WWU’s Emily Roland and Six Undergrads Spend Week at Sea Gathering Data from the Queen Charlotte Fault off SE Alaska

Communication is a two-way street; when one speaks, the other listens, and tries to interpret the sometimes subtle signals in the language.

But when you’re a geophysicist, and what you’re listening to are the not-so-subtle signals of one of the most active fault systems in the world – and then the fault starts speaking in a wholly different language than you expected it to – that’s when the conversation gets REALLY interesting.

This is the situation that Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Emily Roland finds herself in; her erstwhile conversation…