BOD Election 2021 - Candidate Profile

Brandon Schmandt

Associate Professor

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

University of New Mexico


2018 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science University of New Mexico
2013 - 2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science University of New Mexico
2011 - 2012 Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Geological and Planetary Science California Institute of Technology
2011 Ph.D., (Geological Science) University of Oregon
2006 BA, (Environmental Studies) Warren Wilson College


2020 - Present IRIS Board of Directors, Member
2019 IIRIS Input to CORES Writing Committee
2017 - 2019 PASSCAL Standing Committee
2016 - 2018 PH5 Working Group
2014, 2018 IRIS Intern Orientation Lecturer
2013 - 2016 EarthScope Steering Committee
2015 Writing Committee, Future Geophysical Facilities Required to Address Grand Challenges in the Earth Sciences
2015 IRIS Intern Mentor
2014 IRIS Workshop Program Committee
2014 IRIS/Geophysical Society of Houston Joint Workshop Organizing Committee (2014)
2013 - 2014 Amphibious Array Steering Committee
2012 - 2014 TA Working Group

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2018 - Present Associate Editor, Seismological Research Letters
2106 - 2018 GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer
Reviewer and/or Panelist for NSF Geophysics, EarthScope, Tectonics, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Integrated Earth Systems, CAREER, GeoPRISMS, CSEDI, Geoinformatics, Antarctic Research


My work as a researcher and educator greatly benefits from the infrastructure and culture of the IRIS community. I engage in observational seismology using archived data from long-term observatories, temporary community-driven projects such as the Transportable Array, and new portable array data collected by collaborators and the research group that I lead. These experiences give me an applied perspective on multiple modes of operation for modern seismologists, including what capabilities currently help us thrive and what barriers we should try to mitigate to set the stage for future advances. As a student, postdoc, and faculty member I have experienced IRIS as a world-class community-governed organization that is collegial, ambitious, and responsive to feedback. Planning for the upcoming merger of IRIS and UNAVCO is an opportunity to build upon the best attributes of both communities and bolster the mechanisms that will allow us to successfully adapt to future community needs. I would be honored to help with the work involved in this important transition.