GeoPRISMS Newsletter Available: Spring 2017

GeoPRISMS Newsletter Spring 2017 issue

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The Spring edition of the GeoPRISMS newsletter include a  “Report from the Field” from Ninfa Bennington and Kerry Key on their work on arc melt generation beneath Okmok Volcano, and a Science Report from Anne Bécel on her investigation of the breakup and spreading history of the Eastern North American Margin.
This edition also includes:
  • NSF Update and Program Solicitation
  • Recent GeoPRISMS NSF Awards
  • GSOC Highlights – Spring 2017
  • Workshop Report – Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative
  • Distinguished Lectureship Program Speakers 2017-2018
  • GeoPRISMS Data Portal Status Report
  • GeoPRISMS activities at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016
Printed copies of the newsletter will be mailed soon.
The GeoPRISMS Office

Apply to host a GeoPRISMS Distinguished Speaker

GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program (DLP), 2017 – 2018

Deadline: July 10, 2017

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The GeoPRISMS Office is happy to announce the annual GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program for academic year 2017-2018 with an outstanding speakers list. Distinguished scientists involved with GeoPRISMS science are available to visit US colleges and universities to present technical and public lectures on subjects related to GeoPRISMS science.

Any US college or university can apply to host a DLP speaker. Applications are due July 10, 2017 for visiting speakers in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Institutions that are not currently involved with GeoPRISMS research are strongly encouraged to apply, including those granting undergraduate or masters degrees, as well as those with PhD programs. Institutions may request a technical and/or public lecture. The GeoPRISMS Office will cover airfare for speakers’ travel and will coordinate travel and off-site logistics. Host institutions are responsible for local expenses for the duration of the visit.

Visit the GeoPRISMS website to apply and learn more about the speakers and talks available:

Also, please review the DLP Best Practices for making the most of your visiting speaker:

Please direct any questions to the GeoPRISMS Office at

The GeoPRISMS Office


2017-2018 Speakers:

Cynthia Ebinger (Tulane University)
Public Lecture: Recipe for continental rifting: Flavors of East Africa
Technical Lecture: Earthquakes within continental plates: How, where, and why it matters
Esteban Gazel (Cornell University)
Public Lecture: The rocks that joined the Americas: Is there a connection with climate and evolution of life?
Technical Lecture: Making young continents in arcs
Heather Savage (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
Public lecture: The science and pseudoscience of earthquake prediction
Technical lecture: Understanding deformation in fault zones over multiple seismic cycles
Brandon Schmandt (University of New Mexico)
Public Lecture: Exploring the roots of volcanoes with seismology
Technical Lecture: Investigation of Mount St. Helens earthquakes and magma plumbing with a hybrid natural and controlled source seismic survey

Important Update: Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities….(NSF 17-563)

The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation recently issued NSF 17-563, a solicitation entitled “Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U.S. Research Community”.

OCE has recently received additional information of potential relevance for collaborations. This information is provided as an option only and does not modify the solicitation.

For more information, please go to this www site:


Rick Murray
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U. S. Research Community

Questions? Please contact

Maurice Tivey (mtivey at or Debbie Smith (dksmith at

The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently issued an important solicitation (NSF 17-563) regarding the provision of marine seismic capabilities to the U.S. research community.  Proposals are solicited to support needs of the marine seismic research community that are currently provided by the specialized seismic research vessel R/V Marcus G. Langseth. The vessel is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO).

NSF has determined that the current operational model is unsustainable and, with this solicitation, seeks proposals that provide comparable access to marine seismic capability through innovative approaches to R/V Marcus G. Langseth use or by other means.  The successful proposal will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement over the five-year period of performance.

For additional information, please visit:



Rick Murray

Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

Call for GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshop Proposals at the AGU 2017

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

We are pleased to announce that this year we will again be able to host a few mini-workshops at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting (December 11-15). A mini-workshop is a research meeting that is held on the Sunday prior to the meeting. Examples of mini-workshops held in association with recent and upcoming national and international meetings can be found at:

Mini-Workshops offer excellent opportunities to jump-start science discussions, as well as to coordinate implementation for future GeoPRISMS studies, both for primary sites and thematic studies. We encourage you to consider such an undertaking. The GeoPRISMS Office provides logistical support, a meeting room and refreshments. We do not cover any travel costs or per diem to the organizers or participants.

If you would like to host a GeoPRISMS-related Mini-Workshop in association with the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting (11-15 December), we invite you to submit your proposal to the GeoPRISMS Office at The proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee (GSOC). The number of mini-workshops is limited but we expect to be able to host two to three events.

The deadline for upcoming Mini-Workshop proposals is July 1, 2017. The proposal guidelines are described on the GeoPRISMS website at: We encourage you to contact the GeoPRISMS Office with questions or for advice prior to submitting at

We look forward to hearing your ideas.

-The GeoPRISMS Office and GSOC​

2017 EarthScope National Meeting: Alaska Airlines Discount and Scholarship Application deadline April 3rd

The 2017 EarthScope National Meeting will be held in Anchorage, Alaska from May 16-18, 2017. Conference highlights include the opportunity to showcase research in oral and poster sessions, hear firsthand results of pioneering EarthScope studies and a synthesis of findings to date, and the option to participate in a post-meeting field trip led by local EarthScope scientists. Early career scientists are strongly encouraged to attend!

Please apply for the student and postdoc scholarship, deadline of April 3rd. A total of fifty (50) applicants will be chosen, and if selected, you will receive up to four (4) days of lodging (double occupancy), a registration fee waiver, and $600 to cover travel. Please apply on the main website page:

In addition, we are pleased to announce that Alaska Airlines is offering EarthScope attendees a discount on flights between the US, Canada, and Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska. Dates of travel must be between May 12-22, 2017, and the discount for booking is ECMX720. Please visit to book your travel.


Important Dates:
Scholarship Application Deadline: April 3
Registration, Hotel, and Abstract Deadline: April 21


Have any questions? Please email Krystin Poitra (
See you there!
Danielle Sumy, PhD
Project Associate
Instrumentation Services
Education and Public Outreach
The IRIS Consortium
1200 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Young scientist support for Subduction Interface Processes (SIP) conference, Barcelona Apr. 19-21

Subduction Interface Processes (SIP)

An international conference zooming on subduction zones
April 19-21, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain

Dear all,

Attached is an announcement of a funding opportunity for students and early career scientists/post-docs to attend the Subduction Interface Processes (SIP) conference in Barcelona on April 19-21 (just before the EGU meeting). The deadline is tomorrow (Feb 1), but decisions will be made on Feb. 15, so there is a little flexibility in the deadline. Interested parties should apply as soon as possible.
Philippe Agard
Professeur, UPMC (Univ. PM Curie), Sorbonne Universités
Dir. Licence Géosciences
Lab. ISTeP (T46-0, 3è) / 4 pl. Jussieu 75252 Paris
T: 0033144275235 / M: 0033-673370427

Sessions of interest at the 2017 Goldschmidt & IAG-IASPEI Meetings

Please see below for sessions of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community, taking place at the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris, France (August 13-18) and the IAG-IASPEI 2017 in Kobe, Japan  (July 30 – August 4)

Goldschmidt abstract deadline is April 1 (23:59 CET)
EGU abstract deadline is February 8, 2017

Please contact the GeoPRISMS Office at if you wish to advertise your sessions of interest on the GeoPRISMS Listserv.


2017 Goldschmidt Conference

06L: Subduction processes: Evidence from high-pressure/low-temperature metamorphic rocks

Conveners: Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Alberto Vitale Brovarone. Keynote speaker Matthias Konrad-Schmolke

This session focuses on constraints on the conditions and processes of subduction as reflected in the record from exhumed high-pressure/low-temperature (HP/LT) metamorphic rocks of subducted crust. We invite contributions focusing on all aspects of subduction including thermal histories, thermal gradients, processes of deformation, geochemical cycling, and exhumation. We especially welcome perspectives on the evolution of subduction over geologic time.

Best Regards

Sarah Penniston-Dorland and Alberto Vitale Brovarone



J06 The spectrum of fault-zone deformation processes (from slow slip to earthquake)

Conveners: Hitoshi Hirose (Kobe University, Japan), Yoshihiro Ito (Kyoto University, Japan), Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

The aim of this session is to bring together the latest, cutting-edge work on the spectrum of fault-zone deformation processes and slip behaviors. We welcome contributions on slow deformation and fast fault slip that will improve our understanding of fault creep, slow slip events, tectonic tremor, episodic tremor and slip, very low-frequency earthquakes, and ordinary earthquakes. The session will highlight linkages between slow and fast fault slip (earthquakes) and explore scaling relationships for the observed spectrum of fault slip behaviors. Contributions from all areas are welcome, including geophysical and geodetic observations, studies of fault zone structure, laboratory experiments, geological surveys, theoretical works, and numerical studies.

Best regards,

Hitoshi Hirose (Kobe University)
Yoshihiro Ito (Kyoto University)
Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University)

Invitation to Seismology Student Workshop 2017

5th annual Seismology Student Workshop

March 13-14, 2017 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York
Application deadline: February 3, 2017

Hello fellow students!

We are writing to invite you to participate in the upcoming fifth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 13th-14th at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.  This workshop is completely student-run and organized with the aim of bringing together graduate students who conduct research in seismology and earthquake-related fields. We intend to build on the success of our previous workshops in providing a friendly environment that fosters in-depth scientific discussion.

Topics related to the scope of this workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Seismic imaging of tectonic processes
  • Tomographic/inverse techniques
  • Earthquake source processes
  • Rock mechanics
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Seismicity and tremor

The format will be a series of 25-minute talks and poster sessions that take place over the course of the two days. Registration will be $75. This fee will cover three nights of hotel lodging for the nights of Sunday March 12th, Monday the 13th, and Tuesday the 14th, as well as all meals and refreshments during the workshop. Registration is limited to 55 participants, with preference given to those who submit abstracts.

The facebook page for the workshop can be found here:

If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the online application form:

A title, abstract, and an optional figure must be submitted to be considered for an oral or poster session.

The application deadline is February 3, 2017. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of the following week. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Celia, Helen, Kira, Genevieve, Rachel, and Tierney

IODP-ICDP Workshop Announcement: New England Freshwater Resources

Onshore-Offshore Drilling and Sampling to understand Freshwater Resources along the New England Continental Shelf: An IODP-ICDP Workshop

May 22-23, 2017; Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA

To understand the dynamics of onshore-offshore shore hydrologic systems, this IODP- and ICDP-sponsored workshop will focus on the coupling between glacial dynamics, sea-level variations, and groundwater flow for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA and the U.S. Atlantic continental shelf offshore Martha’s Vineyard. The overall goals of the workshop are to develop a new operational plan for IODP Proposal 637 and establish an amphibious component of the project to accomplish its science objectives. These goals will be accomplished by (1) developing ideal sampling and measurement plans for geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and microbiology across the shoreline and the shelf; (2) prioritizing onshore and offshore scientific operations including site order and target depths; and (3) formulating specific plans for pursuing external funds for the drilling project.

The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants and the deadline to apply is February 17, 2017. Travel support is available for a limited number of participants through USSSP (for U.S.) and ICDP (for international). For more information, visit the workshop website: