U. of U. geophysics professor wins national award
Published: June 13, 2012 09:26AM
Updated: June 13, 2012 09:26AM
Courtesy | File photo University of Utah geophysicist Robert B. Smith, an expert on earthquakes and volcanism in the Yellowstone National Park region who spoke recently about new findings that the magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone is twice as large as previously thought.

Robert B. Smith, an emeritus University of Utah research professor of geophysics, has been awarded the Geological Society of America’s George P. Woollard Award for outstanding contributions to geophysics.

Smith is an expert on earthquakes and volcanism in the Yellowstone-Grand Teton National Park region, a news release said.

The Woollard Award is Smith’s second national commendation in as many years. He was honored in 2011 with U.S. Geological Survey’s John Wesley Powell Award.

In addition to his U. of U. post, Smith is a coordinating scientist at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, U. of U. and the National Park Service.

He will receive the Woollard Award in November at the society’s annual group meeting in Charlotte, NC.

— Michael Appelgate