IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship

For more than 15 years, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismological Society of America are pleased to offer fascinating non-technical presentations on earthquake science topics to general audiences across the US. The IRIS/SSSA Distinguished Lectureship Program teams with your established public speaker series or program, including radio and TV shows, to coordinate scheduling and logistics.

Each speaker is an expert in his/her specific research area and is skilled in effectively communicating new and exciting findings to the public. Whether virtual or in-person, our speakers are available to share his/her expertise in a variety of delivery modes such as panel discussions, conversations/interviews, storytelling, or traditional talks with Q&A, and will tailor his/her presentation to your audience and event. When in-person events safely resume at public venues, IRIS and SSA will cover the speaker’s travel and lodging costs.

NOTE: In some cases, Department seminars may be scheduled in conjunction with a Public Lecture.

For more information, please contact:

Perle Dorr
IRIS Education and Outreach Program
Email: lecture@iris.edu
Phone: 202.682.2220

2022 Lecture Series Schedule

Distinguished Lectureship Archive 2003 - 2021

Year Speaker Topic
2021 Dr. William Wilcock Whale Seismology
2021 Dr. Guoqing Lin The 2018 Kīlauea Volcano Eruption: Expected or a Surprise and What Have We Learned?
2021 Dr. Ben Holtzman Seismology with your Ears: Listening to Patterns in Tectonic, Volcanic and Human-induced Earthquakes
2020 Dr. Sarah Minson “Imminent Shaking": What Kind of Earthquake Warning is Possible?
2020 Dr. Ross S. Stein How the Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Enabled Us to Divine our Seismic Future
2019 Dr. Susan Hough What Past Earthquakes Tell Us About Future Earthquake Hazard: Facts & Fake Facts
2019 Dr. Arthur Rodgers Forecasting Ground Shaking from Earthquakes Using Supercomputers
2018 Dr. Katie Keranen Induced Earthquakes: Experimenting Unintentionally
2018 Dr. Frederik Simons Through the Ocean to the Mantle: Under the Seas with a Fleet of Floating Seismic Robots
2017 Dr. John Vidale A Tale of Three Pacific Northwest Temblors: One Big, One Deep and One Direct Hit
2017 Dr. Stephen McNutt Shaking and Baking: Using Seismology to Study Volcanoes
2016 Dr. Justin Rubinstein Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes
2016 Dr. Caroline Beghein From Plate Tectonics to Deep Earth Dynamics: A Seismological Journey Inside the Earth
2015 Dr. Thorne Lay A Global Surge of Great Earthquakes and What We are Learning From Them
2015 Dr. Doug Wiens Fire and Ice: Volcanoes, Earth Structure, and the Evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet
2014 Dr. Meredith Nettles Glacial Earthquakes: Using Seismic and GPS Observations to Map Changes in Glaciers and Ice Sheets Worldwide
2014 Dr. Jean-Paul Ampuero Earth's Cocktail Party: Deciphering the Physics of Earthquakes With Networks of Seismic Arrays
2013 Dr. Lara Wagner Imaging the Ancient Margin: How the Southeastern United States Was Built (And Why You Should Care)
2013 Dr. Gavin Hayes Mitigating Disasters: Earthquake Response in the 21st Century
2012 Dr. Miaki Ishii Dissecting Giant Earthquakes: Things We Didn't Know
2012 Dr. Gregory Beroza The Tortoise and the Hare: Slow vs Fast Earthquakes
2011 Dr. Wayne D. Pennington Preparing for the Future: Scientific and Humanitarian Lessons from the Haiti and Japan earthquakes
2011 Dr. Beatrice Magnani The New Madrid Earthquakes Two Hundred Years Later: What Have We Learned About Earthquakes at the Center of Tectonic Plates?
2010 Dr. Brian Stump Forensic Seismology and Nucler Testing: The Detective Work of Seismologists
2010 Dr. Stephen Malone Predicting Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions: What Can and Can't Now Be Done
2009 Dr. Aaron A. Velasco Can a Large Earthquake in Another Country Cause One in Your Backyard?
2009 Dr. Richard C. Aster Taking Earth's Pulse and Temperature Using Seismology: Roaring Oceans and Singing Icebergs
2008 Dr. Cliff Frohlich Deep Earthquakes and the Secret of Seismology
2008 Dr. Uri ten Brink Peace and Science in the Middle East
2007 Dr. Anne Sheehan Seeing Beneath Mt. Everest: Probing a Breeding Ground of Destructive Earthquakes
2007 Dr. Brian Atwater The Orphan Tsunami of 1700 - A Trans-Pacific Detective Story
2006 Dr. Mary Lou Zoback The 1906 Earthquake - Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten, and Future Directions
2006 Dr. Ed Garnero Vibrations From the Deep: Deciphering the Birth and Death of the Earth's Surface
2006 Dr. Seth Stein Giant Earthquakes: Why, Where, When, and What We Can Do
2005 Dr. Michael Wysession Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and a Modern Journey to the Center of the Earth
2005 Dr. Susan Hough The Very Long Reach of Very Large Earthquakes
2004 Dr. David E. James Revealing the Mysteries of the Earth's Deep Interior: Plates, Plumes, and the Birth of Modern Seismology
2004  David Wald Rapid Earthquake Information: Citizen Science and New Tools for Emergency Response
2003 Dr. Roger Bilham Death and Construction: Earthquakes on an Urban Planet
2003 Dr. Walter Mooney The Discovery of the Earth: The Quest to Understand the Interior of our Planet