Paul Bodin studies earthquakes and their effects, in part with the goal of trying to mitigate their consequences, and in part with the goal of trying to understand the physics that govern their occurrence. He is an observationalist by nature, and never met a data set in which he couldn’t find something of interest. In addition, he manages the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN)—the authoritative source for information about active seismicity in the states of Oregon and Washington. The PNSN consists of approximately 250 seismic stations (short period, strong-motion, and broadband) throughout the Pacific Northwest. This venerable and storied network is being upgraded and strengthened, with new sensors, communication technologies, acquisition and processing software and hardware, to meet the region’s public safety and scientific needs will into the 21st century.