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, USA

Office location: Scrugham Engineering Mines, Room 315

ORC ID#: 0000-0001-7367-9489
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
  • Loading of Earth's Surface
  • Seismic Hazard
  • Fault Mechanics
  • Mantle Flow
  • Seismic Tomography
Bill Hammond and Mt. McGee


  • GPH 411/611/701(i) Geophysical Geodesy
  • GPH 455/655 Global Geophysics
  • GEOL 701(i) GPS and InSAR data processing
  • GEOL 701(i) Western US Tectonic Framework

Also Cool

  • Research Splotlight on our work on the uplift of the Western Transverse Ranges in Eos.
  • Walker Lane articles in: Nevada Today and Wired Magazine
  • NSF EarthScope Speaker Series.
  • Spotlight on P085 and Bill: Basin and Range Geodesy
  • Bill Hammond at Smoke Creek Desert

    Research Profiles and Publication Lists

    Bill Hammond's face

    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.

    Photos from MAGNET GPS fieldwork and other adventures (loads a little slow).

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    University of Nevada, Reno
    Last edited 11 October 2021.