MAGNET GPS Station - Photo by Geoff Blewitt

Bill Hammond, Research Professor

Nevada Geodetic Laboratory
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
College of Science
University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, Nevada 89557-0178, USA

Office location: Scrugham Engineering Mines, Room 315

Office Phone: 1 (775) 784-6436
Fax: 1 (775) 784-1709
Email Bill

Bill's Interests

  • Tectonic Geodesy
  • GPS and InSAR Measurement of Crustal Deformation
  • Geodetic Measurement of Active Uplift in Mountain Belts
  • Dynamics of the Lithosphere
  • Seismic Hazard
  • Fault Mechanics
  • Mantle Flow
  • Seismic Tomography

Research Profiles and Publication Lists

Bill Hammond


Bill Hammond

Research Statement

The mountains of the Basin and Range were created in response to slow distributed province-wide tectonic extension that broke the Earth's crust along fault lines. Cumulative displacement along these faults over long periods of time built, and is still building, topographic relief, i.e. the valleys and ranges of the province. Earthquakes associated with the infrequent slip on these faults generate the seismicity felt by people who live in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada.

In my research I precisely measure this active crustal deformation using geodetic techniques such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). From these measurements I infer the style and distribution of Earth surface deformation that is a direct consequence of continent-scale tectonic processes. My main interest is in relating these motions to the organization of seismogenic faulting, and inferring the source of stresses in the lithosphere. With geodesy we can better understand the processes that control gradual deformation of the western U.S. continental interior, and hence better understand the physics of Earth deformation and the source of potentially damaging earthquakes.

photo: Bill Hammond

photo: Bill Hammond

photo: Bill Hammond

photo: Bill Hammond

photo: Bill Hammond
University of Nevada, Reno
Last edited 24 April 2017.