Alison L. Bird

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Seismologist / Liaison & Outreach Officer, Earthquake Early Warning

Alison Bird has been working as an Earthquake Seismologist with Natural Resources Canada since 2000. For 20 years, she analyzed and researched western Canada's earthquakes, and visited Haida Gwaii as part of a response team after the 2012 magnitude 7.8 earthquake. In recent years, Alison was part of a team developing a comprehensive risk assessment for Canada. Alison routinely responds in the wake of significant events (having given roughly 900 interviews).

In 2020, she joined the Earthquake Early Warning project as Liaison & Outreach Officer, helping to establish an EEW system for Canada. Alison is involved in numerous outreach activities, and is passionate about seismic-resistant engineering, in encouraging mitigation practices for at-risk communities, and in educating the public about earthquake hazards. She is on the Board of Directors for the BC Earthquake Alliance and on the Organizing Committee for the annual Great British Columbia Shake Out earthquake drill.


Key publications

M. Journeay, A. Rao, V. Silva, M. Pagani, M. Simionato, M. Kolaj, A. Bird, W. Chow,  C. Wagner,  and N. Hastings (2019). "A National Earthquake Risk Profile for Canada", EQ Spectra, (in print).

Barth, S., M. Geertsema, A.R. Bevington, A.L. Bird, J.J. Clague, T. Millard, P.T. Bobrowsky, A. Hasler, and H. Lu (2019). “Landslide response to the 27 October 2012 earthquake (MW 7.8), southern Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada”, Landslides, doi: DOI 10.1007/s10346-019-01292-7

Bird, A.L., J.M. Journeay, N. Hastings, J.F. Cassidy, J. Yip and Carol Wagner, “Canada-wide seismic risk assessment, accessible via web portal”, at International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior Annual symposium, Montreal, PQ, July 2019: 

Bird, A.L. (2019). “The effect of a single station mis-location on the perceived distribution of earthquakes and associated stress release in the Haida Gwaii region, British Columbia”, Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report, (in review).

Bird, A.L. and J.M.A. Vergeat (2019). “Twitter Activity from the Canadian Hazards Information Service”, Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report, (in review).

Ackerley, N. and A.L. Bird, (2019). “Procedures for Seismic Event Type Discrimination at the Geological Survey of Canada”, Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report, (in review).

Bird, A.L., J.F. Cassidy, H. Kao, L.J. Leonard, T.I. Allen, L. Nykolaishen, H. Dragert, T.E. Hobbs, A.M. Farahbod, J.M. Bednarski, T.S. James, M. Lamontagne, S.-J. Shan, R.D. Hyndman, I.V. Fine, J.Y. Cherniawsky, C.D. Brillon, K. Wang, and G.C. Rogers (2016). “The October 2012 Magnitude (Mw) 7.8 Earthquake offshore Haida Gwaii, Canada”, Summary of the Bulletin of the International Seismological Centre, 49, 7-12: 41-72.

Bird, A.L. and M. Lamontagne (2015). “How Scientists’ Communications helped mitigate the Psychosocial Effects of the October 2012 Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake near Haida Gwaii, Canada”, Seismological Research Letters, 86, doi: 10.1785/0220140231.

Bird, A.L., and M. Lamontagne (2015). “Impacts of the October 2012 Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake near Haida Gwaii, Canada”, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 105: 1178-1192, doi: 10.1785/0120140167.

Rosenberger, A., A. Bird, M.E. Turek, S. Huffman, G. Rogers, J. Cassidy, and T. Mulder (2013). “Strong motion data from the magnitude 7.7 ‘Haida Gwaii’ earthquake on October 27, 2012 (local time)”, Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report 7324, 35 pages, doi:10.4095/292275.

Bird, A., S. Halchuk, and A. Rosenberger (2013). “Shaking and Impacts from the Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake near Haida Gwaii”, Risky Ground (Centre for Natural Hazards Research at Simon Fraser University), winter edition.

Cassidy, J.F., N. Balfour, C. Hickson, H. Kao, R. White, J. Caplan-Auerbach, S. Mazzotti, G.C. Rogers, I. Al-Khoubbi, A.L. Bird, L. Esteban, M. Kelman, J. Hutchinson, and D. McCormack (2011). “The 2007 Nazko, British Columbia, Earthquake Sequence: Injection of Magma Deep in the Crust beneath the Anahim Volcanic Belt” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101: 1732-1741, doi:10.1785/0120100013.

Balfour, N., R. Baldwin and A. Bird (03 December 2008). “Magnitude Calculations in Antelope 4.10”, Analysis Group Notes (internal publication of the Canadian Hazards Information Service), 13 pages.

Bird, A.L. (31 March 2008). “Earthquakes in southwestern British Columbia”, Base Operations (newsletter of Canadian Forces Base, Esquimalt; ESS Cont.# 20070610).