BOD Election 2014 - Candidate Profile

Geoff Abers


Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Cornell University


2014 - present Professor of Earth Sciences, Cornell University
2008 - 2014 Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
1999 - 2007 Professor & Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Boston University
1994 - 1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Kansas
1989 - 1994 Post-Doctoral & Associate Research Scientist, LDEO
1989 Ph.D. Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1983 Sc.B. Geology-Physics/Mathematics, Brown University


2013 - present Board of Directors; Vice Chair 2014
2013 - 2014 Presidential Search Committee
2011 - 2013 Planning Committee
2000 - 2002 PASSCAL Standing Committee
1993 - 1995 DMS Standing Committee
2000, 2005, 2009, etc contributions to IRIS proposals
1991 - present DMS Standing Committee
1989 - present downloaded several Tb continuous waveform data from DMC

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2014 Planning committee chair, Amphibious Array Futures Workshop
2014, 1998 Program Committee, Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting
2011 - 2013 Amphibious Array Steering Committee (Chair 2012-13)
2011 - 2013 GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer
2003 - 2010 MARGINS Steering Committee (Chair 2006-10, ran Office)
2004 - 2007 Marine Geophysics Data Management System Oversight Committee
1995-98, 2003-06 Associate Editor, JGR


My career has been built on the revolution in data access, instrumentation, and quality that IRIS engendered. Open access has made data easy and has facilitated a level of quality control that we now take for granted, as has the free, well-maintained, and spectacular arrays of portable broadband seismographs. A stint as Chair of MARGINS also taught me how to look beyond seismology for the biggest and most compelling scientific opportunities, and two years on the IRIS Board have given much perspective on how to do this in modern fiscal environments. Looking forward, there are challenges to IRIS in adapting to increasingly powerful computational and data exchange resources, in taking global leadership in science, and in embedding in our facilities new instrumentation both onshore and at sea. At the same time, it is critical that we maintain the core support and facilities that made IRIS, as well as the community consortium approach that has given it leadership. It would be a privilege to serve IRIS.