PERE SANTANACH PRAT
EMMA SURIÑACH CORNET
Pere Santanach Prat was born in 1946. He is a full Professor on Geodynamics and since 1999 he is the dean at the Geology Faculty. He has a wealth experience in Iberian Geology, where he has supervised 10 PhD thesis. He has also worked in Antarctica and the Andes (N. Chile). First he was more interested in Variscan geology (PhD thesis, 1972), and later on, he has been progressively interested in Alpine geology. At the same time he has done some work on neotectonic features, and recently he has pushed the research on active tectonics and palaeoseismicity. He was the main researcher in Spanish DATACIÓN project (1997-1999), funded by Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear and Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos. In the frame of this project, a complete paleoseismological study of a slow fault in an area with no historical seismicity has been carried out. He lead the Barcelona group in FAUST and PALEOSIS EU-projects. Invited by EU to participate in the second EU-Japan Workshop on seismic risk (Iceland 1999).
Emma Suriñach Cornet (Barcelona, 1951) is lecturer of Geophysics at the Barcelona University. She gained her degree in Physics, specialising in Geophysics, from Barcelona University and her PhD in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in 1981 (Title of the Thesis: Numerical Inversion Methods to interpret deep seismic soundings). Up to 1989 she lectured at the UCM and her research was focused on the study of the deep crustal structure mainly by means of seismic methods (wide angle and vertical incidence) and on subjects related to the evaluation of the seismicity of the NE of the Iberian Peninsula. Since 1990 she has extended her research to the study of the seismic signal generated by snow avalanches in order to better understand their dynamics and to improve their automatic detection. She is also interested in the quantification of recent tectonic crustal deformations using the comparison of high precision levelling data and GPS measurements. She is responsible for the CuaTeNeo GPS network and the high precision levelling line set up to control and study the crustal deformations in the SE of the Iberian Peninsula (Almería and Murcia provinces). Since 1992 she has been participating in geophysical campaigns in Antarctic waters to study the crustal structure.
EULÀLIA MASANA CLOSA
Eulàlia Masana was born in 1966. She is a Researcher and Associate Professor. Her PhD thesis (1995) dealt with neotectonic structures in the Catalan Coastal Ranges using geomorphologic analysis, and combined information from structural geology and seismicity. Later she worked on paleoseismology in areas with moderate to high seismicity rate (Corinth Gulf, Greece, and Abbruzzi in the Appenines, Italy). Recently, she focused on the paleoseismology of slow moving faults in Spain both in areas with no historical seismicity (El Camp fault, Tarragona, DATACIÓN project) and in areas with large historical earthquakes (Amer fault, Pyrenees, PALEOSIS EU-project, and Lorca-Alhama fault, Betics, FAUST EU-project). All these works included geomorphologic analysis at different scales, microtopographic studies and, specially, dating of late and middle Pleistocene deposits in arid areas (U/Th, Thermoluminiscence, Radiocarbon, Pollen, Paleomagnetism and correlation methods).
RAIMON PALLÀS SERRA
Raimon Pallàs Serra was born in 1966. He first became interested in the interactions between tectonics and geomorphology during his PhD. The study area (the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica) is a strongly glaciated and tectonically active area displaying a conspicuous set of emerged pre-holocene marine platforms and holocene beaches. The analysis of these marine features allowed the distinction and quantification of tectonic uplift (associated to Bransfield Basin extension) and glacio-hydro-isostatic deformations (related to deglaciation). At present he is a lecturer in Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology.
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Giorgi Khazaradze, born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1966, is a "Ramón y Cajal" investigator at the UB.
Received his undergraduate degree as an "Engineer Geophysicist" from Tbilisi State University, Georgia in 1990.
· In 1999 was awarded a Ph.D. title from the University of Washington in Seattle for his work on tectonic deformation in western Washington State from Global Positioning System measurements.
· From 1999 to 2002 worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany, where his main work concentrated on studying present-day crustal deformation rates along the Andean convergent margin in South America.
· In November 2002, joined the avalanche research group of the Universitat de Barcelona as a Scientific Investigator within the framework of the EU fundedproject: “SATSIE: Avalanche Studies and Model Validation in Europe”. Wasresponsible for the initial design and installation of seismic equipment at an experimental cite in Ryggfonn, Norway.
· Since December 2003, he is a "Ramón y Cajal" investigator, dedicating his main research to the quantification and interpretation of the present-day crustal deformation in the Betic Cordilleras and the Pyrenees, with the aim of evaluating earthquake related hazard in these seismically most active areas of the Iberian Peninsula.
PATRICIA RUANO ROCA
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Patricia Ruano Roca (under construction)
HECTOR PEREA MANERA
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Hector Perea Manera was born in 1972. He obtained his degree in geology in 1999. He made a geomorphologic study of Gerber and Cabanas' valleys (Port de la Bonaigua, Central Pyrenees) on his final degree project, making emphasis on rock glaciers and neotectonic processes observed at the zone. Nowadays he is doing his Phd thesis about sismotectonics in slow extensive faults located at northeastern Iberian Peninsula, he is a fellowship holder in the Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology Group and he is collaborating in SAFE project, an European Union project.
Maria Ortuño Candela was born in Murcia, in 1978. She moves to Granada in 1996 to study Geological Science. During that time, she has the chance to spend one year at the University of Washington (Seattle, EEUU) and gets involved in two projects focused on paleoseismic research; volunteering for the USGS in the study of Puget Sound and Willapa Bay and collaborating in the survey of paleotsunami and earthquake related deposits in Kamchatka Eastern Coast. Maria graduates in 2002 and passes to be part of the Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology Group of the UB. She collaborates in the study of the Alhama de Murcia fault, under the European project SAFE and develops her phD thesis in paleosismicity in Central Pyrenees. In collaboration with CNRS, she has recently obtained 10Be exposure ages for some fault scarps at the Maladeta Massif.