P. Talwani is a Professor of geophysics at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina (USC). He obtained his M.S. degree in applied geophysics from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India, in 1962, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif, USA, in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He is the Director of the South Carolina Seismic Network. He worked in oil exploration in India from 1962 to 1968, and he has been at USC since 1973. His current and past professional affiliations include the American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Geological Society of America, and United States Committee on Large Dams. His research interests include the study of reservoir and injection-induced seismicity observations, mechanisms, and hydrodynamics; fluid pressure flow in fractures observations, mechanisms, and hydraulic properties; neotectonics and seismotectonics of stable continental regions and related seismic hazards; the study of paleoliquefaction features to obtain the recurrence time of prehistoric earthquakes; and the measurement of geodetic strain in the Charleston South Carolina area. Together with his students, he has given more than 400 technical talks and published more than 100 research papers. Among his professional honors are the following. He was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and was awarded the Seismological Society of America’s Eastern Section JSA Award for contributions to observational seismology and the 2008 Richard Russell Research Award for science, mathematics, and engineering, the highest research award given at USC.
Biography Updated on 14 November 2011