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R. M. Russo
Assistant Professor
223 Williamson Hall
+1 352 392-6766

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MWF: 11:40-12:40
or by appointment

About Ray Russo

Dr. Ray Russo, geophysics professor at the University of Florida, works on the flow of the Earth's mantle and its relation to global surface tectonics.  To figure out how the Earth's mantle flows in situ, he uses temporary field deployments of seismometers (currently in southern Chile, and most recently before that in Hawaii), freely-distributed seismic data, and computer modeling of large-scale tectonics.  Russo has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in physical geology, structural geology, tectonophysics, terrestrial gravity and magnetism,and seismology.  He also developed and taught a course aimed at examining connections between physical sciences and the arts, called Science and Art in the Western World.

Coworkers and Collaborators

Russo was a student of the late Robert C. Speed, and was co-advised in his thesis work by Emile A. Okal, at Northwestern University.  Since then, he was worked with many scientists on a variety of projects:

Caribbean Seismology and Tectonics:  Dr. R. C. Speed and Dr. E. A. Okal; Dr. Keith Rowley, Dr. William Bah Ambeh, Mr. Lloyd Lynch, and Ms. Joan Latchman, of the Seismic Research Unit, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago;  Dr. Matthias Franke, now at Kinemetrics;  Dr. Antonio Villasenor, now at CSIC in Barcelona; Dr. Paul R. Lundgren, now at JPL; Dr. David E. James and Dr. John C. VanDecar, of DTM/Carnegie; Dr. Enrique Gajardo Wolff, then at INTEVEP; Ms. Jennifer L. Marshall, now at University of Ohio; and Sr. Amerigo Montilla of the Universidad del Oriente in Cumana, Venezuela.

Shear Wave Splitting and Upper Mantle Anisotropy:  Dr. Paul G. Silver, of the Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington; Mr. Steve Schoenecker, then at Princeton; Dr. Cecily J. Wolf, recently at University of Hawaii; Drs. Alain Vauchez, Guilhem Barruol, and Andrea Tommasi, all at the Laboratoire de Tectonophysique, Universite de Montpellier II; Dr. Emile Okal, Mr. Brandon Gomer, and Dr. Eryn Klosko, of Northwestern University; Dr. Ruth Murdie, now at CTBTO in Vienna; Dr. Karen Kleinspehn, at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Basil Tikoff, at University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Dr. Jonathan Lees, now at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Gravity Modeling:  Dr. R. C. Speed.

Numerical Modeling of Lithospheric Deformation:  Dr. Paul R. Lundgren, of JPL; and Dr. Erin K. Beutel, now at College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Seismic Attenuation:  Dr. Ruth E. Murdie, CTBTO; Dr. Victor I. Mocanu, of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest; Mr. Brandon Gomer, Dr. Han Li, and Ms. Petra Pancoskova, all at Northwestern University.

Tectonics and Geodynamics of the Carpathians and Surroundings:  Dr. Victor I. Mocanu and Ms. Mirela Dardac, of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest.

Geodynamics and Structure of the Chile Ridge Subduction:  Dr. Diana Comte Selman, of the Departamento de Geofisica, Universidad de Chile, Santiago; Dr. Ruth E. Murdie, CTBTO; Dr. Victor I. Mocanu, University of Bucharest; and Mr. Alejandro Gallego, now at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida.

Geodynamics of Southeast Asia:  Dr. Martin F.J. Flower, of the University of Illinois at Chicago; Dr. Victor I. Mocanu, University of Bucharest; Dr. Elizabeth Widom, at Miami of Ohio; Dr. Mian Liu, at the University of Missouri; Dr. Mo Xuanxue and Dr. Deng Jinfu, China University of Geosciences, Beijing; Drs. Nguyen Trong Yem, Cung Thuong Chi, and Dinh Van Toan, of the National Center for Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam; Drs. Michio Hashizumi and Semchai Nakapaklungrat, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Dr. Wan Hasiah Abdullah, Malaya University; and Dr. Low Kong Chiew, Malaysian Meteorological Department.

Outside Academia

Russo is married to Sarah A. Stanley, daughter of Dr. James C. and Nancy M. Stanley of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Ray and Sarah have two children, Anne Irene (b. Oct. 2003) and Charles Raymond (b. Jan. 2006), who are doted on by their grandparents from Michigan, as well as by Ray's parents, Dr. Raymond M. Russo Sr. and Joanne L. Russo, of Pleasantville, New York.  Besides playing with the children, Russo enjoys travelling to look at art (particularly in Italy, France, or Spain) or to see a classical music concert or an opera, baseball (go Yankees!), good company to go with good food and wine, playing the piano, and hiking and swimming with the family dogs.

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