Bruce Luyendyk

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**Early Life and Education:**
– Moved to San Diego, California in 1956
– Attended San Diego State University for a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics
– Earned a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego in 1969
– Studied under Fred Spiess and Henry Menard
– Completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under Carl Bowin and James Heirtzler

**Career and Impact:**
– Participated in marine geologic expedition PROA during undergraduate studies
– Appointed as Assistant Scientist at WHOI after postdoctorate
– Led FAMOUS expeditions to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
– Led Deep Sea Drilling Project expeditions
– Co-founded RISE project to explore East Pacific Rise and discover hydrothermal vents

**Awards and Honors:**
– Shared Newcomb Cleveland Prize of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980
– Elected Fellow of Geological Society of America in 1975
– Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union in 2002
– Mount Luyendyk named after him in Marie Byrd Land in 2016
– Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018

**Professional Leadership:**
– Founding Director of Institute for Crustal Studies (1988-1997)
– Chair of Department of Geological Sciences at UC Santa Barbara (1997-2003)
– Associate Dean of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences at UC Santa Barbara (2005-2010)
– Served on ANDRILL Science Committee from 2005
– Led hosting of 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in 2007

**Selected Works and Research Contributions:**
– Geometric model for Neogene crustal rotations in southern California
– Antarctic research on structural and tectonic evolution, Cretaceous rifting, gneiss dome origin, and plate movement
– Deep Sea Drilling Project contributions on leg results and drilling program implications
– Marine geoscience studies on hydrocarbon seepage, glacial erosion, and tectonic development
– Contributions to understanding Antarctic ice dynamics, paleotopography, and the initiation of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Bruce P. Luyendyk (Wikipedia)

Bruce Peter Luyendyk (born 1943) is an American geophysicist and oceanographer, currently professor emeritus of marine geophysics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work spans marine geology of the major ocean basins, the tectonics of southern California, marine hydrocarbon seeps, and the tectonics and paleoclimate of Antarctica. His research includes tectonic rotations of the California Transverse Ranges, participation in the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, quantitative studies of marine hydrocarbon seeps, and geologic exploration of the Ford Ranges in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica.

Bruce P. Luyendyk
Luyendyk during his visit to New Zealand.
Born1943 (age 80–81)
Alma materBSc San Diego State University
PhD University of California, San Diego
Known for
  • Ocean spreading centers
  • tectonic rotation of the California Transverse Ranges
  • tectonics of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
  • marine hydrocarbon seeps
Scientific career
FieldsMarine geophysics
InstitutionsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution
University of California - Santa Barbara

Antarctica's Mount Luyendyk is named in honor of his research in the area.

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