Call for Cascadia 2020 Fieldwork participation

Cascadia2020 Project – Opportunity for Students and Postdocs

We hope to recruit field helpers to put 700 small temporary seismometers in the Oregon and southern Washington Coast Ranges this summer. We would install the instruments at the end of May and recover them at the end of June and the second week of July.

The Cascadia2020 ( project aims to create a model of the subsurface to better understand seismic hazards associated with the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The seismometers would record continuously, providing records of ground motion from earthquakes, background noise, and any other signals that occur during the deployment period. We also hope to coordinate with other researchers to record offshore signals generated by a research ship. Offshore signals would be detected onshore only by very sensitive seismometers, and would not be felt by humans or animals or damage natural or man-made structures. Computer processing of the seismic signals would allow us to generate an image of the subsurface geology to a depth of ~40 km (25 miles) using mathematical techniques similar to those used in medical imaging.


We are looking for about 17 participants across these levels: high school, community college, undergrad, grad and postdoc applicants. There is a need for both experienced and inexperienced field hands; each team will include at least one experienced field hand. We hope to receive applications from students representing the full spectrum of society including students with lived experiences such as veterans, non-traditional students as well as those disabilities that do not limit work in the field.

Seismic bootcamp

The primary deployment push will be preceded by a “seismic bootcamp” which will include discussions of regional tectonics, general seismology, and data processing as well as detailed instructions on how to interpret road logs and practice installing seismic stations. Students will be provided with brochures and training on effective methods for presenting the project to the public. The boot camp will also include a discussion of potential follow up student research projects using the data we acquire.

Applications are now being accepted until March 8, 2020. For more information and to apply online, please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: Questions should be directed to Emilie Hooft (

Nominations Open for GSA-MGPV Awards

Dear GeoPRISMS Community:

Nominate a Deserving Colleague for a MGPV Award!

The Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology Division of GSA presents two awards annually at the national GSA meeting: the Distinguished Geologic Career Award and the Early Career Award. A special criterion for these awards is outstanding research including geologic field study in addition to other methods of investigation in one or more of the MGPV disciplines.

Nominations are open now through March 31, 2020. A list of past awardees and links to nomination criteria and instructions can be found on the MGPV webpage:

Nominations require one nomination letter, three letters of support, and the nominee’s CV.

If you know an early or advanced career geoscientist who you believe deserves one of these honors, the MGPV Executive Committee urges you to send a nomination!

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology —  Washington University in St. Louis             

Washington University in St. Louis is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral research position in seismology to analyze seismological data from projects in Antarctica, Patagonia and/or Pacific subduction zones. The focus of the position will be applying various analysis techniques to constrain the three-dimensional seismological structure of the crust and mantle using broadband seismic data.  Interest in the study of subduction zone seismicity may also be useful.

A PhD in geophysics or a related area at the time of appointment is required.   The initial appointment is for one year with an option to extend to two years.

Applicants should send a current curriculum vita, publication list, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Douglas Wiens, email:, phone:  (314) 935-6517.

The position will be available starting March 1, 2020, but flexibility for later starting dates is possible.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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

Alaska Amphibious seismic data available

We are happy to announce the release of seismic data from the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE). This community experiment includes 75 ocean-bottom seismometers and 30 onshore broadband seismographs, deployed across and seaward of the Alaska Peninsula, for 15 months in 2018-2019. Along with the broadband array, a 400-element 3-component nodal array was deployed for one month cross Kodiak, air guns shot into the broadband and nodal arrays in 2019, and extensive multibeam and sub-bottom profile data were collected offshore.

All broadband seismometer data are now available from the IRIS Data Center ( under network code XO, and the nodal data are available under network code 8J.  Marine geophysical data are available or being made available through the Marine Geoscience Data System ( At present (January 2020) only the seismic channels are complete; data from pressure gauges and hydrophones for some stations are still being processed.

In addition, the creation of a seismicity catalog is underway, led by the Alaska Earthquake Center ( and the AACSE PI group. This catalog is being constructed using the same methods as used to produce the routine AEC seismicity catalog, and will be released via the same mechanisms. It is anticipated that this catalog will be released some time mid-late 2020. In parallel, an effort is underway to estimate and archive OBS instrument orientations.

Details of the project are described on the project web page ( and in a recent Eos article (Abers et al., 2019, EOS 100(10), p. 30-35). On the web page, in the bottom left, a “Deployment and Data” tab provides links to several individual datasets.


The AACSE PI Team (Geoff Abers, Aubreya Adams, Anne Becel, Peter Haeussler, Emily Roland, Susan Schwartz, Anne Sheehan, Donna Shillington, Spahr Webb, Doug Wiens, Lindsay Worthington)

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop – Apply Now!

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career July 26-30, 2020 with optional trip to NSF on Friday, July 31 on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Application deadline: March 23, 2020
If you are in your first three years of a permanent faculty position, please apply to join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Participants must have a full-time faculty position at a two-year or four-year college or a university at the time of the workshop and must be in their first three years of full-time teaching or starting a full-time position in the Fall. The workshop is offered by NAGT On the Cutting Edge professional development program for geoscience faculty with support from the National Science Foundation, Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union.
Sarah Penniston-Dorland
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6239

Call for expressions of interest – Working Group for workshop series on GeoPRISMS Synthesis, Integration, and Future Opportunities

Dear GeoPRISMS Colleagues,

Thanks to those of you who attended and contributed to another year of exciting and inspiring GeoPRISMS events at AGU, including our Sunday mini-workshops, GeoPRISMS-related science sessions, and the student prize competition.

As we move forward from the mini-workshops and into the final year of the office’s activity, we are seeking volunteers to serve on a Working Group to coordinate and plan a series of small, focused workshops on GeoPRISMS Synthesis, Integration, and Future Opportunities. These workshops will center on a set of cross-cutting themes identified at the February 2019 TEI and discussed at our AGU mini-workshops. The GeoPRISMS office will provide organizational support for the Working Group to develop a coherent suite of workshop proposals for the March NSF deadline (such proposals are relatively straightforward relative to standard NSF proposals to core science programs). If you are interested in serving in this role – and helping to guide the community toward synthesis and integration through leading a thematic workshop proposal as part of this package – please contact with brief expression of interest by Dec 31, 2019.

Best wishes for a terrific Holiday and New Year,

– Demian Saffer, GeoPRISMS Chair

Seismology Student Workshop 2020 Application is Open!

Hello Seismologists!

We invite graduate students to participate in the upcoming eighth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 19th-20th, 2020 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The application deadline is January 10, 2020. This workshop is completely student-run and organized with the aim of bringing together graduate students who conduct research in seismology and earthquake-related fields. [This workshop is only open to graduate students, so we encourage advisors to notify their students about this opportunity!]

We intend to build on the success of our previous workshops in providing a friendly environment that fosters in-depth scientific discussion. Topics related to the scope of this workshop include but are not limited to:

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

The format will be a series of 25-minute talks and poster sessions that take place over the course of the two days. Registration will be $50 due by the beginning of the workshop. Thanks to a sponsorship from the Seismological Society of America, this fee will cover three nights of hotel lodging for the nights of Wednesday March 18th, Thursday the 19th, and Friday the 20th, as well as all meals and refreshments during the workshop. We have limited funds to subsidize transportation to the workshop. Registration preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

For more information, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.

If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the Online Application Form.

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

The application deadline is JANUARY 10, 2020. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of January. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Rachel, Genevieve, Joshua, Chris, Theresa, and Michelle


You still have time to apply to the GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting. DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 26!

When: Sunday December 8, 2019

Where: Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco

Registration deadline: November 26, 2019

The goal of the mini-workshops is to harness momentum from the large Synthesis & Integration Workshop that took place in San Antonio last February, and in particular to develop strategies for (1) data and science legacies and (2) engaging the community in fundamental science that build upon the past two decades of the GeoPRISMS and MARGINS programs. The Pre AGU mini-workshops are designed as working meetings, and are structured around breakout groups from which we anticipate the participants will discuss and identify:

  • a clear set of planned activities and/or proposals for future small, focused workshops;
  • key needs for data and program products and plans to implement them;
  • and synthesis or integration products that tie together science in thematic areas.

Participants can register to attend one or both mini-workshops. Student and early-career scientist participation is encouraged. Please visit the mini-workshop webpages for more information and workshop agendas:

8am – 12pm | Data Legacy, Science and Education & Outreach Legacy Products 

Conveners: Rebecca Bendick, Anaïs Férot, Andrew Goodwillie, Jessica Warren, Demian Saffer

1:15 – 5:45pm | Strategies for Synthesis, Integration, and Future Opportunities 

Conveners: The GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee: Becky Bell, Rebecca Bendick, Daniel Brothers, Mark Caddick, Char Deering, Katie Keranen, Luc Lavier, Rob Harris, Emily Roland, Kyle Straub, Jessica Warren, Demian Saffer

Lunch will be provided.

Following the mini-workshops there will be an evening reception that will take place on the 36th floor at the Grand Hyatt Union Square. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of the GeoPRISMS Program! Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

All mini-workshops are free of charge and open to all. For more information and registration please visit the GeoPRISMS website at:

SZ4D News and Call for Participation

Join the SZ4D Community!

Hello from the SZ4D Research Coordination Network (RCN) Steering Committee! We sent this to SZ4D’s mailing list already, but many GeoPRISMS folks are not on that one (or losing it to spam filters).

First, SZ4D has a brand-new website! Please visit for information and the opportunity to join Thematic Interest Groups, described below. You can also join the SZ4D listserv there if you haven’t already.

You are probably aware that SZ4D is a new community-driven, bottom-up initiative in the U.S. research community to investigate physical and chemical processes at subduction zones  through both space and time, with an explicit focus on the fundamental processes underlying geologic hazards such as great earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. From now through 2021, the mission of the SZ4D RCN is to coordinate the development of the SZ4D Initiative, turning the conceptual SZ4D Vision ( into a unified community plan for a long-term Program. While NSF has committed to funding this initial SZ4D planning and development effort, it remains for us to convince them to establish a new program by producing a stellar plan with broad and deep community support!

This is where you come in! We ask you to go to the website and look at the information on the four Interest Groups there (listed below with Steering Committee contacts):

  • Faulting and Earthquake Cycles (E. Brodsky and D. Shillington)
  • Magmatic Drivers of Eruption (D. Roman and T. Plank)
  • Landscapes and Seascapes: Surface Processes & Subduction (A. Duvall and G. Hilley)
  • Developing International Partners (H. Tobin)

Please sign up for one or more of the Interest Groups, even if you are already on our mailing list! We will use these groups to organize focused online forums and discussions in the near future.

Call for Working Group (Self) Nominations

Furthermore, we are convening corresponding Working Groups of 12-20 individuals that are tasked with engaging the community’s priorities and developing the written white papers that will make up the SZ4D Implementation Plan that will be presented to potential funding agencies. Members will be selected by the Steering Committee based on self-nominations and potential contribution to this effort. The Working Groups will meet for the first time in person in late January to kick off this critical job. If you are interested in committing to two-years of service on one of the Working Groups to canvass the community, synthesize priorities and write documents, please send a one paragraph statement of interest and 2-page CV to the above relevant named steering committee contacts (email addresses on the website), ideally by November 27, 2019.

Finally, look for us at AGU in the SZ4D Town Hall on Thursday evening at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and in our SZ4D sessions on Friday!

Harold Tobin (for SZ4D RCN Steering Committee)
twitter: @SZ4D1

Demystifying the IODP Proposal Process for Early Career Scientists – Application deadline extended

WORKSHOP: Demystifying the IODP Proposal Process for Early Career Scientists: Pacific Ocean

February 17-20, 2020; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY

Deadline extended to November 6, 2019 to encourage participation from early career scientists focused on the Earth Connections and Earth in Motion themes of the IODP Science Plan.

Earth Connections: Deep Processes and Their Impact on Earth’s Surface Environment

  • composition, structure, and dynamics of Earth’s upper mantle
  • seafloor spreading, mantle melting, ocean crustal architecture
  • chemical exchanges between ocean crust and seawater
  • subduction zone initiation, volatile cycling, and generation of continental crust

Earth in Motion: Processes and Hazards on Human Time Scales

  • mechanisms for earthquakes, landslides, and tsunami
  • properties and processes that govern subseafloor carbon flow and storage
  • fluids linking subseafloor tectonic, thermal, and biogeochemical processes

Scientific ocean drilling is central to the study of Earth’s climate history, tectonic evolution, geohazards, and deep biosphere. In an effort to foster a larger, more dynamic, and more diverse ocean drilling community, we encourage early career researchers to apply to this workshop, Demystifying the IODP Proposal Process for Early Career Scientists: Pacific Ocean.

The workshop will begin with a series of speakers explaining the structure of IODP and how early career scientists can become involved in IODP activities, from sailing to expedition proposals. Then, workshop participants will work on the initial stages of developing real drilling proposals in the Pacific Ocean, where the JOIDES Resolution is expected to be operating beginning in 2023-2024.

The deadline to submit an application has been extended to November 6, 2019 to encourage more participation in the Earth Connections and Earth in Motion themes. We aim to attract a diverse array of specialists (in geophysics, paleoceanography, deep biosphere, tectonics, etc.) to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations. Workshop participation support is available from the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP, for a limited number of graduate students and early career researchers (i.e., those who have completed their PhD within the past 10 years) from U.S. institutions and organizations.

For more information and to apply, visit the workshop webpage:

Please contact Steve Phillips (, Jessica Labonté ( or Rocío Caballero-Gill ( if you have further questions.