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Catherine Mary Snelson-Gerlicher

Cathy Snelson-Gerlicher

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Phone (505) 667-2499

Capabilities

  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Data-Intensive computing
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Volcanology
  • Remote sensing
  • Image analysis
  • Field studies and process experiments
  • Seismic analysis
  • Earthquakes
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Nonproliferation
  • Science of Signatures - Remote and Standoff Sensing
  • Seismic sensing and sensors
  • Ground-based sensing and sensors
  • Seismic analysis
  • Earthquakes
  • Weapons Science and Engineering
  • High explosives

Expertise

Education

Ph.D., Geological Sciences with emphasis in Geophysics, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (2001).

Dissertation Title: Investigating Crustal Structure in Western Washington and in the Rocky Mountains: Implications for Seismic Hazards and Crustal Growth, cited 6 times. Advisors: Kate C. Miller and G. Randy Keller

M.S., Geophysics, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (1998).

Thesis Title: An Integrated Lithospheric Study of the Rocky Mountain Region Along the Deep Probe Seismic Profile, cited 1 time. Advisors: Kate C. Miller and G. Randy Keller

B.S., Geology, Department of Geology, California State University at Hayward (CSUH) (1995).

Senior Project: Seismic Study in Potrero Canyon, California following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Advisors: Anna Busing (CSUH) and Rufus Catchings (USGS)

 

LANL Positions

Deputy Group Leader, 2016 – present; Scientist-4, 2014 – present; EES-17, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM

  • Program Responsibilities
    • Conduct research in national security related problems using applied geophysics. Design integrated field experiments with multiple diagnostics. Acquire and process seismic refraction/reflection data.
    • Communicate science results from self and project team.
    • Communicate and promote capability of group to other program offices for emerging opportunities.
    • Project manager for the NNSA/NA-22 funded Source Physics Experiment (SPE). Point of contact for LANL with the tri-lab team. Manage budget, scope, and schedule. Reporting progress and deliverables to Nevada Venture manager and the LANL Program Director of Nuclear Nonproliferation & Security in the Principal Associate Directorate for Global Security.
    • Source thrust lead for the NNSA/NA-22 funded Low-Yield Monitoring Program (LYNM). Point of contact for LANL with the quad-lab team. Manage budget, scope, and schedule. Reporting progress and deliverables to Sciences leads.
  • Line Responsibilities
    • Approve time, review performance, and guide personnel on goals.
    • Provide input to strategic plans, program development opportunities, and staffing plans.
    • Communicate and promote capability of group to other program offices for emerging opportunities.
    • Mentor staff and students.

Principal Scientist, 2012 – 2014; Senior Scientist, 2010 – 2012; National Security Technologies, LLC, (NSTec) North Las Vegas, NV.

  • Designed and execute integrated field experiments with a multidisciplinary team at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
  • Consulted on various seismic related projects on the NNSS. 
  • Program Manager of the NNSA/NA-22 funded NCNS Verification & Monitoring Research and Development projects including the SPE project.
  • Project manager for the SPE project. Reported schedule and budget to the customer. Managed a multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational team of scientists and engineers to meet the science objectives for the SPE project.
  • Mentored 2 undergraduate students in research. Promoted from Senior Scientist in 2012 based on my exceptional performance in managing the Test Monitoring Program within the Global Security directorate.

Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, 2007 – 2010.

  • Taught, conducted research and published in applied geophysics.  Acquired high-resolution seismic refraction/reflection data in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas for seismic hazard evaluation.
  • Developed /or taught undergraduate courses in Physical Geology, Near-Surface Geophysics and Exploration Seismology; and graduate courses in Reflection Seismic Data Interpretation, Reflection Seismic Data Processing, Controlled-source Seismology, and Graduate Seminar. 
  • Mentored 2 undergraduate students in research.  Chaired thesis committees for 3 M. S. students.

Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2002 – 2007.

  • Established funded research program in geophysics with emphasis on integration into geologic models for the shallow subsurface for seismic hazard evaluation. 
  • Developed and/or taught undergraduate courses in Physical Geology, Natural Disasters, GIS, Applied Geophysics, Geologic Applications in Remote Sensing, and Plate Tectonics; and graduate courses in Reflection Seismic Data Interpretation, Poster Presentations and Time Management, and Research Methods. 
  • Mentored 4 undergraduate students in research.  Chaired thesis committees for 4 M. S. students.

Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, 1995 – 2001.

Summer Intern Geophysicist, Amoco Oil Corporation, Houston, TX, 1996.

 

Professional Societies

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE)
  • Seismological Society of America (SSA)
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
  • Sigma XI
 

Awards

  • Los Alamos Awards Program, Management of the Source Physics Experiment, 2014
  • NSTec, President’s Award, Management of the Source Physics Experiment, 2013
  • NSTec, President’s Award, Management of the Source Physics Experiment, 2011
  • DOE Defense Programs Award of Excellence, Source Physics Experiment Team, 2011
  • DOE Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Recipient, 2003
 

Patents

 

 

Publications

Publications – Peer-review Journal Articles

(h-index = 13; i10-index = 15 per Google Scholar):

  1. Voight, B., R. S. J. Sparks, E. Shalev, T. Minshull, M. Paulatto, C. Annen, C. Kenedi, J. Hammond, T. J. Henstock, L. Brown, E. Kiddle, P. Malin, G. Mattioli, C. Ammon, E. Arias-Dotson, A. Belousov, K. Byerly, L. Carothers, A. Clarke, S. Dean, L. Ellett, D. Elsworth, D. Hidayat, R. A. Herd, M. Johnson, A. Lee, V. Miller, B. Murphy, C. Pierce, G. Ryan, S. Saldana, C. Snelson, R. Stewart, R. Syers, J. Taron, J. Trofimovs, C. Widiwijayanti, S. R. Young, and W. Zamora, 2014, The SEA-CALIPSO volcano imaging experiment at Montserrat: plans, campaigns at sea and on land, scientific results, and lessons learned, Geological Society, London Memoirs, v. 39, p. 253-289, doi: 10.1144/M39.15, cited 2 times.
  2. Tkalcic, H., Rodgers, A. J., Rawlinson, N., McEwan, D. J., and Snelson, C. M., 2008, Teleseismic Travel-time Delays in the Las Vegas basin, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 98, no. 4, p. 2047-2060, doi: 10.1785/0120050239, cited 7 times.
  3. Snelson, C. M., Brocher, T. M., Miller, K. C., Pratt, T. L., and Tréhu, A. M., 2007, Seismic Amplification Within the Seattle Basin, Washington State: Insights from SHIPS Seismic Tomography Experiments, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 97, no. 5, p. 1432-1448, doi: 10.785/0120050204, cited 13 times.
  4. Li, Q., Wilcock, W. S. D., Pratt, T. L., Snelson, C. M., and Brocher, T. M., 2006, Seismic Attenuation Structure of the Seattle Basin, Washington State, from Explosive-Source Refraction data, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 96, no. 2, p. 553-571, cited 9 times.
  5. Rodgers, A., Tkalcic, H., McCallen, D., Larsen, S., and Snelson, C., 2006, Site Response in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada from NTS Explosions and Earthquake Data, Pure appl. geophys., v. 163, DOI 10.1007/s00024-005-0010-1, p. 55-80, cited 14 times.
  6. Snelson, C. M., Keller, G. R., Miller, K. C., Rumpel, H-M., and Prodehl, C., 2005, Regional Crustal Structure Derived from the CD-ROM 99 Seismic Refraction/Wide-Angle Reflection Profile: The Lower Crust and Upper Mantle, in Karlstrom, K. E., and Keller, G. R., eds., The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series 154, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, 10.1029/154GM30, p.271-291, cited 21 times.
  7. Rumpel, H-M, Prodehl, C., Snelson, C. M., and Keller, G. R., 2005, Results of the CD-ROM project seismic refraction/wide-angle reflection experiment: Crustal structure in Colorado, in Karlstrom, K. E., and Keller, G. R., eds., The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series 154, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, 10.1029/154GM30, p.257-269, cited 3 times.
  8. Prodehl, C., Johnson, R. A., Keller, G. R., Snelson, C., and Rumple, H.-M., 2005, Background and Overview of Previous Controlled Source Seismic Studies, in Karlstrom, K. E., and Keller, G. R., eds., The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series 154, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, 10.1029/154GM30, p.201-216, cited 3 times.
  9. Keller, G. R., Karlstrom, K. E., Williams, M. L., Miller, K. C., Andronicos, C., Levander, A., Snelson, C. M., and Prodehl, C., 2005, The Dynamic Nature of the Continental Crust-Mantle Boundary: Crustal Evolution in the Southern Rocky Mountain Region as an Example, in Karlstrom, K. E., and Keller, G. R., eds., The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series 154, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, 10.1029/154GM30, p. 403-420, cited 18 times.
  10. Karlstrom, K. E., Whitmeyer, S. J., Dueker, K., Williams, M. L., Bowring, S. A., Levander, A., Humphreys, E. D., Keller, G. R., and the CD-ROM Working Group, 2005, Synthesis of Results From the CD-ROM Experiment: 4-D Image of the Lithosphere Beneath the Rocky Mountains and Implications for Understanding the Evolution of Continental Lithosphere, in Karlstrom, K. E., and Keller, G. R., eds., The Rocky Mountain Region: An Evolving Lithosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series 154, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, 10.1029/154GM30, p. 421-441.
  11. Pratt, T. L., Brocher, T. M., Weaver, C. S., Miller, K. C., Tréhu, A. M., Creager, K. C., Crosson, R. S., and Snelson, C. M., 2003, Amplification of seismic waves by the Seattle basin, northwestern U. S., Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 93, no. 2, p. 533-545, cited 46 times.
  12. Brocher, T. M., Parsons, T., Tréhu, A. M., Snelson, C. M., and Fisher, M. A., 2003, Seismic evidence for widespread serpentinized forearc upper mantle along the Cascadia margin, Geology, v. 31, no. 3, p. 267-270, cited 129 times.
  13. Gorman, A.R., Clowes, R. M., Ellis, R. M., Henstock, T. J., Spence, G. D., Keller, G. R., Levander, A. R., Snelson, C. M., Burianyk, M. J. A., Kanasewich, E. R., Asudeh, I., Hajnal Z., and Miller, K. C., 2002, Deep Probe - Imaging the roots of western North America, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 39, no. 3, p. 375-398, cited 123 times.
  14. Brocher, T. M., Parsons, T. E., Blakely, R. J., Christensen, N. I., Fisher, M. A., Wells, R. E., ten Brink, U. S., Pratt, T. L., Crosson, R. S., Creager, K. C., Symons, N. P., Preston, L. A., Van Wagoner, T., Miller, K. C., Snelson, C. M., Tréhu, A. M., Langenheim, V. E., Spence, G. D., Ramachandran, K., Hyndman, R. D., Mosher, D. C., Zelt, B. C., and Weaver, C. S., 2001, Upper crustal structure in Puget Lowland, Washington; results from the 1998 seismic hazards investigation in Puget Sound, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 106, no. 7, p. 13,541-13,564, cited 63 times.
  15. Snelson, C. M., Henstock, T. J., Keller, G. R., Miller, K. C., and Levander, A., 1998, Crustal and Uppermost Mantle Structure Along the Deep Probe Seismic Profile, Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 33, no. 2, p. 181-198, cited 78 times.
  16. Keller, G. R., Snelson, C. M., Sheehan, A. F., and Dueker, K. G., 1998, Geophysical studies of crustal structure in the Rocky Mountain region: A review, Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 33, no. 2, p. 217-228, cited 23 times.

 

Publications – Peer-Review Reports/Articles

  1. Baldridge, W. S., Bedrosian, P. A., Biehler, S., Braile, L. W., Ferguson, J. F., Folsom, M., Jiracek, G. R., Kelley, S. A., McPhee, D. K., Pellerin, L., and Snelson, C. M., 2015, Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE): Training for our future geoscientists, The Leading Edge, Soc. Expl. Geop., v. 34, no. 10, p. 1214-1219, cited 1 time.
  2. Snelson, C. M., R. E. Abbott, S. T. Broome, R. J. Mellors, H. J. Patton, A. J. Sussman, M. J. Townsend, and W. R. Walter, 2013, Chemical Explosion Experiments to Improve Nuclear Test Monitoring, Eos Trans., AGU, v. 94, no. 27, p. 237-239, cited 13 times.
  3. Baldridge, W. S., Braile, L. W., Biehler, S., Jiracek, G. R., Ferguson, J. F., Hasterok, D., Pellerin, L., Bedrosian, P. A., McPhee, D. K., and Snelson, C. M., 2012, SAGE at 30, The Leading Edge, Soc. Expl. Geop., v. 31, no. 6, p. 702-708, cited 1 time.
  4. Zandomeneghi, D., Kyle, P., Miller, P., Snelson, C., and Aster, R., 2010, Seismic Tomography of Erebus Volcano, Antarctica, Eos Trans., AGU, v. 91, no. 6, DOI 10.1029/2010EO060002, p. 53, cited 3 times.
  5. Luke, B., Snelson, C., Taylor, W., Sack, R., Louie, J., and Wagoner, J., 2005, Seismic Studies to Understand Earthquake Hazards and Risks in Las Vegas Basin, FastTIMES, v. 10, no. 1., p. 38-39.
  6. Guterch, A., Grad, M., Spicak, A., Brueckl, E., Hegedus, E., Keller, G. R., Thybo, H., Aric, K., Acevedo, S., Asudeh, I., Behm, M., Belinsky, A. A., Bodoky, T., Brinkmann, R., Broz, M., Chwatal, W., Clowes, R., Czuba, W., Fancsik, T., Forkmann, B., Fort, M., Gaczynski, E., Gebrande, H., Geissler, H., Gosar, A., Grassi, H., Greschke, R., Hajnal, Z., Harder, S. H., Hemmann, A., Hock, S., Hock, V., Hrubcova, P., Janik, T., Jentzsch, G., Joergensen, P., Kaip, G., Komminaho, K., Korn, M., Kostiuchenko, S. L., Kohlbeck, F., Kracke, D., Majdanski, M., Malinowski, M., Miller, K. C., Morozov, A. F., Rumpfhuber, E. M., Schmid, C., Snelson, C. M., Sroda, P., Sumanovac, F., Takacs, E., Tiira, T., Tomek, C., Vozar, J., Weber, F., Wilde-Piorko, M., Yliniemi, J., and Zelazniewicz, A., 2003, An overview of recent seismic refraction experiments in Central Europe, Studia Geophysica et Geodetica, v. 47, no. 3, p. 651-657, cited 44 times.
  7. Guterch, A., Grad, M., Keller, G. R., Posgay, K., Vozar, J., Spicak, A., Brueckl, E., Hajnal, Z., Thybo, H., Selvi, O., Acevedo, S., Aric, K., Asudeh, I., Belinsky, A. A., Bodoky, T., Chwatal, W., Clowes, R., Czuba, W., Fancsik, T., Gaczynski, E., Harder, S. H., Hegedus, E., Hrubcova, P., Janik, T., Jentzsch, G., Joergensen, P., Kaip, G., Komminaho, K., Kostiuchenko, S. L., Kracke, D., Kohlbeck, F., Miller, K. C., Morozov, A. F., Snelson, C. M., Sroda, P., Takacs, E., Tiira, T., Wilde-Piorko, M., and Yliniemi, J., 2003, CELEBRATION 2000 seismic experiment, Studia Geophysica et Geodetica, v. 47, no. 3, p. 659-669, cited 49 times.
  8. Brueckl, E., Bodoky, T., Hegedus, E., Hrubcova, P., Gosar, A., Grad, M., Guterch, A., Hajnal, Z., Keller, G. R., Spicak, A., Sumanovac, F., Thybo, H., Weber, F., Aric, K., Behm, M., Bleibinhaus, F., Broz, M., Chwatal, W., Gebrande, H., Grassl, H., Harder, S. H., Hock, S., Hock, V., Joergensen, P., Kohlbeck, F., Miller, K. C., Rumpfhuber, E. M., Schmid, C., Schmoeller, R., Snelson, C. M., Tiira, T., Tomek, C., Ullrich, C., Wilde-Piorko, M., and Yliniemi, J., 2003, ALP 2000 seismic experiment, Studia Geophysica et Geodetica, v. 47, no. 3, p. 671-679, cited 27 times.
  9. CD-ROM Working Group, Karlstrom, K. Bowring, S. A., Chamberlain, K. R., Dueker, K. G., Eshete, T., Erslev, E. A., Farmer, G. L., Hiezler, M., Humphreys, E. D., Johnson, R. A., Keller, G. R., Kelley, S. A., Levander, A., Magnani, M. B., Matzel, J. P., McCoy, A. M., Miller, K. C., Morozova, E. A., Pazzaglia, F. J., Prodehl, C., Rumpel, H-M., Shaw, C. A., Sheehan, A. F., Shoshitaishvili, E., Smithson, S. B., Snelson, C. M., Stevens, L. M., Tyson, A.R., and Williams, M. L., 2002, Structure and evolution of the lithosphere beneath the Rocky Mountains: Initial results from the CD-ROM experiment, GSA Today, v. 12, no. 3, p. 4-9, cited 102 times.
  10. Brocher, T. M., Pratt, T. L., Weaver, C. S., Snelson, C. M., and Frankel, A. D., 2002, Implosion, earthquake, and explosion recordings from the 2000 Seattle Kingdome seismic hazards investigation of Puget Sound (SHIPS), Washington, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-123, 29 p, cited 1 time.
  11. Brocher, T.M., Pratt, T. L., Creager, K. C., Crosson, R. S., Steele, W. P., Weaver, C. S., Frankle, A. D., Tréhu, A. M., Snelson, C. M., Miller, K. C., Harder, S. H., and ten Brink, U. S., 2000, Urban Seismic Experiments Investigate Seattle Fault and Basin, Eos Trans., AGU, v. 81, no. 46, p. 545-552, cited 21 times.
  12. Brocher, T.M., Pratt, T. L., Miller, K. C., Tréhu, A. M., Snelson, C. M., Weaver, C. S., Creager, K. C., Crosson, R. S., ten Brink, U. S., Alvarez, M. G., Harder, S. H., and Asudeh, I., 2000, Report for explosion and earthquake data acquired in the 1999 Seismic Hazards Investigation in Puget Sound (SHIPS), Washington, U.S. Geological Survey Open‑File Report 00‑318, 85 p, cited 16 times.
  13. Henstock, T. J., Levander, A., Snelson, C. M., Keller, G. R., Miller, K. C., and Harder, S. H., Gorman, A. R., Clowes, R. M., Burianyk, M. J. A., and Humphreys, E. D., 1998, Probing the Archean and Proterozoic Lithosphere of Western North America, GSA Today, v. 8, no. 7., p. 1-5, cited 100 times.

 

Publications – Technical Reports or Presentations:

  1. Snelson, C. M., 2016, Source Physics Experiment Data Sets: Types and Uses, Source Physics Experiment Schubert Review, Invited Talk, LA-UR-16-25142.
  2. Snelson, C. M., Schultz-Fellenz, E., Coblentz, D., and Coppersmith, R., 2015, UAS Photogrammetry: A Novel Data Collection Technique, Interagency Geotechnical Assessment Team, Invited Talk, LA-UR-15-28302.
  3. Snelson, C. M., 2014, An Overview of the Source Physics Experiments (SPE) at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), EES/IGPP Frontiers in Geoscience Colloquium, Invited Talk, LA-UR-14-27587 & LA-UR-14-27780.
  4. Snelson, C. M., and Mellors, R., 2014, Source Physics Experiment (SPE) – Large-N Proposed Deployment, IRIS Webinar Controlled Source and Industry Topics, Presentation, LA-UR-14-27310.
  5. Snelson, C. M., Bradley, C. R., Walter, W. R., Antoun, T., Abbott, R., Jones, K, Chipman, V. D., and Montoya, L., 2014, The Source Physics Experiment (SPE) Science Plan, accepted by NNSA/NA-22, 24 pp. LA-UR-14-23528; LLNL-TR-654513; SAND-91209; DOE/NV/25946—2094.
  6. Snelson, C. M., Patton, H. J., Bradley, C. R., Whitaker, R. W., Sussman, A. J., Coblentz, D., and Sandoval, T. D., 2014, The Source Physics Experiment, Science of Signatures Capability Review, Poster, LA-UR-14-23612.
  7. Snelson, C. M., 2012, Exploration Seismology with Explosives, Applied Science Education Program, SEG Annual Meeting, Presentation, DOE/NV/25946—1647.
  8. Walter, W. R., Pyle, M. L., Ford, S. R., Myers, S. C., Smith, K. D., Snelson, C., and Chipman, V., 2012, Rock Valley Direct Earthquake-Explosion Comparison Experiment (RV-DC): Initial Feasibility Study, NCNS Report, 25 p., LLNL-TR-585672, cited 1 time.