Marshall Heape Chair
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
|2017 - Present||Marshall-Heape Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences||Tulane University|
|2006 - 2016||Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences||University of Rochester|
|2006 - 2010||Adjunct Professor||Royal Holloway, University of London|
|2002 - 2006||Professor||Royal Holloway, University of London|
|1991 - 1998||Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences||University of Leeds|
|1990 - 1991||NATO Postdoctoral Fellow||Leeds University|
|1988 - 1990||National Academy of Sciences Research Assoc.||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
|1983 - 1988||MIT||WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography|
|2011 - 2013||PASSCAL Steering Committee|
|1999 - 2005||Board of Directors, Seis-UK|
|1999||£2,000,000 with Leicester, Cambridge, Leeds and linked with 2001 NERC grant, Continental break-up above a mantle plume: with Leicester and Leeds.|
|2019 - 2020||President-Elect||American Geophysical Union College of Fellows|
|2019 - Present||International Lithosphere Panel||US Delegate from COSEG|
|2014 - 2020||National Academy of Sciences Committee on Geodynamics and Seismology||National Academy of Sciences|
|2017 - Present||Council Member||International Centre for Theoretical Physics MSc Program in Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Board|
|2017 - 2019||Distinguished Lecturer||NSF GeoPRISMS Program|
|2013 - 2019||Editor-in-Chief||Basin Research|
|2005 - 2009||Editor-in-Chief||Geophysical Journal International|
I am a structural seismologist/geodynamicist with focus on magmatism and its implications for hazards, as well as the role of fluids in fault slip behavior in extensional basins. About half of my professional career was in the UK where I had the opportunity to serve on committees, thesis juries, and projects in many European countries. Those strong links continue today. I have also had the privilege of working with seismologists and geodesists in Africa, S America, the US, and New Zealand on active deformation studies and capacity-building.
My motivation to be a candidate for the IRIS Board of Directors stems in part from my international experiences and commitment to community building, data sharing, and hazard mitigation through research and education. It is also motivated by the desire to help the community increase computational and quantitative skills for geophysics undergrads and graduates through strong partnerships with other groups, and through cohort-building. I am a strong advocate of inclusion and transparency in science, both of which are needed as we make concerted efforts to broaden the participation of Blacks, Hispanics, and under-represented groups in geosciences. Two years as a visiting lecturer to universities across the US were as much a listening tour for me. With ~40% of STEM students attending community colleges for their first two years, and in the absence of geoscience programs at HBCUs, IRIS and the community need to look beyond REU and field camp programs to increase diversity in geophysics, and to consider a broad range of activities.
As a geophysicist who utilizes both the expertise and equipment of PASSCAL and UNAVCO, and as an active participant in CIG, I bring breadth of experience and appreciation of the synergies to be enhanced over the next few years as the SAGE/GAGE merger evolves. I offer knowledge and connections made over the past 6 years as a member of the NAS Committee on Solid Earth Geophysics (formerly Seismology and Geodynamics) to forward planning, outreach and education.