Dr. Kenneth L. Verosub is Distinguished Professor in the Geology Department at the University of California, Davis. He received a B.A. degree in physics and math from the University of Michigan as well as a Ph.D. in physics and an M.S. in geophysics from Stanford University. After teaching for three years at Amherst College in Massachusetts, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis. In his professional research, Prof. Verosub uses the magnetic properties of rocks, sediments and soils to study the behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field, to determine the ages of sedimentary sequences, to map the motions of tectonic plates, and to decipher the history of climate during the past 40 million years. Recently he has become more generally interested in the influence of geologic processes on the development of societies, civilizations and cultures. His research has taken him to over 40 countries, including three trips to Antarctica for which he received the Antarctic Service Medal from Congress. Prof. Verosub is a fellow of the Geological Society of American and the Royal Astronomical Society. He is a recipient of the Davis Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, and in 1996 he was named California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Last year, he served as visiting professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris.
State Department Profile
Dr. Verosub spent the majority of his Fellowship with the Office of Environmental Policy (ENV) in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at the U.S. Department of State working on the Department’s water initiatives. He organized and participated in meetings on water-related issues with USG agencies, the World Bank, NGOs, private companies, and high-level delegations, as well as represented the State Department in international meetings on transboundary water issues and the water-related aspects of science and technology cooperative agreements. Dr. Verosub prepared briefing books for the Secretary and the Strategic Dialogue on Water in Pakistan, after which he contributed to an on-going discussion of the interrelationship between water issues and national security involving the Department, the National Security Council and the National Intelligence Council. Although the in-residence portion of his JSF has ended, Dr. Verosub continues to be involved in discussions with the office about current water issue.