Dr. Sean Bemis | Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Sean Bemis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Global Forum. His primary research examines earthquakes and earthquake hazards from fundamental and applied perspectives, seeking to reduce risk through site-specific studies and improving the understanding of earthquake recurrence behavior. Current research focuses on the west coast of North America, from Alaska to California, with projects in high risk areas such as Nepal currently in development.


Dr. Bemis earned his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Bemis was a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey and an assistant professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky prior to coming to Virginia Tech to help build a natural sciences component of the interdisciplinary team in the Global Forum.

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