BOD Election 2016 - Candidate Profile

Donna Shillington

Lamont Associate Research Professor

Marine Geology and Geophysics

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University


July 2013 - Present Lamont Associate Research Professor LDEO of Columbia University
July 2010 - July 2013 Lamont Assistant Research Professor LDEO of Columbia University
Nov 2007 - July 2010 Doherty Associate Research Scientist LDEO of Columbia University
Jan 2006 - Nov 2007 Lecturer National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK
July 2004 - Jan 2006 Postdoctoral Research Scientist National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK
June 2004 PhD Geophysics University of Wyoming
1998 BS, Geology University of Georgia
1998 ABJ, Journalism University of Georgia


Jan 2014 - Pesent Member TA Advisory Committee
Jan 2011 - Jan 2014 Member USArray Advisory Committee
April 2014 - July 2016 Member Data Services, Data Products Working Group
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016 Undergraduate Mentor IRIS
March 2016 Session Convener 2016 IRIS Workshop

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

July 2016 - Present Member EarthScope Steering Committee
Oct 2012 - Oct 2013 Member GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee
2010 - 2017 Co-Chair (6 Workshops) GeoPRISMS
Planning Committee, Tectonophysics Section AGU Fall Meeting


The next few years will be an exciting and challenging time for IRIS as it embarks on its next incarnation following the recompetition, including forging a closer partnership with UNAVCO, completing the final stages of EarthScope, and developing and implementing mechanisms to support future science directions. There is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen IRIS’ current capabilities and to move in new community-driven directions - for example, expanding the use of denser arrays and seafloor instrumentation.

IRIS has become an increasingly important part of my scientific career.  I’m a broad user of seismological facilities managed by IRIS, including PASSCAL instruments (Texans, intermediate and broadband seismometers), the Seismic Source Facility, the Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Pool and the DMC. I have served on working groups and committees within both Instrument and Data Services.  I also have strong experience helping direct and manage community-based science initiatives such as GeoPRISMS and EarthScope. Based on these experiences, I feel that I can provide a useful perspective on the board as IRIS moves into its next phase of community endeavors.  I would be honored to serve in this role and contribute to the continued success of IRIS.