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Michael Lee Begnaud

Mike Begnaud

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Phone (505) 667-7620

Capabilities

  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Geophysics
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Data mining
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Field studies and process experiments
  • Seismic analysis
  • Earthquakes
  • Science of Signatures - Remote and Standoff Sensing
  • Ground-based sensing and sensors
  • Seismic analysis
  • Earthquakes
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Inverse modeling
  • Web Services
  • Website administration and support
  • External web content development

Expertise

Seismology/Geophysics

Seismic earth models

Seismic location and ground truth estimates

Database design and development

Web interactions

Education

Ph.D., Geology, University of California, Davis, June 1997. Dissertation: Structure of the Eastern Clipperton Transform Zone, East Pacific Rise. Advisor: Dr. James S. McClain

Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of California, Davis, March 1991

 

LANL Positions

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

  • R&D Manager 3, EES-17 (Geophysics), Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, August 2018 - present.
  • Scientist 4, EES-17 (Geophysics), Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, June 2013 – August 2018.
  • Scientist 3/Technical Staff Member, EES-3/11/17 (Geophysics), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, November 2000 – June 2013.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, EES-3 (Geophysics), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, October 1999 – November 2000.
  • Postgraduate Researcher, Earth Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 1999 – September 1999.
  • Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, April 1997 – April 1999.

Professional/Program Development and Service

  • Deputy Group Leader, Geophysics Group (EES-17), Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Responsible for leading a team of ~55 staff, post-docs, and students with executing tasks and lab business affairs, August 2018 – present.
  • Program Manager, Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Program activities for a $2+ million program, funding allocations, program expansion and development. April 2018 – present.
  • Team Lead, Seismoacoustics team, Geophysics Group (EES-17), Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Responsible for leading a team of ~15-19 staff and students with executing tasks and lab business affairs, Fall 2016 – August 2018.
  • Venture Point-of-Contact for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dynamic Networks Venture, Low-yield Nuclear Monitoring Program, Project Management and planning to execute a new $1.6+ million cross-laboratory program, Summer 2016 – November 2018.
  • Principal Investigator, Ground-based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring, Signal Propagation Task, Los Alamos National Laboratory, September 2011 – present.
  • Lead on seismic arrival picking and processing, Ground-based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring program/team, Los Alamos National Laboratory, ~2003 – present. 
  • Deputy Program Manager, Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Deputy to Dr. Dale Anderson for program-related activities at LANL, including project management for a $2+ million program, funding allocations, program expansion and development. November 2011 – April 2018.
  • Acting Deputy Group Leader, Geophysics Group (EES-17), Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Spring 2016.
  • EES-17 Group Leader Search Committee, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fall 2015.
  • Science Advisor to NA-22, Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Office, Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, DC. Advising Ms. Leslie Casey, program manager for GNDD Research and Development, on science-related issues and programmatic needs, September 2011 – September 2014.
  • Next Steps Committee, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2002-2003.
  • EES-11 Database Administrator Search Committee, 2000-2001.
 

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

Seismological Society of America

 

Awards

Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institutue, Moss Landing, CA, April 1997 - April 1999

Special Projects

Tomographic model development for the Regional Seismic Travel Time (RSTT) model. http://www.sandia.gov/rstt

 

Publications

(citations shown as [] from Google Scholar)

Begnaud, M. L., S. Ballard, C. J. Young, W. S. Phillips, C. A. Rowe, and J. R. Hipp (in prep). Validating SALSA3D -- A global 3D P-velocity model of the Earth's crust and mantle for improved event location. 

Olsen, K. B., B. H. Jacobsen, M. Begnaud, and W. Phillips (2018). Constraints of crustal heterogeneity and Q(f) from regional (<4Hz) wave propagation for the 2009 North Korea nuclear test, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.102, 4, 1301-1319, doi:10.1785/0120170195.

Anderson, D. N., S. J. Arrowsmith, D. F. Baker, M. L. Begnaud, J. L. Bonner, H. E. Hartse, G. E. Randall, P. M. Roberts, and R. W. Whitaker (2017). Confidence bounds for acoustic-derived yield estimates of surface explosions, Defense Research Review24, 2, 1-18.

Maceira, M., P. S. Blom, J. K. MacCarthy, O. E. Marcillo, G. G. Euler, M. L. Begnaud, S. R. Ford, M. E. Pasyanos, G. J. Orris, M. P. Foxe, S. J. Arrowsmith, B. J. Merchant, and M. E. Slinkard (2017). Trends in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research & Development - A Physics Perspective, Los Alamos National Laboratory, LA-UR-17-21274, doi:10.2172/1355758.

Ranasinghe, N., C. Rowe, E. Syracuse, C. Larmat, and M. Begnaud (2017). Enhanced global seismic resolution using transoceanic SMART cables, Seis. Res. Lett.89, 1, 77-85, doi:10.1785/0220170068.

Syracuse, E. M., W. S. Phillips, M. Maceira, and M. L. Begnaud (2017). Identifying and correcting timing errors at seismic stations in and around Iran, Seis. Res. Lett., doi:10.1785/0220170113.

Ballard, S., J. Hipp, M. Begnaud, C. Young, A. Encarnacao, E. Chael, and W. S. Phillips (2016). SALSA3D – A tomographic model of compressional wave slowness in the Earth’s mantle for improved travel time prediction and travel time prediction uncertainty, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.106, 6, doi:10.1785/0120150271. [8]

Begnaud, M. L., W. S. Phillips, R. J. Stead, and F. V. Pabian (2011). (U) Constraints on the locations of the 2009 and 2006 DPRK P'unggye explosions from fusion of improved relative relocation and geospatial analysis, Defense Research Review19.1, 1-16.

Steck, L. K., M. L. Begnaud, W. S. Phillips, and R. Stead (2011). Tomography of crustal P and S travel times across the western United States, J. Geophys. Res.116, B11304, doi:10.1029/2011JB008260. [9]

Myers, S. C., M. L. Begnaud, S. Ballard, M. E. Pasyanos, W. S. Phillips, A. L. Ramirez, M. S. Antolik, K. D. Hutchenson, G. S. Wagner, J. J. Dwyer, C. A. Rowe, and D. R. Russell (2010). A crust and upper mantle model of Eurasia and North Africa for Pn travel time calculation, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.100, 2, 640-656. [62]

Steck, L. K., W. S. Phillips, K. Mackey, M. L. Begnaud, R. J. Stead, and C. A. Rowe (2009). Seismic tomography of crustal Pand Sacross Eurasia, Geophys. J. Int.177, 1, 81-92, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04109.x. [19]

Phillips, W. S., M. L. Begnaud, C. A. Rowe, L. K. Steck, S. C. Myers, M. Pasyanos, and S. Ballard (2007). Accounting for lateral variations of the upper mantle gradient in Pn tomography studies, Geophys. Res. Lett.34, L14312, doi:10.1029/2007GL029338. [45]

Gallardo, V. A., M. L. Begnaud, J. Williams, K. C. McNally, D. S. Stakes, and G. W. Simila (2004). Analysis of the December 1998 Santa Cruz Mountains, California earthquake sequence: Implications for uplift and earthquake hazard, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.94, 5, 1890-1901.

Stakes, D. S., B. Romanowicz, M. L. Begnaud, K. C. McNally, J. P. Montagner, E. Stutzman, and M. E. Pasyanos (2002). The MBARI Margin Seismology Experiment: A Prototype Seafloor Observatory, in Science-Technology Synergy for Research in Marine Environment: Challenges for the XXI Century,Developments in Marine Technology Series12, L. Beranzoli, P. Favali and G. Smriglio (Eds.), Elsevier, 93-110.

Begnaud, M. L., K. C. McNally, D. S. Stakes, and V. A. Gallardo (2000). A crustal velocity model for locating earthquakes in Monterey Bay, California, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.90, 6, 1391-1408. [14]

Begnaud, M. L., and D. S. Stakes (2000). Constraining continental margin seismicity by extending on-shore seismograph stations to critical off-shore sites, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.90, 2, 414-424. [8]

Romanowicz, B., D. Stakes, J. P. Montagner, P. Tarits, R. Uhrhammer, M. Begnaud, E. Stutzman, M. Pasyanos, J. F. Karczewski, S. Etchemendy, and D. Neuhauser (1998). MOISE: A pilot experiment towards long term sea-floor geophysical observatories, Earth Planets Space50, 920-937. [44]

Stakes, D., J. McClain, T. VanZandt, P. McGill, and M. Begnaud (1998a). Corehole seismometer development for low-noise seismic data in a long-term seafloor observatory, Geophys. Res. Lett.25, 2745-2748. [18]

Stakes, D. S., B. Romanowicz, J. P. Montagner, P. Tarits, J. F. Karczewski, S. Etchemendy, C. Dawe, D. Neuhauser, P. McGill, J. C. Koenig, J. Savary, M. Begnaud, and M. Pasyanos (1998b). Seismic experiment paves way for long-term seafloor observatories, Eos Trans. AGU79, 301, 308-309. [13]

Begnaud, M. L., J. S. McClain, G. A. Barth, J. A. Orcutt, and A. J. Harding (1997). Velocity structure from forward modeling of the eastern ridge-transform intersection area of the Clipperton Fracture Zone, East Pacific Rise, J. Geophys. Res.102, B4, 7803-7820. [20]

McClain, J. S., M. L. Begnaud, M. A. Wright, J. Fondrk, and G. K. Von Damm (1993). Seismicity and tremor in a submarine hydrothermal field:  The northern Juan de Fuca Ridge, Geophys. Res. Lett.20, 1883-1886. [34]

 
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