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About Stephen McNutt

Steve McNutt is a volcano seismologist who worked half time for the Alaska Volcano Observatory from 1991-2012. He coordinates volcano seismology research for the Department of Geosciences at USF with Research Assistant Professors Glenn Thompson and Jochen Braunmiller. He presently supervises three PhD students. His research interests include: 1) studies of source and propagation effects for volcanic tremor, low-frequency events, and explosion earthquakes; 2) volcanic hazards assessments in Alaska, California, and Central America; 3) the mechanical behavior of volcanoes, including periodicity of eruptions, and the effects of earth tides, sea level variations, and tectonic stresses on triggering eruptive activity; 4) volcano infrasound; and 5) volcanic lightning. From July 1999 to July 2007 he served as Secretary-General for the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.


Present Professor, University of South Florida School of Geosciences


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Professional Service and Affiliations

1982 - Present Member, Seismological Society of America
1980 - Present Member, American Geophysical Union
1993 - 1995 Seismology, co-leader, US side, Japan-US Science and Technology Council, Working Group on Volcano
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Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Fellow, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, 2015
  • 21st Century College of Excellence Fellowship, May-June 2006, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • Terrence and Katrina Moore Prize, UAF Geophysical Institute, 2001
  • National Performance Review (Hammer Award) to Alaska Volcano Observatory, 1996


1985 Ph.D., Columbia University
1984 M.Phil., Columbia University
1982 M.A., Columbia University
1977 B.A., Wesleyan University

Contact Information

Office: SCA 213
Lab: SCA 210
Phone: (813) 974-4584


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