Beatrice Magnani

Associate Professor

Department of Geophysics

Dedman College of Humanities and Science

Southern Methodist University

Education and Employment
2013-PresentAssociate Professor, SMU Dallas
2010-2013Research Associate Professor, CERI, U of Memphis
2006-2010Research Assistant Professor, CERI, U of Memphis
2004-2005Associate Researcher, Rice University
2000-2004Postdoctoral Associate, Rice University
2000 Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy
1994 M.S., Geology, University of Perugia, Italy
Service to IRIS
2009-2011 Member, PASSCAL Standing Committee
2011 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer
2012 Member, IRIS Undergraduate Internship Selection Committee
2013 Instructor, Earthscope USArray Data Analysis Short Course
2009, 2011 Mentor, IRIS Undergraduate Summer Internship
2010 Instructor, IRIS Undergraduate Internship Orientation
2013-present Member, SSA Board of Directors
2011-present Member, AGU Tectonophysics Program Committee
2010 Organizer, IRIS annual meeting plenary session
2008-2013 IRIS Representative, University of Memphis

The approval of the five-year Cooperative Agreement has sanctioned the unique role IRIS plays globally in monitoring Earth’s motions, in sustaining free and open access to data, in developing and maintaining a reserve of portable instruments to image our planet’s interior, in enabling the implementation of Earthscope, and in bringing science and awareness from the research labs to classrooms and living rooms. We have been doing this for decades and we are getting very good at it. The IRIS community has expanded in new directions, explored new research horizons and developed multidisciplinary approaches, creative ideas and an ever-expanding skillset. The IRIS facility has, sometimes slowly, evolved with the growing demand of the Consortium.

But if we are to ensure the continued health of IRIS, we can’t just preserve the status quo, we need to make sure that IRIS maintains a limber outlook to face the growing challenges posed by our planet’s vulnerability to natural hazards and by the fragile geopolitical landscape. It is clear that within new challenges lie new opportunities. Earthquakes triggered by new techniques for hydrocarbon exploitation and CO2 sequestration offer the opportunity to break down the barriers between traditionally divorced methods, to open new collaborations,and, with them, new funding avenues.The completion of Earthscope unlocks new resources that can be utilized to broaden our footprint to the oceans and/or to address different targets. Transformative science can be enabled by developing new portable instruments that allow sampling of the wavefield through unaliased arrays. Ultimately IRIS’ future hinges on its ability to embrace a cross-field strategy to create an integrative program relevant to multiple disciplines that will keep pace with the evolving forefront of research, facilitate the diversification our funding options, and engage the greater community.