Faculty/Staff


Kent, Graham M.

Status: Director & Professor

Dr. Graham M. Kent was appointed Director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009. Previous to his current appointment, Graham was a Research Geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and had been Director of the Visualization Center at Scripps from 2001-2009. Dr. Kent is a native of Lake Tahoe, California, where he graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1980. He attended San Diego State University, where he studied Geophysics and graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 1985. Sooner thereafter, he entered graduate school at Scripps Institution of Oceanography receiving his PhD in 1992. After a 4-year-long appointment at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Graham returned to Scripps to continue his work in geophysics, with an emphasis toward seismic studies of extensional tectonics, ranging from magma chambers beneath mid-ocean ridges to fault hazards at Lake Tahoe. More recently, he led an effort to use advanced visualization techniques to study faulting and volcanic systems. He is married to Stephanie Kent, a Tahoe native, and has two children, Matthew and Christine. Graham was also a NASA Astronaut Finalist, Class of 1996.

Contact Info

Address: Nevada Seismological Laboratory, 1664 N. Virginia Street MS 0174, UNR, Reno, NV 89557-0174

Telephone: (775) 527-1574; email: gkent@seismo.unr.edu

Education

Degree Year Conferred Institution and Location

High School 1980 South Tahoe High School, SLT CA

B.S. 1985 San Diego State University, San Diego CA

Ph.D. 1992 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego CA

Honors & Awards

Valedictorian, Class of ‘85, San Diego State University

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, 1985

Post Doctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1992

Finalist, NASA Astronaut Candidate, 1995/6

Major Research Interests

Seismic Reflection Techniques, Seismic Instrumentation, 3-D Visualization, Rifted Continental Margins, Mid-Ocean Ridge Dynamics, Walker Lane Tectonics, Lake Tahoe Geology/Climate/Hydrology

Research and/or Professional Experience

2009-present Director, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, UNR | State Seismologist

2009-present Professor, DGSE, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, UNR

2002-2009 Director, Visualization Center at Scripps, IGPP/UCSD

2002-2009 Research Geophysicist, IGPP/UCSD

2000-2002 Associate Research Geophysicist, IGPP/UCSD

1998-2000 Assistant Research Geophysicist, IGPP/UCSD

1996-1998 Assistant Project Scientist/IGPP Scholar, UCSD

1994-1996 Assistant Scientist, Department of Geology & Geophysics, WHOI

1992-1994 Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Geology & Geophysics, WHOI

1987-1992 Assistant Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

1985 Geophysicist (summer-hire), UNOCAL, Ventura, CA

1984 Geophysicist (summer-hire), Getty Oil Company, Bakersfield, CA



2014 Publications:

Dong, S., G. Ucarkus, S. G. Wesnousky, J. Maloney, G. Kent, N. Driscoll, and R. Baskin, Strike-slip faulting along the Wassuk Range of the northern Walker Lane, Geosphere 1-9, v. 10(1), doi:10.1130/GES00912.1, 2014.

Arnulf, A. F., A. J. Harding, G. M. Kent, S. C. Singh, and W. Crawford, Constraints on the shallow velocity structure of the Lucky Strike Volcano, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, from downward continued multichannel streamer data, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JB010500, 2014.

2013 Publications:

Smith, S. B., R. Karlin, G. Kent, G. Seitz, and N. Driscoll, Holocene subaqueous paleoseismology of Lake Tahoe, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 1-18, doi: 10.1130/B30629.1, 2013.

Coyan, M. M., J. R. Aerosmith, P. Umhoefer, J. Coyan, G. Kent, N. Driscoll, and G. M. Gutierrez, Geometry and Quaternary slip behavior of the San Juan de los Planes and Saltito fault zones, Baja California Sur, Geosphere, 426-443, vol. 9(3), doi: 10.1130/GES00806, 2013.

Maloney, J. M., P. J. Noble, N. W. Driscoll, G. M. Kent, S. B. Smith, G. C. Schmauder, J. M. Babcock, R. L. Baskin, R. Karlin, A. M. Kell, G. G. Seitz, S. Zimmerman and J. A., Paleoseismic history of the Fallen Leaf segment of the West Tahoe–Dollar Point fault reconstructed from slide deposits in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California–Nevada, Geosphere, 1-26, vol. 9(4), doi: 10.1130/GES00877, 2013.

Arnulf, A. F., A. J. Harding, S. C. Singh, G. M. Kent, and W. C. Crawford, Nature of upper crust beneath the Lucky Strike volcano using full waveform inversion of streamer data, Geophys. J. Int., 1-21, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt461, 2013.

Rose, E.J., Fuis, G.S., Stock, J.M., Hole, J.A., Kell, A.M., Kent, G., Driscoll, N.W., Goldman, M., Reusch, A.M., Han, L., Sickler, R.R., Catchings, R.D., Rymer, M.J., Criley, C.J., Scheirer, D.S., Skinner, S.M., Slayday-Criley, C.J., Murphy, J.M., Jensen, E.G., McClearn, R., Ferguson, A.J., Butcher, L.A., Gardner, M.A., Emmons, I., Loughran, C.L., Svitek, J.R., Bastien, P.C., Cotton, J.A., Croker, D.S., Harding, A.J., Babcock, J.M., Harder, S.H., and C.M. Rosa, 2013, Borehole-explosion and air-gun data acquired in the 2011 Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP), southern California—Description of the survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1172, 83 p.,http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20131172.

2012 Publications:

Arnulf, A. F., A. J. Harding, S. C. Singh, G. M. Kent and W. Crawford, Fine-scale velocity structure of upper oceanic crust from full waveform inversion of downward continued seismic reflection data at the Lucky Strike Volcano, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Geophysical Research Letters, pp. 1-16, L08303, DOI:10.1029/2012GL051064, 2012.

Henig, A. S., D. K. Blackman, A. J. Harding, J.-P. Canales and G. M. Kent, Downward continued multichannel seismic refraction analysis of Atlantis Massif oceanic core complex, 30°N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems (G-cubed), 1-25, 13 (1), Q0AG07, doi: 10.1029/2012GC004059, 2012.

Brothers, D., A. Harding, A. Gonzalez-Fernandez, W. S. Holbrook, G. Kent, N. Driscoll, J. Fletcher, D. Lizarralde, P. Umhoefer and G. Axen, Farallon slab detachment and deformation of the Magdalena Shelf, southern Baja California, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L09307, doi:10.1029/2011GL050828, 2012.

Sutherland, F., G. Kent, A. Harding, P. Umhoefer, N. Driscoll, D. Lizarralde, J. Fletcher, G. Axen, W. Holbrook, A. Gonzalez-Fernandez and P. Lonsdale, Middle Miocene to early Pliocene oblique extension in the southern Gulf of California, Geosphere, 8, 752-770, doi:1130/GES00770.1, 2012.

Holbrook, W. S., G. Kent, K. Keranen, H. P. Johnson, A. Trehu, H. Tobin, J. Caplan-Auerbach, and J. Beeson, Cascadia forearc seismic survey: Open access data available, EOS, 50, 521-522, December 11th, 2012.

2011 Publications:

Brothers, D., D. Kilb, K. Luttrell, N. Driscoll and G. Kent, Loading of the San Andreas fault by flood-induced ruptures beneath the Salton Sea, Nature Geosciences, pp. 1-7, NGEO1184, DOI:10.1038, 2011

Arnulf, A. F., S. C. Singh, A. J. Harding, G. M. Kent and W. Crawford, Strong seismic heterogeneity in layer 2A near hydrothermal vents at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Geophysical Research Letters, pp. 1-6, L13320, DOI:10.1029/2011 GL047753, 2011

Kleppe, J. A., D. S. Brothers, G. M. Kent, F. Biondi, S. Jensen and N. Driscoll, Duration and severity of Medieval drought in the Lake Tahoe basin, Quaternary Science Reviews, pp. 1-11, L13320, DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.08.015, 2011

Tahoe Publications:

Maloney, J. M., P. J. Noble, N. W. Driscoll, G. M. Kent, S. B. Smith, G. C. Schmauder, J. M. Babcock, R. L. Baskin, R. Karlin, A. M. Kell, G. G. Seitz, S. Zimmerman and J. A., Paleoseismic history of the Fallen Leaf segment of the West Tahoe–Dollar Point fault reconstructed from slide deposits in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California–Nevada, Geosphere, 1-26, vol. 9(4), doi: 10.1130/GES00877, 2013.

Smith, S. B., R. Karlin, G. Kent, G. Seitz, and N. Driscoll, Holocene subaqueous paleoseismology of Lake Tahoe, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 1-18, doi: 10.1130/B30629.1, 2013.

Kleppe, J. A., D. S. Brothers, G. M. Kent, F. Biondi, S. Jensen and N. Driscoll, Duration and severity of Medieval drought in the Lake Tahoe basin, Quaternary Science Reviews, pp. 1-11, L13320, DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.08.015, 2011

Brothers, D. S., G. M. Kent, N. W. Driscoll, S. B. Smith, R. Karlin, J. A. Dingler, A. J. Harding, G. G. Seitz and J. M. Babcock, New Constraints on the deformation, slip-rate, and timing of the most recent earthquake on the West Tahoe-Dollar Point Fault Lake Tahoe Basin, California, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., pp. 499-519, v. 99, doi: 10.1785/0120080135, 2009

Dingler, J., G. Kent, N. Driscoll, G. Seitz, J. Babcock, A. Harding, B. Karlin, and C. Goldman, A high-resolution seismic CHIRP investigation of active normal faulting across the Lake Tahoe basin, California-Nevada, Bull. Geol. Soc. Am., pp. 1089-1107, v. 121, doi:10.1130/B26244.1 , 2009.

Morgan, C. W., G. M. Kent, G. G. Seitz, and M. Novak, Glacio-lacustrine stratigraphy, aquifer characterization and contaminant transport: a case study in South Lake Tahoe, California, Hydrogeology Journal, pp. 981-994,16(5), doi: 10.1007/s10040-008-0299-9, 2008.

Kent, G., J. Babcock, N. Driscoll, A. Harding, J. Dingler, G. Seitz and R. Karlin, Reply: 60 k.y. record of extension across the western boundary of the Basin and Range province: Estimate of slip rates from offset shoreline terraces and a catastrophic slide beneath Lake Tahoe, Geology, e114-e116, doi:10.1130/G23127Y.1, 2006.

Kent, G. M., J. A. Babcock, N. W. Driscoll, A. J. Harding, G. G. Seitz, J. A. Dingler, J. V. Gardner, C. R. Goldman, A. C. Heyvaert, P. Gayes, R. Karlin, L. A. Mayer, C. W. Morgan, L. A. Owen, R. C. Richards, A 60 k.y. record of extension across the western boundary of the Basin and Range Province: Estimate of slip rates from offset shoreline terraces and a catastrophic slide beneath Lake Tahoe, Geology, 33, 365-368, 2005.

Other Key Publications:

Brothers, D., D. Kilb, K. Luttrell, N. Driscoll and G. Kent, Loading of the San Andreas fault by flood-induced ruptures beneath the Salton Sea, Nature Geosciences, pp. 1-7, NGEO1184, DOI:10.1038, 2011

Brothers, D. S., N. W. Driscoll, G. M. Kent, A. J. Harding. J. M. Babcock and R. L. Baskin, New Constraints on the Salton Sea fault architecture and deformational history, Nature,Geosciences, pp. 1-4, NGEO590, DOI:101038, 2009

Canales, J. P., M. R. Nedimovic, G. M. Kent, S. M. Carbotte, and R. S. Detrick, Seismic reflection images of a near axis melt sill within the lower crust at the Juan de Fuca Ridge, Nature, pp. 89-92, v. 460, doi:10.1038/nature08095, 2009

Lizarralde, D., G. J. Axen, H. E. Brown, J. M. Fletcher, A. Gonzalez-Fernadez, A. J. Harding, W. S. Holbrook, G. M. Kent, P. Paramo, F. Sutherland and P. J. Umhoefer, Variations in styles of rifting in the Gulf of California, Nature, 466-469, doi:10.1038/nature06035, 2007

Singh, S. C., A. J. Harding, G. M. Kent, M. C. Sinha, V. Combier, S. Bazin, C. H. Tong, J. W. Pye, P. J. Barton, R. W. Hobbs, R. S. White, and J. A. Orcutt, Seismic reflection images of the Moho underlying melt sills at the East Pacific Rise, Nature, 442, 287-290, doi:10.1038/nature04939, 2006

Nedimovic, M. R., S. M. Carbotte, A. J. Harding, R. S. Detrick, J. P. Canales, J. B. Diebold, G. M. Kent, M. Tischer, and J. M. Babcock, Frozen magma lenses below the oceanic crust, Nature, 436, 1149-1152, doi:10.1038/nature03944, 2005

Kent, G. M., Singh, S. C., Harding, A. J., Sinha, M. C., Orcutt, J. A., Barton, P. J., White, R. S., Bazin, S., Hobbs, R. W., Tong, C. H., and Pye, J. W., Evidence from three-dimensional seismic reflectivity images for enhanced melt supply beneath mid-ocean-ridge discontinuities, Nature, 614-618, 406, 2000.

Singh, S. C., G. M. Kent, J. S. Collier, A. J. Harding, and J. A. Orcutt, “Melt to mush variations in crustal magma properties along the ridge crest at the southern East Pacific Rise”, Nature, 394, 874-878, 1998

Mutter, J. C., S. M. Carbotte, W. Su, L. Xu, P. Buhl, R. S. Detrick, G. M. Kent, J. A. Orcutt, and A. J. Harding, “Seismic images of active magma systems beneath the East Pacific Rise between 17°05’S and 17°35’S”, Science, 268, 391-395, 1995.

Detrick, R. S., A. J. Harding, G. M. Kent, J. A. Orcutt, J. C. Mutter, and P. Buhl, “Seismic Structure of the Southern East Pacific Rise”, Science, 259, 499-503, 1993.

Kent, G. M., A. J. Harding, and J. A. Orcutt, “Evidence for a smaller magma chamber beneath the East Pacific Rise at 9°30’N”, Nature, 344, 650-653, 1990.

Synergistic Activities:

Chair, Marcus Langseth Steering and Oversight Committee (UNOLS); Member, Nevada Earthquake Safety Council; Nevada Lead, The Great Nevada ShakeOut

Recent Collaborators & Other Activities:

Gary Axen, Jeff Babcock, Neal Driscoll, John Fletcher, Antonio Gonzalez, Alistair Harding, Steve Holbrook, Dan Lizarralde, John Orcutt, Satish Singh, Larry Smarr, Paul Umhoefer, Stephen Arrowsmith, Robert Karlin, Gordon Seitz, Rob Baskin, Danny Brothers, Debi Kilb, Ken Smith, John Louie, and Glenn Biasi.

Doctoral Advisors:

John Orcutt, University of California, San Diego; Alistair Harding, University of California, San Diego

Postdoctoral Advisor:

Robert S. Detrick, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Post Doctoral Scholars Advised:

Jayne Bormann (UNR, 2013-present)

PhD Students Advised:

Stephen A. Hussenoeder (WHOI, '98, ExxonMobil), Eric Hallenborg (Scripps/UCSD, '02, Photon), Fiona Sutherland (Scripps/UCSD, '06, BP), Allison Jacobs-Dingler (Scripps/UCSD, '07, BP), Jeffrey Dingler (Scripps/UCSD, '07, BP), Danny Brothers (Scripps/UCSD, '09, USGS), Gretchen Schmauder (UNR, '13, Optim), Annie Kell (UNR, current)

MS Students Advised:

Amy Eisses (UNR, '11, Anadarko), Roxy Frary (UNR, '11, Nobel Energy), Tyler Kent (UNR, '12, Noble Energy), Joe Dierkhising (UNR, present), Kyle Basler-Reeder (UNR, present)

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