GeoPRISMS Office Transition

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

It will soon be time to transition the GeoPRISMS Office from the capable hands of Peter van Keken to a new steward. The Program Office is a central and essential piece of the GeoPRISMS community and we are hoping to find an Office Director who is as capable, enthusiastic, and as in touch with the community as Peter and his predecessors. Key activities of the GeoPRISMS Office include (but are certainly not limited to):

– maintain the website and serve as a centralized information source

– publish the newsletter twice a year

– organize the annual meeting of the steering committee at NSF

– plan and facilitate AGU activities including a Townhall meeting and workshops

– serve as a liaison between the community and NSF and related programs

– organize community workshops

The Director of the Office also serves as the chair of the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee.

We are asking you, the community, for names (of others or yourselves) who you think would serve well in this position. Once the nominations are submitted to NSF we will ask those who are both nominated and interested to submit a 2-page letter of interest. NSF will seek GSOC input on the nominees. It is our goal to invite a proposal for the GeoPRISMS Office by Fall of 2015 and that a new office will be in place by Spring of 2016.
Donna Blackman and Jennifer Wade
GeoPRISMS Program Managers, National Science Foundation

Donna Blackman
Phone: (703) 292-7978

Jenn Wade
Phone: (703) 292-4739

Theoretical and Experimental Institute for the SCD Initiative – Save the date!

Please save the date and plan to attend the GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute for the SCD Initiative!

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) for the Subduction Cycles and Deformation initiative in the week of October 11 (Sunday night through Thursday morning) at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA (a few miles south of LAX).

This TEI will allow the community to discuss progress towards the science objectives of the SCD initiative, demonstrate scientific discovery at the primary sites, continue planning for new domestic and international collaborative work, and entrain new talent and disciplines.

We expect to be able to cover lodging and food for 120 participants and have partial travel funding available for graduate students, early career scientists and invited speakers. The preliminary schedule and application form will be announced in July. We expect that the application deadline will be in mid- to late August.

Please save the date and plan to join us!

The GeoPRISMS Office

Questions? Contact the GeoPRISMS Office at

Job Posting: Two Research Fellows in Geophysics

Two Research Fellows in Geophysics – Geology and Geophysics Research Group, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton

Location: Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: Both Positions from £28695

Fixed Term Permanent

Closing Date: Monday 15th June 2015

Interview Date: 13-14th July 2015

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 10 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. Following our excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) assessment (where over 93% of our research activity was recognised as being of either world-leading or internationally excellent quality), Ocean and Earth Science are looking to appoint two Research Fellows in the Geology and Geophysics Research Group. You will be joining an active research group, with 11 full academic staff, 6 Research Fellows, and almost 40 PhD students ( The two fellowships will be in:

1. Marine Electromagnetics (5 year position) – focus on building on the successful Southampton EM Lab and delivering on three newly won grants: EU Blue Mining, NERC PI-LAB, and ERC EURO-LAB. This extended Fellowship will be strongly encouraged to also develop their own research strands and to link with colleagues both within the group, across NOCS and the broader national and international geophysics communities.

2. Passive Seismology (up to 2 Years) – this post will play a vital role in at the start of a large international project to image and understand the properties that make a tectonic plate strong. As part of this role the Fellow will work on two funded research projects: the NERC PI-LAB project and ERC EURO-LAB project. The Fellow will do one or more of the following projects: global imaging of the tectonic plate, in situ imaging of the 0 – 40 My old Atlantic plate using data collected from a large ocean bottom seismic experiment, in situ seismic-MT joint inversions, and/or developing full-waveform inversions of anisotropic structures based the data and ridge synthetics. In addition, to supporting these projects, the Fellow will be encouraged to develop their own research interests in seismology. Interaction with international collaborators is key, since broad impact will be attained by integrating seismic and MT results and incorporating a wide range of seismic resolutions.

Details of the funding projects and other associated work can be found in the “High Resolution Marine Geophysics and Geotechnics”, “Methane Hydrates” and “Global to Local Tectonics” Research Projects section of the blog.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of Group, Dr Justin Dix ( for the Marine Electromagnetics position and Dr. Catherine Rychert ( for the Passive Seismology position.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed application form online at Please include your CV and Publication list. 3 references will be required if you are successful at shortlisting, so please provide 3 referees on your application form. The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, Please contact Carol Read on +44 (0) 23 8059 3649 Please quote vacancy reference numbers 560515HN and 560615HN respectively on all correspondence.

Workshop on Future Directions in Tectonics

An NSF-sponsored workshop on Future Directions in Tectonics will be held in Madison, WI on July 22-24. This workshop will result in creation of a white paper, designed to help guide research and funding in tectonics and structural geology over the next decade.

Funds are available to support travel for a limited number of participants. Applications to participate should be submitted by June 3 at the following website:

The organizing committee also requests your feedback prior to the workshop (whether or not you will attend) on future directions, collective goals, and community needs. Please submit your comments at the following website:

We hope you are able to participate in crafting this vision for tectonics!

Rick Allmendinger
Marin Clark
Becky Dorsey
Paul Kapp
Kevin Mahan
James Spotila

Your Input Needed: Research Nuggets for GeoPRISMS Review

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

In preparation for the GeoPRISMS program mid-term review, the GeoPRISMS Office is compiling science “nuggets” that summarize interesting, visual, and high-impact research efforts related to GeoPRISMS. The assembled nuggets will provide a strong case for scientific achievement in GeoPRISMS, and are invaluable in documenting the broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of the program. Nuggets that cover work closely-related to GeoPRISMS but that were not funded by the GeoPRISMS program are also welcome.

Nuggets should be no more than 2 pages and should include a title, authorship, one high-resolution figure, and references. Please note that the nuggets will be formatted by the Office for inclusion in the review document.

Please submit all material before July 15, 2015 at

For more information about the nuggets and examples from the NSF-MARGINS Program Decadal Review 2009 please visit the GeoPRISMS Office at: /research/review-nuggets/. If you have any questions, please contact the GeoPRISMS Office at

– The GeoPRISMS Office & GSOC

Call for GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshop Proposals at AGU 2015

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

We are pleased to announce that this year we will again be able to host a few mini-workshops at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting (December 14-18). A mini-workshop is a research meeting that is held during an evening of the Fall Meeting or on the Sunday leading up to the meeting. Examples of mini-workshops held in association with recent and upcoming national and international meetings can be found at:

Mini-Workshops offer excellent opportunities to jump-start science discussions, as well as to coordinate implementation for future GeoPRISMS studies, both for primary sites and thematic studies. We encourage you to consider such an undertaking. The GeoPRISMS Office provides logistical support, a meeting room and refreshments. We do not cover any travel costs or per diem to the organizers or participants.

If you would like to host a GeoPRISMS-related Mini-Workshop in association with the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting (14-18 December), we invite you to submit your proposal to the GeoPRISMS Office at The proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee (GSOC). The number of mini-workshops is limited but we expect to be able to host two to three events.

The deadline for upcoming Mini-Workshop proposals is July 1, 2015. The proposal guidelines are described on the GeoPRISMS website at: /meetings/mini-workshops/. We encourage you to contact the GeoPRISMS Office with questions or advice prior to submitting at

We look forward to hearing your ideas.

-The GeoPRISMS Office and GSOC

Reminder: EarthScope National Meeting 2015

Register now for the EarthScope National Meeting in Stowe, Vermont, June 14, 17 2015. Registration deadline is May 29.

For more info, full schedule, and registration go to:

For questions about meeting content contact

Submarine Paleoseismology Workshop


Dear Colleagues,

With the attached flyer, we would like to announce a Submarine Paleoseismology Workshop. The workshop will take place at ETH Zurich, Switzerland between 16-18 July, 2015.

The main topic of the workshop is to discuss and define a strategy how and where we could best make use of giant piston coring efforts within the Integrated Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) to make some major advancements in submarine paleoseismology to constrain earthquake recurrence beyond historical times. More information on the workshop webpage at:

To submit expression of interest in participation please pre-register by submitting a brief statement of interest and a short CV by May 15th to Applicants will be informed of the outcome by end of May.

Please forward this announcement to any colleagues who may be interested in this workshop

Best wishes,

Michael Strasser, Cecilia McHugh, Ken Ikehara and Antonio Cattaneo