Synthesis of the Cenozoic Magmatism of East Africa

Dear Colleagues,

To those who are under lock down orders and would like to learn a little about magmatism in East Africa, I have good news! Below are 5 links to a recently published synthesis – The Cenozoic Magmatism of East Africa, parts 1 to 5. The synthesis series is freely available to anyone using the links below until June 12th, 2020. This series was in part motivated by the GeoPrisms RIE focus site in East Africa.

Part 1 –  Flood basalts and pulsed magmatism
Part 2 – Rifting of the mobile belt
Part 3 – Rifting of the craton
Part 4 – The terminal stages of rifting preserved in the Northern East African Rift System
Part 5 – Magma sources and processes in the East African Rift
Tyrone Rooney

Early Career Investigator Virtual Workshop on Future NSF Geophysical Facility

Dear Colleagues:

The NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Competition of Operations and Management of an NSF-supported Geophysical Facility to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE Facilities requests written responses from the community on desired capabilities of the future Geophysical Facility by June 1st.

A virtual workshop is being held April 23-24 between 1-5 pm ET each day to bring together Early Career Investigators (ECIs) invested in the capabilities of the future Geophysical Facility.

Topics addressed will include instrumentation, data services, and education and community engagement. The end goal of the workshop is to develop a White Paper that defines ECI recommended capabilities.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Survey Application as space may be limited via Zoom.

We highly encourage graduate students (at all career stages), postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers and faculty to participate.


D. Sarah Stamps ( Virginia Tech)

Heather A. Ford ( University of California, Riverside)

Refreshing strategic priorities for science support – Your input requested by 3/16/2020

Dear Colleagues:

As a member of the geoscience and Earth education community, we encourage you to provide input on strategic priorities for a major facility that supports geoscience using geodesy. While UNAVCO’s primary funding comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, our reach is global.

UNAVCO is in a period of change, approaching the end of our 2016-2020 strategic plan, awaiting changes to the NSF grant requirements, and discussing future integration with our sister facility, IRIS. Each of these changes is an opportunity to revisit the focus of our facility and the community that it serves.

UNAVCO leadership has begun a refresh of its existing strategy. We are now reaching out to the broader geoscience community to determine areas for growth and improvement. We greatly value your input and invite you to complete a brief survey that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Your response by March 16th is appreciated.

Thank you,

Dr. Lucy Flesch, Chair, UNAVCO Board of Directors

Dr. Rebecca Bendick, UNAVCO President

Apply to the Earth Surface Processes Institute, August 13-21, 2020, Boulder, CO

Please apply or bring to attention of your students and PDF’s interested in geomorphology or surface processes and geodynamics:

Apply to the Earth Surface Processes Institute, August 13-21st, 2020, Boulder, CO

CSDMS will host a 10-day, immersive training experience for 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty at the CSDMS Integration Facility at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is an NSF funded project and will hopefully bring together earth surface processes aficinados from all over the US and world.

ESPIn is a 10-day immersive training experience for 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or early career faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder. ESPIn is designed to allow participants to make advances on critical earth surface processes research questions by teaching cyberinfrastructure skills. ESPIn will offer hands-on training in numerical modeling, best programming practices, open source software development, collaborative coding and version control, Landlab and pymt, high performance computing, and model uncertainty quantification.

Several days will be dedicated to working in small teams on authentic research, data analysis, and coding projects. Participants can also work on developing and advancing their own research codes. In addition, there will be dedicated time for a local field trip, peer-to-peer networking, and professional development. A mix of experienced scientists, visiting faculty, software engineers, and research computing experts will provide instruction. ESPIn will conclude with team presentations on code advances and research outcomes, and set up participants to continue to develop ideas.

Participant costs (enrollment, accommodation based on shared rooms, breakfast and lunch on teaching days) are supported for 20 participants by ESPIn. However, applicants are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from Boulder, Colorado, for dinners, and all other incidental expenses. We have an additional 5 slots open for participants who can fund their own attendance, registration for full summer institute participation is $1250.

Welcome on behalf of the organizing team and instructors: Irina Overeem, Mark Piper, Nicole Gasparini, Leilani Arthurs, Benjamin Campforts

Application deadline April 1st, 2020.

For questions regarding ESPIn application and general info, contact us at:

NSF Science Community Survey

The National Science Foundation is looking for input to communicate better with the scientific community, in terms of content (funding opportunities, research news, etc.) and method of delivery (email, web, social media). Your input is valuable as this helps NSF curate content to your preferences and improves two-way engagement with the science community.

This survey only takes 7 minutes and also showcases a pilot video for an informational series called NSF101. Episode 1 is: Early Career Researcher funding opportunities. Take the survey now at !

Submit a GeoPRISMS session proposal for the AGU Fall Meeting 2020

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

Please consider submitting a GeoPRISMS session proposal to the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting that will take place in San Francisco (Dec 7-11, 2020)

We encourage you to submit an AGU session proposal to highlight the numerous fundamental scientific contributions that have been conceived, supported, and/or leveraged through the GeoPRISMS Program. This is a great opportunity to promote your GeoPRISMS science & activities, to review topical advances accomplished over the past decade, and to build upon and advance the science of the GeoPRISMS community as the program winds down and new initiatives emerge.

To review the cross cutting themes identified at the most recent TEI in San Antonio in February 2019 (Synthesis & Integration TEI), please visit the GeoPRISMS website at:

Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2020

More info:

Official website:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The GeoPRISMS Office

Save-the-date: July 26-29 Atlanta GA, Future Directions for Seafloor Geodesy 2020 Workshop

Dear Colleagues,

With funds from the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences and NASA we are planning to hold a community workshop to explore future opportunities for seafloor geodesy. The workshop will explore a range of technologies, approaches, and applications for measuring the deformation of the oceanic crust. This will also be an opportunity for the community to discuss how best to utilize an upcoming seafloor geodetic instrument pool that will initially consist of GNSS-Acoustic and bottom pressure gauges.

The workshop is planned for July 26-29 in Atlanta, GA. Planning is underway, and a more detailed announcement will be distributed at a later time. If you have questions or suggestions, please forward to Planning is underway, and a more detailed announcement will be distributed when applications open.


The Workshop Organizing Committee,

Andrew Newman, Noel Bartlow, Benjamin Brooks, Donna Charlevoix, Susan Owen, and David Schmidt

Survey for GeoPRISMS volatiles synthesis workshop

Dear GeoPRISMS community,

As discussed at the pre-AGU GeoPRISMS meeting in San Francisco, there is funding available in the GeoPRISMS budget to support a series of synthesis workshops. Madison Myers, Dan Rasmussen and I are putting together a GeoPRISMS synthesis workshop proposal with a volatiles theme. We would like to include some market research in our workshop proposal, and we’d love to get some input from you about the kind of workshop you would be excited to attend. We’d be really grateful if you could take a minute to fill out our workshop survey: All responses received by 25th February will be incorporated (anonymously) into our proposal.

Our tentative plan is to hold the workshop at Montana State University in the summer of 2021 and to include a field trip to Yellowstone!

Thanks in advance for your input, and please feel free to share this survey with other known volatile enthusiasts!


Megan, Madison and Dan

JpGU-AGU 2020 meeting session of interest

JpGU-AGU 2020 meeting session M-IS03: Structure and deformation in the overlying plate due to subduction and related feedbacks

Dear colleagues,

If you are planning to attend the JpGU-AGU 2020 joint meeting, please consider submitting a presentation to session M-IS03: “Structure and deformation in the overlying plate due to subduction and related feedbacks”.

Abstracts are due Feb 18, 2020, 17:00 JST.

Session description:

Subduction over time modifies the overriding plate by fractionation, accretion, and tectonic deformation. This can lead to processes such as tectonic shortening (orogeny), regional uplift, weakening by back-arc spreading and volcanism, basin formation, and/or destabilization of the lithosphere. In turn, the composition, strength, and morphology of the overlying plate, which may be the product of a long geological history and have significant along-strike variations, can affect current large-scale subduction dynamics such as slab dip, and ultimately broad-scale plate kinematics in two and three dimensions. Examples of geological settings that bear witness to these processes are found along the Pacific Rim, including Japanese arcs, Taiwan, Hikurangi, northwestern North America, and Tethys margin, including Himalaya and the Mediterranean mobile belt. We seek contributions from all geoscience disciplines that document the structure and tectonic evolution of overlying plate deformation and their feedbacks onto subduction processes. We welcome studies on topics such as: geologic and tectonic geomorphological deformation of the overlying plate and its relation to the subduction; geodetic deformation of the overlying plate; active and passive imaging of the overlying plate and crustal structure; rheological features obtained by laboratory and earthquake seismology; basin development and mountain building processes; numerical geodynamical modeling of overlying plate deformation; and backarc opening processes. Comparisons of the Nankai and Japan Trench subduction systems to other global subduction zones are of particular interest. This session is supported by ILP (International Lithosphere Program).
Hiroshi Sato, Univ Tokyo/ERI, Japan
David Okaya, Univ. Southern California, USA
Eh Tan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Masahiro Ishikawa, Yokohama National University, Japan

Job Posting: Faculty Positions

1) Four Tenure-Track, open rank professor Positions in Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, and Marine Geology and Geophysics – Oregon State University

2) Full Professor Position in Geophysics – University of Manchester


1) Four tenure-track, open rank professor positions  Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, and Marine Geology and Geophysics – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University invites applications for four (4) research-focused, tenure-track, open rank professor positions, who maintain or have the potential to maintain sea-going research programs. This is a cluster hire that promotes interdisciplinary research across four focus areas: Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, and Marine Geology and Geophysics.

Applications to more than one position are suggested for candidates with interdisciplinary focus.

Additional information and application procedures are available at

Review of applications will begin on 9 March 2020 and continue until March 31, 2020. Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chairs

Inquiries about this sea-going cluster hire may be directed to Drs. Marta Torres (, Byron Crump (, Rob Harris (, and Kipp Shearman (  For questions regarding the application process, please contact Karen Edwards (


2)    Full Professor Position in Geophysics – University of Manchester

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Manchester seeks an experienced, high quality candidate for a Chair in Geophysics who is already an established and leading scientist. A broad range of Geophysics expertise will be considered, including, for example, quantification and interpretation of sub-surface structures using geophysical methods, or application of InSAR techniques to examine surface processes or deep Earth core/mantle boundary processes. There is the potential for a joint appointment with our Department of Physics for candidates who bridge between physics and geophysics.

You will be expected to undertake teaching on the undergraduate/MSc Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Science pathways and conduct a programme of research which will enhance and complement the School’s existing research strengths.

Applicants must have a BEng or BSc (Hons) or equivalent in Geophysics, Physics, Earth Science or a related subject and hold a PhD in Earth Science or a related subject.

Further criteria for the position are listed in the further particulars of the post.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance. Appointments will always be made on merit.

For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Professor Mike Burton, Head of Department
General enquiries:
Tel:      0161 275 4499
Deadline: 27 Feb 2020


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