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Dr. Tina Dura

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Dr. Tina Dura leads the Coastal Hazards Lab at Virginia Tech (2019-present). Dura’s research program in coastal hazards employs subduction zone paleogeodesy, which combines the methods of coastal stratigraphy, sedimentology, micropaleontology, paleoseismology, geophysical and sediment transport modeling, and sea-level research to reconstruct long-term histories of coseismic vertical deformation and tsunami inundation along subduction zone coastlines. At Virginia Tech, Dura teaches undergraduate courses in Geologic Field Observations and Coastal Hazards, and at the graduate level Advanced Coastal Hazards.

Dura has authored 27 peer-reviewed journal articles that have reconstructed >5,000 yearlong earthquake and tsunami records, redefined the spatial and temporal variability of past subduction zone earthquakes, and helped better assess future subduction zone hazards along coastlines around the world. Dura's work is multidisciplinary, with active collaborations with the United States Geological Survey, where Dura serves on earthquake and tsunami recurrence committees and working groups, and international collaborations with colleagues working on subduction zones in Japan, Chile, and Indonesia.