Lee Liberty

Associate Research Professor

Department of Geosciences

Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface

Boise State University


Education and Employment
2008-Present Associate Research Professor, Boise State University
1999-Present Laboratory Manager, Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS), Boise State University
1992-2008 Research Scientist and Associate/ Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS)/Boise State University
1992 MS Geophysics, University of Wyoming
1988-1989 US Geological Survey
1987 BS Geology, 1987, Syracuse University
Service to IRIS and Seismological Community
2013 Earthscope/US Array Data Processing Advanced short course instructor
2013 IRIS/PASSCAL active seismic source subcommittee
2013 IRIS industry collaboration subcommittee
2013 PASSCAL strategic planning subcommittee
2012 IRIS national meeting organizing committee
2012 IRIS PASSCAL facility examiner
2012 SEG-AGU Hydrogeophysics workshop organizing committee
2010-2012 Member, PASSCAL standing committee
2005-2012 IRIS internship mentor, 6 students
2009-2011 Inaugural recipient – SEG Geoscientists Without Borders humanitarian geophysics award to establish a geophysics field camp in SE Asia
I come to IRIS not as a traditional seismologist, but as a geophysicist that relies heavily on all aspects of IRIS and other community-based resources. My science focus on near surface geophysics addresses both natural and human enhanced geoscience problems in our society. With this focus, I engage with colleagues, facilities and organizations in many solid earth, cryosphere, resource-based, and hydrosphere arenas. My interest in natural hazards takes me to a diverse set of landscapes where I rely on IRIS (active and passive) instrumentation to conduct my research in marine, urban, and extreme (warm and cold) climate conditions.I am a strong advocate for the IRIS NextGen instrumentation initiative to expand our research impact in many geophysical arenas. My interest in teaching, mentoring, and international outreach was the impetus to create an 8 nation geophysics field camp in SE Asia, mentor 6 IRIS summer interns over a 6 year period, and provide instruction during the Earthscope/US Array Data Processing short course. A reliance on community data via the IRIS DMC has also been greatly beneficial to my research to both archive and recover seismic data. In addition to a focus on the evolution and improvement of IRIS core programs, I would like to take my experiences from a number of geophysical communities to expand the reach and impact of IRIS. Through an initiative of inclusion, I see IRIS moving forward as a strong and viable institution for a broad based geophysics community. I would be honored to put my experiences and vision to work on behalf of IRIS as a member of the Board of Directors.