|Residence Santa Barbara, CA|
Name Tanya Atwater
|Born August 27, 1942
Los Angeles, CA (1942-08-27) |
Institutions University of California Santa Barbara
Alma mater Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Education Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, Berkeley
An Evening with Tanya Atwater
Tanya Atwater (born August 27, 1942) is a retired American geophysicist and marine geologist who specialized in plate tectonics, in particular the evolution of the San Andreas Fault plate boundary. Her educational work focused on the creation of computer-animated multimedia products and presentations depicting plate tectonic histories.
Tanya Atwater was born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1942. Atwater received her B.A. in Geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965, though she began her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. and is a University of California, San Diego Alumna, holding a Ph.D. (1972) in Marine Geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is director of the UCSB Educational Multimedia Visualization Center and an emerita professor of geological sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty at UCSB in 1980. Atwater retired from UCSB in 2007.