Matthew A. dŇAlessio

日本東京都渋谷区上原2丁目42−3

Uehara 2-42-3

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 151-0064

Japan

http://zadok.org


 

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Department of Geology & Geophysics. Conducted doctoral thesis research on how fault geometry and frictional properties affect fault behavior. Advisor, Prof. Roland Bčrgmann.

 

1999-

2004

 

B. S., Stanford University

Geological & Environmental Sciences with focus in Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology. Minor in Computer Science.

 

1995-

1999

 

 

Teaching       

Stay-at-home Dad, The d'Alessio family

Serve as an independent education and development consultant for my son while also learning from him about patience, how young children learn, and how to make everyday chores into a game.

 

2008-

2009

Earth science teacher, El Cerrito High School

Taught an innovative and engaging Earth science curriculum in an urban public school.

 

2007-

2008

Adjunct Professor of Geology and Math, San Quentin State Prison

Teach community college geology and math classes within the prison. Students work towards an A.A. degree sponsored by Patten University in Oakland.

 

2002-

2005

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley

Geology 116, Structural Geology; Assisted students in laboratories, discussion sections, and office hours in upper-level undergraduate class. Designed laboratory curriculum, wrote exams, and gave guest lectures.

 

2000,

2002

 

 

Scientific Research            

Visiting Professor, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo

Working directly with Japanese scientists provides me unprecedented access to high quality data in one of the most geologically active places on earth. My research focuses on the determining the source dimensions of very tiny earthquakes.

 

2006-

Present

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, U. S. Geological Survey

Working with the Earthquake Hazards Team and Crustal Heat Flow group on understanding the relationship between the frictionally generated heat and the slip behavior of the San Andreas fault. Also capitalized on the educational value of the Centennial of the 1906 Earthquake by working with scientists and teachers to develop new material for classroom use.

 

2004-

2006

Assistant Engineering Geologist, Geomatrix Consultants

Work in active fault and landslide hazard assessment.

1998

 

 

 

Curriculum Development   

Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution

Developing pedagogically sound interactive educational modules for use in museum settings that highlight recent earth science research while explaining fundamental scientific concepts that students need to know.

 

2006-Present

Curriculum Science Advisor, DLESE

Work with middle and high school teachers from throughout the Bay Area to develop innovative, inquiry based curriculum in earth science. Included a series of weekend workshops and week-long summer institutes. Material presented online at http://teachingboxes.org.

 

2004-

2006

Project coordinator, Earthquake Science Explained, U.S. Geological Survey

Organized over two dozen scientists to write a series of ten educationally focused articles for publication in the San Francisco Chronicle (readership over 500,000, including over 20,000 students as part of the Chronicle in Education classroom program). Aligned articles with K-12 standards and provided supplementary classroom activities.

 

2005

Content Developer, Schoolyard Geology, U.S. Geological Survey

Based on teaching experiences at San Quentin State Prison, developed lesson plans for mini field trips to investigate geologic processes in urban schoolyards.

2004-

2005

 

 

Professional Development with Teachers

Workshop leader, California Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting; National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting; California On Shaky Ground (UC Museum of Paleontology Short Course); Presidio Teacher's Night (sponsored by San Francisco Chronicle). Showed teachers how to find and use resources produced by the U. S. Geological Survey, including the Schoolyard Geology and other activities aligned with state and national standards.

 

Various

Geoscience Test Scorer, California Subject Examinations for Teachers

Teachers applying for a credential to teach Earth and Planetary science classes in middle school or high school take this subject specific exam to prove competency. By grading their answers to free response questions, I saw what they were expected to know and how potential future teachers did and did not meet those expectations.

 

2003-

2004

Workshop Science Advisor, Lawrence Hall of Science

Assisted during two week earth science professional development seminars for elementary and middle school students, Led field trips and consulted with teachers as they developed hands-on projects for their classrooms. Also developed a pre- and post- seminar assessment test to help track the success of the workshops.

 

2002

 

 


 

Public Outreach                  

Tour Guide, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

Led tours of the lab and gave demonstrations to school groups from Kindergarten to University level. Emphasize important applications of scientific knowledge to safety and preparedness.

 

1999-

2004

Guest Scientist, Regular visits to K-12 classrooms.

Led classroom activities in middle and high schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Activity titles include "Living inside the Earthquake Machine," "Every rock tells a story," "Schoolyard Geology." Incorporated kinesthetic activities that go beyond a standard lecture presentation.

 

Various

Media Appearances,

Interviewed for over a dozen print and broadcast media pieces including National Geographic, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, Salinas Californian, Edinburgh Scotsman, KTSF (San Francisco). Appeared in PBS special "Earth: Work in Progress" as an expert on aseismic fault creep. Videos of the show are distributed nation-wide with a full curriculum for classrooms use.

 

Various

Invited Speaker,

Adams State College, Colorado; Bay Area Geophysical Society; Boston University; California State U., Hayward; California State U., San Jose; New Mexico Tech; U. of California, Berkeley; U. of Tokyo; Tohoku U., Japan; USGS, Menlo Park; USGS, Reston.

 

Various

 

 

Grants and Awards                                                            

Louderbeck Award, University of California, Berkeley

Awarded to a senior graduate student for combined excellence in research and contributions to the community. Includes cash prize of $3,000.

2004

Outstanding Student Paper Award, Tectonophys­ics*

Outstanding Student Paper Award, Seismology**

Offered at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union each year, this award is given for clear and effective presentation of innovative science.

2003

2001

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

A competitive grant to pursue an individually defined research project.

Total award: $111,000 over three years.

2000

Geological Society of America Research Grant

Total award: $2,005.

2000

Marin County Millennium Leadership Award, Science & Technology

Community award for showing leadership promise. 

2000


 

Service and Professional Societies                    

Peer review

Provided critical comments on scientific papers or grant proposals submitted to the following journals and organizations: Bulletin of Seismological Society of America; Earth and Planetary Science Letters; G3; Geophysical Research Letters; Israel Science Foundation; J. Geophysical Research; J. Volcanology and Geothermal Research; National Science Foundation (U.S.); Tectonophysics.

 

Various

Member,

American Geophysical Union; Geological Society of America; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; California Science TeacherŇs Association

 

 

 

Publications

Rolandone, F., Burgmann, R., Agnew, D. C., Johanson, I. A., Templeton, D. C., d'Alessio, M. A., Titus, S. J., DeMets, C., and B. Tikoff (2008), Aseismic slip and fault-normal strain along the central creeping section of the San Andreas fault, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2008GL034437, in press.

d'Alessio, M. A., and C. F. Williams, 2007. Putting it all together: Exhumation histories from a formal combination of heat flow and a suite of thermochronometers. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2006jb004725.

d'Alessio, M. A., ed., 2006. Earthquake Science Explained: A series of ten short articles for students, teachers, and families. U.S. Geological Survey GIP 21, 18 pp.

d'Alessio, M. A., Williams, C. F., and R. Bürgmann, 2006. Heat flow and fault strength heterogeneity; Implications for the strength of the San Andreas fault. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, doi:10.1029/2005JB003780.

d'Alessio, M. A., 2005. Schoolyard Geology. U.S. Geological Survey web publication, http://education.usgs.gov/schoolyard, 2005-December-15.

d'Alessio, M. A., Johanson, I. A., Bčrgmann, R, Schmidt, D. A., and M. H. Murray, 2005. Slicing up the San Francisco Bay Area: Block kinematics and fault slip rates from GPS-derived surface velocities. Journal of Geophysical Research 110, doi:10.1029/2004JB003496.

Schmidt, D. A., Bčrgmann, R., Nadeau, R.M., and M. A. d'Alessio, 2005, Distribution of aseismic slip rate on the Hayward fault inferred from seismic and geodetic data. Journal of Geophysical Research 110, doi:10.1029/2004JB003397.

d'Alessio, M. A. and S. J. Martel, 2005. Development of strike-slip faults from dikes, Sequoia National Park, California. Journal of Structural Geology 27 (1), 35-49.

d'Alessio, M. A. and S. J. Martel, 2004. Fault terminations and barriers to fault growth. Journal of Structural Geology 26 (10), 1885-1896.

Blythe, A. E., d'Alessio, M. A., and R. Bčrgmann, 2004. Constraining the exhumation and burial history of the SAFOD Pilot Hole with apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He thermochronometry. Geophysical Research Letters 31, doi: 10.1029/2003gl019407.

d'Alessio, M. A., Blythe, A. E., and R. Bčrgmann, 2003. No frictional heat on the San Gabriel fault, California; Evidence from fission track thermochronology. Geology 36, 541-544.

Bčrgmann, R., Schmidt, D., Nadeau, R. M., d'Alessio, M. A., Fielding, E., McEvilly, T. V. and M. H. Murray, 2000. Earthquake Potential Along the Northern Hayward Fault, California. Science 289 (18 August 2000), 1178-1182.

 

 


 

Conference Presentations and Abstracts (as first author only)

dŇAlessio, M. A., Imanishi, K., and W. L. Ellsworth. 2006. Stress drop of earthquakes from the Multi-Window Spectral Ratio method in a regional network, EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting Supplement 87, Abstract S23C-0186.

dŇAlessio, M. A., Imanishi, K., and W. L. Ellsworth. 2006. Stress drop of earthquakes from the Multi-Window Spectral Ratio method in a regional network, 6th International Panel on Earthquake Research, US-Japan Cooperative Program in Natural Resource (UJNR), Nov. 8 đ 11, Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan.

d'Alessio, M. A., and R. Bčrgmann. 2005. Slicing up the San Francisco Bay Area: Insights from regional block modeling of GPS data. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting Supplement 86. Abstract G21A-02.

d'Alessio, M. A., Pehl, J., Ferrier, K., and C. Pehl. 2004. Teaching Geology at San Quentin State Prison. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting Supplement 85, Abstract ED51C-0032.

d'Alessio, M. A., Bčrgmann, R., and C. F. Williams. 2004. Frictional Heterogeneity and Heat Flow. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting Supplement 85, Abstract T13A-1351.

d'Alessio, M. A., Pehl, J., Ferrier, K., and C. Pehl. 2004. Teaching Geology at San Quentin State Prison. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 36(5), p. 239.

d'Alessio, M.A., Schmidt, D.A., Johanson, I., and R. Bčrgmann. 2003. Estimates of slip rates on Bay Area faults from space geodesy. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting Supplement 84, Abstract T12E-02 (invited).*

d'Alessio, M.A., Johanson, I., and R. Bčrgmann. 2003. The Bay Area Velocity Unification (BAVU); Bringing Together Crustal Deformation Observations from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, in: Creeping toward the Big One -- what's new on the Hayward fault. USGS, Menlo Park, CA.

d'Alessio, M. A., Blythe, A. E., and R. Bčrgmann. 2001. Constraints on Frictional Heating of Faults From Fission Track Thermochronology. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting Supplement 82, Abstract S52B-0627. **

d'Alessio, M. A., and R. Bčrgmann. 2001. Heat, Friction, and the Mechanics of Faults. In: Earthscope Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, p. 81 - 84.

d'Alessio, M. A., A. E. Blythe, and R. Bčrgmann . 2000. Constraints on Shear Heating of Faults from Fission Track Thermochronology. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting Supplement 81, Abstract T52E-12.

d'Alessio, M. A. and S. J. Martel. 1999. Scaling of Faults in Jointed Granitic Rock and Implications for Fluid Flow. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 80, San Francisco, CA, Abstract F740.