Kate Miller

Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Dean

College of Geosciences

Texas A&M University


Education and Employment
2009-Present Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Dean, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University
1991-2009 Assistant, Associate, Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
2004-2008 Associate Dean, College of Science, University of Texas at El Paso
1998-2004 Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
1982-1986 Development Geologist and Exploration Geophysicist, Amoco Production Co. (now BP plc)
1991 Ph.D, Geophysics, Stanford University
1988 M.S, Geophysics, Stanford University
1982 A.B, Geological and Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University
Service to IRIS and Science Community
1998-2001 IRIS Planning Committee, 2007-2009; IRIS Board of Directors, 2003-2005; PASSCAL Standing Committee.
1998-2009 PASSCAL Seismic (Texan) Instrument Facility at the University of Texas at El Paso
2005-2010 External Advisory Council, Southern California Earthquake Center.
2009-Present Institution Representative, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
2010-Present Consortium for Ocean Leadership Sub-Committee on Scientific Ocean Drilling
2009-Present Member Institution Representative, University Consortium for Atmospheric Research
2003-Present Leadership of NSF-funded programs for enhancing diversity in the geosciences and a variety of programs designed to enhance K-12 math and science education through pre- and in-service teacher training
  Frequent NSF review panelist for programs ranging from basic earth science, to geoscience education, instrumentation and facilities, and international programs.
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 throughoutwestern 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 broadened my perspective on the Geosciences as a whole, and on 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.