Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes is the title of a lecture to be offered by Dr. Justin Rubinstein at the Cosmosphere at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30th as part of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismological Society of America Distinguished Lectureship outreach program.
Rubinstein is a seismologist and Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. His research focuses on the ongoing surge of seismicity in the central United States and its relationship to oil and gas operations.
“As an International Science Education Center, one of our goals is to be the source for current content on a broad range of science-related topics,” said Dick Hollowell, Cosmosphere CEO. “When we learned Dr. Rubinstein was available to speak on a topic that is of so much current interest in our region, we felt it was a natural match.”
Dr. Rubinstein’s work includes developing methods to estimate the likelihood of earthquakes induced by oil and gas operations and field studies of seismicity in the Raton Basin (southern Colorado and northern New Mexico) and the Mississippi Lime Play (southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma). Dr. Rubinstein has worked on many topics related to earthquakes including: earthquake forecasting, controls on earthquake ground shaking, and causes of damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake near Los Angeles.
Rubinstein received his Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his Master’s and Doctorate from Stanford University.
Dr. Justin Rubenstein
For more than 10 years, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismological Society of America have been proud to offer fascinating non-technical presentations on seismology-related topics to general audiences across the United States through its IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship Program. Each speaker is an expert in his/her specific research area and is skilled in effectively communicating new and exciting findings to the public. Lectures are typically presented at science museums, universities or similar settings as part of the venues’ established speaker series.