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Dr. Ray

Dr. Ray

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On the Emerald Princess in Qaqortoq, Greenland

Ray Buland earned a BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a PhD in Solid Earth Geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (a graduate school of UC San Diego). He has published numerous articles in books and professional journals on topics ranging from free oscillations of the Earth and moment tensors to earthquake location, seismic travel-time computation, and travel-time/magnitude residual statistics.

Ray retired at the end of 2010 from the US Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado. Over his career, he did basic and applied research, developed computational algorithms and seismic processing systems, and created the US National Seismograph Network.

Most recently, he was instrumental in developing the National Operation Center of the Advanced National Seismic System. This involved over all system architecture planning, software development oversight, and insuring security requirements were met. The National Operation Center project resulted in the most sophisticated and highly integrated seismic processing system in the world. In 2011, Ray was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on a civilian, for his body of work.

In addition to seismology, Ray's interests include statistics, economics, archeology, science fiction, anime, video games, photography, and hiking. Lynne and Ray have been married for 43 years. They have one son who is employed (yay!), married, and recently provided them with a really cute granddaughter. They currently live high in the mountains near Jamestown, Colorado..