Call for submissions – GeoPRISMS related sessions to the AGU Fall Meeting

Please consider submitting a GeoPRISMS related session to the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting that will take place in Washington, DC (Dec 10-14, 2018).

Submission deadline: April 18, 2018

More info:

Official website:

This is a great opportunity to promote your GeoPRISMS Science and activities. As every year, the GeoPRISMS Office will compile a list of AGU Fall Meeting special sessions that directly support the scientific goals of the GeoPRISMS (and MARGINS) Programs, or are of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community. The list will be advertised on the website and through the GeoPRISMS Listserv.

For more information about GeoPRISMS past activities and related sessions at AGU please visit the GeoPRISMS website at:

The GeoPRISMS Office

Job Posting: Postdoc and Faculty Positions

1) Postdoc position in igneous petrology/geochemistry – GEOMAR, Kiel (Germany)

2) John W. Miles Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical And Computational Geophysics – Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
3) 100 new positions for early career researchers – University of Manchester, UK
4) Assistant or Associate Professor tenure track (Rank Open) Structural/Engineering Geology – The University of Tulsa, Department of Geosciences
5) Assistant Research Professor position in marine geophysics – The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University


1) Postdoc position in igneous petrology/geochemistry – GEOMAR, Kiel (Germany)

The research unit “Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems” at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) is offering a position as Post-doctoral Researcher starting on August 1th, 2018. The working group Petrology-Geochemistry investigates submarine volcanism by means of bathymetry, geochronology, and major and trace element and radiogenic isotope geochemistry. In the project SHATSKY EVOLUTION, the Shatsky Rise (northeast Pacific) will be surveyed (mapped) and volcanic features sampled during upcoming R/V Sonne expedition SO265 (Aug. 27 to Oct. 11, 2018). The main objectives of the project are characterization and dating of the volcanism that led to the formation of this vast oceanic plateau.

The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral scientists include (besides active participation in expedition SO265) contributions to the extensive analytical program, data evaluation and interpretation, and publication of peer-reviewed articles. Expected is the willingness to present scientific results at (international) conferences, to collaborate in preparing reports and to write (peer-reviewed) publications in English language. The project will be carried out in cooperation with international partners.


• PhD in geosciences with relevance to geology, petrology and geochemistry,
• good publication record relative to time since receiving PhD,
• experience in magmatic geochemistry and petrology
• experience carrying out geochemical analysis of volcanic rocks (experience in working with submarine, altered rocks is an advantage),
• ability to independently reduce/evaluate and integrate diverse data sets (petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, bathymetry) into scientifically sound conclusions and models,
• very good English language skills

The position is available for a funding period of 26 months. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German pay scale for public employees. This is a full-time position and cannot be split. GEOMAR seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Applications including a CV (with publication list) and contact details of 2 referees should be sent as single pdf file to the following address via Email by February 28, 2018 using the subject line “SO265” to:

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation. For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Dr. Jörg Geldmacher ( or Prof. Kaj Hoernle (


2) John W. Miles Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical And Computational Geophysics – Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has an opening for the John W. Miles Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical and Computational Geophysics starting in late 2018. Funding from the Green Foundation for Earth Sciences is available to support a postdoctoral position in the broad areas of computational and theoretical geophysics, including machine learning applied to geosciences. Applicants must contact potential mentors at IGPP igpp.ucsd.eduprior to the application deadline, to ensure a feasible research collaboration. The position is available for two years for applicants that are less than 5 years from PhD degree. Funding for the second year is subject to satisfactory performance during the first year.  Salary starts at $60,000/yr plus benefits and depends on experience.

Applications require a statement of research interests (1-2 pages), dissertation abstract (1 page), curriculum vitae with publications, and two letters of recommendation. Application materials must be submitted online following the link at, with recommendations sent directly by the letter writers to

The deadline for receipt of all application materials (including recommendation letters) is March 30, 2018. Please address questions to Donna Blackman, Green Foundation Secretary

UC San Diego is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.


3) 100 new positions for early career researchers – University of Manchester, UK

The University of Manchester, UK, is inviting applicants for 100 new positions for early career researchers.  These come with a salary and research support budget, lasting 4 years with a reduced teaching load before the researcher is considered for a permanent academic position. Although there have been some areas of expertise highlighted in the call, the main criterion is excellence of the candidate. For more, see:


4) Assistant or Associate Professor tenure track (Rank Open) Structural/Engineering Geology – The University of Tulsa, Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at The University of Tulsa invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning the Fall of 2018.   Appointment is expected at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor and preference will be given to candidates interested in leading the department as Department Chairperson.

A Ph.D. in Geology, Geological Engineering or a closely related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates who pursue research and teaching with environmental, engineering and industry applications, and to candidates with specialty in rock mechanics and/or geological engineering.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach Structural Geology and other courses of their choosing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and establish an externally funded research program involving students.

The University of Tulsa is a premier private, doctoral-granting research institution committed to excellence in teaching, creative scholarship, and service. The University offers competitive salary and benefits packages. The Department of Geosciences has strengths in petroleum-related geology and geophysics, tectonics, reservoir characterization and environmental geology. The Department offers BA, BS, MS and PhD degrees in Geosciences and in Geophysics. Students in the Department are high achieving and eager to participate in research. The Department and College are well-equipped for field and laboratory based research in geology and geophysics. Tulsa is home to the international headquarters of the AAPG, SEPM and SEG.  Additional information can be found at the department’s website:


The review of applications will begin February 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.  The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

Send a letter of application stating research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and name and contact information for three references to:

Or mail to:

Dr. Bryan Tapp
Department of Geosciences
Keplinger Hall, L103B
The University of Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104-9700

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/ Veteran.


5) Assistant Research Professor position in marine geophysics – The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University invites applications for a Lamont Assistant Research Professor position with expertise in marine geophysics. Applicants should have a strong record of innovative research, including publications in peer-reviewed journals, and should have demonstrated success at raising external support for their research programs. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose expertise complements that of the current research staff and whose research uses innovative observations to examine fundamental solid-Earth processes, including but not limited to deformation, magmatism, and the cycling of water at plate tectonic boundaries and the formation and evolution of oceanic lithosphere. We also encourage applicants whose research aligns with Lamont’s strategic initiatives (

Lamont Assistant Research Professors receive nine-month appointments with partial salary support provided from institutional sources. An incentive program encourages the establishment of a vigorous externally funded research program to provide the majority of salary support, including an opportunity for summer salary.

Eligibility requirements include a Ph.D. in Earth and environmental sciences or a related field,

evidence of ongoing externally funded research programs or potential for supporting research

programs with external funding, and at least 2–3 years of relevant research experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience. All interested candidates should apply online at the following Quick Link: Candidates should provide a CV (including a list of publications), statement of research interests, and list of funded projects or grant applications awaiting approval, and should arrange for the submission of at least three letters of reference to Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2018 to ensure timely consideration.

For more information contact:

Office of the Director
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY 10964
Telephone: 845-365-8546 • Fax: 845-365-8162 • Email:


Please note, new job announcements (usually) will be distributed to the GeoPRISMS Listserv on the 1st and 15th of each month.

2018 Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on Rock Deformation

Dear colleagues –

Please consider applying for the upcoming Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation: Integrated Approaches to Rock Deformation: Observations, Experiments, and Models, scheduled for August 19-24, 2018 at Proctor Academy, NH.  This conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore the breadth of scientific disciplines relating to rock deformation, including rock physics, geology, geophysics, seismology, mechanics, and civil engineering.

The conference will bring together a collection of junior and senior investigators who are at the forefront of their field, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. The collegial and open atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons, evenings and during the meals, provides a venue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

There will be an associated Gordon Research Seminar for early career investigators, before the Conference, August 18-19, 2018.   We expect there to be some funds to help support student travel and registration fees.

See the two weblinks for both events, from which you can also apply (separate applications are required for each event):

Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation

Gordon Research Seminar on Rock Deformation (for early career investigators)

Attendance is limited for both conferences, so early registrations are encouraged!

Hope to see you there!

Juli Morgan, Dan Faulkner, Josie Nevitt, and Katrina Sauer

Job Posting: Faculty Positions, Executive Director Geothermal Resources Council

1) open rank tenured/tenure track position Remote Sensing  – North Carolina State University

2) Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology
3) Executive Director –  Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)


1) open rank tenured/tenure track position Remote Sensing  – North Carolina State University

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks a scholar in remote sensing to join the Geospatial Analytics cluster ( The position is an open rank tenured/tenure track position with an anticipated departmental home in the College of Sciences’ Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences ( with an anticipated start date of August 2018. The Geospatial Analytics cluster currently includes faculty from the Colleges of Natural Resources and Engineering. The cluster is coordinated through the Center for Geospatial Analytics ( a collaborative hub for faculty, researchers and graduate students from over a dozen departments across campus.

We seek a collaborative scholar who will lead research on remote sensing of Earth’s land and ice surfaces, ocean, atmosphere, and/or subsurface, and who will develop and teach related undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses that support the new cross-college PhD degree program in Geospatial Analytics. The scholar will be expected to build a program of well-established and focused research and related publications; recruit and mentor graduate students; generate externally funded projects and provide leadership and service to the cluster, the department, college, university, and scholarly organizations. NC State places a high value on excellent instruction and the use of innovative teaching methods.

A central responsibility of the role is to collaborate with members of the faculty cluster and those in the Center for Geospatial Analytics. The center’s interdisciplinary research programs focus on discovering and communicating meaningful patterns in location-based data using advanced analytics, to address social-environmental challenges. Approaches include developing tangible user interfaces and 3D visualization techniques, dynamic spatio-temporal models, and participatory research methods to explore processes in time and space and create decision-support systems.


2) Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in geophysics at the assistant professor level. We invite applicants in any area of geophysics, broadly defined. Preference is for individuals who will lead an innovative research program and are committed to teaching, with the applicant’s overall creativity and potential being valued more than their specific area of expertise within geophysics.

The term of the initial appointment at the assistant professor level is normally four years, with appointment contingent upon completion of a PhD in a relevant field. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates may also be considered at the tenured professor level. Initial review of applications will begin on March 1, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching plans, up to three representative publications, and contact information for at least three individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. Please submit applications at the following link:

If there are any questions during the search process, please contact us at:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-6111 for assistance or contact


3) Executive Director –  Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is a non-profit corporation comprised of over 1,500 members from around the world. It was established primarily to advance geothermal development through education, outreach and dissemination of research. GRC is recruiting to fill the vacant Executive Director role. The successful applicant must be an experienced, confident, team-oriented leader who performs the following functions:

• Successfully manage team and budget, solving complex problems in additions to day-to-day issues;

• Supervise communication media (e.g. public reports, annual documents, newsletters, website, news and library) and public relations of the International Knowledge- and technology Platform;

• Obtain government and other grants or funding;

• Develop network of geothermal contacts and grow membership and member involvement;

• Demonstrate strong oral and written English communication skills by writing with ease, clarity and impact and speaking formally or informally to customers and the public, using language to influence others, is responsible for all public information provided;

• Listen effectively and identify opportunities and solutions focused on key issues;

• Exercise strong organizational skills with high level of initiative and ability to effectively interface, collaborate, and partner with stakeholders to achieve organizational vision and mission;

• Use sound judgment in decision making by focusing on key issues, evaluating situation, balancing priorities and considering reasonable alternatives when making important decisions;

• Think strategically by anticipating and preparing for future events and outcomes and considering the potential effect of future events on current plans;

• Work collaboratively and diplomatically with others to seek the best results; and

• Be committed to achieve goals and objectives with quality products and services

This position is an exempt, professional management job with a flexible, 40-hr work week. The successful applicant will receive a 1-3 year contract with annual performance reviews. Employment is on an “at-will” basis. The incumbent reports to the Board of Directors through the President of the Board. Initial salary is commensurate with experience, knowledge, and education. Compensation shall be reviewed annually by a committee of the Board and shall be based on performance as determined by exceeding mutually agreed to metrics. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the U.S. If the applicant is a current GEA or GRC Board member, their Board participation will be suspended during the selection process. The starting location for this position is Davis, California. Relocation assistance to Davis will be considered.


The successful applicant must be legally eligible to work in US, fluent in English speaking and writing and have basic computer skill including familiarity with budget software. Domestic and international travel will be required.

Education: BA/BS from an accredited college or university required. Advanced degree preferred. Experience:

• Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience in an energy related agency, industry, academic, geothermal (preferred), as it relates to the responsibilities and essential functions for this position. Please see Executive Director Job Description.

• Combination of domestic U.S. and international work experience

• Consultancy experience with government agencies

• Prior experience reporting to Board preferred

Knowledge of:

• Geothermal, other energy or extraction industries

• Business and/or organizational management

• Operation of non-profit organizations and public relations and advertising to support the non profit

• Budget preparation, management and monitoring

• Organization, operation and maintenance of data or publication archives.

• Evaluation, implementation and adaptation of evolving business technologies (e.g., leveraging social media for PR and communications, paperless conferences, virtual offices).

Job description is posted on the GRC website.

Please submit cover letter and resume no later than February 9, 2018 to: Geothermal Resources Council, Attn: Executive Director Search, Email:


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AACSE Apply to Sail – Deadline is today (Jan 22, 2018)

Apply to Sail with the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment

Application Deadline: TODAY January 22, 2018
Cruise Dates (+/- 3 days):
  • Leg 1: May 9 – May 29, 2018 (arrive three days before departure)
  • Leg 2: July 11 – July 25, 2018 (arrive two days before departure)
Graduate students and scientists at all career stages are invited to sail with two OBS deployment legs of the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) during the late spring and early summer of 2018. The AACSE is major shoreline-crossing community experiment focusing on the subduction zone offshore the Alaska Peninsula, which has been the site of North America’s largest recorded earthquakes as well as major volcanic hazards. Data will be collected during the 15-month experiment using 75 broadband ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) and 30 land stations.
OBSs will be deployed in two legs in May and July of 2018 from the Global-Class R/V Sikuliaq. The PI team anticipates that berths for 5 to 7 additional students or scientists will be available on each leg. Participants should be willing to work long hours at sea, in close quarters, and in challenging conditions. Duties of participants will include assisting in OBS deployments, documentation of the expedition, preparation of cruise reports, and documenting the cruise via social media. Travel costs to the departure port (Seward, AK) will be paid for Apply to Sail participants, but no stipend is included.
To apply to sail with the AACSE deployment, each applicant should submit a 2-page CV, a brief statement of interest, and a statement of relevant experience.  Applicants who will be graduate students during the summer of 2018 should also submit a letter of support from their graduate advisor. Applications should be submitted at the AACSE Apply to Sail website by January 22, 2018. Please direct any questions about the Apply to Sail program to Aubreya Adams (

Job Posting: Federal Research Geologists, Postdoc, Director NTWC

1) Two Federal Research Geologist positions in Petrology and Mineralogy – Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

2) Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Geodynamics – University of Minnesota
3) Director GS-15 Supervisory Physical Scientist – National Tsunami Warning Center


1) Two positions in Petrology and Mineralogy at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

The Department of Mineral Sciences within the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, is advertising two Federal Research Geologist positions. Both positions are US Federal Civil Service positions; US citizenship is required. One position is in the field of PETROLOGY, with a focus on crustal rocks, including, but not limited to, metamorphic rocks, granites and intrusive rocks, ore deposits, and continental rocks. One position is in the field of MINERALOGY. Successful candidates will have strong publication records commensurate with level of experience. All application materials must be submitted through USA Jobs; materials sent to members of the Department, including the contacts below, will not be considered. Use the appropriate announcement number when submitting application materials through USA Jobs.  Applicants that wish to be considered for both jobs must submit two separate application packages.

Both positions are full-time 4-year term appointments with full Government benefits and are comparable to tenure-track positions.  GS-1350-12; US citizenship required.  The museum’s authorized salary range for these positions at this time is $79,720 – $85,035 per annum.  For complete requirements and application procedures go to or and refer to Announcement 18A-JW-303331-DEU-NMNH (Petrology) or 18A-JW-303332-DEU-NMNH (Mineralogy).  Applications must be received by Feb. 2, 2018 and must reference the announcement number. All applications will be notified by email when their application is received.  The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For questions regarding the Petrology position, please contact Benjamin Andrews (

For questions regarding the Mineralogy position, please contact Timothy McCoy (

For additional information about the Department and the National Museum of Natural History please visit


2) Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Geodynamics – University of Minnesota

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in geodynamic modelling at the University of Minnesota to participate in a project that focuses on the investigation of the geometrical evolution of subducting slabs. Candidates with experience in finite element analysis and programming in Fortran are desired. Positions are available for one year with possibility of extension. The appointment start date is flexible, but May 2018 is preferred. Applications should include a brief statement of research experience and interests, dissertation abstract, and curriculum vitae with a publication list and contact information for three references. Interested applicants should contact Ikuko Wada ( for more information. Applications should be submitted online at Position requisition number is 318079.”


3) Director GS-15 Supervisory Physical Scientist – National Tsunami Warning Center

The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center is seeking a Director, GS-15 Supervisory Physical Scientist.  We are a NOAA/NWS facility located in Palmer, Alaska, an outdoorsy town within easy driving distance of Anchorage. The NTWC is responsible for providing tsunami warning for the Canadian coasts and the coasts of all U.S. states except for Hawaii.  This involves rapidly characterizing major earthquakes, determining their tsunamigenic potential, forecasting tsunami arrival times and coastal inundation, and disseminating appropriate warning and informational products based on this information.

Unfortunately, the job is not open to the general public. It is open to multiple groups including current and former federal employees, veterans, Peace Corps alumni, and individuals with disabilities. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully if you are interested in applying.

Duties include:

–  Supervise the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) staff, which includes: assigning and evaluating work, counseling employees on work and administrative matters, interviewing candidates for positions, enforcing disciplinary matters, and identifying training for staff.

–  Oversee the administrative policy and operations of systems that disseminate tsunami warnings and watches at local, national, and international levels.

–  Execute research projects to test conceptual models and theories to improve tsunami warning system and forecast capability.

–  Make and maintain personal contacts with Federal agencies, international organizations, and foreign governments about seismic and tsunami data.

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized and a cost of living allowance is included.

For more details, qualifications, etc. please view the full announcement here:

Announcement #  NWS-AR-2018-0013

Please share with any others who may be interested! The announcement closes on January 24.


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Subduction Hazard Science Town Hall and SZ4D Updates

Hello Subduction Community,

I am writing to follow up from the AGU Town Hall on “Coordinating Subduction Hazard Science,” to recap what was presented in December in New Orleans and to fill in those of you who couldn’t make it. This is also an update on SZ4D activities in general.

The Town Hall was motivated by the release of four reports in the last 9 months, and we heard about each of them from the following individuals:

Harold Tobin (Univ. Wisconsin)
The SZ4D Initiative: Understanding the Processes that Underlie Subduction Zone Hazards in 4D (2017
(A Vision Document to NSF)
Michael Manga (UC Berkeley)
ERUPT: Volcanic Eruptions and Their Repose, Unrest, Precursors, and Timing (2017)
(A Report by the National Academy of Science)
Jenna Hill (USGS, Pacific Coastal and Marine Center)
Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide (2017)
(USGS Circular)
Gerald Bawden (NASA, Earth Surface and Interior)
Thriving on Our Changing Planet: //A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space (2018)
(A Report by the National Academy of Science)

We then heard a series of 1-2 minute lightning presentations from representatives of different groups planning community projects:

  • Community Volcano Experiment (COVE) – Brandon Schmandt (New Mexico)
  • Experimental Workshop – Phil Skemer (Wash Univ, StL)
  • Modeling Collaboratory RCN – Amanda Thomas (Oregon)
  • Workshop on Volcanoes – Pete LaFeminia (Penn State)
  • Seafloor Geodesy – Andy Newman (GaTech)
  • IRIS International – Anne Meltzer (Lehigh)
  • Volcano Rapid Response RCN – David Fee (Univ of Alaska)

Short summaries of these ongoing community efforts appear below FYI, with folks to contact if you are interested in providing input or getting involved. Many of these efforts are in the gestation stage. Some are happening soon! For example, please note the Jan 15 deadline to apply for the Conference on Experimental Studies of Subduction Zone Processes! Note that an Umbrella SZ4D Research Coordination Network is being planned that would provide a web site and central clearinghouse for this kind of Subduction Community information in the future.

There are a lot of subduction-related workshops, working groups, community efforts being planned for the future – please plan to participate!

– Terry Plank

Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics (COSG)

What are the new research directions, challenges and needs for our community?

The Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics (COSG) is a standing committee within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. COSG serves to facilitate community discussion and community-agency interaction on issues related to the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the Earth. COSG helps to organize and oversee National Academies studies, workshops, and forums, and holds twice-yearly meetings on a variety of topics. Recent topics have included subduction zone science, high-performance computing, precision geodesy, and volcanism and volcanic hazards.

The committee is always looking for new topics to highlight and to focus these community-agency discussions in the future. You can find a full list of topics covered in the past, along with a list of current committee members on the COSG website: If you have suggestions, or want to know more, please reach out to one of the committee members or to Deborah Glickson, National Academies staff (

Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics:
Richard Allen, Chair, University of California, Berkeley
Thorsten Becker, The University of Texas at Austin
Mark Behn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Cynthia Ebinger, Tulane University
Steven Jacobsen, Northwestern University
Lisa Grant Ludwig, University of California, Irvine
Stephen McNutt, University of South Florida
Matthew Pritchard, Cornell University
Maya Tolstoy, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Jeroen Tromp, Princeton University
William Walter, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sherilyn Williams-Stroud, Confractus, Inc., and California State University, Los Angeles

Sessions of interest at the 2018 EGU General Assembly and AOGS Annual Meeting

Please see below for sessions of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community, taking place at the 2018 EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria (8-13 April 2018) and the 2018 AOGS meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii (4-8 June 2018)

EGU abstract deadline is January 10, 2018

AOGS abstract deadline is January 19, 2018

EGU Sessions

TS6.3/GD6.4/SM2.15 – Formation and reactivation of small oceanic domains and hyperextended rift basins (co-organized)

Convener: Patricia Cadenas

Co-Conveners: Gabriela Fernández-Viejo, Gianreto Manatschal, Tim Minshull, J. Kim Welford

Confirmed invited speaker:  Gwenn Péron-Pinvidic (Geological Survey of Norway)

This session aims to bring together studies which deal with the structure and the tectonic evolution of small oceanic and hyperextended rift basins using geological, geophysical, geochemical, and numerical modelling approaches. Analysis of the crustal structure, the sedimentary infill, the subsidence history and the thermal evolution allows us to understand better the evolution of these basins and the associated rifting, breakup processes and the influence of rift inheritance on their subsequent compressional reactivation due to stress field changes.

Please, inform your colleagues and students that may be interested in presenting their research in this session.

Looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna

The conveners

Patricia Cadenas (U. Oviedo), Gianreto Manatschal (U. Strasbourg), Tim Minshull (U. of Southampton), Kim Welford (Memorial U. of Newfoundland) and Gabriela Fernández-Viejo (U. Oviedo)

GD2.1/GMPV8.1/SM4.07 – Geodynamics of continental crust and upper mantle, and the nature of mantle discontinuities (co-organized)

Convener: Lev Vinnik

Co-Conveners: Hans Thybo, Alexey Shulgin

We invite, in particular multidisciplinary, contributions which focus on the structure and evolution of the continental crust and upper mantle and on the nature of mantle discontinuities. The latter include, but are not limited to, the mid-lithosphere discontinuity (MLD), the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), and the mantle transition zone, as imaged by various seismological techniques and interpreted within interdisciplinary approaches. Papers with focus on the structure of the crust and the nature of the Moho are also welcome. Methodologically, the contributions will include studies based on seismic, thermal, gravity, petrological, and/or electro-magnetic data interpretations.

Instructions for submitting an abstract can be found at:

We hope that you have the opportunity to give a presentation at the upcoming EGU in Vienna 8-13 April.

Best regards,

The convenors: Lev Vinnik, Alexey Shulgin and Hans Thybo

AOGS Sessions

SE21 – Bridging Observations from Geology and Geodesy to Understand Tectonic Deformation over Multiple Timescales

Session Conveners

Dr. Aron Meltzner (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore),

Dr. Ya-Ju Hsu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan),

Dr. Tadafumi Ochi (Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan),

Dr. Yu-Nung Nina Lin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore),

Dr. Emma Hill (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore),

For more information on the AOGS 2018 conference, please visit:

Tectonic processes occur at a variety of timescales, from seconds (coseismic) to weeks (short-term slow slip) to years (postseismic and long-term slow slip) to decades (interseismic) to millennia or longer (long-term deformation).  Studies focused on results derived from a single technique may not have sufficient context to assess how deformation evolves over time.  In order to address this important problem, we invite contributions in which results from multiple techniques are combined to explore tectonic deformation over multiple timescales.  We also encourage contributions that compare present to past behavior or that focus specifically on variability of tectonic deformation over long timescales.

Aron Meltzner, Ya-Ju Hsu, Tadafumi Ochi, Nina Lin, Emma Hill

SE29 – Understanding Active Volcanoes Using Multidisciplinary Approaches

Convener: Clara Solaro

Co-Conveners: Helena Albert-Minguez, Fidel Costa, Paul Okubo, Yosuke Aoki

For more information on the AOGS 2018 conference, please visit:

Asia and Oceania present regions with the highest concentration and number of active volcanoes on Earth. Many of them are capable of large explosive eruptions, producing high eruptive plumes or pyroclastic density currents. Tephra material can thus be spread over considerable distances and affect human settlements over large areas and/or long timescales, which makes studies of these volcanoes even more important.

A large panel of data and observations on the activity of these volcanoes should allow greater constraint of their eruptive systems. In particular, it is important to unravel the link between volcanic plumbing systems and the resulting eruption dynamics. Geophysical methods (seismology, deformation, infrasound), geochemical monitoring (gas emission, hydrothermalism), petrology/mineralogy studies and physical modelling are all valuable means for acquiring a better understanding of volcanic systems and processes. However, combining multiple areas of study on the same target (e.g. petrology with seismology or gas emission data) is key to significantly improving our understanding of volcanic systems.

In this session, we will explore the state-of-the-art of on-going research focusing on studies of magmatic plumbing system structure and dynamics that use a multiple (e.g. petrological plus geophysical) approach. We appreciate contributions from volcanological field and lab observations, as well as modelling and experimental results. We aim to foster the use of interdisciplinary approaches for the study of volcanic processes, representing progress toward possible interpretations of signs of unrest in terms of causal subterranean plumbing system process.

We hope you consider submitting an abstract and attending the conference.


Dr. Clara Solaro

University of Hawaii at Manoa

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, SOEST

1680 East-West Road POST 614

Honolulu, HI 96822

Dr. Helena Albert Minguez

Earth Observatory of Singapore

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore 639798

Prof. Fidel Costa

Earth Observatory of Singapore

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore 639798

Dr. Paul Okubo

United States Geological Survey

Volcano Science Center- Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

United States · Hawaii National Park, HI

Prof. Yosuke Aoki

Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo

1-1 Yayoi 1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan

REMINDER: GeoPRISMS Townhall & Community/Student Forum at AGU

Join us for the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting and Community / Student Forum at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting!

When: AGU Fall Meeting 2017 – Monday December 11 at 6:00 PM

Where: Westin Canal Place, Riverbend Terrace, 100 Rue Iberville New Orleans, LA 70130

The event is open to all with interests in the GeoPRISMS Program and GeoPRISMS (or MARGINS) research. Come hear updates about the GeoPRISMS Program, the latest GeoPRISMS research projects & study areas, and ongoing GeoPRISMS research from student presenters.

* A short formal session (starting at 6:30PM) will include a welcome and opening remarks from the GeoPRISMS Chair Demian Saffer and updates from NSF Program Director Jenn Wade.

* Luc Lavier (UT Austin) will provide a summary of the Theoretical and Experimental Institute for the Rift Initiation and Evolution Initiative that was held in February 2017.

* Aubreya Adams (Colgate University) and Emily Roland (University of Washington) will present a summary of the Amphibious Array Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE) Project and Mini-Workshop held the Sunday before AGU.

* Colton Lynner (University of Arizona) will provide a summary of the ENAM Mini-Workshop held the Sunday before AGU.

* Andrew Goodwillie (LDEO, Columbia University) will provide a summary of the GeoPRISMS Data Resources Mini-Worshop held the Sunday before AGU.

* Terry Plank (LDEO, Columbia University) will provide a status report and update on the SZ4D initiative.

Student entrants for the GeoPRISMS Prize for Outstanding Student Presentations are also invited to display their AGU posters (or poster versions of their AGU talks) and discuss their research with event participants. This will be a great opportunity for students to share their results further and to interact with a wide spectrum of GeoPRISMS scientists.

There will be ample time to mingle and refreshments will be available. Among those present will be Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Chair), members of the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee, and Program Directors for GeoPRISMS from the National Science Foundation.

We hope to see you there!

The GeoPRISMS Office