BOD Election 2020 - Candidate Profile

Lara Wagner

Staff Scientist

Earth and Planets Laboratory

Carnegie Institution for Science


2014 - Present Staff Scientist Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC
2014 Associate Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
2008 - 2014 Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
2005 - 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC
2005 Ph.D. in Geosciences University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2000 - 2005 Graduate Research Assistant University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
2002 Research Intern Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
2001 Research Intern BP, Houston, TX
1996 B.A. in History/Sociology Columbia College of Columbia University, New York, NY


2015 - 2017 PASSCAL Standing Committee Chair
2016 Wavefields Demonstration Community Experiment Participant, Demobilization
2016 NGEO Proposal Community Co-Author, Enabling Discoveries in Multiscale Earth System Dynamics
2008-2010 - 2014-2015 PASSCAL Standing Committee Member
Future Geophysical Facilities Required to Address Grand Challenges in the Earth Sciences, Report Writing Committee & Workshop Participant
2013 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

Review Panel Member NSF (various) Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), USGS-NEHRP
2017 EarthScope Synthesis Workshop Co-Organizer E Evolution of the Southern Appalachian Lithosphere
2016 EarthScope Synthesis Workshop Co-Organizer Synthesizing EarthScope Results to Develop a New Community Model for the 4-D Evolution of the North America Continent
SSA Richter Awards Committee Member
2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Planning Committee Seismology Section
2014 - 2015 East Coast of North America (ENAM) Co-Chief Scientist Broadband Ocean Bottom Seismometer Deployment & Demobilization
2013 NSF-EarthScope National Meeting Tri-Chair
2013 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
2009 Workshop for an Earthscope Science Plan Invited Discussion Leader



As with many seismologists of my generation, it is difficult for me to imagine seismology research without IRIS. The upcoming merger between IRIS and UNAVCO should reflect the strengths of both organizations, and I hope will leave us stronger unified. That said, I expect the next three years will likely be ones of challenges and change as we work to envision what this new organization will look like. I am confident that we can rise to the occasion. IRIS has always been an organization directed and governed by the scientists it serves. If elected, I would see my service as Board member as an opportunity to listen to scientists from the many different communities served by IRIS and UNAVCO and to bring their concerns, needs, and scientific aspirations to the decision-making table. I would also work to ensure that the merged organization is one that fully enshrines the primacy of community governance to ensure that the increase in the size of our beloved organization does not result in a weakening of the community’s voice in its goals, activities, and direction. With our community’s ongoing engagement and support, and with a responsive Board and Management structure, I think our best years are still to come. I would value the opportunity to help make it all happen, and I would be humbled to represent our broad scientific community throughout this process.