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Adrian Borsa is an associate professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.  His research describes how Earth’s surface deforms at timescales of seconds to decades, and he links observed change to phenomena ranging from earthquakes to climate change. Dr. Borsa’s expertise includes the collection and analysis of geodetic data from many sources, including permanent and mobile GPS sensors, airborne lidar, and satellite remote sensing.  

Dr. Borsa took an atypical route to science, beginning with a B.A. in Government, an M.A. in International Relations, and an early career in international business focused on Japan and the United States.  He received his PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2005, was posted at the US Geological Survey during his post-doc, and moved to Boulder, CO in 2008 to take a management position within NSF’s EarthScope program.  He returned to Scripps and to full-time scientific research in 2012.


  • B.A. Government, Harvard University
  • M.P.I.A. International Relations, U.C.S.D. (School of International Relations and Pacific Studies)
  • Ph.D Earth Sciences, U.C.S.D. (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)