, tsunami, and winter storm scenarios (e.g., ShakeOut, HayWired, Tsunami Scenario, and ARkStorm), as well as planning and messaging for the earthquake early warning system (ShakeAlert) in development for the West Coast of the U.S. (see Fact Sheet), helping translate hazard science and provide resources for better understanding and application by users and stakeholders.  She also facilitates SAFRR communications by coordinating or accepting speaking requests as well as creating regular SAFRR Newsletters to share project highlights and updates.

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Burkett, Erin R., Douglas D. Given, and Lucile M. Jones. ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States West Coast: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014– 3083, 4 p.,, 2014.

Burkett, Erin R., and Michael Gurnis. Stalled Slab Dynamics. Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L249.1, 2012.

Burkett, Erin R., and Magali I. Billen. Three-dimensionality of slab detachment due to ridge- trench collision: Laterally simultaneous boudinage versus tear propagation. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol. 11, Q11012, 21 PP., doi:10.1029/2010GC003286, 2010.

Burkett, Erin R. Dynamics of the Detachment of Subducted Tectonic Plates: Rheologic Controls and Ridge-Trench Interactions, Doctoral Dissertation (UC Davis), ProQuest/UMI, Publication number 3422705, 2010.

Burkett, Erin R., and Magali I. Billen. Dynamics and Implications of Slab Detachment Due to Ridge-Trench Collision. J. Geophys. Res., 114, B12402, doi:10.1029/2009JB006402, 2009.

Andrews (Burkett), Erin R., and Magali I. Billen. Rheologic controls on the dynamics of slab detachment. Tectonophysics, 464, 60-69, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2007.09.004, 2009. 


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Natural Hazardsearthquake preparedness
Natural Hazardshazards
Natural Hazardstsunamis

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A National Hazard, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

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Erin Burkett
525 535 South Wilson Street
Pasadena, CA 91106
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