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Tanya Atwater

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Residence  Santa Barbara, CA
Name  Tanya Atwater

Role  Geologist
Fields  Tectonics
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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.


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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.

Awards and honors

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  • 1975, Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 1980, AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for top research article in the journal Science
  • 1997, elected to the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2002, National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. This award, of $300,000 over four years, is given to help and honor distinguished scientists who are working out ways to translate research into education. The money is meant to provide teaching scholars the opportunity to expand their work beyond their home institutions.
  • Leopold von Buch Medal, German Geosciences Society

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