Biography

Jeff Wynn earned degrees in physics and solid-state physics from Cal-Berkeley and the University of Illinois. He earned a PhD in Geoscience (Electrical Engineering thesis director) from the University of Arizona, then worked in private industry for several years. He is currently a Research Geophysicist with the US Geological Survey, where he has published over 300 books, geotechnical maps, and peer-reviewed scientific articles. He also earned 3 patents on ocean geophysics (a 4th is pending). During his time in the USGS he served as Chief of the Office of Geochemistry and Geophysics, and for three years served as the USGS Mission Chief (“Jefe del Grupo Asesor”) to Venezuela. There he lived with his family on the edge of the Amazonas jungle as a US State Department science diplomat (FS-12). He also filled a similar role in Saudi Arabia, and thus speaks French, Spanish, and Arabic.  Jeff served five years as USGS Chief Scientist for Volcano Hazards, including managing the most recent eruption of Mount St Helens.  He has taught undergraduate and graduate classes as an adjunct full professor of geology at the University of Maryland and The George Washington University.

Jeff manages a number of websites (see also “Books” page) , and is an associate editor for the journal “Exploration Geophysics” (Australia). He is a 7th Dan (Shihan) in Jujitsu and Taiho-Jutsu, and a  Sensei teaching at several Washington universities. He is the vice president of the American Jujitsu Association.

In 1998, the IAU named Asteroid 9564 Jeffwynn, a Phocaea Mars-crosser, for him.

 

 

 

Photos

Jeff Wynn and the Cookie Monster
Jeff Wynn standing before  the “Cookie Monster,” a skylight broken into a hornito, directly over a lava tube, south of Pu’u O’o, Big Island, Hawaii
Jeff served as Chief Scientist for Volcano Hazards, US Geological Survey, 2002-2007
Jungle Camp, Piston de Uroy, Venezuela
Jungle Camp, Piston de Uroy, Venezuela. This is how we lived for weeks at a time – hammaca, mosquitero to cover it, rubber boots, drying clothes, 200-watt HF transceiver (right side, on  the “pole shelf”).

 

Jeff Wynn with Pet Scorpion
Yes, you CAN make a pet of a scorpion if you raise it from a baby and feed it by hand. Photo taken in northern Sonora, Mexico.
Jeff served as scientist-diplomat in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico
Strawberry Soda Tree
Strawberry Soda Tree. There are estimated to be over 2,500 different species of trees in the Venezuelan Amazonas. This one is over 50 meters tall. 

Scientific Work

 

Jeff has published over 300 scientific books, maps, and papers in such diverse fields as archaeology, astrophysics, geology, geophysics, hydrology, mineral resource assessments, oceanography, and volcanology. Details here:

USGS: https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/jeff-wynn

Academia: https://unitedstatesgeologicalsurvey.academia.edu/JeffWynn

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_C._Wynn

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-wynn-personal-7815a830/

Instagram/jeffwynnusgs 

Twitter: @jeffwynn

 

patents, science editing, medical training, web

 

Jeff has earned three patents in ocean geophysics:

US Patents “Wynn 6,236,211 B1″, “Wynn 6,236,212 B1“, “Wynn 8,463,568 B1

 

Jeff is an associate editor of the journal “Exploration Geophysics” (Australia):

https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=texg20

 

Medical Training: Jeff took and passed the University of Maryland Medical School Advanced Trauma Life Support course. He has also served as a CPR/AED instructor/coordinator for the US Geological Survey.

 

Jeff manages a number of websites:

https://empty-quarter.com             See Book Page, “Magic Kingdom…

http://vancouverjujitsu.org/ 

https://www.ldsscientist.com/      See Book Page, “Everyone is a Believer...”

http://www.askageologist.com/   362-page book in technical review…

 

Jujitsu and Taiho-Jutsu Sensei

 

Jeff is the Sensei of the Vancouver Institute of Self Defense in Vancouver, WA (http://vancouverjujitsu.org/instructors/). He holds a 6th degree blackbelt in Taiho-Jutsu, and a 7th degree blackbelt in Budoshin Jujitsu. 

Jeff is the vice president of the American Jujitsu Association (https://americanjujitsuassociation.org/about/board-staff/), and teaches quarterly and semester classes in women’s self defense at Clark College and Washington State University in southwestern Washington State.