Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Ron Harris, a BYU geologist, is an expert on quakes and says Utah is due for a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the next 50 to 100 years.
Ron A. Harris: Associate professor of geology, Brigham Young University, since 1998

Research: studies mountain-building processes, including the tectonic evolution of the Wasatch Range in Utah, the Eastern Indonesian region and the Brooks Range in Alaska

Previous work: assistant and associate professor of geology at West Virginia University (1989-98); visiting professor at Universitas Pembangan Nasional in Indonesia (1997); geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (1991-95); consultant for U.S. Geological Survey/U.S. Bureau of Mines, British Petroleum, Union Texas Petroleum and ARCO (1986-99)

Education: Ph.D. in tectonics at University of London, 1989; master's in geophysics at the Geophysical Institute of Alaska, 1986; bachelor's in geology at University of Oregon, 1982