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Robert Hatcher

Robert HatcherDistinguished Scientist

UT Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Structural geology and tectonics of continental crust

A structural and tectonics geologist, Bob Hatcher studies the processes that create and evolve Earth’s continental crust. His team conducts detailed field and laboratory studies of the Appalachians, and other ancient and modern mountain chains worldwide, and conducts related studies to try to answer the question of why there are earthquakes in the eastern U.S.

Hatcher is currently serving as Principal Investigator on a Nuclear Regulatory Commission supported project studying Paleoseismology of the East Tennessee Seismic Zone. His collaborations with scientists at the University of Memphis and the U.S. Geological Survey have yielded important information about seismic hazards in East Tennessee.

In 2014 he was the recipient of the Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist medal. Additionally, he and scientists from six countries were recognized at the Geological Society of America Penrose Conference.

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306 Geological Science Bldg
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville 37996-1410