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Adrian M. Bender

Title: Geologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7421
Fax: (907) 786-7401

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Education and/or Training

M.S.2015Western Washington University (WWU)Geology
B.S.2012University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA)Geology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

I work in support of the USGS Earthquake Hazards and Mineral Resources Projects in Alaska using remote (mostly lidar and digital photogrammetry), field (surveying, mapping, trenching, coring, seismics), and laboratory (cosmogenic and radiocarbon dating, organic stable isotope geochemistry, thermochronology) techniques to facilitate mission-related research.

My Google Scholar profile can be found here

Professional Experience

2015 - PresentGeologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2012 - 2015Physical Science Tech, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2014 - 2015Graduate Research Assistant, Western Washington University
2013 - 2014Graduate Teaching Assistant, Western Washington University
2010 - 2012Undergraduate Lab Assistant, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Geophysical Union (2012-present)
Geological Society of America (2013-present)

Honors and/or Awards

WWU Outstanding Graduate Award, Geology Department (2015)
Hecla-Greens Creek Scholarship (2011)
Chugach Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship (2012)
Fran Ulmer Transformative Research Award, UAA (2012)
Global Change Research Grant, UA Statewide (2012)
Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant (2014)
Geology Graduate Student Research Grant, WWU (2014)

Featured Data Releases

Bender, A. M. and Haeussler, P. J., 2017, Eastern Denali Fault Surface Trace Map, Eastern Alaska and Adjacent Canada, 1978-2008: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Total pubs: 13

Witter, R. C., A. LeWinter, A. M. Bender, C. Glennie, and D. Finnegan. 2017. Sculpted by water, elevated by earthquakes -The coastal landscape of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. USGS General Information Product 177. doi:10.3133/gip177 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M. and P. J. Haeussler. 2017. Eastern Denali Fault surface trace map, eastern Alaska and Yukon, Canada. USGS Open-File Report 2017-1049, 10 p. doi:10.3133/ofr20171049 [Details] [Full Publication]

Witter, R. C., K. Scharer, C. DuRoss, A. M. Bender, P. J. Haeussler, R. O. Lease, and G. W. Page. 2017. Evidence for Prehistoric Earthquakes on the Southern Fairweather Fault in Trenches across the 1958 Surface Rupture, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Seismological Research Letters 88(2B):531. doi:10.1785/0220170035 [Details] [Full Publication]

Haeussler, P. J., R. W. Saltus, R. G. Stanley, N. A. Ruppert, K. A. Lewis, S. M. Karl, and A. M. Bender. 2017. The Peters Hills basin, a Neogene wedge-top basin on the Broad Pass thrust fault, south-central Alaska. Geosphere 13(5):1-25. doi:10.1130/GES01487.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M., R. O. Lease, L. B. Corbett, and P. R. Bierman. 2017. Transient bedrock incision of the Fortymile River in eastern Alaska and Yukon, Canada: Slow response to Yukon River headwater capture?. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 49(6).. [Details]

Witter, R. C., G. A. Carver, R. W. Briggs, G. Gelfenbaum, R. D. Koehler, A. M. Bender, and S. E. Engelhart, and E. Hemphill-Haley. 2016. Unusually large tsunamis frequent a currently creeping part of the Aleutian megathrust. Geophysical Research Letters 43(1):76-84. doi:10.1002/2015GL066083 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M., C. B. Amos, P. R. Bierman, D. H. Rood, L. Staisch, H. M. Kelsey, and B. L. Sherrod. 2016. Differential uplift and incision of the Yakima River terraces, central Washington State. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121. doi:10.1002/2015JB012303 [Details] [Full Publication]

Witter, R. C., A. M. Bender, A. LeWinter, P. J. Haeussler, D. Brothers, C. DuRoss, C. Glennie, R. D. Koehler, K. Scharer, and G. Plafker. 2016. New lidar topography reveals tectonic geomorphology along the 1958 southern Fairweather Fault surface rupture, southeast Alaska. Page 582 in Seismological Research Letters 2016 Annual Meeting Abstracts.. Seismological Research Letters 87(2B) doi:10.1785/0220160046 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M., R. C. Witter, and M. Rogers. 2015. Testing the use of bulk organic δ13C, δ15N, and Corg:Ntot ratios to estimate subsidence during the 1964 great Alaska earthquake. Quaternary Science Reviews 113:113-146. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.09.031 [Details] [Full Publication]

Witter, R. C., G. A. Carver, A. M. Bender, R. W. Briggs, G. Gelfenbaum, and R. D. Koehler. 2013. Six large tsunamis in the past~ 1700 years at Stardust Bay, Sedanka Island, Alaska. Pages 8 in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M., R. C. Witter, M. Rogers, and C. P. Saenger. 2013. Stable isotope values in coastal sediment estimate subsidence near Girdwood during the 1964 great Alaska earthquake. Pages 1623 in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M., R. C. Witter, and L. A. Munk. 2012. Sediment geochemistry as potential sea-level indicators to assess coseismic vertical displacements above the Alaska-Aleutian megathrust. Pages 1560 in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Strupler, M., J. Moernaut, P. J. Haeussler, M. A. De Batist, and A. M. Bender. 2012. A reconnaissance survey of southern Alaskan lakes by high-resolution reflection seismics and short sediment coring-a first step towards a calibrated lacustrine paleoseismometer at the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone . Pages 1565 in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 1 [Details] [Full Publication]

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