Seth Stein

Membership:  2014

Member Bio

Seth Stein is Deering Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University. He graduated from MIT in 1975 (BS) and Caltech (PhD) in 1978. His research interests are in plate tectonics, earthquake seismology, earthquake hazards, and space geodesy. He has been awarded the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Woollard Award of the Geological Society of America, the Mueller Medal of the European Geosciences Union, the Price Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a Humboldt Foundation Research Award. He is a member of the Academy of Europe, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America, and on the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researchers list.


  • Playing Against Nature: Integrating Science And Economics To Mitigate Natural Hazards In An Uncertain World. New York, US: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. (co-authored with Jerome Stein).
  • "Shallow Versus Deep Uncertainties in Natural Hazard Assessments." Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union94, no.  4 (2013): 133–140. (co-authored with Jerome Stein).
  • "How Good Do Natural Hazard Assessments Need To Be?" GSA Today 23, no. 4 (2013): 60–61. (co-authored with Jerome Stein).
  • "Rebuilding Tohoku: A Joint Geophysical and Economic Framework for Hazard Mitigation." GSA Today 22, no. 9 (2012): 42–44. (co-authored with Jerome Stein).
  • Disaster Deferred: How New Science is Changing our View of Earthquake Hazards in the Midwest. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press, 2010.
  • Publications