Clark R Wilson
A native of California, Clark R. Wilson received his BA degree in physics, from the University of California at San Diego, and MS and PhD degrees in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. He joined the UT Austin faculty in the Fall of 1976 as an assistant professor, was promoted to full professor in 1989, and was designated the Wallace Pratt Professor of Geophysics in 1992. Prior to his appointment at UT he held summer employment with Shell Oil Company, and while a student at Scripps spent over 6 months at sea as a participant in marine geophysical expeditions. During the period 1996-1999 he was invited to serve at NASA Headquarters, Washington DC as Program Scientist for Geodynamics and Geopotential Fields, via an intergovernmental personnel assignment. During that period he oversaw research planning and funding, and was liaison officer for several international space missions, including Oersted (with Denmark) and SAC-C (with Argentina). While at UT Austin, Wilson has served twice as Geological Sciences Department Chairman (1990-94 and 2004-2007). Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Frame Service, and on the Board of UNAVCO, Inc. as Corporate Treasurer. Wilson's research and publications in geophysics include reflection seismology, seismology applied to earthquake engineering, and numerous studies in the field of geodesy, including causes of earth rotation variations, and the use of space geodetic measurements (of Earth's gravity and rotational variations) as measures of global climate change. He is currently a member of the NASA Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) science team investigating applications of time variable gravity to hydrologic and other problems, and works closely with the UT Austin Center for Space Research which oversees the GRACE mission. His field studies focus on the use of a superconducting gravimeter for monitoring subsurface fluids. He continues as one of the co-directors of the National Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) facility at UT Austin, collaborating with colleagues in the Geotechnical Engineering group in the Department of Civil Engineering.