Staff and Faculty

We are scientists, engineers, data analysts, field technicians and educators with a shared passion for working in the evolving geology of Alaska. We are motivated by the reality that some of the great tragedies of our time are caused by earthquakes, as well as the knowledge that earthquakes are a powerful tool for understanding our landscape and the resources it contains.

Michael West
State Seismologist
Brad Lobland
Director of Operations
Natalia Ruppert
Senior Scientist & Project Manager
Matt Gardine
Systems Manager
Heather McFarlin
Seismic Data Manager
Lea Gardine
Seismologist & Communications Manager
Nate Murphy
Interim Field Manager
Samantha Wiser
Executive Assistant
Beth Grassi
Science Communications Specialist
Ezgi Karasozen
Alexandra Farrell
Stephen Holtkamp
Product Analyst
Shila Cotton
Science Outreach Specialist
Michael Place
Field Engineer
Oliver Wood
Web Administrator
Kenneth Becker
Seismic Data Analyst
Natalia Kozyreva
Lead Seismic Data Analyst
Mitch Robinson
System Administrator
Gabriel Low
K-12 Outreach Specialist
Sam Jeffries
Field Technician
Elena Suleimani
Tsunami Modeler
Ron Wilkes
Seismic Data Analyst
Dmitry Nicolsky
Tsunami Modeler
Ayumi Bakken
Seismic Data Analyst
Mathilde Wimez
Field Technician


Gabrielle Davy
Undergraduate Geoscience Student
Alex Fozkos
Geophysics Research Student
Sebin John
PhD Geophysics Student
Luke Martin
Mathematics Undergraduate
Michelle Reaume
Geoscience Undergraduate
Sarah Noel
PhD. Geophysics Student