Juliet Crider

Assistant Professor
Earth & Space Sciences
College of the Environment
Interview Date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014

Dr. Juliet Crider is an Assistant Professor of Earth and Space Sciences. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 1998. Dr. Crider’s research interests include the physical processes of faulting, earthquakes, and crustal deformation. Much of her work focuses on the Pacific Northwest, including research on the rise of the North Cascades, deformation within the Columbia Plateau, and geologically recent faulting. She often focuses on the intersections between basic sciences and applied sciences, stressing to her students that small geologic features, such as fractures, may have large influences on geologic formations and human landscapes. Dr. Crider has taught a variety of courses, including Physical Geology, Geothermal Energy, Field Methods in Applied Geosciences, Engineering Geology, and Active Tectonics.

When asked about her role models, Dr. Crider quickly references one of her undergraduate professors, “really the first woman scientist that I had ever met. For the first time I imagined myself as a scientist” Dr. Crider has stayed in touch with this professor throughout her career.

In an interview with UW ADVANCE, Dr. Crider shares some highlights from her career in Earth and Space Sciences:

Q&A: Accomplishments and career satisfaction

Q: What are some professional accomplishments that you would like to highlight?

One of the things that I’m really proud of here at UW is our new Masters Program in Applied Geosciences. I designed the curriculum and recruited a great team of faculty instructors..   The program is just a few years old and we’re already attracting students from across the country and sending them out to address pressing geologic issues. This builds on my interest in the overlap of basic science questions and applied geoscience. People are now coming into Earth and Space Sciences to position themselves to solve real world problems. Masters students are helping individuals and communities to stay out of the way of landslides and prepare for earthquakes, for example.

Q: What aspects of your career do you most enjoy?

A: There are three things I really like: one, I like the challenge of trying to understand the processes that control phenomenon that we observe in the earth. Unlike bench experiments, we come into a situation and don’t know the initial conditions, so there’s a kind of detective process, a kind forensics game. What happened here, who were the players, what were the processes? It’s gratifying when you come up with a solution to some of these problems. Second, I also enjoy introducing students to these questions. This is one of the reasons I’m so excited about this new Masters in Applied Geosciences program. Students get to think at a high level about the basic science and the applied problems. The third thing is that my word requires me to go out to beautiful places and see beautiful things. I think many geologists would say the same thing!

Learn more about the UW Masters in Applied Geosciences: http://www.ess.washington.edu/ess/education/grad/message/overview.html