2017-2018 GSA James B. Thompson, Jr. Distinguished International Lecturers

The lecture tours are made possible through a gift to the GSA Foundation by James B. Thompson, Jr., whose bequest contributed to the endowment of two lecture tours by distinguished geologists, one a non-North American scientist to tour academic and related institutions within North America, and the other a North American scientist to tour foreign universities and geological institutions. Both tours are arranged under the guidance of GSA International.

The GSA International committee selected Iain Simpson Stewart (Plymouth University) as the incoming speaker from outside of North America who will present seminars of broad geologic interest in a tour of selected academic and related institutions within North America. Ross S. Stein (Temblor, Inc.) is the outgoing speaker from within North America who will present exciting and cutting edge geoscience research in a tour of foreign universities and geological institutions.


Iain Simpson Stewart

Iain Simpson Stewart

Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Plymouth University
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

Stewart's info is forthcoming.

Meanwhile, please see his page on Plymouth University's website.


Ross Stein

Ross S. Stein

CEO & Cofounder
Temblor, Inc.
Redwood City, California, USA

Ross S. Stein is CEO and cofounder of Temblor, Inc. a free mobile app and daily blog that lets everyone on earth know their seismic risk and learn how they could reduce it. He is also Adjunct Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, USGS Scientist Emeritus, and President of the Tectonophysics section of the American Geophysical Union. A Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, Stein received the 2012 Gilbert F. White Natural Hazards Award from AGU, gave a 2012 TEDx talk, ‘Defeating Earthquakes,’ and received the 2000 Eugene M. Shoemaker Distinguished Achievement Award of the USGS. In 2003, the Science Citation Index reported that Stein was the second most cited author in earthquake science during the preceding decade; he was tenth most cited during 1900-2010. In 2010, Stein cofounded the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, and chaired its Science Board until 2015. Stein is a member of the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, the Natural Catastrophe Advisory Council of Zurich Insurance, and an Associate of the Willis Research Network. Stein frequently brings his insights and joy about scientific discovery to the public through media interviews, public presentations, and in IMAX, Discovery Channel and NOVA films.

Ross Stein with globe

Ross Stein with box model

View Ross' CV.