1989 Ph.D. in Geophysics, Stanford University
1985 M.S. in Geophysics, Stanford University
1982 B.S. in Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
2003- Professor of Geophysics, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming.
2004- Adjunct Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1997-2003 Associate Professor, University of Wyoming.
1993-1997 Associate Scientist, Geology and Geophysics, WHOI.
1989-1993 Assistant Scientist, Geology and Geophysics, WHOI.
1988-1989 Postdoctoral Scholar, Geology and Geophysics, WHOI.
1986-1988 Research Assistant, Geophysics, Stanford University.
1985-1986 Researcher, Geophysical Institute, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
1983-1985 Research Assistant, Geophysics, Stanford University.
1982-1983 Geophysicist, Chevron Geosciences.
CITATIONS OF WORK (from Science Citation Index):
• h-index: 34 (i.e., 34 papers that each have at least 34 citations)
• >2,500 citations of work as of November, 2011 (average ~100 citations/year) [not including Holbrook et al., 1992, review paper, which has over 200 citations].
• 4 first-authored papers with over 100 citations each (1992 Lower Continental Crust; 1993 Nature; 1996 Science; 1999 Geology).
PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS: (* indicates graduate or post-doctoral advisee first author)
Sutherland, F.H., G.M. Kent, A.J. Harding, P.J. Umhoefer, D. Lizarralde, N.W. Driscoll, J.M. Fletcher, G.J. Axen, W.S. Holbrook, A. González-Fernández, and P. Lonsdale, Mid-Miocene to early Pliocene Oblique Extension in the southern Gulf of California, submitted to J. Geophys. Res.
Holbrook, W.S., I. Fer, R.W. Schmitt, D. Lizarralde, J.M. Klymak, C. Helfrich, and R. Kubichek, Estimating turbulence dissipation in the ocean from seismic reflection images, submitted to Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.
Funded Projects as PI or co-PI:
2012-2017: “Water in a Changing West: The Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics,” A. Sylvester, W.S. Holbrook, and S.N. Miller, co-PI’s, NSF-EPSCoR, $20,000,000.
2011-2012: “Collaborative Research: A Short, Open-Access 2D MCS Acquisition Program off Washington State,” W.S. Holbrook, PI, National Science Foundation, $109,667 ($51,656 to UWyo).
2010-2011: “Collaborative Research: A Workshop Proposal for Improving Access to R/V Langseth Seismic Data,” W.S. Holbrook, PI, National Science Foundation, $21,042.
2009-2012: “Seismic Oceanography: Non-linear internal waves in the South China Sea and Three-Dimensional Maps of Ocean Temperature and Turbulence,” W.S. Holbrook and S. Mallick, co-PI’s, Office of Naval Research (DEPSCoR), $472,262.
2006-2009: “Collaborative Research: Quantitative Estimates of Oceanic Turbulence and Temperature Structure from Seismic Reflection Data,” W.S. Holbrook and R.W. Schmitt (WHOI), co-PI’s, NSF-PO, $633,842 ($403,799 to UWyo).
Walter Munk Award, The Oceanography Society, 2013.
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, elected 2012.
Distinguished Lecturer, NSF-GeoPRISMS program, 2011-2012.
President’s Award for Excellence in Research (and UW Presidential Speaker), University of Wyoming, 2010.
Ocean Drilling Program (JOI/USSAC) Distinguished Lecturer, 2001-2002.
Extraordinary Merit for Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, UW, 2002, 2005.
University of Wyoming Excellence in Advising Award, 2003.
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1998
Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1988-89
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Direct Stipend, 1985-86
-for one year of research at the University of Karlsruhe, West Germany
Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
John White Fellowship, Penn State, 1982
-awarded to one graduating senior for graduate school.
Evan Pugh Scholar Award, Penn State, 1981 and 1982
-awarded to top 0.5% of junior and senior class.
Costa Rica Research:
• Covered in Costa Rican national newspaper, La Nacion, 22 April 2008.
Ocean imaging research:
• Featured on cover of Geophysical Research Letters, Dec. 31, 2009.
• Featured in article in Earth magazine (formerly Geotimes), November, 2008.
• Featured in article in Scientific American, September, 2008.
• Undergrad Dan Eakin featured in UWyo magazine, Winter 2008.
• Covered on German National Public Radio, August 2003.
• Covered in German magazine Der Spiegel, August 2003.
• Featured in Northwest Science & Technology magazine, Winter 2004.
• Featured in American Scientist magazine (“Sea Change”), July-August 2004.
• Interviewed on evening news, Cheyenne Channel 5 (CBS affiliate)
Methane Hydrate Research:
• Interviewed for national science radio program, Imagine That; aired June, 2005.
• Speaker, Ocean Drilling Program's Seminar Series on Capitol Hill, Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C., January 2000.
Co-Chief Scientist (with G.M. Purdy), R/V Endeavor, Baltimore Canyon Trough, September 1990 (two-ship seismic reflection and OBS experiment with M/V GECO Searcher).
Chief Scientist, R/V David Johnston and R/V Shana Rae, San Francisco Bay and offshore California margin, September 1991 (two-ship seismic reflection and OBS experiment with R/V S.P. Lee).
Co-Chief Scientist (with C.K. Paull), R/V Cape Hatteras, Blake Ridge, June 1992 (single-channel seismic, OBS, and deep-towed explosive source work).
Chief Scientist, R/V Alpha Helix, Aleutian island arc, July 1994 (two-ship seismic reflection and OBS work with R/V Maurice Ewing).
Geophysicist, JOIDES Resolution, Blake Ridge, November-December 1995 (conducted VSPs during drilling operations).
Co-Chief Scientist (with F.J. Davey), R/V Maurice Ewing, South Island, New Zealand, February 1996 (multichannel seismic reflection, OBS, and onshore-offshore shooting).
Co-Chief Scientist (with T. Dahl-Jensen), R/V Maurice Ewing, Southeast Greenland margin and Greenland-Iceland Ridge, August-October, 1996 (multichannel seismic reflection, OBS, and onshore-offshore shooting).
Current Graduate Advisees:
Will Fortin (PhD)
Erik Everson (PhD)
Jorden Hayes (PhD)
Jake Marson (MS)
James St. Clair (MS)
Graduate Degrees Completed Under My Supervision:
Daniel Lizarralde (PhD 1997, WHOI/MIT; currently Assoc. Sci. at WHOI)
Jun Korenaga (co-advisor; PhD 1999, WHOI/MIT; currently Asst. Prof. at Yale University)
Ryan Smith (MS 1999, UW; currently ChevronTexaco)
Margie Kloska (MS 1999, UW; currently ExxonMobil)
Jeff Austin (MS 2001, UW; currently ChevronTexaco)
Kara Hackwith (MS 2002; currently TotalFinaElf)
Greg Nunes (MS 2002; currently ExxonMobil)
Jake Deeds (MS 2002; currently ChevronTexaco)
Donna Shillington (PhD 2004, UW; currently Research Scientist at LDEO, Columbia University)
Matt Hornbach (PhD 2004, UW; currently postdoc at University of Texas Institute for Geophysics)
Papia Nandi (MS 2005, UW; currently British Petroleum)
Jeffrey Nealon (PhD 2006; currently ChevronTexaco)
Pedro Páramo (PhD 2006; currently British Petroleum)