BOD Election 2017 - Candidate Profile

Samantha Hansen

Associate Professor

Department of Geological Sciences

The University of Alabama


2015 - Present Associate Professor Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Alabama
2010 - 2015 Assistant Professor Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Alabama
2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher Geosciences Department, Pennsylvania State University
2005 - 2007 Student Employee
Graduate Research Fellow
Atmospheric, Earth, & Energy Div.
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
2007 Ph.D., Geophysics The University of California, Santa Cruz
2002 M.S., Geophysics The University of Wisconsin, Madison
2000 B.S., Geological Engineer., Geology, & Geophysics The University of Wisconsin, Madison


2014 Member IRIS Board Nomination Committee
2013 - 2016 Member IRIS PASSCAL Standing Committee
2012 - Present Member IRIS Polar Network Science Committee
2010 - Present IRIS Institutional Representative University of Alabama
1999 IRIS Summer Intern USGS, Menlo Park, CA

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2016 - Present Member SCAR Geosciences Standing Scientific Group
2016 - Present Member SERCE Steering Committee
2013 - 2015 Chair GSA Geophysics Division
2011 - 2013 Vice-Chair GSA Geophysics Division


IRIS has played a huge role in my professional development and my career, starting as an undergraduate, when I was one of the first IRIS interns, and now as a regular user of the IRIS facilities, particularly PASSCAL and the DMC.  My research focuses on applying a wide range of seismological tools to investigate large-scale earth structure and fundamental geodynamic processes.  Much of my recent work has been associated with field campaigns in Antarctica, and as such, I’ve served on the IRIS Polar Network Science Committee since 2012.  I also recently served on the IRIS PASSCAL Standing Committee, gaining valuable insight into the issues faced by the instrument center.

The transition time following the recompetition will be important as IRIS works to strengthen its core programs while also pursuing new and exciting science initiatives.  Given my research and field experiences, coupled with my prior IRIS service contributions, I feel I can provide useful perspectives, particularly on passive source experiments, polar investigations, large datasets, and IRIS-UNAVCO collaborations.  It would be a privilege to join the Board of Directors and assist the seismological community in developing innovative approaches to meet future challenges.