CSU East Bay geology professor Luther Strayer, Ph.D. and senior Jennie Bahramian are helping scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) create a map of the subsurface in and around the city of Napa, California. Their work is part of a broader effort to study how the ground responds to earthquakes in neighborhoods along Bay Area faults, including two faults that run through the East Bay campus.

August 24 marks the second anniversary of the 6.0 South Napa earthquake, which struck along the West Napa fault in 2014. Dr. Strayer and Bahramian are helping to gather data along lines that cross the West Napa fault zone; the information will be used to create a 3D model to help communities prepare for earthquakes.

This work allows Bahramian and other undergraduate students the chance to gain hands-on research experience and directly contribute to improving the safety and well-being of communities surrounding the CSU East Bay campus.

Read more about CSUEB's role in the USGS study.