He began to advance the understanding of seismic activity with his groundbreaking sub-surface research.
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Fundamentally, Catchings believes proactive mentorship is the key avenue to guide students interested in the geoscience field.
He also emphasizes the important role diversity plays in a healthy organization and values his role in encouraging prospective minority scientists to expand their exposure to scientific fields.
“Rufus was [also] an early pioneer of interdisciplinary research at the USGS,” said retired USGS seismologist Lucy Jones.