BOD Election 2021 - Candidate Profile

Sridhar Anandakrishnan


Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Pennsylvania State University


2009 - Present Professor, Department of Geosciences and the Environment Institute Pennsylvania State University
2002 - 2009 Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences and the Environment Institute Pennsylvania State University
1999 - 2001 Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology University of Alabama
1995 Research Associate, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Verification Group, Los Alamos National Lab
1992 - 1998 Research Associate, Department of Geosciences and the Earth System Science Center Pennsylvania State University
1990 - 1991 Senior Geophysicist in Exploration Seismic Research Mobil R & D Corp
1990 Ph.D. (Department of Geology and Geophysics) University of Wisconsin, Madison
1982 - 1983 BS/MS (Electrical Engineering), Graduated with honors (Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu) Columbia University


2014 Science Advisory Committee
2009 - 2011 Polar Networks Advisory Committee

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2015 - 2016 Polar Research Board (PRB) Geoscience Representative to Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR)
2013 - 2017 Polar Research Board Member(PRB)
2007 - 2010 UNAVCO Member, Vice Chair, and Chair of UNAVCO Board of Directors
2007 - 2009 NSF OPP Committee of Visitors member
2001 - 2005 NSF Office of Polar Programs, Office Advisory Committee Member and Chair


I have broad interests in seismology in Polar regions, including active source seismology for imaging glacial and subglacial structures as well as natural source seismicity from flow of glaciers and ice sheets. In addition, I have interests in lithospheric imaging of Polar regions from regional  and global seismicity. These measurements have direct implications on estimating climate change impacts on projected global sea level rise, which are issues of immediate societal concern. I have been involved with seismological and geodetic research my entire career, with emphasis on Polar and cryospheric research.  I have benefited from the expertise and knowledge of PASSCAL and DMC staff and have made extensive use of the equipment pools to further my research. I have served on the UNAVCO board of directors (including a term as Chair) during a transition in their leadership. I hope to help IRIS in the upcoming merger with UNAVCO, as well as to maintain and extend IRIS’ leadership in Polar seismology. I am happy to help the community by listening to students, researchers, and staff and providing advice and guidance and as we move forward.