Seismology Student Workshop 2020 Application is Open!

Hello Seismologists!

We invite graduate students to participate in the upcoming eighth annual Seismology Student Workshop to be held March 19th-20th, 2020 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The application deadline is January 10, 2020. This workshop is completely student-run and organized with the aim of bringing together graduate students who conduct research in seismology and earthquake-related fields. [This workshop is only open to graduate students, so we encourage advisors to notify their students about this opportunity!]

We intend to build on the success of our previous workshops in providing a friendly environment that fosters in-depth scientific discussion. Topics related to the scope of this workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Seismic imaging of tectonic processes
  • Tomographic/inverse techniques
  • Earthquake source processes
  • Rock mechanics
  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Seismicity and tremor

The format will be a series of 25-minute talks and poster sessions that take place over the course of the two days. Registration will be $50 due by the beginning of the workshop. Thanks to a sponsorship from the Seismological Society of America, this fee will cover three nights of hotel lodging for the nights of Wednesday March 18th, Thursday the 19th, and Friday the 20th, as well as all meals and refreshments during the workshop. We have limited funds to subsidize transportation to the workshop. Registration preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

For more information, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.

If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the Online Application Form.

A title, abstract, and an optional figure must be submitted to be considered for an oral or poster session.

The application deadline is JANUARY 10, 2020. We will inform attendees about their application status by the end of January. Please feel free to forward this to other students you know that might be interested.

We hope to see you in March!

Organizing Committee:

Rachel, Genevieve, Joshua, Chris, Theresa, and Michelle


You still have time to apply to the GeoPRISMS Mini-Workshops at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting. DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 26!

When: Sunday December 8, 2019

Where: Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco

Registration deadline: November 26, 2019

The goal of the mini-workshops is to harness momentum from the large Synthesis & Integration Workshop that took place in San Antonio last February, and in particular to develop strategies for (1) data and science legacies and (2) engaging the community in fundamental science that build upon the past two decades of the GeoPRISMS and MARGINS programs. The Pre AGU mini-workshops are designed as working meetings, and are structured around breakout groups from which we anticipate the participants will discuss and identify:

  • a clear set of planned activities and/or proposals for future small, focused workshops;
  • key needs for data and program products and plans to implement them;
  • and synthesis or integration products that tie together science in thematic areas.

Participants can register to attend one or both mini-workshops. Student and early-career scientist participation is encouraged. Please visit the mini-workshop webpages for more information and workshop agendas:

8am – 12pm | Data Legacy, Science and Education & Outreach Legacy Products 

Conveners: Rebecca Bendick, Anaïs Férot, Andrew Goodwillie, Jessica Warren, Demian Saffer

1:15 – 5:45pm | Strategies for Synthesis, Integration, and Future Opportunities 

Conveners: The GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee: Becky Bell, Rebecca Bendick, Daniel Brothers, Mark Caddick, Char Deering, Katie Keranen, Luc Lavier, Rob Harris, Emily Roland, Kyle Straub, Jessica Warren, Demian Saffer

Lunch will be provided.

Following the mini-workshops there will be an evening reception that will take place on the 36th floor at the Grand Hyatt Union Square. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of the GeoPRISMS Program! Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

All mini-workshops are free of charge and open to all. For more information and registration please visit the GeoPRISMS website at: /meetings/mini-workshops/

SZ4D News and Call for Participation

Join the SZ4D Community!

Hello from the SZ4D Research Coordination Network (RCN) Steering Committee! We sent this to SZ4D’s mailing list already, but many GeoPRISMS folks are not on that one (or losing it to spam filters).

First, SZ4D has a brand-new website! Please visit for information and the opportunity to join Thematic Interest Groups, described below. You can also join the SZ4D listserv there if you haven’t already.

You are probably aware that SZ4D is a new community-driven, bottom-up initiative in the U.S. research community to investigate physical and chemical processes at subduction zones  through both space and time, with an explicit focus on the fundamental processes underlying geologic hazards such as great earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. From now through 2021, the mission of the SZ4D RCN is to coordinate the development of the SZ4D Initiative, turning the conceptual SZ4D Vision ( into a unified community plan for a long-term Program. While NSF has committed to funding this initial SZ4D planning and development effort, it remains for us to convince them to establish a new program by producing a stellar plan with broad and deep community support!

This is where you come in! We ask you to go to the website and look at the information on the four Interest Groups there (listed below with Steering Committee contacts):

  • Faulting and Earthquake Cycles (E. Brodsky and D. Shillington)
  • Magmatic Drivers of Eruption (D. Roman and T. Plank)
  • Landscapes and Seascapes: Surface Processes & Subduction (A. Duvall and G. Hilley)
  • Developing International Partners (H. Tobin)

Please sign up for one or more of the Interest Groups, even if you are already on our mailing list! We will use these groups to organize focused online forums and discussions in the near future.

Call for Working Group (Self) Nominations

Furthermore, we are convening corresponding Working Groups of 12-20 individuals that are tasked with engaging the community’s priorities and developing the written white papers that will make up the SZ4D Implementation Plan that will be presented to potential funding agencies. Members will be selected by the Steering Committee based on self-nominations and potential contribution to this effort. The Working Groups will meet for the first time in person in late January to kick off this critical job. If you are interested in committing to two-years of service on one of the Working Groups to canvass the community, synthesize priorities and write documents, please send a one paragraph statement of interest and 2-page CV to the above relevant named steering committee contacts (email addresses on the website), ideally by November 27, 2019.

Finally, look for us at AGU in the SZ4D Town Hall on Thursday evening at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and in our SZ4D sessions on Friday!

Harold Tobin (for SZ4D RCN Steering Committee)
twitter: @SZ4D1