Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Michael J. Lawson
595 Charles Young Drive East,
Box 951567
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567
email: mlawson@igpp.ucla.edu
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EDUCATION
University of California, Los Angeles
2017                Ph.D., Geology 
                        Concentrations: Quaternary Geochronology, Quaternary Tectonics, and Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating
                        Dissertation Title: " The Application of Luminescence to 
                        Tectonics: Improvements to Luminescent Dating
                        and its Utilization in High-Energy Depositional 
                        Environments"
2016                Advanced to Candidacy for the Ph.D.
                        Committee: Edward J. Rhodes, An Yin, Raymond Ingersoll, Gilles Peltzer & James Larkin
2008                B.S., Geology
           
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instructor
Spring 2014    Space, the Final Frontier: How Space Exploration has 
                       Impacted our Lives and Universe as We Know It. GE Cluster 
                       Freshman Seminar.   

Teaching Associate
Fall 2016          Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS): Sedimentary
                        Petrology
Summer 2016  Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS): Advanced Field 
                        Geology (Summer field)
Spring 2016     Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS): Volcanoes
Winter 2016     Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS): Paleontology
                         EPSS: Oceanography
Winter 2015     EPSS: Introductory to Earth Science
Fall 2014          EPSS: Remote Sensing
Winter 2013     GE Cluster: The Evolution of the Cosmos and Life, part B
Fall 2013          GE Cluster: The Evolution of the Cosmos and Life, part A
Spring 2013      Earth and Space Sciences (ESS): The Solar System and Planets
Winter 2013      ESS: Dinosaurs and their Relatives

Guest Lectures
2014                “Tutorials on the Manufacturing of Flight Hardware”. Presented
                        for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Space Technology 
                        Hardware Design course. UCLA.
2013                “Tutorials on the Manufacturing of Flight Hardware”. Presented
                        for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Space Technology 
                        Hardware Design course. UCLA.

RELATED EMPLOYMENT
2008-2017  Flight Certified Electronics Technician, UCLA
                        Supervised a prototyping shop and fabricated both ground-based
                        and spacecraft-based magnetometers.

                        Flight Instruments:
                        ICEMAG, Europa Clipper, NASA. In progress.
                        ELFIN- Cube Sat 1 & 2, UCLA. In Progress
                        ELFIN-L module, Lomonosov Moscow State University- UCLA, 
                                       In orbit (Launched April 28th, 2016)
                        Magnetic Multiscale (MMS), NASA. 
                                       In orbit (Launched March 12, 2015)
                        Dynamo, JPL- UCLA, 2011
                        DSX, USAF-UCLA, 2008

                        Ground based projects:
                        McMac Array, SAMBA, AMBER, THEMIS-EPO, THEMIS-GBO

FIELD RESEARCH
Summer 2016    Deep Springs Paleoshorelines Dating Project. Inyo County, CA
                        Emigrant Fault Sampling. Fish Lake Valley, NV.
Winter 2016     Fish Lake Valley Field Mapping. Death Valley, CA
Fall 2015         Eureka, Deep Springs, and Fish Lake Valley Field Mapping.
                        Death Valley, CA.
July 2015         Denali Fault Trenching Project. Cantwell, AK.
Sept 2013        Walker Lake Paleoshorelines Dating Project. Hawthorne, NV.
Aug 2013         Christmas Canyon Garlock Fault Dating Project. Ridgecrest, CA.
May 2011        Garlock Fault trenching project. El Paso Peaks, CA.
Feb 2011         SAMBA Magnetometer Installation, Base General Bernardo
                       O'Higgins Riquelme, Antarctica
Apr 2010         Seismic line operator, Geophysics Field Course. Painted Canyon,
                       CA.
Sept 2010        Magnetometer Installation. Bay Mills, MI.
July 2009         Magnetometer Replacement/ Repair. Pine Ridge, SD.
Apr 2009         Seismic line operator, Geophysics Field Course. Painted Canyon,
                        CA.
Summer 2008  Field Mapping. White Mountains, CA.


CONFERENCES & PUBLICATIONS
Articles
2015    Lawson, M.J., Daniels, J.T.M., & Rhodes, E.J. “Assessing Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Signal Contamination within Small Aliquots and Single Grain Measurements Utilizing the Composition Test,” Quaternary International, Vol. 362, p.34-41.
2012    Lawson, M., Roder, B., Stang, D., & Rhodes, E. “OSL and IRSL characteristics of quartz and feldspar from southern California, USA”, Radiation Measurements, Vol.47, Issue 9, p 830-836.
2012    Roder, B., Lawson, M., Rhodes, E., Dolan, J., McAuliffe, L, & McGill, S., “Assessing the potential of luminescence dating for fault slip rate studies on the Garlock fault, Mojave Desert, California, USA”, Quaternary Geochronology, Vol. 10,  p. 285 – 290.

Presentations

2016    Lawson*, M., & Rhodes, E.J. “Sinusoidally Modulated Optically
            Stimulated Luminescence (SM OSL): a more rapid Linearly 
            Modulated OSL (LM-OSL) and the quest for the medium component,”
            11th New World Luminescence Dating Workshop, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2014    Amador, E., Parcheta, C., Zareh, S., Sheehan, J.P., Albuja, A., & Lawson, M. “Enceladus Environmental Explorer (EVE),” Planetary Science Summer School, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California.
2013    Lawson, M.J., Daniels, J.T.M, & Rhodes, E.J. “The Advancement of the Component Test for Assessing Signal Contamination within Small Aliquots and Single Grain Measurements,” 9th New World Luminescence Dating Workshop, USU, Logan, Utah.
2012    Lawson, M., Rhodes, E., Barrera, W., Ochoa, L., Roder, B. & Bateman, M. “OSL Signal contaminations in tectonically active regions”, 8th New World Luminescence Dating Workshop, UCLA.
2011    Lawson, M., Roder, B., Stang, D., & Rhodes, E. “Characteristics of quartz and feldspar from southern California, USA”, 13th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating, Poland.
2011    Roder, B., Lawson, M., Rhodes, E., Dolan, J., Ganev, P., & McGill, S. “Optical dating of fluvial sediments used to reconstruct fault slip rates in southern California, USA” , 13th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating, Poland.
2011    Roder, B., Lawson, M., Stang, D., Rhodes, E., Dolan, J., & McGill, S. “Optical dating of fluvial sediments in the Mojave Desert, California, used to reconstruct fault slip rates”, Geological Society of America (GSA).
2011    Rhodes, E., Lawson, M., Stang, D., & Roder, B. “Understanding specific problems associated with OSL dating in active tectonic settings” Geological Society of America (GSA).

Posters
2016    Lawson*, M.,  Rhodes, E., & Yin, A. “Investigations into the Fish Lake 
           Valley Fault Zone (FLVFZ) and its interactions with normal faulting 
           within Eureka and Deep Springs Valleys” (AGU).
2015    Lawson, M., Yin, A., & Rhodes, E. “The Role of source material in basin 
          sedimentation, as illustrated within Eureka Valley, Death Valley National 
          Park, Ca” (AGU).
2015    Watkins, J., Scully, J., Lawson, M., Rhodes, E., & Yin, A. “Emplacement 
          Mechanisms and Evolution of the Long-runout Quaternary Eureka Valley
          Landslide in Eastern California” (AGU).
2015    Lawson, M., Yin, A., & Rhodes, E. “Preliminary investigations into the 
          Fish Lake Valley Fault Zone (FLVFZ) and its interactions with normal 
          faulting within Eureka and Deep Springs Valleys (SCEC).
2014    Lawson, M., Amador, E., Carrier, B., Albuja, A., Bapst, J., Cahill, K., 
          Ebersohn, F., Gainey, S., Gartrelle, G., Greenberger, R., Hale, J., 
          Johnston, S., Olivares, J., Parcheta, C., Sheehan, J. P., Thorpe, A., & 
          Zareh, S.K. “Enceladus Environmental Explorer (EVE): A Mission 
          Concept, American Geophysical Union (AGU).
2014    Daniels, J.T.M., Rhodes, E.J., McGuire, C., & Lawson, M., 
          “Investigating Provenance using Infrared Stimulated Luminescence 
          (IRSL) Characteristics of Feldspar Grains”, American Geophysical 
          Union (AGU).
2013    Lawson, M.J., Daniels, J.T.M, & Rhodes, E.J., “Assessing OSL 
          Signal Contamination with the Composition Test”, American Geo-
          physical Union (AGU).
2013    Lawson, M.J., Okubo, S., Daniels, J.T.M, McGuire, C., & Rhodes, E.J., 
          “Assessing IRSL contributions to OSL signal contamination with the 
          composition test in tectonic contexts”, Southern California Earthquake 
          Center (SCEC).
2013    Rhodes, E.J., Lawson, M.J., Barrera, W., Daniels, J.T.M., Brown , N.D.,
           McGuire, C., Capaldi, T., Okubo, S., & Wolf, E., “Development of new 
          chronological approaches for dating sediment using IRSL of K- Feldspar
           single grains” Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).
2012    Lawson, M.J., Rhodes, E.J., Barrera, W.A., Ochoa, G.T., & Hoyt, J., 
          “Improvements to luminescence dating of Quaternary sediments 
          deformed by earthquakes”, American Geophysical Union (AGU).
2012    Lawson, M.J., Rhodes, E.J., Barrera, W.A., Ochoa, G.T. & Roder, B.J.,
           “Assessing different strategies to improve the reliability and applicability 
          of luminescence dating of high energy sediment deposition and neotectonic 
          contexts” Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).
2012    Barrera, W.A., Rhodes, E.J., Murari, M.K., Owen, L.A., Lawson, M.J., 
          Bergen, K.J., Dolan, J.F., & Shaw, J.H., “Luminescence dating inter-
          comparison for sediments associated with the Puente Hills Blind- Thrust
          System recovered from cores”, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).
2012    Okubo, S.G., Wolf, E.M., Roder, B.J., Rhodes, E.J., McGill, S.F., Dolan,
           J.F., McAuliffe, L.J., Lawson, M.J. & Barrera, W.A., Southern California 
          Earthquake Center (SCEC).
2011    Lawson, M.J., Roder, B.J., Stang, D.M., Rhodes, E.J., McAuliffe, L., 
          Dolan, J.F., and McGill, S.F. “Characteristics of Quartz and feldspar 
          Luminescence from Southern California, USA: implications for paleo-
          seismic and fault slip-rate studies” Southern California Earthquake 
          Center (SCEC).
2011    Roder, B.J., Rhodes, E.J., Lawson, M.J., McAuliffe, L., Dolan, J.F. 
          and McGill, S.F., “Luminescence dating as a tool for assessing the 
          variability of fault slip rates and paleoseismic events on timescale of
           10 to 100,000 Years” Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).
2011    Lawson, M. “Alluvial Fans as Recorders of Landscape Development: 
          Potential for Determining Depositional Chronologies Using 
          Luminescence Dating,” American Geophysical Union (AGU).
2011    Roder, B., Rhodes, E., Lawson, M., McAuliffe, L., Dolan, J., &
          McGill, S. “Assessing the Variability of Fault Slip Rates and Paleo-
          seismic Events on Timescales of 102 to 105 Years Using 
          Luminescence Dating,” American Geophysical Union (AGU).

AWARDS & HONORS
2016  Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA.
2014    Planetary Science Summer School (accepted and attended). JPL,
                 California. Project Manager.
2012    Harold and Mayla Sullwold Scholarship for Academic Performance
                 and Outstanding Original Research by a Ph.D. candidate, UCLA
2009    Certificate of Recognition for Heroism, State of California Senate     
2008    Departmental Valedictorian, Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA
            Clem Nelson Scholarship Award, UCLA        
2007    Dean’s Honor List, UCLA (Fall and Spring)
2006    Dean’s Honor List, Glendale Community College

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
Licenses/ Certifications
NASA- STD- 8739.2 Soldering Electrical Connections as Operator/ Inspector
NASA- STD- 8739.3 Surface Mount Technology as Operator
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control as Operator
Lab safety fundamentals, UCLA.
Radiation Worker Qualification, UCLA.
Hazardous Chemical Waste Disposal, UCLA.

Professional Affiliations
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Outreach and Service Activities
Augmented Reality Sandbox Docent. Fedde Middle School, visit at UCLA. 1/29/2016
Meteorite Room Docent. Anatola Elementary, visit at UCLA. 5/21/2015
Career Fair Speaker. Aspire Pacific Academy, Los Angeles, CA. 5/8/2015
Science Fair Judge. Washington Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA. 5/7/2014
Volunteer. “Explore your Universe,” UCLA. 11/17/2013
Volunteer. “Explore your Universe,” UCLA. 11/10/2012

ANALYTICAL SKILLS
MathWorks®- MATLAB 2012
National InstrumentsTM – LabVIEW 2013
Risø DA-20 TL/OSL Reader with Single Grain attachment, Risø and Risø Analyst Software
Tescan Vega-3 XMU variable- pressure (VP) Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with EDAX Energy- dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS)
Trimble® Recon Fast Static GPS and Trimble® Business Center Software V2.6

REFERENCES
Upon request



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