BOD Election 2021 - Candidate Profile

Jeffrey Freymueller

Interim Department Chair and Endowed Chair for Geology of the Solid Earth

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Michigan State University

https://ees.natsci.msu.edu/people/faculty/freymueller-jeffrey/

EDUCATION and EMPLOYMENT

2021 - Present Interim Department Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Michigan State University
2018 - Present Endowed Chair for Geology of the Solid Earth, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Michigan State University
2004 - 2018 Professor of Geophysics, Geophysical Institute and Department of Geological Sciences University of Alaska Fairbanks
1999 - 2004 Associate Professor of Geophysics, Geophysical Institute and Department of Geological Sciences University of Alaska Fairbanks
1995 - 1999 Assistant Research Professor of Geophysics Geophysical Institute
1991 - 1995 Postdoctoral Research Associate Stanford University
1991 Ph. D. (Geophysics) University of South Carolina

SERVICE to IRIS

2014 - 2015 Chair, Transportable Array Advisory Committee

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2019 - Present Member, Committee on Solid Earth Geophysics National Academies
2018 - 2019 Organizer, Re-examining our Grand Challenges in Geodesy Workshop and Report
2017 - 2018 Chair, UNAVCO Board of Directors UNAVCO
2015 - 2017 Member, UNAVCO Board of Directors UNAVCO
2015 - 2019 Director EarthScope National Office
2015 Official USA Delegate International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly
2011 - 2017 Chair US National Committee for the IUGG
2010 - 2013 Chair Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Advisory Council
2010 - 2014 Member, USGS Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee USGS
2010 Co-Editor, Revised EarthScope Science Plan
2009 Member, Organizing Committee for the Workshop for an EarthScope Science Plan
2002 - 2010 Member Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Advisory Council
2000 Chair, Second Plate Boundary Observatory Workshop Organizing Committee
1999 - 2000 Member, EarthScope Working Group
1999 - 2002 Member, Plate Boundary Observatory Steering Committee

STATEMENT

I am a leader in the field of geodesy, and I use GPS to make highly precise measurements of movement on Earth’s surface. My research has covered a wide range of topics including plate tectonics and plate boundary zones, earthquakes and fault dynamics, the continuing rebound of the Earth’s surface from the melting of ice-age glaciers, inflation and deflation of volcanoes, and interpreting how changing water and ice levels deform the Earth. Although not a seismologist per se, I am an earthquake scientist (among other things) and I have a broad perspective on the fields of science that are the focus of the IRIS and UNAVCO communities. I have twice been the Chair of the UNAVCO Board of Directors (once back in the late 1990s before the current corporation), and I was the Director of the EarthScope National Office from 2015 until the end of the EarthScope program.  As someone who was involved in the EarthScope program from even before the moment that it was named, it is really a pleasure to see the EarthScope name continue into the future in the form of the EarthScope Consortium, Inc.

The coming years will be critical for the future development of the seismological and geodetic communities in the US, as we need to join forces and merge our disciplinary-focused organizations into a single, broader entity. This will be a major challenge, as nothing can really stay the same, from our own conception of “the community” to details of our governance structures and practices. Although I have only done a small amount of service specifically for IRIS, I have had the opportunity to work with IRIS leadership over many years as a community member and as a representative of UNAVCO or the EarthScope program, so I have a good sense for how IRIS has worked traditionally. I think my combination of service to UNAVCO, IRIS, and EarthScope gives me a unique perspective and experience at this critical time. If elected to the IRIS Board, I will work to make the coming merger as smooth as possible and work to build a shared sense of community ownership of the combined facility for the entire merged community.