BOD Election 2015 - Candidate Profile

Michael West

State Seismologist & Director

Alaska Earthquake Center

University of Alaska Fairbanks


2012 - Present State Seismologist & Director Alaska Earthquake Center
2011 - Present Research Assoc. Professor University of Alaska Fairbanks
2004 - 2011 Research Assist. Professor University of Alaska Fairbanks
2001 - 2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow Physics Department, New Mexico State University
2001 Ph.D., Geophysics Columbia University
1993 - 1996 Physics teacher (grades 9-12) Cape Cod Academy
1993 B.A., Physics Colorado College


2015 Science Program Committee 2016 IRIS Workshop
2013 - 2015 Member Data Quality Assurance Working Group
2013 Invited Participant PASSCAL Strategic Planning Meeting
2011 - 2015 Member PASSCAL Standing Committee

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2009 - 2015 Member Government Relations Committee, SSA
2012 - 2015 Member National Implementation Committee, ANSS
2013 - 2015 Member Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission


I am running for the board because I want to help guide IRIS though the re-competition period. My research career has leaned on most all of the IRIS programs at one point or another and I am indebted to the community that has made this possible. Though IRIS is a research consortium, its role in society has expanded well beyond this. IRIS is an absolutely critical component of national, and global, seismic observation and monitoring. In recent years, I have worked extensively in public and legislative advocacy. I spend a lot of time articulating the societal importance of seismology to groups who benefit directly, but do not always realize the vast community efforts that make this possible. As we envision IRIS and its numerous endeavors in a post-2018 world, I want to contribute this perspective and my time and energy to the Board.