BOD Election 2017 - Candidate Profile

Vera Schulte-Pelkum

CIRES Research Associate

Geological Sciences Dept.

The University of Colorado


2004 - Present CIRES Research Associate University of Colorado, Boulder
2004 - 2004 CIRES Postdoctoral Fellow University of Colorado, Boulder
2001 - 2002 Postdoctoral Researcher SIO, University of California, San Diego
2001 Ph.D., Geosciences University of California, San Diego
1994 Diplom-Geophysik (M.Sc.) Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, Germany


2015 - Present Member IRIS Electromagnetic Advisory Committee
2012 - 2015 Member IRIS Data Management System Standing Committee
2014 Member EarthScope Transportable Array Advisory Committee
2012 - 2013 Chair EarthScope Transportable Array Working Group
2010 - 2012 Member EarthScope Transportable Array Working Group

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2017 Member AGU Honors Committee


As seismologists, we are incredibly fortunate to have an organization such as IRIS. This fact is brought home to me time and again when I access data in other disciplines and in the astonished and envious reaction when I describe our resources to a colleague in another branch of geophysics. Following the decision on the NGEO proposal by NSF, we hope IRIS will be called to continue to maintain and improve its core services while it establishes an even closer partnership with UNAVCO and considers new ventures into large-N data and instrumentation, high performance computing and large scale data mining, ocean-based seismology, and opportunities following the sunset of the EarthScope program.

My career would be virtually unrecognizable without IRIS resources, be it global seismic data, PASSCAL experiments, data access via the DMC and other federated data centers, and tools and software hosted by IRIS. I believe IRIS can be a world leader in modeling curation and access of data as other disciplines in Earth Science strive to follow suit, and that seismologists will profit from new resources in return. After serving on various working groups and a standing committee, I would consider it a privilege to help guide IRIS in its new incarnation and would work towards balancing support for core services and new opportunities.