GeoPRISMS Newsletter Available: Fall 2016


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The Fall 2016 GeoPRISMS newsletter is now available online

This edition include:

  • Welcome | from GeoPRISMS Chair Demian Saffer
  • Science Report | Investigating mantle controls on volcano spacing along the East African Rift System
  • Report from the Field | HOBITSS: Hikurangi Ocean Bottom Investigation of Tremor and Slow Slip
  • Workshop Report | Subduction Zone Observatory
Plus
  • Message from NSF
  • Funding Opportunities for GeoPRISMS-Related Proposals
  • GeoPRISMS Data Portal Status Report
  • GeoPRISMS activities at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
  • Distinguished Lectureship Program 2016-2017

Please note this issue is only available in electronic version. Download your copy at: http://geoprisms.org/newsletters/

The GeoPRISMS Office

Questions? Email info@geoprisms.org

REMINDER: GeoPRISMS Photo Contest – submit your photo before Nov 28


Share what your GeoPRISMS-related research looks like with the GeoPRISMS Community, whether you are working in the field, or in the lab. Submit your picture at info@geoprisms.org before November 28!

The winner of the contest will be announced at the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting and will receive a framed print of the photo. The winner’s photo will be highlighted on the GeoPRISMS Website and in the Spring Issue of the GeoPRISMS Newsletter.

The GeoPRISMS Photo Contest is open to anyone whose research is related to GeoPRISMS. The submitted photo should be focused on the entrant’s research, and must be related to the GeoPRISMS Science and Objectives.

What should be submitted:
  • Contest limited to one photo per entrant
  • A complete and accurate caption (max 100 words)
  • Entrant’s personal information
  • A completed and signed release form

All information and release form should be sent in an email along with the photograph to info@geoprisms.org with the subject header “GeoPRISMS Photo Contest” before November 28, 2016

For more information about the contest and guidelines, please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: http://geoprisms.org/geoprisms-photo-contest/

LAST CALL: 2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative


Deadline to apply to the 2017 Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative is today November 21!

The Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) for the Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) initiative is now open for applications. The TEI will be held over three full days from February 8-10, 2017 and is intended to summarize progress and recent scientific advances related to the RIE initiative, and to identify high-priority science for future GeoPRISMS RIE efforts. (Please see the Science and Implementation plan available at http://geoprisms.org/research/science-plan/). Applicants do not need to have worked on projects funded by GeoPRISMS. We expect a broad and diverse audience drawn from domestic and international research communities, including graduate students and early career scientists, who are interested in the initiation and evolution of rifts.

Funding

The TEI is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at The Pennsylvania State University. There is no registration fee. We will be able to cover most on-site expenses (venue costs, hotel expenses based on double occupancy, and breakfast & lunch) for approximately 80 participants. Most participants will have to cover their travel to and from the meeting; partial funding for travel is available for students and postdocs. We will not be able to provide dinners on-site, but there are several restaurants nearby. Confirmed participants whose on-site expenses are covered are expected to arrive on Tuesday evening and leave on Saturday morning.

Organizing Committee

Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico), Donna Shillington (LDEO/Columbia University), Estella Atekwana (Oklahoma State University), Rebecca Bendick (University of Montana), Juliet Biggs (University of Bristol), Esteban Gazel (Virginia Tech), Liz Hajek (Pennsylvania State University), Luc Lavier (University of Texas, Austin). Ex officio: Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Office/Pennsylvania State University).

Important Dates

October 4: Applications are invited via the meeting webpage at : http://geoprisms.org/tei-rie-2017/
November 21: Application deadline
December 9: Successful applicants are invited to confirm participation
December 22: Deadline for confirmation of attendance
Late January: Final meeting agenda is released

Location

The Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (http://www.hotelabq.com). The hotel is located 8 miles from Albuquerque airport. Cab service is available.

Student and Postdoc symposium

On Tuesday before the TEI we will hold a student and postdoc symposium which will feature short presentations by attendees and discussion with the conveners and NSF program managers. The symposium runs from 1:00 – 5:00 and will be followed at 5:00 – 7:00 by student posters and cash bar. We encourage all students and postdocs to attend and to arrange their travel accordingly, after confirmation of attendance.

Draft agenda

A draft of the agenda is now available online at: http://geoprisms.org/tei-rie-2017/

Planned Sessions

Rift evolution from initiation to post rift architecture
Magmatism and Volatile Exchanges
Faulting and Strain
Climate and surface processes
Geohazards at rifts and rifted margins
Geodynamics of rifting

Saturday: Field trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

We will organize an optional field trip to the nearby (~1 hour drive from Albuquerque) Kasha-Katuwe National Monument in the Jemez Volcanic field to look at pyroclastic volcanic deposits and get an overview of the Rio Grande Rift. This trip will involve some light hiking. There will be no additional cost for participating in the trip. In the event of too much snow cover in the Jemez Mountains, we will organize a trip to the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field (~ 1.5 hours from Albuquerque). We will return to Albuquerque by 5 pm.

GeoMapApp: Western US webinar and AGU Lunch

GeoMapApp is a free, map-based data discovery and analysis program that is widely-used across the geosciences for research and education.

We are excited to announce two upcoming GeoMapApp events:

1) GeoMapApp webinar on the Western US
Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016.
Time: Webinar begins at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific)

In this webinar we will focus upon terrestrial data sets for the western US including Cascadia. Example data sets will include high-resolution land elevations; seismic tomography and subducting slab depth; volcano and earthquake catalogues; EarthChem geochemistry data; PACES gravity anomalies; MIDAS vertical deformation, and geology maps. The enhanced Save Session functionality and data import capabilities of GeoMapApp will also be shown. The webinar is expected to last about 30 minutes.

2) GeoMapApp User Lunch at AGU
Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Location: Near the Moscone Center – Room details to be finalised.

Attendance is limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

In order to update our users on new directions and to provide an opportunity for questions and suggestions, we invite people with experience of GeoMapApp to join us for a GeoMapApp User Lunch at the Fall AGU meeting. Graduate students, post-docs and faculty are encouraged to attend. Free pizza will be served. Seating is limited to 40 attendees – sign up soon to claim a place! Once finalised, room details will be sent to the first 40 registered people.

The IEDA-GeoMapApp Team

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Job Posting: Faculty & Postdoc Positions


1) Faculty Position in Stratigraphy and Earth History – University of California Los Angeles

2) Assistant Professor in Geodesy – Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon

3) Assistant Professors in geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography – The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, Ecuador

4) Tenure-track faculty position Geophysics and Geodynamics – The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester

5) Associate Professor or Professorship of Solid Earth Geoscience – Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

6) Associate Professor or Professorship of Geophysics – Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

7) 18 CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowships Early Career Researchers in Deep Earth Imaging – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

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1) Faculty Position in Stratigraphy and Earth History – University of California Los Angeles

The Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences seeks applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty appointment in the general area of Earth history and Earth’s past environments, as informed by the stratigraphic record. Applications for all levels will be considered. We seek a candidate who integrates field observations with state-of-the-art analytical and/or numerical methods. Areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, early Earth history, stratigraphic analysis, sedimentology, geochronology, petrology, quantitative methods, numerical modeling of sedimentary processes, and paleoenvironmental analysis.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in the geosciences or a related field. Submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research and teaching interests, names and contact information of three referees, and a cover letter addressing how your experience fits the job description at:https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02628 . Questions regarding this position can be directed to earthhistory@epss.ucla.edu. The position will remain open until filled but, to ensure review, applications should be filed by December 1, 2016.

The University of California Los Angeles and the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equity and diversity. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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2) Assistant Professor in Geodesy – Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon

The Department of Earth Sciences (formerly Geological Sciences) at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position commencing Fall 2017 with a focus on the use of geodetic techniques to study surface and subsurface Earth processes. We seek a dynamic scientist who investigates one or more areas related to change detection of geologic and environmental processes. Techniques may include GPS, InSAR, terrestrial, airborne, or satellite LiDAR, radar altimetry, gravity, or other methods. We are particularly interested in candidates who study natural hazards, cryospheric processes, tectonics, geomorphology, or hydrogeology. Expectations for the position include: 1) establishing an active, externally funded research program, 2) supervising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and 3) teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that contribute to and expand our core and major curriculum. Competitive candidates will complement existing strengths that include: surface processes, fault mechanics, coastal oceanography, and cryosphere processes, as well as major departmental initiatives in volcanology and earthquake early warning.

The application process requires candidates to submit a current CV, research statement (2 page limit), teaching statement (2 page limit), and a statement of contributions to diversity (1 page limit), as well as contact information for at least three references. Minimum requirements at the time of appointment include completion of a PhD from an accredited institution in geosciences, physics, engineering, or a related field with a demonstrated research record in geodesy. Review of applications will begin after Nov. 15, 2016, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Inquiries can be directed to: uogeodesy@gmail.com

Candidates with experience serving the needs of diverse populations are strongly desired.

More information about our department can be found at: http://earthsciences.uoregon.edu/

Applications can be submitted at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7498

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the

ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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3) Assistant Professors in geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography – The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, Ecuador

The School of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech invites applications for tenure-track assistant professors in the following fields: geophysics, geochemisty, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, economic geology, hydrology/hydrogeology, climate/oceanography.

Yachay Tech faculty will develop active research programs, direct PhD students, involve undergraduate students in collaborative research projects, and teach (in English) undergraduate and graduate courses in their fields of specialty.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for three references to Maria del Carmen Alvarado (malvarado@yachaytech.edu.ec), assistant to the Dean.  Employment will begin as early as March 2017.

Yachay Tech is a public, research-intensive university, located in the Inter-Andean valley of Ecuador about two hours north of Quito.  Since opening in March 2014, the undergraduate student population has grown to a total of approximately 1000 undergraduates.  Our School is only one-year old but already has a diverse, international, dynamic faculty of 11 full-time, PhD scientists.  We are in the process of developing the first geosciences doctoral program in Ecuador.

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4) Tenure-track faculty position Geophysics and Geodynamics – The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester invites applications for a tenure-track position in the broad field of geophysics and geodynamics.  We anticipate hiring at the Assistant Professor level but exceptional candidates at the Associate and Full Professor level will be given full consideration.  We are interested in dynamic educators and researchers who use experimental, computational and/or field approaches in their research and can establish externally funded, internationally recognized research programs that involve graduate students. The field of specialization is open, but preference will be given to individuals who can offer a research and teaching program that complements and expands upon our existing strengths in solid Earth processes and climate science.  See http://www.ees.rochester.edu for more information about the Department’s strengths in geochemistry, geophysics, tectonics, and climate science. We also encourage interdisciplinary applicants who can bridge the gap between traditional Earth Science and planetary science, as well as applicants who can utilize other outstanding research facilities at the University, including the Laboratory for Laser Energetics http://www.lle.rochester.edu and the Goergen Center for Data Sciences https://www.rochester.edu/data-science/.

The University of Rochester is a highly ranked research university, and the Rochester area’s cultural, educational, and recreational assets frequently place it among the best places to live, work, and raise a family in the United States.  Applicants should submit materials via:  https://www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting   Materials include a curriculum vitae, select reprints, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names and contact information of four references. The review of applications will begin December 31 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date for the position is July 1 2018.  The University of Rochester, an equal opportunity employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

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5) Associate Professor or Professorship of Solid Earth Geoscience – Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

From: £45,562 p.a. plus additional benefits, including free accommodation in college or a housing allowance of £8,342 p.a.

We seek to appoint an Associate Professor of Solid Earth Geoscience from 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Earth Sciences and will hold a Tutorial Fellowship at Worcester College. The appointment will be initially for 5 years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the postholder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

We welcome applications from scientists working in all aspects of the solid earth sciences including solid-earth geophysics, igneous processes or petrology, planetary geology, and mineralogy. The successful applicant will have a doctorate in earth sciences or a related subject. They will have evidence of substantial research accomplishment and potential in a field of solid-earth geoscience, have the ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate level, have excellent interpersonal skills necessary for teaching and an ability to attract research funding. The main duties of the post are to carry out research at an international level, and to teach, supervise and examine undergraduate and postgraduate students. The appointee will be a Fellow of Worcester College and will have responsibility for the teaching and organisation of earth sciences within the College. This post is advertised at the same time as a second Associate Professorship of Geophysics at St. Cross College.

The application procedure is detailed within the further particulars. Enquiries about the application procedure should be addressed to the Department HR Manager, Emma Smith (emma.smith@earth.ox.ac.uk). Enquiries about the post should be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Gideon Henderson at: gideon.henderson@earth.ox.ac.uk or telephone: 01865 282123.

Salary will be on the combined College and University scale from £45,562 p.a., plus additional benefits, including free accommodation in college or a housing allowance of £8,342 p.a.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 16 December 2016. Interviews will be held on Monday 6 February 2017 in Oxford.

The Department of Earth Sciences is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Contact Person : Emma Smith

Contact Phone : 01865 272030

Contact Email : emma.smith@earth.ox.ac.uk

Vacancy ID : 126027

Closing Date : 16-Dec-2016

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=10&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_process_type=&p_applicant_no=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y&p_recruitment_id=126027

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6) Associate Professor or Professorship of Geophysics – Dept of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

From: £45,562 p.a. plus additional benefits as detailed below. Allowance of £2,626 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title

We seek to appoint an Associate Professor of Geophysics from 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Earth Sciences and hold a Non Tutorial Fellowship at St Cross College. The appointment will be initially for five years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the post holder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

We welcome applications from scientists working in all aspects of Geophysics including earth-observation, the cryosphere, planetary geophysics, and crustal processes. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in geophysics or a related subject. They will have evidence of substantial research accomplishment and potential in the broad field of geophysics, have the ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate level, have excellent interpersonal skills necessary for teaching and an ability to attract research funding. The main duties of the post are to carry out research at an international level and to teach, supervise and examine undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The application procedure is detailed within the further particulars. Enquiries about the application procedure should be addressed to the Department HR Manager, Emma Smith (emma.smith@earth.ox.ac.uk). Enquiries about the post should be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Gideon Henderson at: gideon.henderson@earth.ox.ac.uk or telephone: 01865 282123.

The salary will be on a scale currently from £45,562 p.a.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 16 December 2016. Interviews will be held on Thursday 2 February 2017 in Oxford.

The Department of Earth Sciences is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN award. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Contact Person : Emma Smith

Contact Phone : 01865 272030

Contact Email : emma.smith@earth.ox.ac.uk

Vacancy ID : 126026

Closing Date : 16-Dec-2016

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=10&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_process_type=&p_applicant_no=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y&p_recruitment_id=126026

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7) 18 CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowships Early Career Researchers in Deep Earth Imaging – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

• Develop innovative concepts and tools to image Earth’s structure and its resources

• Launch your professional career in a collaborative multi-disciplinary science environment

• Pursue strategic research at CSIRO, Australia’s leading science and technology organisation.

Launch your Postdoctoral career, extend your professional network and greatly enhance your future in science and technology, while solving some of Australia’s most important strategic resource issues. CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging is one of six new Future Science Platforms and it offers opportunity for emerging scientists in a range of interrelated disciplines to pursue collaborative and independent research as part of a multi-disciplinary, international geoscience research team.

We seek 18 early career specialists from a range of geo-science related fields, including geophysics, geochemistry, geology, data analytics, visualisation, machine learning, applied mathematics and applied physics. As a member of the Platform team you will work with CSIRO scientists and engineers to develop new earth imaging methods with a specific emphasis on accurate subsurface imaging, natural resource prediction and targeting and uncertainty quantification. Together we will build the next generation of earth imaging tools using high performance computing infrastructure and cloud technologies to guide future exploration, discovery and management of Australia’s mineral, energy and water resources.

Successful candidates will:

• Conduct top quality innovative research as part of a collaborative team working on one or more of four interrelated themes:

• Geophysical modelling and simulation;

• Geoscience knowledge integration;

• Uncertainty reduction;

• High performance computing and large scale cloud services;

• Effectively communicate their research internally and externally;

• Build innovative solutions to strategic problems of resource discovery and management;

• Develop pathways for application and commercialisation of new intellectual property.

Location: Australia [Kensington WA (up to 16 positions) and Adelaide SA (up to 2 positions)]

Salary: AU$78k to AU$89k plus up to 15.4% super

Reference Number: 28221

Term: 3 years

To be successful you will have:

1. A doctoral degree (PhD) in geoscience or a related and Platform-relevant discipline e.g. geology, geophysics, geochemistry, data analytics, visualisation, machine learning, applied mathematics and/or applied physics. (Candidates nearing PhD completion are encouraged to apply.)

2. Demonstrated capacity to conduct innovative research, preferably across teams.

3. Skill in scientific problem solving relevant to the exploration and management of subsurface natural resources.

4. Evidence of high quality written and oral communication ability demonstrated by reports, publications and presentations.

Please note: To be eligible for these Postdoctoral Fellowships candidates must have three years postdoctoral experience, or less.

For further information view the Position Details document here: POSITION DETAILS   or email dei_fsp@csiro.au

About CSIRO

At the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world.  We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.  Find out more www.csiro.au

About the Future Science Platforms and the Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform

Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are a major new CSIRO initiative and are multi-year investments in frontier science that will help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. In the future Australia’s minerals, energy and water resources will come from far greater depths in the earth and from deep offshore sources. Our ability to find and exploit these resources is limited by the deep and complex cover of sediments and weather material that covers 80% of Australia’s exposed land mass. Deep Earth Imaging science will help us precisely image subsurface rock properties to unlock the potential of this vast and relatively under-explored area.

Apply on-line at:  https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Perth%2C-WA-CSIRO-Postdoctoral-Fellowships-Early-Career-Researchers-in-Deep-Earth-Imaging/373546900/

Applications close, December 4th 2016.

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

Letters of Interest for Langseth planning

The Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee is requesting Letters of Interest to use for R/V Langseth long-range planning. Marine seismologists interested in using the R/V Langseth can read more details below and download the letter from the MLSOC at:

https://www.unols.org/sites/default/files/Letter%20of%20interest_MLSOC-2016.pdf

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The MLSOC aims to advise NSF on updates for the Langseth regional framework, which was initially released in spring of 2015. The current plan has operations moving from the SE Pacific in 2017 into the SW Pacific in 2018 where currently funded/schedule projects will take place. While we anticipate that the broad regional framework will persist, with the vessel moving into the Indian Ocean and then north along the western Pacific by 2019 and 2020, there is still considerable flexibility in the schedule from mid/late 2018 and beyond. We would like to determine – how far into the Indian Ocean? are there central Pacific projects of interest? what scope of eastern Asia margin and/or northern Pacific work might you envision? are you aiming for eastern-central Pacific work a few years down the line?

For this effort, we request input from interested PIs on possible future Langseth projects that will guide the regional plan. We request very brief Letters of Interest with basic information about future scientific interest that we can use to gauge potential regions for future operations and use as a basis for defining the regional plan for 3-5 years in the future.

If interested in a future marine seismic program on Langseth, please respond to Nathan Bangs, MLSOC Chair (nathan@ig.utexas.edu) with a letter by December 2nd, 2016 that includes:

  1. A contact person for the project
  2. Geographic location of survey
  3. Type of survey (e.g. 3D seismic reflection, long-offset 2D seismic reflection, OBS refraction ….)
  4. Number of days at sea (estimate approximately)
  5. General scientific objectives
  6. Whether PI/team is solely US, collaborative US & international, or solely non-US (all of these are welcome, we expect input from each of these types of group, and there is no preference)
  7. Proposal status
  8. Timing considerations (coordinating with other programs, etc.)
  9. Would you like to present a 3-minute summary of the project to MLSOC at the pre-AGU mtg?

This information will be used to guide the advice that MLSOC provides to NSF about how the regional plan could be updated to best serve current science interests. Our intent is to evaluate options in a public forum so, while we strongly encourage your input, this means that the information you provide will not be kept confidential. We request these letters on a voluntary basis as primary input for regional planning only. They are not required for proposal submission or use of Langseth. The areas, scope of work, and any convergence of interests conveyed in the letters will be discussed in open session at the MLSOC fall meeting on Dec. 11th in San Francisco, CA the day before AGU.

For more information, please contact Nathan Bangs, (nathan@ig.utexas.edu).

GeoPRISMS Photo Contest – submit your photo before November 28

Share what your GeoPRISMS-related research looks like with the GeoPRISMS Community, whether you are working in the field, or in the lab. Submit your picture at info@geoprisms.org before November 28!

The winner of the contest will be announced at the GeoPRISMS Townhall Meeting at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting and will receive a framed print of the photo. The winner’s photo will be highlighted on the GeoPRISMS Website and in the Spring Issue of the GeoPRISMS Newsletter.

The GeoPRISMS Photo Contest is open to anyone whose research is related to GeoPRISMS. The submitted photo should be focused on the entrant’s research, and must be related to the GeoPRISMS Science and Objectives.

What should be submitted:
  • Contest limited to one photo per entrant
  • A complete and accurate caption (max 100 words)
  • Entrant’s personal information
  • A complete and signed release form

All information and release form should be sent in an email along with the photograph to info@geoprisms.org with the subject header “GeoPRISMS Photo Contest” before November 28, 2016

For more information about the contest and guidelines, please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: http://geoprisms.org/geoprisms-photo-contest/

Job Posting: Faculty & Postdoc Positions


1) Canada Research Chair – Tier II, Coastal Zone Processes – Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada

2) Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions – Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

3) Faculty Position in Solid Earth Geoscience – Georgia Tech

4) Faculty Position Marine Geophysics – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

5) Postdoctoral Investigator – Department of Geology & Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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1) Canada Research Chair – Tier II, Coastal Zone Processes – Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada

Dalhousie University is recognized internationally for our world-class academic programs and as one of Canada’s leading research institutions. With our 200th anniversary on the horizon in 2018, Dalhousie welcomes talented scholars to our home by the ocean and to join our mission to make a lasting impact through the discovery, advancement and sharing of knowledge.

Dalhousie is also home to the headquarters of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI; www.dal.ca/ofi). As an international hub for ocean science focused on the Northwest Atlantic and Canada’s Arctic gateway, OFI will bring together elite researchers and institutes from across the globe to understand our changing oceans and create safe, sustainable solutions for ocean development. Including a $93.7M award through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund program (CFREF; www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca), government, private and partner contributions, the OFI is a $220M enterprise.

This Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) is one of a cluster of CRCs to coincide with the establishment of the OFI. The appointment is tenure stream and will be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Earth Sciences. The priorities of the appointment are the excellence of the candidate and the ability to grow an externally-funded, world-class research program.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in the Earth Sciences, with the ability to develop and employ leading-edge geophysical or sedimentological methods to advance geoscientific understanding of the coastal zone in the broadest sense. The geophysicist shall have expertise in both the collection and interpretation of marine geophysical data. The sedimentologist shall have strengths in terrestrial or marine clastic or carbonate sedimentology and the proxy records included within them. Candidates must have demonstrable capacity to establish a research program in modern coastal zone processes.

The Canada Research Chair Program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research in the global and knowledge-based economy. Contingent on final approval, the CRC is tenable for five years with the option to renew once. The CRC is expected to engage in teaching within their specialties at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supervise graduate and undergraduate research.  At the end of the appointment, the candidate will be a regular faculty member. CRC Tier II candidates are exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.  Applicants should consult www.chairs.gc.ca for more information regarding eligibility criteria.

The complete application should include: CV, list of publications, a summary of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and experience, a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which can be found at www.dal.ca/selfid/becounted), and the contact information for at least 5 referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognised expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee and should not be sent with the initial application. Assessment of applications will begin January 5, 2017, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The application should be sent to: Search Committee, c/o Ann Bannon, Department of Earth Sciences. Dalhousie University, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2; tel. (902) 494 2358, fax (902) 494 6889, or e-mail: Ann.Bannon@Dal.Ca.

The appointment will be effective 1 July 2017 or as negotiated.

The Department is ranked 4th among Earth Sciences departments in Canada by MacLean’s Magazine and is currently in a faculty growth phase. The main campus is situated in Halifax – a city known for its youthful spirit, rich history, and scenic waterfront.

This Tier II CRC is reserved for external recruitment. Only candidates who are external to Dalhousie University may apply. Dalhousie is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.  The university encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Information about the Earth Sciences department, current faculty, and research and teaching programmes can be found at: http://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/earth-sciences.html.

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2) Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions – Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

(1) Fresh Water. We are especially interested in applicants who will develop a world class research program involving the physics and/or chemistry of hydrologic systems and processes and will complement and potentially collaborate in areas such as hydrogeology, geomorphology, atmospheric science, climate dynamics, glaciology, and/or biogeochemistry. We welcome applicants who conduct research using laboratory, field, remote sensing, and/or modeling tools. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including supervision and mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in applicants who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UCSC academic community through research, teaching, and/or service. This position is part of a cluster hire in support of the new Environmental Sciences undergraduate program at UCSC.

Learn more and apply at: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00396

(2) Global Biogeochemistry. We are especially interested in applicants who integrate and apply computer modeling and/or field and laboratory observations to investigate the interactions of biogeochemical systems/processes across or at the interface of marine and terrestrial environments on regional to global scales, and on human to geologic time scales. The candidate will be expected to interact with a diverse community of Earth, Atmospheric, and Ocean scientists, develop an externally funded, leading edge research program, advise graduate students, and maintain a strong commitment to teaching. This position will complement existing programs in geochemistry, climate dynamics, paleobiology, paleoceanography, hydrology, and surface processes, as well as in chemical, biological, and physical oceanography. This is part of a cluster hire and will contribute to a new undergraduate degree program in Environmental Sciences and our growing interdisciplinary research focus on coastal science and policy. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and/or service.

Learn more and apply at: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00399

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3) Faculty Position in Solid Earth Geoscience – Georgia Tech

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in solid-earth geosciences, broadly defined. This includes, but is not exclusive to, research focuses in tectonophysics, electric field methods, quantitative geomorphology, rock mechanics, physical petrology, hydrology, seismology, geodynamics, geodesy, volcanology, glaciology, marine geophysics and processes related to geologic hazards. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level are sought, although outstanding individuals at all levels will be considered. We seek individuals who are interested in working in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment that includes geophysics, planetary sciences, geochemistry and geobiology, atmospheric science, oceanography, and paleoclimatology.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, located in the comfortable, diverse, and thriving metropolis of Atlanta, is consistently a top ranked educational and research institution. Georgia Tech prides itself on its engineering resources and collaborations, and its quantitative and rigorous undergraduate student body. The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences currently has 29 faculty members, 11 post-doctoral fellows and 96 graduate students, and has excellent facilities in the 265,000 square-foot Environmental Science and Technology Building. For more information about our School and academic programs, visit www.eas.gatech.edu. Applicants should send an application letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references. Application materials should be submitted as PDF files to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8193 . Requests for information, including pre-application enquiries from senior candidates, should be directed to geophysics_search@eas.gatech.edu.  Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2016 but the search will continue until the positions are filled. An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment. Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal education/employment opportunity institution.

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4) Faculty Position Marine Geophysics – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California San Diego (http://scripps.ucsd.edu) invites faculty applications for the position listed below. We seek a motivated, broad-thinking scientist-educator to establish a vigorous research program and provide intellectual leadership in his or her field while complementing existing expertise at Scripps and other UCSD departments. SIO is a world renowned center of marine research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs on all aspects of earth, ocean, biological and atmospheric sciences. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, and service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

We invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in marine geophysics. We seek candidates whose research interest is in using geophysical methods to study any region of the Earth beneath the sea, including its geological history, structure (thermal, seismic, electrical, magnetic, or petrological), past and current movements, fluid behavior, tectonics, volcanology, seismic history and processes, or mineral resources. This includes the development of methods and instruments to study any of these topics.

The position requires a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant field, a competitive record of publication and service, as well as evidence of ability or strong potential to secure extramural funding and conduct an active research program. We are hiring at the level of Assistant Professor and salary will be consistent with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and with University of California pay scales.

For full consideration, please apply by 11/20/16 deadline:

https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01237

The University of California San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please also see

http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/partneropp/index.html for the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.

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5) Postdoctoral Investigator – Department of Geology & Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The department of Geology & Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation and is a one-year position renewable to a maximum of three years.

JOB SUMMARY:

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Investigator position at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) in the Geology and Geophysics department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA (http://www.nosams .whoi.edu)

The successful candidate will play a key role in the continued development of novel technology for 14C Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and in its application to problems in ocean and environmental sciences. NOSAMS operates two AMS systems. One of the AMS systems is based on a 3 MV Tandetron and has been recently upgraded with a gas-accepting, hybrid sputter ion source. The other AMS system utilizes a 0.5 MV Pelletron in combination with a unique, gas-accepting microwave ion source. In combination with on-going development of sample-to-source interfaces for both systems, the candidate is expected to develop methods for new lines of inquiry into the global carbon cycle including studies of the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, the detection and tracing of pollutants in natural systems, and paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic investigations of all kinds. The analytical capability developed by the candidate, would form the basis for novel oceanographic and environmental research that may be conducted individually or collaboratively with other members of the scientific and technical staff at the Institution.

The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program (www.whoi.edu/postdoctoral/) that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation and is a one-year position renewable to a maximum of three years.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE DESIRED:

The preferred applicant would have a recent Ph.D. and interdisciplinary research interests related to the objectives described above, and have experience with instrumentation. Applications are invited from applied physicists, analytical chemists, geochemists, biologists, and oceanographers. It is desirable that applicants have experience in one or more of the following: AMS, ion-source development, isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and/or chromatographic systems.

SPECIAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

In addition to the application form, the following are required: a current CV or resume; a brief synopsis of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation; and a concise (two page) statement of research interests and indication of their relevance to the objectives noted above, as well as more general career plans. Please ensure that you include the contact information for three references under the reference section of the application form. We welcome you to contact Mark Kurz at (mkurz@whoi.edu) and/or Mark Roberts at (mroberts@whoi.edu) with any questions about the position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Physical duties for this position are mostly sedentary. The occupational requirements for this position are the ability to work with and around other individuals as well as alone. Physical duties are subject to change.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC – for more information.WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F.

We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially.

Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email eeo@whoi.edu for assistance.

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

GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at AGU Fall Meeting 2016 – Register now!


Register now to attend one or more GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at AGU Fall Meeting 2016

Registration Deadline: November 28, 2016

All mini-workshops are free of charge and open to all. However, attendance and food may be limited so register early for fullest consideration. For more information and registration visit the GeoPRISMS website at: http://geoprisms.org/agu2016-registration/

* EarthScope-type Canadian Cordillera Seismic Array and GPS Network
Sunday December 11, 2016, 8am – 1pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor
* Volcanoes in Extensional and Compressional Settings
Sunday December 11, 2016, 1:30pm – 5pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor

Questions? Contact the GeoPRISMS Office at info@geoprisms.org

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EarthScope-type Canadian Cordillera Seismic Array and GPS Network

Sunday December 11, 2016, 8am – 1pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor

Conveners:
     Rick Aster (Colorado State)
     Roy Hyndman (Pacific Geoscience Centre)
     Pascal Audet (University of Ottawa)
     Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University)
     Julie Elliott (Purdue)
     Michael Schmidt
     Derek Schutt (Colorado State)

Dear Colleagues,

As you begin to make plans for AGU, we encourage you to consider attending our GeoPRISMS mini-workshop on an “EarthScope-type Canadian Cordillera Seismic Land and GPS Network,” from 8am-1pm on Sunday. This is a rapidly evolving topic, and we wish to discuss a new initiative called the CCArray, which would be a land/sea instrument deployment that bridges the GeoPRISMS focus areas in the Gulf of Alaska and Cascadia and links to the Earthscope Transportable Array and Amphibious Array instruments in the Yukon and Lower 48 States.

Our workshop will discuss science targets, potential funding sources, and present the results of several workshops and whitepapers. We will include short keynote talks and encourage vigorous community discussion.

Best regards,

Rick Aster (Colorado State), Roy Hyndman (Pacific Geoscience Centre), Pascal Audet (University of Ottawa), Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University), Julie Elliott (Purdue), Michael Schmidt, Derek Schutt (Colorado State)

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Volcanoes in Extensional and Compressional Settings

Sunday December 11, 2016, 1:30pm – 5pm, Grand Hyatt Union Square 36th Floor

Conveners:
     Cindy Ebinger (Rochester)
     Christelle Wauthier (PSU)
     Cliff Thurber (Wisconsin)
     Maya Tolstoy (LDEO)
     Einat Lev (LDEO)
     James Muirhead (Syracuse)
     Josef Dufek (Georgia Tech)

Understanding the interaction between magmatism/volcanism and tectonics at plate boundaries calls for communication and collaboration between many disciplines, including geochemistry, geodesy, seismology, geodynamics, and volcanology, and between groups that traditionally focus on different plate boundaries. The GeoPRISMS mini-workshop “Volcanoes in Extensional and Compressional Settings,” to be held in conjunction with AGU the Fall Meeting, aims to foster new connections and collaborations through a focus on break-out discussions of recent findings, open questions, and potential for comparative studies of volcanism at different tectonic settings.

Report on Future Directions in Tectonics – status update & community survey


Dear Colleagues,

This email serves as a status update on and request for participation in a community effort to produce a report on “Future Directions in Tectonics” (supported by NSF-EAR-1542001). It includes an introduction to the process and link to our website (https://sgtfuturedirections.wordpress.com/), which contains (1) a presentation from GSA 2016 Town Hall meeting describing the process, (2) the Draft report framework, and (3) a Survey where we hope you will provide input by Oct. 23.

Another Town Hall will be held at AGU (Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016, 12:30-1:30, Moscone West 2011), and the target date for the report is May 2017.

The introduction to the process described on the website is summarized below:

The report will explain examples of our science and its importance to many potential audiences (e.g., your colleagues, dean, provost, legislator, NSF and other government agency administrators), to serve as a platform to increase our impact and attract resources that can benefit the community as a whole. 

Such reports have benefitted other successful communities, and the time is right for us to assess how our relevance, opportunities and needs have changed in the nearly 15 years since the last report on tectonics.

The community effort and report will:

(1) identify grand challenge themes and opportunities for the science, not as a comprehensive, exclusive or prescriptive list of topics, but as examples that resonate broadly with the community, illustrate the kind of work we do, and showcase where we are poised to make advances;

(2) articulate what our community needs to make scientific progress (e.g., resources, technologies, partnerships and infrastructure, educational needs); and

(3) develop a vision to build and strengthen our community and maximize the educational and societal benefits of our work.  

The process has been designed to be as inclusive and transparent as possible. One group obtained NSF funding for a workshop to solicit community input, and a different group is leading the report writing. Efforts have been organized by multiple committees of volunteers and people selected to represent the diverse perspectives of our community. A workshop was broadly advertised and held in May 2016 with >90 participants, and community input has been and will continue to be solicited in Town Hall meetings and online.

We want everyone to have a voice and contribute ideas. The report will focus on the subset of ideas that resonate most broadly with the community, speaking with one voice to provide context and organize our diverse perspectives into unifying themes that emerge from the community input/data.

The report framework has been drafted and is posted online along with more details about the process [https://sgtfuturedirections.wordpress.com/]. This information is explained in a presentation from the GSA Town Hall. The draft framework has been vetted extensively, and it accurately reflects the themes that emerged from the workshop and community input. It focuses on part 1 (science challenges); the framework for part 2 (including needs to make scientific progress, community building, education) will be drafted late fall 2016.

Your input is needed. We invite you to read the draft framework and complete a survey by October 23, 2016 [see website for link https://sgtfuturedirections.wordpress.com/]. Please stay involved by joining the report listserv [see link on website or email join-sgt-workshop@lists.wisc.edu] and/or looking for updates on the website.

Please share this message broadly, and we look forward to hearing from you!

— Writing co-chairs, Kate Huntington (U Washington) and Keith Klepeis (U Vermont)