Earthscope National Meeting 2017
Dena’ina Convention Center , Anchorage , AK , USA

Roughly half of the plenary presentations will be drawn from the contributed abstracts. For consideration as a plenary speaker, please be sure to register for the meeting and submit your abstract by Friday, April 21.
ATTENTION: Alaska Airlines is offering EarthScope attendees a discount on flights between the US, Canada and Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska for travel between May 12-22, 2017. The discount code for bookings is ECMX720. Please visit  We have also partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to Anchorage. Visit and enter ZYDW549728 in the Offer Code box. You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk at 800-426-1122. Travel must be booked between May 12-21, 2017 in order to receive the United discount.


The 2017 EarthScope National Meeting will be held at the Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska, from May 16-18, 2017. Conference highlights include the opportunity to showcase research in oral and poster sessions, hear firsthand results of pioneering EarthScope studies and a synthesis of findings to date, and the option to participate in a post-meeting field trip led by local EarthScope scientists. Early career scientists are strongly encouraged to attend (partial support will be available for a number of students and postdocs). There will be a variety of pre-meeting workshops and short-courses, which will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017. Please see the Agenda tab for more details.

The 2017 EarthScope National Meeting will open with an EarthScope Synthesis session that is intended to span and synthesize a broad range of EarthScope science. This will be followed by a range of mostly process-oriented sessions that will be a mix of talks and posters.

Meeting Organizers

Ken Ridgeway (Purdue University), Scott Burdick (University of Maryland), Kerry Key (University of California, San Diego), Mousumi Roy (University of New Mexico), Terry Pavlis (The University of Texas at El Paso), Karen Fisher (Brown University), Michelle Coombs (USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory), and Jeff Freymueller (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Session Topics (contributed talks and posters)

  1. Fault systems and distributed continental deformation
  2. New EarthScope results from Alaska
  3. Fluids and melt in the crust
  4. Subduction zone structure and dynamics
  5. Stable(?) continental lithosphere
  6. EarthScope applied beyond North America
  7. EarthScope applied beyond the solid Earth
  8. E&O What have people done and what are results from EarthScope E&O activities?

Invited speakers

Ved Lekic (University of Maryland), Andrew Schaeffer (University of Ottawa), Bill Hammond (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology), Lucy Flesch (Purdue University), Emily Chin (Brown University), Colleen Dalton (Brown University), Maureen Long (Yale University), Brandon Schmandt (University of New Mexico), Lijun Liu (University of Illinois), Tony Lowry (Utah State University), Katie Keranen (Cornell University), Kaj Johnson (Indiana University), and Julie Elliott (Purdue University)

Arriving to the Meeting early or staying late? Major Marine Tours is offering the EarthScope Meeting Registrants 20% off their tours! Check out for more information!

From May 12-14, 2017, the North by North Festival in Anchorage presents cultural events related to art, dance and film. Check it out before the conference!


The IRIS Workshop will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. The nearest airport is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). The airport is located 7 miles (20 minutes) from the hotel. 


Alaska Airlines is offering EarthScope attendees a discount on flights between the US, Canada and Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska for travel between May 12-22, 2017. The discount code for bookings is ECMX720. Please visit

We have also partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to Anchorage. Visit and enter ZYDW549728 in the Offer Code box. You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk at 800-426-1122. Travel must be booked between May 12-21, 2017 in order to receive the United discount.


Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501


Reservation Website

The reduced group room rate is $140/night USD (single/double occupancy), $150/night USD (triple occupancy), and $160/night USD (quad occupancy).  In addition a 12.00% occupancy tax will be billed to each room night charge. The cut-off date to make room reservations is April 21, 2016. It is crucial that you make your reservations before the cut-off date as the group rate will not be offered after that time. Please visit this website to make your reservations, or call the hotel reservations directly at 888-627-8046 and reference group code "IE15AA" for the group rate.


There are several shuttle services available between the airport and the Sheraton. Reservations can be made by calling one of the companies below.

BAC Limo: 907-222-2600
Magic Bus: 907-230-6773
Four Seasons Transportation: 907-602-4056 

Taxis are also readily available at the airport to the Sheraton for around $30/one way.

If you're driving to the hotel from ANC: Head West on W International Airport Road for approx. 3 mi., take the Minnesota Drive N exit ramp to Downtown Anchorage, continue on Minnesota Drive/Walter J. Hickel Parkway, heading North, to W 6th Avenue, make a right on W 6th Avenue for, Sheraton hotel will be on the left. The airport is approximately 7.3 miles from the Sheraton and should take between 12-20 minutes to drive time.


Self-Parking ($15/night) is available at the Sheraton. See the front desk for overnight parking permits.

Day Guests (attending meetings, events or restaurant dining in JADE Restaurant, Steak & Seafood): Guests are still able to park at the Sheraton, just see the front desk to purchase a permit for the day.

Street Parking: Diamond Parking is also quite prevalent around downtown Anchorage within various lots, as is EasyPark Alaska, and several garages. Fees can range anywhere between $1.00-$1.50/hour.

List of Posters (by Poster Number)

List of Posters (Alphabetical Order)

Day 0: Monday, May 15

Time Title

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Communicating Science for Impact

This workshop takes a hands-on approach to learning the tricks of science communication, focusing on science communication as a conversation. The skills practiced can be applied to all channels of communication, from a public lecture to a social media feed. You will leave this workshop with personal goals for public outreach as well as a cohort of scientists similarly working to improve communication skills. 

Instructors: Beth Bartel (UNAVCO) and Maite Agopian (ESNO)

Audience: Graduate students and researchers interested in increasing the reach of their science

Location: K'enakatnu room, Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, AK, USA

For more information and to register please visit our detailed webpage. Note: you must register for the EarthScope National Meeting separately. 

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Canadian Cordillera Array; Bringing An EarthScope Influenced Program to Canada

This workshop will provide an update on the status of the Canadian Cordillera Array (CCArray), expand on the 'serendipitous' outcomes of EarthScope, explore other possible applications for telemetered Earth observation networks, solicit collaboration from the EarthScope community and continue planning for the launch of the CCArray. 

Leaders:  Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and Thomas James (Geological Survey of Canada – Pacific Division and University of Victoria)

Audience:  Graduate students and researchers interested in learning more about and/or collaborating with the CCArray

Location: Kahtnu 1 room, Dena’ina Convention Centre, Anchorage, AK, USA

For more information and to register, please visit the workshop webpage. You must register for the EarthScope National Meeting separately. 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tour of the Alaska Operations Center

Instructors: Max Enders (IRIS) and Ellie Boyce (UNAVCO)

Location: Kahtnu 1 room, Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, AK, USA

Please email Danielle Sumy to register and confirm attendance.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Early Registration/Check-In (Tikahtnu Foyer)

Day 1. Tuesday May 16

Time Title

7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Registration Open (Tikahtnu Foyer)

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome from the EarthScope National Office, Jeff Freymueller

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

EarthScope Synthesis Session - Synthesis of EarthScope Observations

  • Seismology - Ved Lekic and Andrew Schaeffer, "EarthScope: Clearest images of what's beneath our feet, from sea to shining sea"
  • Geodesy - Bill Hammond and Lucy Flesch, "Eye Popping EarthScope Science: A Synthesis, Celebration and Exploration of New Horizons for Geodetic and Geodynamic Imaging"

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Imaging the Crust and Lithosphere: Continental Evolution over Geologic Time

Topic: What is distinct and different about Cratonic crust and mantle vs. Phanerozoic lithosphere?

  • 9:30 AM: Emily Chin, "Perspective on cratonic and Phanerozoic deep continental lithosphere from xenoliths: geochemical, petrological, and microstructural constraints"
  • 9:55 AM: Colleen Dalton, "Seismological constraints on the nature of cratonic lithosphere and Phanerozoic lithosphere"

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM – 11:10 AM

Orogenesis and Rifting

Maureen Long, "Orogenesis, rifting, and post-rift evolution: What have we learned from EarthScope in eastern North America"

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Deep Earth Processes and their Impact on the Lithosphere

  • 11:10 AM: Brandon Schmandt, "Seismic structure beneath USArray and implications for tectonic & magmatic activity away from plate margins"
  • 11:35 AM: Lijin Liu, "Impacts of Farallon subduction on evolution of North America"

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:00 PM


4:00 PM – 5:40 PM

Continental Deformation

  • 4:00 PM: Tony Lowry, "EarthScope illumination of melts, volatiles, dynamics and structure of a continent"
  • 4:25 PM: Katie Keranen, "A New Opportunity: Learning about Continents and Earthquake Processes Using Induced Seismicity"
  • 4:50 PM: Kaj Johnson, "Vertical Motions and the Earthquake Cycle in Southern California"
  • 5:15 PM: Julie Elliott, "Deformation Without Borders: GPS Results from Alaska and Western Canada"

5:45 PM – 6:00 PM


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Evening Session

  • 6:00 PM: DINNER
  • 6:45 PM: ESNO Presentation of VESS Awards
  • 7:00 PM: Jim Whitcomb, "The Early Days of EarthScope"

Evening Posters (must come down Wednesday night)

Day 2: Wednesday, May 17

Time Title

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Open (Tikahtnu Foyer)

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome Back from the EarthScope National Office, Jeff Freymueller

8:30 AM – 10:10 AM

Subduction Zone Structure and Deformation

  • 8:30 AM: Chunquan Yu, "Strong Body-to-Surface Wave Scattering off the Southern California Continental Borderland"
  • 8:50 AM: Chengxin Jiang, "Seismic evidence for a fossil slab origin of the Isabella Anomaly in Central California"
  • 9:10 AM: Margarete Jadamec, "Large-scale Synthesis Model of the Lithosphere and Upper Mantle in Alaska"
  • 9:30 AM: Aaron Wech, "Tremor and slow slip implications for Alaska tectonics"
  • 9:50 AM: Shanshan Li, "Spatial variation of slip behavior beneath the Alaska Peninsula including Shumagin and Semidi Islands along Alaska-Aleutian Subduction Zone"

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


  • 10:40 AM: Sean Bemis, "Denali on the move: Advection and migration in the Mount McKinley restraining bend since ~6 Ma"
  • 11:00 AM: Meghan S. Miller, "Accretionary Evolution of the Alaskan Crust from Ps Receiver Functions"
  • 11:20 AM: Sarah Roeske, "Large Vertial Offsets of Moho Coincide with Major Mesozoic Transform Faults in Northern Alaska"

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


12:30 PM: Michael West, State Seismologist and Director of the Alaska Earthquake Center

Is Earthscope really a benefit for hazards monitoring?

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Alaska (continued)

  • 3:00 PM: Carl Tape, "Slow-to-fast earthquake nucleation in the lower crust of central Alaska"
  • 3:20 PM: Alex Iezzi, "Constraining the spatial and temporal variability of atmospheric conditions to explore the infrasound detection of volcanic eruptions in Alaska"
  • 3:40 PM: Lea Gardine, "Reaching rural teachers with EarthScope data through online seismology training"

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Outside of the EarthScope Footprint

  • 4:30 PM: Noel Bartlow, "Using Deep Slow Slip in New Zealand to Constrain Slip Partitioning"
  • 4:50 PM: Katherine Boggs & Thomas James, "The Canadian Cordillera Array: Towards an EarthScope-like Program for Canada"
  • 5:20 PM: Dong Shuwen, "Outline of SinoProbe-I and Prospects for SinoProbe-II"
  • 5:40 PM: Qingtian Lyu, "Understanding world-class mineral systems and exploring for mineral deposits at depth using multi-scale and integrated geophysical date: A synthesis from SinoProbe"

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Evening Poster Session

(Posters must come down Wednesday night)

Day 3: Thursday, May 18

Time Title

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration Open (Tikahtnu Foyer)

8:15 AM – 8:20 AM

Welcome back and brief announcements, Jeff Freymueller

8:20 AM – 10:00 AM

Fault Systems

  • 8:20 AM: Amir Allam, "Ten-Kilometer Vertical Moho Offset and Shallow Velocity Contrast Along the Denali Fault from Double-difference Tomography, Receiver Functions, and Fault Zone Head Waves"
  • 8:40 AM: Hugh Harper, "Revisiting Coseismic and Postseismic Deformation Models for the 2002 Mw7.9 Denali, AK Earthquake"
  • 9:00 AM: Vera Schulte-Pelkum, "Fault roots, shear zones, and lithospheric deformation from receiver functions and rock sample anisotropy, with quantitative comparisons to other structural, stress, and strain observables"
  • 9:20 AM: Tom Herring, "Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) GPS Result Characterization"
  • 9:40 AM: Chris Johnson, "Seasonal water storage modulating seismicity in California and Alaska"

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 11:50 PM

Stable (?) Continental Lithosphere

  • 10:30 AM: Xiaotao Yang, "Uplift of the Intracratonic Adirondack Mountains Driven by Asthenospheric Upwelling"
  • 10:50 AM: Aibing Li, "Radially anisotropic model of shear velocity beneath the Wyoming craton"
  • 11:10 AM: Rhiannon Vieceli, "Applying Cross-Correlation Methods to Broadband and Nodal Data to Detect and Locate Earthquakes Associated with the Socorro Magma Body"
  • 11:30 AM: Matt Pritchard, "An incomplete inventory of suspected human-induced surface deformation in North America detected by satellite Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar"

11:50 PM – 12:00 PM


Meeting Ends, Field Trip Departs

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Important Dates

  • Registration open:
    Wed, February 01, 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    Mon, April 24, 2017
  • Hotel Reservation deadline:
    Mon, April 24, 2017
  • Scholarship Application deadline:
    Tue, April 04, 2017
  • Abstract Submissions deadline:
    Fri, April 21, 2017

Workshop Location
Dena’ina Convention Center