IODP workshop on ocean drilling in the North Pacific – Sept 25-27, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider attending the upcoming USSSP-IODP workshop:

Scientific Exploration of the Arctic and North Pacific (SEA-NorP)
September 25-27, 2018; Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA

The workshop will focus on developing proposals for scientific ocean drilling in the Northern Pacific, Bering Sea and Western Arctic Ocean region, including GeoPRISMS primary site, the Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone. The drilling platform, JOIDES Resolution, is scheduled to operate in the Northern Pacific in 2023. To ensure that the ship is used to best advantage, now is the time to develop proposals that could be linked through regional drilling strategies.

Our goal is to initiate multiple proposals around GeoPRISMS-related themes such as geohazards and volatile cycling, as well as other themes including ocean gateways, ice histories at transition zones, biosphere and climate.

The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants. The deadline for U.S.-affilitated scientists to apply is June 17, 2018. A limited number of travel grants will be available. Graduate students, early career scientists and those new to IODP are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit the workshop website:

Thank you,

Workshop Conveners: Lindsay Worthington (UNM), Bernard Coakley (UAF), Matthias Forwick (UiT –  Tromsø), Juliane Mueller (Alfred Wegener Institute), Summer Praetorius (USGS), and Kristen St. John (JMU)

Workshop Science Committee (partial list): Jessica Larsen (UAF), Terry Plank (LDEO), Donna Shillington (LDEO), Harold Tobin (Wisconsin)

Call for GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshop Proposals at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting


GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at AGU 2018

Dear GeoPRISMS Community,

We are pleased to announce that this year we will again be able to host a few mini-workshops at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. (December 10-14). A mini-workshop is a research meeting that is held on the Sunday prior to the meeting. Examples of mini-workshops 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 2018 AGU Fall Meeting (10-14 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, 2018. The proposal guidelines are described on the GeoPRISMS website at: /meetings/mini-workshops/. We encourage you to contact the GeoPRISMS Office with questions or for advice prior to submitting at

We look forward to hearing your ideas.

-The GeoPRISMS Office and GSOC​

Reminder: 2018 Gordon Research Conference and Seminar on Rock Deformation

REMINDER: There is still time to apply for the Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation. The full program is now online:

Please consider applying for the upcoming Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation: Integrated Approaches to Rock Deformation: Observations, Experiments, and Models, scheduled for August 19-24, 2018 at Proctor Academy, NH.  This conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore the breadth of scientific disciplines relating to rock deformation, including rock physics, geology, geophysics, seismology, mechanics, and civil engineering.

The conference will bring together a collection of junior and senior investigators who are at the forefront of their field, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. The collegial and open atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons, evenings and during the meals, provides a venue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

There will be an associated Gordon Research Seminar for early career investigators, before the Conference, August 18-19, 2018. We expect there to be some funds to help support student travel and registration fees.

See the two weblinks for both events, from which you can also apply (separate applications are required for each event):

Gordon Research Conference on Rock Deformation

Gordon Research Seminar on Rock Deformation (for early career investigators)

Attendance is limited for both conferences, so early registrations are encouraged!

Hope to see you there!

Juli Morgan, Dan Faulkner, Josie Nevitt, and Katrina Sauer

Coupling of Tectonic and Surface Processes, April 25-27, 2018: Invitation for remote participation

Greetings  –

The workshop focused on Coupling of Tectonic and Surface Processes (CTSP), April 25-27, 2018 is intended to survey both questions and state of the art numerical techniques that simulate surface processes and long term tectonic (LTT) processes in an attempt to define a framework for the development of efficient numerical algorithms that couple across multiple length and time scales. This workshop will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to develop collaborations and proposal ideas and by doing so enhance and increase the impact of both the LTT and CSDMS communities. We expect a broad and diverse audience drawn from domestic and international research communities, including graduate students, post-docs, and early career scientists, who are interested in coupling landscape evolution to tectonic processes.

Although registration is now closed for onsite participation in CTSP, we invite you to participate remotely using the Zoom meeting platform. You will be able to view all plenary talks, round table discussions and participate in remote group breakout sessions each day of the workshop. Meeting information including agenda can be found on the workshop website:

Registration is required in advance. Once you have registered, a link will be forwarded with detailed remote joining instructions.


Wednesday, April 25th

Morning Session 8:30AM to 12:00PM (MDT) Registration URL:
Afternoon Session 1:00PM to 4:15PM (MDT) Registration URL:

Thursday, April 26th

Morning Session 8:30AM to 12:00PM  (MDT) Registration URL:
Afternoon Session 1:00PM to 5:00PM (MDT) Registration URL:

We look forward to your participation.


Organizing Committee:
Mark Behn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Thorsten Becker, University of Texas – Austin
Catherine Cooper, Washington State University
Nicole Gasparini, Tulane University
Lorraine Hwang, University of California, Davis
Louise Kellogg, University of California, Davis
Luc Lavier, University of Texas – Austin
Eric Mittelstaedt, University of Idaho
Greg Tucker, University of Colorado – Boulder
Boris Kaus, Johannes Gutenberg University – Mainz

Sponsored by Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System and the National Science Foundation

DCL: Towards a New Approach for the Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U.S. Research Community

Dear Colleagues:

NSF recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (18-061; 10 April 2018), regarding the provision of marine seismic capabilities. The DCL can be found at this website:

As stated in the DCL, NSF is no longer accepting new proposals that require use of R/V Langseth. NSF will also begin developing the activities required for divesting from ownership of R/V Langseth, and it is anticipated that the end of field commitments using the vessel will be no later than mid-2020.

Marine seismic research that is conducted using the capabilities currently provided by R/V Langseth is a key component of the science portfolio supported by the Marine Geology and Geophysics (MG&G) Program within NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences. Given that R/V Langseth will not be available after mid-2020, MG&G’s immediate goal is to define a path forward for providing long-offset, large-tuned source seismic capabilities for the US research community after R/V Langseth is no longer available.

In the near term, NSF will work with the Marine Seismic Research Oversight Committee (MSROC) of UNOLS to engage the broad community in this effort. A community workshop, to be held in the Fall of 2018, will be the first step in evaluating future research needs and identifying creative options for providing the necessary marine seismic infrastructure. The report from this workshop will help define a plan moving forward for community access to the platforms and tools required in order for NSF to again receive proposals to conduct seismic imaging over the full crustal scale. The workshop will also identify other potential community activities that may be needed to further develop these capabilities.

Throughout the transition to the post-Langseth environment, NSF will accept proposals that include large tuned source, long-offset data acquisition, but access to these capabilities will need to be coordinated by Principal Investigators as part of their proposals, such as through industry providers or international/institutional partners. NSF will also continue to accept proposals to use other seismic acquisition capabilities (e.g., portable multichannel seismic equipment, ocean-bottom seismometers, CHIRP systems, P-cable, etc.). Such capabilities could be provided by Academic Research Fleet (UNOLS) operators, institutions, international or commercial partners, or other means as identified by Principal Investigators, MSROC, or NSF.

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program

Candace Major (
Deborah Smith (
Maurice Tivey (
Barbara Ransom (
Larry Peterson (

Marine Geology and Geophysics Program Director (Rotator), Employment Opportunity, Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), NSF


Dear Colleagues:

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program has extended the application deadline for the rotator position (geophysicist) through May 11. Please see the information in the DCL (link below) for how to apply.


Dear Colleagues:

The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program (MGG) within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a nationwide search for a Program Director (Rotator) with experience and expertise in the broad area of marine geophysics.

The MGG Program supports research in all aspects of the geology and geophysics of the ocean basins, seafloor, subseafloor, and continental margins, as well as that of the Great Lakes. The person selected for this position will work with the other Program Officers who oversee the MGG Program to manage the award portfolio across the entire range of disciplines supported by the Program.

A Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) has been released and provides detailed information, including guidance regarding qualifications required and how to submit an application. Please see

Questions concerning the DCL should be directed to

Candace O. Major ( or

Deborah K. Smith (

Thank you for your interest in Ocean Sciences research at the NSF.


Rick Murray

Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

REMINDER: Call for submissions – GeoPRISMS related sessions to the AGU Fall Meeting

Please consider submitting a GeoPRISMS related session to the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting that will take place in Washington, DC (Dec 10-14, 2018).

Submission deadline: April 18, 2018

More info:

Official website:

This is a great opportunity to promote your GeoPRISMS Science and activities. As every year, the GeoPRISMS Office will compile a list of AGU Fall Meeting special sessions that directly support the scientific goals of the GeoPRISMS (and MARGINS) Programs, or are of interest to the GeoPRISMS Community. The list will be advertised on the website and through the GeoPRISMS Listserv.

For more information about GeoPRISMS past activities and related sessions at AGU please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: /meetings/agu-townhall-and-student-forum/

The GeoPRISMS Office

Save the Date – seafloor sensors workshop

Oregon State University has been funded by NSF to organize a workshop on “Integrating Science Needs with Advanced Seafloor Sensor Engineering to Provide Early Warning of Geohazards: Visioning Workshop and Roadmap for the Future.”  The workshop will be held on July 12-13, 2018 at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.  For more information on the workshop objectives and topics to be covered, please see the attached flyer.  Additional information on the workshop agenda and on applying for partial support to attend will be distributed soon.  In the meantime, please save the date.  Feel free to contact a member of the organizing committee for more information.

Organizing committee:  Chris Parrish (chair), Ben Mason, Anne Trehu, John Selker, Eugene Zhang, and Geoff Hollinger