Edwin Nissen


University of Oxford

D.Phil. in Earth Sciences, University College

2004 – 2009

University of Cambridge

M.Sc. in Natural Sciences (Geology), First Class Honors,
Fitzwilliam College

2003 – 2004

B.A. in Natural Sciences (Geology), First Class Honors,
Fitzwilliam College

2000 – 2003


University of Victoria

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II),
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

2017 –

Colorado School of Mines

Assistant Professor, Department of Geophysics

2012 – 2016

Arizona State University

Exploration Postdoctoral Fellow,
School of Earth and Space Exploration

2011 – 2012

University of Cambridge

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bullard Laboratories,
Department of Earth Sciences

2008 – 2011

Current Service

Graduate Advisor, SEOS

The graduate advisor chairs the committee responsible for oversight
of SEOS's graduate program and acts as a liaison between SEOS
and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UVic.

2020 –

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Member of the Geoscience Evaluation Group, responsible for
reviewing Discovery Grant applications across the geosciences.

2018 – 2021


Elected member of UNAVCO's Board of Directors.
UNAVCO is a non-profit university-governed consortium which
facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy.
UNAVCO currently manages NSF's $71M GAGE facility
including its >1,000 station NOTA GNSS network.

2017 – 2020

Research Interests

Earthquakes • Active tectonics • Geodesy
Tectonic geomorphology
Earthquake source seismology
Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)
Light detection and ranging (Lidar)
Quaternary geochronology
Regional tectonics of the Middle East,
Central Asia, and the Pacific Rim


I grew up in West London but developed a love of the outdoors roaming the hills of South Wales during holidays. I went to Cambridge to study Chemistry, but quickly got hooked on Geology. I moved to archrivals Oxford for my PhD, before returning to Cambridge for a post doc. After eleven years in Oxbridge, I felt the call of North America and have been making my way steadily westwards ever since. I love living and working in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where earthquake science is so relevant and impactful.

Full CV (pdf).