Kerry Key is an associate professor in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego.

Key’s research focuses on using electromagnetic geophysical methods for the remote detection of geologic fluids contained in the crust and mantle underneath the oceans at mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones and on the continental shelves.  Key pioneers new electromagnetic technologies for oil and gas exploration such as the marine controlled-source electromagnetic and the marine magnetotelluric methods.

He received a B.S. in earth science from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Key has served as an associate editor of the journal Geophysics and is a member of the American Geophysical Union and Society of Exploration Geophysicists.  He has published numerous papers in the field of geophysics and has participated in more than 30 seagoing scientific expeditions.

He has received several awards and scholarships, including the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics Young Fellow Award and the Gerald W. Hohmann Memorial and SEG Foundation Conoco Scholarships, and placed first in the 2003 Scripps Visualization Center Contest.

Last updated November 2012