Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Dean
College of Geosciences
Texas A&M University
Employment and Education
Service to IRIS and Science Community
I am an active source seismologist with research interests in the origin and evolution of the continental lithosphere as well as applications of active source seismology to near surface imaging. Without IRIS, my students, colleagues and I would never have had the opportunity to make new discoveries about the lithosphere throughout western North America, and in central Europe, Japan, and Bhutan. The distinctive collaboration of IRIS “the facility” and IRIS “the Consortium” (ie. the seismological community), has been central to expanding and raising the prominence of seismology not only as a research discipline, but also as a high impact field of science in the eyes of the public at large. The future success of IRIS depends on keen insights into how to evolve our distinctive collaboration in the face of an uncertain and likely constrained federal budgetary environment. As a dean of a College of Geosciences, I have gained a broad perspective on the Geosciences as a whole, and seismology’s place in the discipline. Many of the challenges I have faced including leading a College through mandatory budget cuts, strategic planning, development of alternative funding streams, and oversight of a major research facility – the science services on the JOIDES Resolution for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, are highly relevant to what lies ahead for IRIS. My roots are in seismology and tectonics. I would be honored to put this experience to work on behalf of IRIS as a member of the Board of Directors.