BOD Election 2015 - Candidate Profile

Karen Fischer


Dept. of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Brown University


2002 - Present Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Brown University
1996 - 2002 Associate Professor of Geological Sciences Brown University
1990 - 1996 Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences Brown University
1989 - 1990 Postdoctoral Fellow Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
1989 Ph.D. in Geophysics Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1983 B.S. in Geology and Geophysics Yale University


2008 - 2100 Member International Development Seismology Committee
2006 - 2008 Member International Seismology Working Group
2005 - 2007 Member Board of Directors
2004 Member GSN Standing Committee
1996 - 1998 Member Education and Outreach Committee
1995 - 1997 Member Executive Committee
1993 - 1995 Member DMS Standing Committee

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2014 - Present Associate Editor Science Advances
2014 - 2015 Co-chair Workshop on Future Seismic and Geodetic Facility Needs in the Geosciences
2010 - 2014 President-elect and President AGU Seismology Section
2012 - 2014 Member NSF Geosciences Advisory Committee
2009 - 2010 Co-chair NSF EarthScope Science Plan Workshop and Report
2006 - 2008 Secretary AGU Seismology Section
2003 - 2005 Editor Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
1992 - 1995 Associate Editor Journal of Geophysical Research


The resources that IRIS represents are essential to seismology in the U.S. and worldwide; they certainly have been essential to my career.  These resources include tangibles such as instrumentation, data, cyberinfrainstructure, and people, but also the IRIS culture of open access to data, global collaboration and leadership, and forward-looking governance by the scientific community.  As we plan for the future of IRIS and the 2018 recompetition, we must maintain these strengths for the next generation of seismologists, while fostering innovation in seismological research and how it connects to the broader world.  I would be honored to be part of this effort.