Robert Leeper, Founder
Following a career change in 2007, Robert began working for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Pasadena, CA. While working for the USGS he earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from California State University, Fullerton, and has completed two years of his PhD. (on a temp hiatus) in Geological Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. During the past 11 years, Robert’s work and studies focused on understanding natural hazards and their processes and how to best communicate the science to the public. He worked to identify evidence of past tsunamis along the California coastline and evidence of past earthquakes along the Newport-Inglewood Fault in southern California. Robert also helped advance a method to measure the timing of post-wildfire debris flows and flash floods relative to intense rainfall events.
Robert was born and raised in Whittier, California, and has been interested in earthquakes since experiencing the October 1, 1987, Whittier Narrows earthquake (M5.9) while on a school bus. He distinctly remembers the bus rocking side to side as it approached a bus stop, and seeing confused and frightened kids scatter home.
Media Coverage of Robert's Newport-Inglewood Fault Study