Larry D. Gurrola, Ph.D.

Dr. Gurrola's education focused on tectonic and landslide geomorphology while at San Diego State University and U.C. Santa Barbara. While at SDSU he obtained his B.S. degree working under the guidance of field geologist Dr. Gary Girty, and completed his M.S. degree working under Dr. Thomas K. Rockwell investigating the earthquake history of the Superstition Mountain fault in Imperial Valley. This study established detailed radiometric chronology of ancient Lake Cahuilla lakestands and Holocene activity of the fault.

Dr. Gurrola pursued a Ph.D. degree at U.C. Santa Barbara under the direction of geomorphologist Dr. Edward A. Keller. Dr. Gurrola's work on the earthquake hazards of the Santa Barbara area identified potential seismic sources, recency of faulting of the More Ranch and Mission Ridge faults, and established rates of faulting and uplift.

Dr. Gurrola was invited to present his research findings on the Rincon Mountain megaslide to the Landslide Hazards Team of the U.S. Geological Survey, and has also participated in numerous conferences and meetings of groups such as the Southern California Earthquake Center, Geologic Society of America and Association of Engineering Geology, where he has not only presented his research findings, but also gained additional scientific and technological information from other scientists. He has taught geology at U.C. Santa Barbara, Pierce College and East Los Angeles College.

Presently, Dr. Gurrola provides consulting and investigative services for properties affected by landslides, erosion and other damages. He also performs residential geologic inspections, fault and slope evaluation investigations.


Geologic Society of America, Member
Association of Engineering Geologists, Southern California Section Member
American Society of Civil Engineers, Santa Barbara/Ventura Branch Member
Coast Geological Society, Member