IODP News: NEXT Workshop Announcement

Dear GeoPRISMS community:

Please make note of this workshop announcement and apply to attend if at all possible.  

However, your input on the following questions is highly valued and encouraged even if you don’t intend to apply.

Looking beyond 2023, what current IODP science plan challenges need to be modified or expanded? How and why? (IODP science plan challenges can be found here –

What new scientific challenges should be formulated in the next IODP science plan?

What is needed in a new U.S. riserless drilling vessel (from coring to shipboard analysis) to answer these new or updated challenges?

The direct link to the workshop announcement is here:

Although maybe not intuitively obvious, to provide your input, click on the “Apply to the NEXT workshop” button (even if you don’t intend to go), and follow along as if you are applying.  There will be a place to check whether or not you are planning to attend the workshop. 

Thank you for your support!

-Sue DeBari (member of the US Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling)

———– Workshop Announcement  NEXT: Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023 To the Scientific Ocean Drilling Community,   In December, we announced the U.S. workshop for the future of scientific ocean drilling to be held in Denver, Colorado, USA on May 6-7, 2019. The workshop, entitled “NEXT: Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023,” will convene approximately 120 IODP community members to develop the U.S. plan for continued scientific ocean drilling without a hiatus at the end of the current program. Progress is being made on plans to replace the aging JOIDES Resolution with a modernized, more capable non-riser drilling vessel to help accommodate our transition to a long-term future in scientific ocean drilling.   The goals of this workshop are to: (1) update existing scientific challenges and identify new challenges to be included in a post-2023 science plan; and (2) identify and prioritize the required technologies and platform needs to enable the scientific ocean drilling research community to address those challenges in a new ocean drilling program.   Space will be limited at this meeting, but it is important to hear all voices and ideas. Therefore, pre-meeting webinars, and possibly live streaming of the workshop, will be available to those who cannot attend. In preparation for the workshop, we ask on the application for you to carefully consider and respond to three questions:

  • Looking beyond 2023, what current IODP science plan challenges need to be modified or expanded? How and why?
  • What new scientific challenges should be formulated in the next IODP science plan?
  • What is needed in a new U.S. riserless drilling vessel (from coring to shipboard analysis) to answer these new or updated challenges?

Below you will find links to the workshop web page, application site, and current science plan. Your answers to the above questions are important and will guide us in our selection of who will be invited to the NEXT workshop. Your input is extremely valuable even if you are not invited or are unable to attend the meeting, as it will inform the discussion prior to the meeting and allow all participants to come prepared with new thoughts and ideas.    The end product of the NEXT workshop will be a document that will be shared with our international partners and the National Science Foundation. This workshop report will also serve to inform other stakeholders such as the deans or directors of our research institutions and our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress.   The application period closes on February 15. Invited participants from U.S. institutions will be supported by the USSSP Office. Interested non-U.S. scientists are encouraged to complete an application and contribute to the community dialog, but must work with their national Program Member Offices with regard to funding. We anticipate around 20-30 openings for international participants, so invitations will be limited.   Sincerely,    Anthony Koppers and Jim Wright, Co-Chairs Instituting US Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023 (IODP)   NEXT workshop webpageApply to the NEXT workshop (by Feb 15)Current IODP Science Plan

Marine Seismic Research Workshop – SAVE THE DATE

NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences is sponsoring an April 1-3, 2019 facilitated workshop in Alexandria, Virginia to address plans for future 3D and deep crustal seismic data acquisition for NSF-funded basic research in the marine geosciences. The meeting will necessarily be limited to about 40 participants. We invite researchers interested in participating to submit a statement of interest for this Future of Marine Seismic Capabilities Workshop via SurveyMonkey to:

NSF has established 2020 as the final year of operation of the NSF-owned research vessel R/V Marcus G Langseth (RV  MGL). They seek guidance from the marine seismic research community regarding how to best replace this capability, with the following caveats:

  1. A future seismic research vessel should not be owned by NSF; and
  2. NSF’s annual budget to support the cost of ship operations, including shipboard technical staff, will not exceed $50 million over five years.

In August 2017, NSF sought proposals to replace the RV MGL capability in solicitation NSF 17-563, “Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the US Research Community.” However, after review, all proposals submitted for consideration under that solicitation were declined. 

The goal of the Future of Marine Seismic Capabilities Workshop is to provide the basis for a new solicitation by NSF for proposals to address the community’s requirements for a RV MGL replacement beyond 2020. The workshop will focus on a few specific recommendations to be prepared ahead of the meeting. It is anticipated that the workshop will lead to a solicitation that will be issued by NSF during summer 2019, with a goal to make an award before the end of the year.

Some background documents are available at:

In addition, we plan to prepare two webcasts, one in late January and the second in late February, to outline the options to be considered at the April meeting.

For more information, please contact Alexander Shor (

Sessions of interest at the 2019 IUGG

Please see below for sessions of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community, taking place at the 2019 IUGG General Assembly held at Montréal, Canada (July 8-18, 2019).

Abstract submission is open at

Abstract deadline is February 18, 2019

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

JS03 – Subduction Zone Deformation and Structure, co-sponsored by IASPEI, IAG, and IAVCEI.
S20 – Earthquake Source Mechanics, sponsored by IASPEI.


JS03 – Subduction Zone Deformation and Structure

Subduction zones encompass a range of significant processes contributing to the long-term evolution of the Earth. Megathrust earthquakes along subduction margins define a major geohazard capable of catastrophic damages, as evidenced by the 2011 Japan and 2004 Indian Ocean earthquakes, that are stark reminders of what is likely in store for Cascadia. However, our understanding of subduction zone processes and ultimately characterization of geohazards is hampered by a lack of observations, in particular offshore. For Cascadia, this data gap lies directly above the seismogenic zone and its downdip transition to slow earthquake phenomena, where material properties evolve due to hydro-mechanical variations and metamorphic reactions. In recent years, improvements to permanent monitoring networks and dense temporary deployments have focused on a 4D characterization of stress, strength and fluid pressure evolution in subduction zones. In this session we invite contributions from a broad range of disciplines that address first-order questions about how megathrusts work, based on onshore/offshore surveys and integration of observation and modeling approaches for global subduction zones.

Conveners: Yajing Liu (McGill, IASPEI), Michael Bostock (UBC, IASPEI), Kelin Wang (GSC, IASPEI), Lucinda Leonard (UVic, IAG), Simon Peacock (UBC, IAVCEI)

Best wishes,

Yajing Liu
Associate Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

S20 – Earthquake Source Mechanics

Recent high-quality seismic and geodetic observations provide large volumes of data, which enable accurate determination of earthquake source parameters, including locations, magnitudes, moment tensors, and detailed imaging of coseismic rupture processes. Further, techniques for solving inverse problems have improved substantially in the recent past. Abundant information from these analyses is the basis for studying a variety of earthquakes including swarms, tectonic and volcanic events as well as induced events, and to seek the governing laws and conditions for rupture initiation, growth and arrest. It also provides useful input to estimate the stress state, fault geometry, and fluid movement around seismic regions. The entire earthquake process from long-term tectonic loading and slow nucleation to rapid rupture propagation with strong motion radiation is now studied using numerical simulations. The validity of assumptions in these simulations is tested by data analysis and laboratory experiments supported by several drilling projects. In this symposium, we invite contributions on data analysis and interpretation of earthquake parameters and source processes, on improvement and validation of routine analysis techniques, on theoretical and numerical modeling of dynamic ruptures and earthquake sequences, and observational and experimental studies on the physics of earthquakes. In addition, studies of significant earthquakes including recent events such as the 2016 Kumamoto, Japan (Mw 7.0), Central Italy (Mw 6.2), and 2017 Mexico (Mw 8.1 & 7.1) earthquakes are welcome.

Conveners: Satoshi Ide, Naofumi Aso, Simone Cesca, Daniela Kühn, Yajing Liu, Seok Goo Song

Best regards,

Satoshi Ide (

High-Res Patagonia Lacustrine Seismic Cruise: call for participation

Call for Participation: High-Res Patagonia Lacustrine Seismic Cruise (May 2019)

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Cruise dates: May 1-31, 2019 (flexibility of ±5 days on either end required)

PI: M. Beatrice Magnani

Science Party: up to 5

Applications are being solicited to participate in the Argentinian Patagonia lacustrine cruise, part of the multidisciplinary GUANACO Project that will acquire ~500 km of high-resolution seismic reflection data in the proglacial region of Lago Argentino, located in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina. The data collected during the cruise will image the glacial history of the region, which today is experiencing very rapid vertical uplift (~4 cm/yr at peak) due to glacial isostatic adjustment, and provide key observational constraints on glacier fluctuations, bedrock erosion and sediment transport.

Science party responsibilities will include daily 8-hour watches to assist in deployment and recovery of the streamer, airgun and chirp equipment, collect, process and archive multi- and single-channel seismic reflection data, as well as crewing on board seismic instrumentation. Cruise activities will include reading and discussion of papers pertinent to the science goals of the experiment. We will maintain a project blog throughout the cruise and participants will be encouraged to contribute.

Applications from graduate students and early-career scientists are encouraged. Applicants need to have experience with seismic reflection data collection, either marine or land. Funds for travel to/from Patagonia will be provided for US-based researchers.

To apply, please assemble an application package (2-page CV and 1-page statement of interest and experience) and submit it electronically to M. Beatrice Magnani ( no later than February 15, 2019. Applications from graduate students and post-docs require a letter of support from the graduate advisor or supervisor.

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career

July 28-August 1, 2019 with optional trip to NSF on Friday, August 2
on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Application deadline: March 24, 2019

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.

The workshop registration fee is estimated at ~$925 ($875 for NAGT members). Accommodations and some meals will be covered by the registration fee. Travel is not included in the registration fee. Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop. In cases where the cost of attending this workshop would cause financial hardship, you may be able to apply for a stipend to help defray these costs. Ask your department or university for funds to attend as well – many have been quite supportive. The registration fee will be due after notification of acceptance into the workshop.


Sarah Penniston-Dorland
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6239

Message from SZ4D RCN Steering Committee: SZ4D Initiative Update

Dear GeoPRISMS Friends of Subduction Zone Research:

What’s Happening With SZ4D?

This email is a community update on exciting new developments in the planning for a future subduction zone research program envisioned to span the U.S. research community: the SZ4D Initiative, or Subduction Zones in Four Dimensions. The outcome of the massive Subduction Zone Observatory Workshop (Boise, October, 2016) was the 2017 report The SZ4D Initiative: Understanding the Processes that Underlie Subduction Zone Hazards in 4D (, known as the SZ4D Vision Document. It laid out a vision for an ambitious decadal-scale program of research themes and potential infrastructure to advance our predictive understanding of the processes behind subduction-related geohazards, but also acknowledged that the development of a specific and detailed community-driven plan would require time and sustained effort.

NSF responded by funding an SZ4D Steering Committee Research Coordination Network (RCN) for three years to shape a concrete and comprehensive SZ4D implementation plan. NSF also funded two other closely-related SZ4D RCNs: the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction Zones (MCS) and the Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response: (CONVERSE). These are truly grass-roots endeavors for the community to build SZ4D. The more than $1 million in funding from NSF for these development and planning activities signals to us their very robust interest in the nascent SZ4D effort. All three of these RCNs had kick-off activities late in 2018.

The SZ4D Steering Committee is beginning active development of Working Groups that will be charged with taking broad community input and turning it into a blueprint for a full SZ4D Program. An open call for members of those Working Groups will be forthcoming soon. The working group themes will be Megathrust Processes, Magmas to Eruptions, and Subduction to Surface Links.

If you would like to be engaged with SZ4D activities, we have two requests of you today:

  1. Sign up so we can contact you, and
  2. Provide your input to the CORES survey to support subduction zone science.

Sign Up for SZ4D Updates and Info

An SZ4D website is under development. In the meantime, please sign up for the new SZ4D listserv so that you won’t miss future updates and developments! Here is the link to the very simple form:

Please Provide Input to the NRC CORES Committee on the Future of NSF Earth Sciences

The National Research Council of the National Academies is conducting a “decadal” study Catalyzing Opportunities for Research in the Earth Sciences (CORES) for NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences. The purpose of the CORES study is to: (1) identify a concise set of high-priority scientific questions for the next decade, (2) assess infrastructure needed to address these questions, and (3) determine opportunities for greater collaboration with other NSF divisions and directorate, federal agencies, and domestic and international partners.

CORES has a Community Input Form ( There you will be asked for you input on a) important scientific topics in your discipline and across all disciplines, b) ideas for needed infrastructure,  c) how best to leverage NSF resources, d)  how to train a workforce for innovation and discovery.

This is an excellent opportunity to voice your support for SZ4D themes and subduction zone science! This CORES study will be absolutely critical in determining the priorities for NSF Earth Science in the years to come. A resounding response from our community is essential. We strongly urge you to answer the brief survey. There is no deadline, but input has been solicited over the past month.

One area of particular interest for SZ4D science is a strong connection between the land and marine approaches to solid earth science, which falls between the EAR and OCE mandates at times. This is a good opportunity to address that that in the context of collaboration across NSF divisions.

The CORES website ( provides more detailed information on the statement of task for the committee, the membership of the committee, and how to subscribe to receive updates from the committee.

Harold Tobin

(on behalf of the SZ4D RCN Steering Committee)

PacificArray OBS cruise — call for participation

Call for Participation – PacificArray OBS Recovery Cruise (May-June 2019)

Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2019

Cruise dates: May 6 – June 7, 2019 (flexibility of ±5 days required)

PIs: Jim Gaherty, Zach Eilon, Don Forsyth, Göran Ekström

Science Party: up to 6

We are soliciting apply-to-sail participants for the RV Kilo Moana ocean-bottom seismograph (OBS) recovery cruise, part of the international PacificArray initiative to install OBS arrays across the Pacific plate. We will recover 30 broadband OBS deployed in spring 2018 in a region approximately 500 km NE of the Marquesas Islands in the central Pacific, notable for unexplained gravity lineations that hint at small-scale sub-lithospheric convection. More information about this project can be found online: (

Science party responsibilities will include rotating 8-hour watches to assist in recovery of the 30 OBS, collect and archive multi-beam bathymetry and side-scan data, as well as crewing on board oceanographic instrumentation. Cruise activities will include reading and discussion of papers pertinent to the science goals of the experiment. The project blog from the deployment cruise provides a perspective on these activities: (

Selected applicants will contribute to collecting the open-access data that will be provided to the scientific community for use in addressing a wide spectrum of Earth Science research targets, from marine geophysics to global seismology. Applications from students and early-career scientists are particularly encouraged. Applicants do not need to have experience with the type of data collection they will participate in; we hope that wide community participation in these field campaigns will provide opportunities for scientists to gain familiarity with a variety of data-collection techniques. Funds for travel to/from port (Honolulu, HI) will be provided for US-based researchers.

To apply, please assemble an application package (2-page CV and 1-page statement of interest and experience) and submit it electronically to James Gaherty ( no later than February 11, 2019. Applications from graduate students and post-docs require a letter of support from the graduate advisor or supervisor.

Seismology Student Workshop 2019

6th annual Seismology Student Workshop

March 21-22, 2019 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York
Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Hello Seismologists!

We invite graduate students to participate in the upcoming sixth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 21st-22nd, 2019 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The application deadline is January 15. 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 20th, Thursday the 21st, and Friday the 22nd, 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.

The facebook page for the workshop can be found here:

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

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

The application deadline is JANUARY 15, 2019. 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:

Kira, Genevieve, Rachel, Chris, Theresa, and Michelle

Please direct any enquiries to

IODP Workshop: Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc System and Analogs

Announcing International Ocean Discovery Program Workshop: Anatomy of a Long-Lived Oceanic Arc: Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc System and Analogs

Location: Izu Peninsula, Japan

Time: October 27 – November 2, 2019

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2019

Lead Organizers: Cathy Busby (University of California at Davis) and Harue Masuda (Osaka City University)

Workshop Organizers and Moderators: Susan DeBari (Western Washington University), Patricia Fryer (University of Hawai’i), Yasuhiko Ohara (Hydrographic & Oceanographic Department of Japan), Mark Reagan (University of Iowa), John Shervais (Utah State University), and Yoshihiko Tamura (JAMSTEC)

For more information go to:

Questions? Contact Cathy Busby ( or Harue Masuda ( with questions about the workshop. Send application materials to Cathy Busby.

Job Posting: Geophysicist position and USGS Mendenhall fellowship

1) Tenure track marine Geophysicist – WHOI

2) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunity – USGS Menlo Park CA


1) Tenure track marine Geophysicist – WHOI

The Geology & Geophysics Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, ) is seeking exceptional candidates in the general area of marine geophysics to apply for a full-time tenure track position on our Scientific Staff. We seek to hire at the Assistant Scientist level; however, extraordinary candidates may be considered at more senior levels. In particular, we are seeking candidates in one of two broad disciplinary areas of seismology or geodynamics as applied to the marine environment.   Strong candidates in related geophysical fields may also be considered.

Existing departmental strengths and interests include geophysics (active and passive seismology, electromagnetic methods, magnetics, potential fields, and geodynamics), tectonics, ice-sheet dynamics, volcanology, geochemistry, coastal processes, past and present climate dynamics and biogeochemistry. Candidates whose field or laboratory-based research complements and/or bridges existing strengths, including WHOI’s considerable facilities and expertise for the design and implementation of sea-going experiments, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. Scientific staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally- recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through  the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering ((

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs ( as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff is expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from  the international community.

WHOI supports a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we encourage females, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to apply. WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. WHOI also provides Dual Career services for which we are committed to providing assistance to your spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI or the community.


Please visit and respond to Job Reference 18-10-09. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: A cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), three-page research statement, names of four references and copies of up to three relevant publications. Review of applications will begin on 12/07/2018.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). 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 for assistance.


2) USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Opportunity – USGS Menlo Park CA

USGS Mendenhall Research Opportunity 17-14:  Using paleomagnetism to understand the tempo of hazardous volcanic and neotectonic activity

We seek a postdoctoral scientist with strong field and laboratory experience in paleomagnetism to work with experienced geologists, paleomagnetists, and chronologists at the USGS in Menlo Park CA on problems related to hazards from volcanic and neotectonic activity.  Paleomagnetism can provide critical constraints on the eruptive behavior of volcanoes and on the extent, magnitude, and timing of deformation in active tectonic terranes.  We welcome proposals on topics such as eruptive frequency of volcanoes along the Cascades and Aleutian arcs, or improving our understanding of the timing and duration of magmatism at high threat volcanoes, or constraining magnitudes and rates of deformation to evaluate potential seismic hazards in the Pacific Northwest or other tectonically active regions of the western United States.

Potential candidates can view the full project information at:

Applicants are encouraged to contact any or all of the research advisors listed in the project description and discuss potential postdoc project ideas. Applications must be submitted through at:

Closing date is January 18, 2019.


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