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Robert Kayen, Ph.D., P.E.

Research Civil Engineer     

United States Geological Survey
Western Coastal & Marine Geology
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Telephone: (650)329-4195
Fax: (650) 329-5411

Photo of Rob
University of California at Berkeley Civil Engineering Ph.D., 1993
University of California at Berkeley Civil Engineering M.S.C.E., 1989
California State University Geology M.S.Geology 1988
Tufts University, Boston, MA Geology/Civil Engineering B.S.C.E., 1981


Research Civil Engineer, Coastal and Marine Geology Team, United States Geological Survey 1983-present. Coastal landslide Hazards, Project Chief, 2001-present; Pacific Gas & Electric Company, project for Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), 1998-2000, 2006-2010. CASCADIA Earthquake Hazards Project, Project Chief, 1995-2000; Southern California Bight Damage Assessment, Expert for Dept of Justice, 1992-2001. GLORIA seafloor imaging project; AMASSEDS Amazon Shelf Sediment Study; Ebro and Cadiz, Spain sediment study; Arctic Ocean gas hydrate shelf/slope study.

Current research collaborations (2002-present) with Kobe University, Japan; University of Tokyo, Japan; Harbin Institute of Technology, China, University of Rome, Italy; Geosciences Australia; Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador; National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan; UCLA; UC Berkeley.

Visiting Professor, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. 2001-2002. Research Scholar (2006-2007).

Geophysicist, Compagne General de Geophysique, Paris, France (General Geophysical Company) 1982-1983.


  • Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, ASCE (2006)
  • Department of Justice, Awarded Certificate of Commendation (2001)
  • USGS Sustained Service Award (1989)
  • USGS-STAR Award, WCMG, Menlo Park, CA (1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • USGS STAR Award, ECMG Woods Hole, MA (1999)
  • Malcolm Stacey Fellowship, University of California (1988, 1990-1993)
  • Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California (1989)


  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Civil Engineers; Geo-Institue Editorial Board (1997-2004), TLCEE Ports and Harbors
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineers
  • Seismological Society of America


Rob at Hubbard Glacier, AK,
onboard R/V Alpha Helix


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