Strengths in tectonics, seismology and surface processes at the University of Washington allow sedimentary geologist Jody Bourgeois and her students to do critical work related to these areas. Recently, they have focused on paleo-tsunami deposits as a key to paleoseismicity, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and the Russian Far East. Her students and colleagues are also looking at a number of topics related to geological history of these regions. She herself has been involved in documenting evidence for paleo-mega-tsunamis associated with asteroid impacts. In addition to her scientific work, Bourgeois also does research in the history of geology, believing that exploration of the philosophy and methodology that have driven scientific inquiry leads to more fruitful generation and testing of hypotheses. In recognition of her work, she has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.