BOD Election 2020 - Candidate Profile

Kerry Key

Associate Professor

Department of Earth and Environmental Services

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,Columbia University


2017 - Present Associate Professor Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
2013 - 2017 Associate Professor UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2012 - 2013 Associate Researcher UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2008 - 2012 Assistant Researcher UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2004 - 2008 Postdoctoral Researcher UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2003 Ph. D., Geophysics UC San Diego
1998 B.Sc., Earth Sciences UC San Diego


2019 - Present Working Group for Acquiring New Magnetotelluric Instrumentation
2015 - 2018 Electromagnetic Advisory Committee
2014 IRIS Amphibious Array Meeting, Invited presentation

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2014 - 2018 Member NSF GeoPRISMS Program, Steering and Oversight Committee
2017 Member EarthScope National Meeting, Technical Program Committee
2015 - 2016 Member AGU Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism Section Executive Committee
2013-2015 - 2006-2009 Associate Editor Geophysics



As an electromagnetic geophysicist, I’ve long admired the ability of my seismology colleagues to tap into the incredible instrumentation, data and educational services provided by IRIS to push the frontiers of research and train the next generation of geophysicists. With IRIS and UNAVCO soon joining forces, I see exciting new possibilities and unique challenges for geophysical research. The new organization will need to respond to the needs of a more diverse and growing community, while continuing to maintain efficiency and excellence in existing services. I’m excited by the PASSCAL Instrument Center’s pending procurement of a fleet of magnetotelluric instrumentation, and the associated software, data curation, and training services. This growth in capabilities means the future organization will facilitate a broad suite of multi-physical seismic, electromagnetic, and geodetic observations of Earth processes. If elected to the Board of Directors, I would endeavor to keep IRIS engaged and responsive to the community needs, while also working to promote partnerships and collaborations with other communities and organizations. I bring extensive experience as both a practicing field geophysicist and a computational numerical modeler. I’ve spent over 400 days at sea collecting ocean bottom geophysical data and led field surveys to collect geophysical data in onshore and polar environments. I believe that my research background and prior experience serving on IRIS and other community committees give me a helpful perspective for assisting IRIS in its core mission of facilitating seismic and other geophysical research investigations.