Prof. Vidale's research focuses on earthquakes, Earth structure, volcanoes, and the hazards of strong shaking. His work has elements of numerical modeling, basic science, and earthquake hazard mitigation. He has been since 2017 a Professor at USC and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. From 2006 until 2017, he was Director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the Washington State Seismologist, and minor Facebook doyen. From 2002 until 2006 at UCLA, he was acting then interim director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.