Submit a GeoPRISMS session proposal for the AGU Fall Meeting 2020

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

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

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

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

Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2020

More info:

Official website:

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

The GeoPRISMS Office

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

Dear Colleagues,

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

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


The Workshop Organizing Committee,

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

Survey for GeoPRISMS volatiles synthesis workshop

Dear GeoPRISMS community,

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

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

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


Megan, Madison and Dan

JpGU-AGU 2020 meeting session of interest

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

Dear colleagues,

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

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

Session description:

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

Job Posting: Faculty Positions

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

2) Full Professor Position in Geophysics – University of Manchester


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

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

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

Additional information and application procedures are available at

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

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


2)    Full Professor Position in Geophysics – University of Manchester

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please visit

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

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


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

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