Brune, Jim

Status: Emeritus, Foundation Professor


Seismology, Earthquake Hazard and Source Mechanism, Tectonics, Earth

Structure Cooperative Foreign Seismic Research Projects (Mexico, India

and Soviet Union)


Member, California Earthquake Predication Evaluation Council

Board of Trustees, GeoHazards International


J.B. MacIlwane Award of American Geophysical Union, AGU. (1962).

Fellow, American Geophysical Union, AGU. (1967).

Fellow, Geo. Soc. of America, GSA. (1975).

Medal of the Seismological Society of America, SSA. (1997).


1987-Present: Professor of Geophysics, Nevada Seismological Laboratory and

Dept. of Geol. Sciences, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.


Director, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno


Professor of Geophysics, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University

of California at San Diego


Associate Director of IGPP


Associate Professor of Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

2012 Publications:

Wesnousky, S. G. and Bormann, J. M. and Kreemer, C. and Hammond, W. C. and Brune, J. N. (2012). Neotectonics, geodesy, and seismic hazard in the Northern Walker Lane of Western North America: Thirty kilometers of crustal shear and no strike-slip?, EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 329, 133-140.

Lozos, J. C. and Oglesby, D. D. and Brune, J. N. and Olsen, K. B. (2012). Small intermediate fault segments can either aid or hinder rupture propagation at stepovers, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS 39, SEP 25.

2011 Publications:

Anderson, J. G., J. N. Brune, G. Biasi, A. Anooshehpoor, and M. Purvance (2011). Workshop Report: Applications of Precarious Rocks and Related Fragile Geological Features to U.S. National Hazard Maps, Seismological Research Letters 82, 431-441.

Anderson, J. G., J.N. Brune, M. Purvance, G. Biasi, and R. Anooshehpoor (2011). Benefits of the use of precariously balanced fragile geological features for testing the predictions probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, in Faber, K?hler & Nishijima (eds), Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering , Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-66986-3

2010 Publications:

Mena, B. and Mai, P. M., Olsen, K. B., Purvance, M. D. and Brune, J. N. (2010). Hybrid Broadband Ground-Motion Simulation Using Scattering Green's Functions: Application to Large-Magnitude Events, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 100, 2143-2162.

2009 Publications:

Dor, O., Chester, J. S., Ben-Zion, Y., Brune, J. N., and Rockwell, T. K. (2009). Characterization of Damage in Sandstones along the Mojave Section of the San Andreas Fault: Implications for the Shallow Extent of Damage Generation. Pure and Applied Geophysics/Birkh?user Basel, 166(10-11), 1747-1773.

2008 Publications:

Purvance, M. D. and Brune, J. N. and Abrahamson, N. A. and Anderson, J. G. (2008). Consistency of Precariously Balanced Rocks with Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Estimates in Southern California, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 98, 2629-2640.

Purvance, M. D. and Anooshehpoor, A. and Brune, J. N. (2008). Freestanding block overturning fragilities: Numerical simulation and experimental validation, EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING & STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS 37, 791-808.

Olsen, K. and Brune, J. (2008). Constraints from precariously balanced rocks on preferred rupture directions for large earthquakes on the southern San Andreas Fault, JOURNAL OF SEISMOLOGY 12, 235-241.

Day, S. M., Gonzalez, S. H., Anooshehpoor, R. and Brune, J. N. (2008). Scale-model and numerical simulations of near-fault seismic directivity, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 98, 1186-1206.


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