BOD Election 2016 - Candidate Profile

Doug Wiens

Robert S. Brookings Distinguished Professor

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis


1996 - Present Professor, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences Washington University
2014 Visiting Professor, Earthquake Research Institute University of Tokyo
2013 Tuve Senior Fellow, Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism Carnegie Inst. of Washington
2008 - 2013 Department Chair, Earth & Planetary Sciences Washington University
2005 Visiting Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences Australian National University
1991 - 1996 Associate Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences Washington University
1984 - 1991 Assistant Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences Washington University
1985 PhD, Geological Sciences Northwestern University
1980 BA, Physics Wheaton College, Wheaton IL


2015 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship
2014 - Present Chair Instrumentation Services Standing Committee
2011 - 2013 Member Ocean Bottom Seismograph Pool Oversight Committee
2010 - 2012 Member Board of Directors
2008 - 2011 Chair Polar Networks Science Committee
2006 - 2008 Chair Data Management Standing Committee
2002 - 2006 Member Data Management Standing Committee
1995 - 1998 Member Executive Committee
1997 Member IRIS Workshop Organizing Committee
1993 - 1995 Member Global Seismic Network Standing Committee
1992 Member IRIS Workshop Organizing Committee
1991 - 1992 Member Executive Committee
1991 Member IRIS Workshop Organizing Committee

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2015 - Present Seismology Section President-Elect American Geophysical Union
2015 - Present Council Leadership Team American Geophysical Union
2010 - 2015 US Geosciences Rep Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR)
2008 - 2009 Seismology section secretary American Geophysical Union
2003 - 2006 International Polar Year Planning Committee National Academy of Science
2002 - 2006 Science Program Steering Committee RIDGE2000
1998 - 2001 Science Committee Ocean Drilling Program
1997 - 2002 Science Program Steering Committee MARGINS


IRIS has a crucial role in seismology and related areas of geophysics, both in maintaining and expanding its core functions as well as providing leadership for new initiatives. The coming years will be challenging ones, as we will receive NSF’s decision on the NGEO proposal and hopefully begin implementation of the new structure, in cooperation with UNAVCO. We will also be undertaking the last stages of US array, with the completion of the Alaska component. These events will require significant changes to traditional IRIS functions, but also provide new opportunities. I have been involved in IRIS governance for many years, and have seen IRIS grow from a small effort to what it is today.   The science of seismology is more challenging and exciting than ever, and requires an efficient and modern consortium to provide the tools. I am enthusiastic about helping IRIS move into the next phase.