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Andrea Donnellan
QuakeSim Principal Investigator

Andrea Donnellan is a principal research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Research in Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. She is President-elect of the American Geophysical Union’s Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group and is the Principal Investigator of GeoGateway. Donnellan studies earthquakes and crustal deformation by integrating geodetic imaging data and computational infrastructure with modeling and analysis tools. Her current research focus is on analysis of UAVSAR observations in California. In 2012 QuakeSim (now GeoGateway) won NASA’s Software of the Year Award. Donnellan has been Deputy Manager of the JPL's Science Division, InSAR Pre-Project Scientist for studying natural hazards, ice sheets, and ecosystems, and NASA's Applied Sciences Program Area Co-Lead for Natural Disasters. She has conducted field studies in California, in Antarctica, on the Altiplano of Bolivia, in Mongolia, and on Variegated Glacier in Alaska. She has been a geophysicist at JPL since 1993. Donnellan received a B.S. in geology from the Ohio State University in 1986, a master's and Ph.D. in geophysics from Caltech in 1988 and 1991 respectively, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2003. She held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Donnellan has received the Presidential Early Career Award, the MUSES of the California Science Center Woman of the Year Award, Women in Aerospace Award for Outstanding Achievement, JPL’s Lew Allen award, several NASA Space Act Awards, the Antarctic Service Medal, and has been a finalist in the astronaut selection process three times. Donnellan has a glacier in Antarctica named after her for her work on that continent.


Education
  • Ph.D., Geophysics, California Institute of Technology (1991)
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Southern California (2003)
  • M.S., Geophysics, California Institute of Technology (1988)
  • B.S., Geology, Ohio State University, with honors and distinction in geology (1986)

Research Interests
  • Natural hazard assessment using GPS and InSAR space technologies, and numerical modeling.
  • Pattern analysis of geodetic and seismic time series to understand the underlying dynamics of complex earthquake fault systems.
  • Numerical modeling to estimate the rheology of the crust, and fault characteristics and interactions using viscoelastic finite element and analytic elastic models.
  • Collection and interpretation of GPS data with incorporation of InSAR data to study plate tectonics crustal deformation, and the earthquake cycle.

Projects

GeoGateway Icon GeoGateway
GeoGateway is a data product search and analysis gateway for scientific discovery, field use, and disaster response. GeoGateway focuses on NASA geodetic imaging products from InSAR and GPS integrated with earthquake faults datasets, seismicity, and ...

NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (NISAR) Icon NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (NISAR)
A dedicated U.S. and Indian InSAR mission, in partnership with ISRO, optimized for studying hazards and global environmental change.

UAVSAR Icon UAVSAR
UAVSAR, is a reconfigurable, polarimetric L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is specifically designed to acquire airborne repeat track SAR data for differential interferometric measurements.


Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1993–present)
    • Principal Research Scientist (2008–present)
    • NASA HQ Program Area Co-Lead for Natural Disasters (2009–2010)
    • InSAR Pre-Project Scientist (2005–2008)
    • Deputy Manager, Science Division (2002–2006)
    • Deputy Manager, Exploration Systems Autonomy Section (2001–2002)
    • Supervisor, Data Understanding Systems Group (1999–2001)
    • Satellite Geodesy and Geodynamics Systems Group (1993–1999)
  • Editor AGU Earth and Space Science Journal (2014­ – present)
  • Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group President/President-Elect (2015–2016/2013–2014)
  • Assistant Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California (1999-present)
  • Visiting Associate, Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, (1995-1996)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1991-1993)

Selected Awards
  • QuakeSim 2.0: NASA Software of the Year Award Co-Winner (2012)
  • Simplex V8: NASA Space Act Award (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Response to the Gulf Oil Spill (2011)
  • GeoFESTv.4.8 NASA Space Act Award (2009)
  • MUSES California Science Center Foundation, Woman of the Year (2006)
  • Donnellan Glacier, Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (2006)
  • NASA Space Act awards for QuakeSim, Simplex, and Disloc (2005)
  • Women at Work Medal of Excellence (2004)
  • Team bonus award for QuakeSim Parallel GeoFest development (2004)
  • NASA Space Act Award for GeoFESTv.4.3 finite element software (2004)
  • Women in Aerospace Award for Outstanding Achievement (2003)
  • JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2000)
  • Southern California Earthquake Center Outreach Award for Education (1998)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1991-1993)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, Geodesy Section, Fall AGU Meeting (1990)
  • Amoco Scholarship (1985)
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Ohio State University (1985-1986)
  • Ohio State University Field Camp Scholarship (1985)
  • Outstanding Student Award, Ohio State University Field Camp (1985)
  • Antarctic Service Medal (1985)

Selected Publications
  1. Donnellan, A., L. Grant Ludwig, J.W. Parker, J.B. Rundle, J. Wang, M. Pierce, J. Rundle, G. Blewitt, S. Hensley (in revision), Earthquake Potential Inferred Northeast of Los Angeles from Geodetic Observations of the 2014 M 5.1 La Habra Earthquake, Earth and Space Sci.
  2. Donnellan, A., R. Arrowsmith, V. Langenheim (in press), Select Airborne Techniques for Mapping and Problem Solving, in Applied Geology in California (book), eds. R. Anderson and H. Ferriz.
  3. Donnellan, A., J. Parker, S. Hensley, M. Pierce, J. Wang, J. Rundle, UAVSAR Observations of Triggered Slip on the Imperial, Superstition Hills, and East Elmore Ranch Faults Associated with the 2010 M 7.2 El Mayor - Cucapah Earthquake, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, doi:10.1002/2013GC005120, 2014.
  4. Donnellan, A, J Parker, E De Jong, M Pierce, G Fox, D McLeod, J Rundle, L Grant Ludwig, A Distributed Approach to Computational Earthquake Science: Opportunities and Challenges, Computing In Science And Engineering, 2012.
  5. Donnellan, A. and B. Luyendyk, GPS Evidence for a Coherent Plate and for Postglacial Rebound in Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica, Global and Planetary Change 42, 305-311, 2004.
  6. Granat, R., and A. Donnellan, Deterministic annealing hidden Markov models for geophysical data exploration, PAGEOPH, 2271-2284, 2002.
  7. Donnellan, A. and G. A. Lyzenga, Fault afterslip and upper crustal relaxation following the Northridge earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 21,285-21,297, 1998.
  8. Bawden, G., A. Donnellan, L. Kellogg, D. Dong, J. Rundle, Geodetic measurements of seven decades of hortizontal strain near the White Wolf fault, Kern County California: I. Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 4957-4976, 1997.
  9. Grant, L. B., and A. Donnellan, 1855 and 1991 surveys of the San Andreas fault: Implications for fault mechanics, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 84, 241-246, 1994.
  10. Donnellan, A., B., H. Hager, and R. W. King, Discrepancy between geologic and geodetic deformation rates in the Ventura basin, Nature, 366, 333-336, 1993.

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