Biography: External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Co-Founder of Open Hazards Group and Chair of the Board
Distinguished Professor of Physics and Geology, University of California, Davis
John is the Executive Director Emeritus of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulations (ACES)
John is a Senior Advisor to the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
John is a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan
John was a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology (1980-1982) at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory. He was also a Member (1990 - 1997) and Chair (1994-1996) of the scientific Advisory Council to the Southern California Earthquake Center. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (1995-present), an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2005), the American Geophysical Union (2008), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017). Recently, he was a co-winner of the NASA Software of the Year Award (2012). John received his B.S.E from Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi), and M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition to natural hazards and earthquakes, he also has professional interests in forecasting, validation of forecasts, and quantitative finance. He currently co-organizes (along with Michael Maouboussin, Chris Wood and Martin Lebowitz) a yearly meeting on risk for the Santa Fe Institute, often held at Morgan Stanley, Inc., in New York. He teaches courses in Risk and Natural Disasters; Complex Systems; and Econophysics and Quantitative Finance at the University of California, Davis.
Field(s) of Research: General Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, Stochastic Thermodynamics