Larry Gurrola started his academic career at Ventura College as a geology major and transferred to San Diego State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees. He went on to study under Professor Edward Keller at UC Santa Barbara and his dissertation research was studying the tectonic geomorphology of the Santa Barbara coastal plain. Part of this work was producing new geologic and geomorphic maps of the area which were published as part of the 2009 U. S. Geological Survey geologic map of Santa Barbara. Dr. Gurrola continued research work on active faults and landslides in Santa Barbara and Ventura, in addition to working as an independent engineering geologist. He discovered the Rincon Mountain megaslide that encompasses the community of La Conchita and the past 1995 and 2005 landslides were a very small part of the larger megaslide. Dr. Gurrola is the geomorphologist and managing the debris flow mitigation master plan study in Montecito.