Bob Hatcher is a distinguished scientist and professor of tectonics and structural geology. He is an expert in processes that form continental crust—formation of mountain chains; geologic interpretation of earthquake, gravity and magnetic data; radioactive waste management; and processes and events that produce landslides. He is an expert on Tennessee and Appalachian geology and the East Tennessee seismic zone. He also has studied the Alps, Caledonides in Britain and Scandinavia, Canadian Cordillera, and the Andes.
He has been awarded the Geological Society of America Penrose Medal winner (2006), the American Geological Geological Institute Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal (2014), and the American Geological Institute Campbell Medal in 2006.Topics of expertise: Natural disasters, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, oil and gas