Education

1964 Naperville Community High School, Naperville, Illinois
1968 Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, B.A., Geology
1968-69, 1972-74 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, M.S. Geology
Environmental Geology of Fairbanks, Alaska Troy L. Péwé, Advisor

Military Service

1969-1971 US Army
Honor Graduate, US Army Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir, VA
36th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam, 1970

Professional Career Highlights

1968 Geologic field assistant, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah
First job as a geologist; learned field geology in the Bingham Copper Pit


1972-1974 Geologist (WAE), US Geological Survey, Alaskan Geology Branch
Temp job with USGS supported my thesis

1974-1976 Geologist, Ertec, Consulting Geologists and Engineers, Long Beach, California
Quaternary field geology of nuclear power plant sites in Arizona and California


1976-present Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada,
Tenured as academic faculty in 1981
Promoted to Rank IV Research Professor in 1988

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award, Mackay School of Mines, 1991
Founding Chairman of the Association of Engineering Geologists, Great Basin Section 1990-91
Nevada Earthquake Safety Council Award for Excellence, 2002
Publication of the Year Award, Association of Engineering Geologists, 2002
Bell et al. (2002) Land subsidence in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, 1935-2000
Geological Society of America, Engineering Geology Division, E.B. Burwell, Jr. Award, 2004
Elected Geological Society of America Fellow, 2005

 

Journal papers featured on publication covers

Bell et al. (1999)

1932 Cedar Mountain
earthquake

Bell et al. (1998)

Dating precarious rocks


Other contributions over the years

Amelung, F., and Bell, J.W., 2003, Interferometric synthetic aperture radar observations of the 1994 Double Spring Flat, Nevada earthquake (M5.9): Mainshock accompanied by triggered slip on a conjugate fault: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108, no. B9, p. ETG 10-1 - 10-11.

Bell, J.W., and Smith, E.I., 1980, Geologic map, Henderson quadrangle: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 67.

Bell, J.W., 1984, Quaternary fault map of Nevada--Reno sheet: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 79.

Bell, J.W., 1981, Subsidence in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin 95, 84 p.

Bell, J.W., and Bonham, H.F., Jr., 1987, Geologic map of the Vista quadrangle: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 4Hg.

Bell, J.W., and Garside, L.J., 1987, Geologic map of the Verdi quadrangle: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 4Gg.

Bell, J.W., and Katzer, T., 1990, Timing of late Quaternary faulting in the 1954 Dixie Valley earthquake area, central Nevada: Geology, v. 18, p.626-625.

Bell, J.W., Ramelli, A.R., and Caskey, S.J., 1998, Geologic Map of the Tule Springs Park quadrangle, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 113.

Bell, J.W., Ramelli, A.R., dePolo, C.M., Maldonado, F., and Schmidt, D.L., 1999, Geologic Map of the Corn Creek Springs quadrangle, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 121.

Bell, J.W., Caskey, S.J., Ramelli, A.R., and Guerrieri, L., 2004, Pattern and rates of faulting in the central Nevada seismic belt, and paleoseismic evidence for prior belt-like behavior, Part I: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 94, no. 4, p. 1229-1254.

Bell, J.W., Garside, L.J., and House, P.K., 2005, Geologic map of the Wadsworth quadrangle, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 153.

Bell, J.W., House, P.K., and Briggs, R.W., 2005, Geologic map of the Nixon area, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 152.

Caskey, S.J., Bell, J.W., Wesnousky, S.G., and Ramelli, A.R., 2004, Historical surface faulting and paleoseismology in the area of the 1954 Rainbow Mountain-Stillwater sequence, central Nevada, Part II: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 94, no. 4, p. 1255-1275.

Peterson, F.F., Bell, J.W., Dorn, R.I., Ramelli, A.R., and Ku, T.L., 1995, Late Quaternary geomorphology and soils in Crater Flat, Yucca Mountain area, southern Nevada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 107, no. 4, p. 379-395.

Péwé, T.L., Bell, J.W., Forbes, R.B., and Weber, F.R., 1975, Geologic map of the Fairbanks D-2 NW quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map I-907. (This is one of 20 USGS Maps published with Troy Péwé on the geology, permafrost, and engineering geology of Fairbanks, Alaska)