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Jeffrey C. Wynn : biography


Dr Jeffrey C. Wynn (aka Jeff Wynn), is a research geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He is currently based in the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA, one of the five USGS volcano observatories in the United States .


In his professional career, Wynn has served as vice president for R&D of Zonge Engineering , and in several rotational management positions in the USGS. These include Chief Scientist for Volcano Hazards, Chief of the Office of Geochemistry & Geophysics, Chief of the Venezuelan Guayana & Amazonas Exploration Mission ("Jefe del Grupo Asesor"), where he was first author of the first complete geologic map of southern Venezuela,

and also published a full assessment of discovered and undiscovered mineral resources for the roadless southern half of Venezuela.

Wynn also served for four years as the Deputy Chief for Science of the USGS Saudi Arabian Mission before assuming responsibility for volcano research and monitoring as Chief Scientist for Volcano Hazards in the USGS (

Wynn has been awarded the Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award for “...his outstanding career in geophysics and...scientific leadership of the US Geological Survey.”

He has completed the month-long Federal Executive Institute training for senior Federal managers .


Wynn has studied and published on the historical era Wabar craters asteroid impact event in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia.

He has also developed a new technology for mapping sub-seafloor minerals, buried wrecks,  

and migrating hydrocarbon plumes in the open ocean using a physical property called induced polarization ("IP").

He has been awarded two patents on marine IP, with one patent pending for mapping hydrocarbons in the open ocean. U.S. Patent 6,236,211 B1 (May 2001), U.S. Patent 6,236,212 B1 (May 2001) A commercial version of the towed-streamer technology was successfully tested in the Bismarck Sea in February 2005 and off the east coast of South Africa in a successful large-scale seafloor-mapping deployment during May - June 2007 .

He has also done extensive geophysical mapping in SE Alaska .

Wynn co-developed an airborne electromagnetic technology to rapidly map groundwater deep beneath arid basins in 3D . Using this technology, he successfully mapped the groundwater of the San Pedro Basin in southern Arizona and northern (Sonora) Mexico in three dimensions .

He has published over 250 articles, books, and maps in fields as diverse as geophysics, archeology, and astronomy [].


Wynn is a past president of the Environmental & Engineering Geophysical Society (2002–2003). . He has also served as Special Editor of Geophysics and is currently an Associate Editor of Exploration Geophysics.

Wynn holds a 5th degree black belt in Japanese origin Jujutsu.. In this site "Godan" means 5th degree or Renshi Sensei level As a community service he has taught numerous free self-defense clinics for women in northern Virginia and southwestern Washington . He has provided self-defense training to agents of the Washington State Department of Revenue.

In 1999 Asteroid "9564 Jeffwynn" was named for him by the International Astronomical Union . Jeff is an Advanced Open Water diver (PADI certification) and has served as a CPR-AED Instructor (National Safety Council) .

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