Gather information about tectonic plates.

What does a Tectnophysicist do?

Have you ever thought about the sheer force of tectonic plates shifting beneath the Earth’s surface? Wondered why it happens, or if there is anything we can do to stop it? Seen the devastation caused by an earthquake, and become overwhelmed with a desire to better understand the phenomenon?

If so, satisfy your curiosity by becoming a Tectnophysicist. As a Tectnophysicist, you spend your days studying the behavior of tectonic plates, and how the land and sea react to it. You help Engineers calculate how much force would result from an earthquake so they can incorporate sufficient safety features in their buildings. As a Tectnophysicist, you also work with Coastal Engineers and governmental agencies to better understand tsunamis, so they can create emergency response plans.

In order to help others understand and prepare for these catastrophic events, you must first advance the present knowledge in the field. To do that, you spend time both in the field and in the laboratory gathering data. This is done during calm periods as well as during periods when the plates are in motion. Through the use of specialized equipment, you monitor subtle and violent tectonic shifts, and the resulting effects of the activity.

You take measurements, observe changes, evaluate readouts, compile data from other researchers, and write reports outlining your conclusions. With this knowledge, you make predictions about the best- and worst-case scenarios for communities situated near these shifting fault lines, so that they can create plans that will save lives.