Nominations Open for GSA-MGPV Awards

Dear GeoPRISMS Community:

Nominate a Deserving Colleague for a MGPV Award!

The Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology Division of GSA presents two awards annually at the national GSA meeting: the Distinguished Geologic Career Award and the Early Career Award. A special criterion for these awards is outstanding research including geologic field study in addition to other methods of investigation in one or more of the MGPV disciplines.

Nominations are open now through March 31, 2020. A list of past awardees and links to nomination criteria and instructions can be found on the MGPV webpage:

Nominations require one nomination letter, three letters of support, and the nominee’s CV.

If you know an early or advanced career geoscientist who you believe deserves one of these honors, the MGPV Executive Committee urges you to send a nomination!

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Research Position in Seismology —  Washington University in St. Louis             

Washington University in St. Louis is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral research position in seismology to analyze seismological data from projects in Antarctica, Patagonia and/or Pacific subduction zones. The focus of the position will be applying various analysis techniques to constrain the three-dimensional seismological structure of the crust and mantle using broadband seismic data.  Interest in the study of subduction zone seismicity may also be useful.

A PhD in geophysics or a related area at the time of appointment is required.   The initial appointment is for one year with an option to extend to two years.

Applicants should send a current curriculum vita, publication list, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Douglas Wiens, email:, phone:  (314) 935-6517.

The position will be available starting March 1, 2020, but flexibility for later starting dates is possible.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Please note, new job announcements (usually) will be distributed to the GeoPRISMS Listserv on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Alaska Amphibious seismic data available

We are happy to announce the release of seismic data from the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment (AACSE). This community experiment includes 75 ocean-bottom seismometers and 30 onshore broadband seismographs, deployed across and seaward of the Alaska Peninsula, for 15 months in 2018-2019. Along with the broadband array, a 400-element 3-component nodal array was deployed for one month cross Kodiak, air guns shot into the broadband and nodal arrays in 2019, and extensive multibeam and sub-bottom profile data were collected offshore.

All broadband seismometer data are now available from the IRIS Data Center ( under network code XO, and the nodal data are available under network code 8J.  Marine geophysical data are available or being made available through the Marine Geoscience Data System ( At present (January 2020) only the seismic channels are complete; data from pressure gauges and hydrophones for some stations are still being processed.

In addition, the creation of a seismicity catalog is underway, led by the Alaska Earthquake Center ( and the AACSE PI group. This catalog is being constructed using the same methods as used to produce the routine AEC seismicity catalog, and will be released via the same mechanisms. It is anticipated that this catalog will be released some time mid-late 2020. In parallel, an effort is underway to estimate and archive OBS instrument orientations.

Details of the project are described on the project web page (/research/community-projects/alaska/) and in a recent Eos article (Abers et al., 2019, EOS 100(10), p. 30-35). On the web page, in the bottom left, a “Deployment and Data” tab provides links to several individual datasets.


The AACSE PI Team (Geoff Abers, Aubreya Adams, Anne Becel, Peter Haeussler, Emily Roland, Susan Schwartz, Anne Sheehan, Donna Shillington, Spahr Webb, Doug Wiens, Lindsay Worthington)

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop – Apply Now!

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career July 26-30, 2020 with optional trip to NSF on Friday, July 31 on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Application deadline: March 23, 2020
If you are in your first three years of a permanent faculty position, please apply to join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Participants must have a full-time faculty position at a two-year or four-year college or a university at the time of the workshop and must be in their first three years of full-time teaching or starting a full-time position in the Fall. The workshop is offered by NAGT On the Cutting Edge professional development program for geoscience faculty with support from the National Science Foundation, Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union.
Sarah Penniston-Dorland
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6239