Matthew Adam d'Alessio

About Me...

My History

I was born and raised in Marin County, making me the fifth generation in my family to live in Northern California including four generations from my home town of Ross. The early years of my life were marked by many trips to the emergency room (I was accident prone) and fights with my older brother (sometimes the two were related).

After spending my first 9 years of school in Ross School and four more in high school in the same town, I wasn't ready to leave the Bay Area yet. I spent four fantastic years at Stanford University where I studied geology. Despite the fact that I had no idea that I was going to become a geologist it shouldn't come as much surprise -- my parents raised me with a great appreciation for the outdoors, and then they left me home alone during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake! A combination of excitement and fear is probably behind my interest in earthquakes and faults.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004 -- that makes me the third generation in my family attend both of the two intense rivals (Our family ALWAYS wins Big Game!) As a part of the Active Tectonics Group and the Berkeley Seismological Lab, I spent my time trying to understand the behavior of faults and earthquakes.

I'm also the third generation to have met a very wonderful girl at Berkeley: I spend some of my free time dancing, hiking, cooking, and studying with Loraine, a PhD student in Physics. We were married in the summer of 2001.

I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for two years as a research geologist on a term appointment. Since my term expired at the USGS, I've lived in Washington DC, Boston, and Tokyo.

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My Personality

Back in college, I took the Meyers-Briggs personality type test. I put some information about the test here on my web page for several years with the comment that no test could really capture a person's personality. I was surprised to see how much people try to make the tests more important than they are (the results were among the most popular hits to this web site), so I decided to remove the information. Besides, you should be able to tell enough about my personality just by looking at this web site!

Matthew A d'Alessio / zadok.org