Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics (COSG)

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

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

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

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