Professor William Menke, F-AGU

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University


By the seismometer at the
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
(Photo credit, B. Gilbert)

Biographical and Contact
Born October 15, 1954 in Queens, New York
United States Citizen
Address: 75 Pine Tree Lane, Tappan NY 10983, Phone (845) 304-5381

MIT, BS and MS, Earth Science, 1976
Columbia University, Ph.D., Geophysics, 1982


Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University., 1992-present

Chairman of the Department., Columbia U., 2002-2004

Deputy Director for Education, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 2002-2004

Associate Director for Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 1989-1992


Selected Writings
Menke, W. Geophysical Data Analysis: Discrete Inverse Theory (Textbook), Academic Press, 1989
Menke, W. and D. Abbott, Geophysical Theory (Textbook), Columbia U. Press, 1989
Menke, W. and V. Levin, A strategy to rapidly determine the magnitude of great earthquakes, EOS Trans. AGU 86, 185-189, 2005

Awards and Honors
Presidential Young Investigator, awarded by the National Science Foundation, 1986
Fellow, awarded by the American Geophysical Union, 1992

Principal Investigator on 30+ federal grants, 1983-
Co-developer of Frontiers of Science course, Columbia U., 2002-2004
Team Leader of 10+ seismological field expeditions, 1985-
Participant in 5 sea-going oceanographic expeditions, 1978-1999