Doug Toomey


Department of Geological Sciences

University of Oregon

Education and Employment
2002-Present Professor, University of Oregon
1997-2002 Head, Computational Sciences Institute, University of Oregon
1996-2002 Associate Professor, University of Oregon
1990-1996 Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
1987-1990 Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1987 Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1981 B.S. Geology/Geophysics, Pennsylvania State University
Service to IRIS and the Seismological Community
2010-Present Team Leader, Cascadia Initiative Expedition Team (CIET)1
2010 Co-Convener, NSF Cascadia Initiative Workshop, Portland, OR2
2006-2012 Chair, Oversight Committee of Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool
2009-2012 Member, Amphibious Array Steering Committee
2007-2009 Member, IRIS DMS Standing Committee
2004-2006 Member, Oversight Committee of Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool
2010 Co-Convener, Experiments with Portable Ocean Bottom Seismometers, Snow Bird, Utah3
2005-2012 Associate Editor, Journal Geophysical Research
2007 Distinguished Lecturer, RIDGE 2000 Program

IRIS facilitates the research and educational activities of an increasingly broad seismological community. While terrestrial seismology is where IRIS began, it has recently embraced marine seismology; particularly through it’s successful management of the Ocean Bottom Seismology Instrumentation Pool ( and its logistical support of the Cascadia Initiative. As our community and IRIS look ahead to framing “The Next Big Thing” that follows EarthScope, I would be an advocate for addressing seismological grand challenges that employ both terrestrial and marine seismology and that provide a younger generation of scientists and educators with ready access to data and field-going experiences. The margins of our continents and Earth’s ocean remain a frontier for seismological research that is relevant to society and rich with opportunities for discovery and adventure. It would be a privilege to serve the community through IRIS.