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

Fox11 News In Depth

KPCC - Take Two

790 KABC - McIntyre in the Morning 

Los Angeles Times

OC Register

KTLA5

Robert being interviewed by Fox11 News about his Newport-Inglewood Fault study that was published in March 2017.

Robert being interviewed by Fox11 News about his Newport-Inglewood Fault study that was published in March 2017.

Robert providing an interview for CBS2/KCAL9 news on post-wildfire debris flow and flash flood hazards in the San Gabriel Mountains. Photo Credit: Nick Rousseau

Robert providing an interview for CBS2/KCAL9 news on post-wildfire debris flow and flash flood hazards in the San Gabriel Mountains. Photo Credit: Nick Rousseau