BOD Election 2018 - Candidate Profile

Lara Wagner

Staff Scientist

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Carnegie Institution for Science


2014 - Present Staff Scientist Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC
2014 (Spring) Associate Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
2008 - 2013 Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
2005 - 2007 Postdoctural Fellow Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC
2005 Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Advisor: Susan Beck
2000 - 2005 Graduate Research Assistant University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2002 Research Intern Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
2001 Research Intern BP, Houston, TX
1996 B.A., Cum Laude, History/Sociology Columbia College of Columbia University New York, NY


2018 IRIS Workshop Plenary Session Organizer
2015 - 2017 IRIS-PASSCAL Standing Committee Chair
2014 - 2015 IRIS-PASSCAL Standing Committee Member
2013 IRIS Research Experience for Undergraduate Referee
2009 Board of Directors Nominating Committee Member
2008 - 2010 IRIS-PASSCAL Standing Committee Member

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2017 Earthscope Synthesis Workshop Co-Organizer
2013 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer
2013 NSF-Earthscope National Meeting Tri-Chair, Raleigh, NC (May 13th-15th)


As with many seismologists of my generation, it is difficult for me to imagine seismology research without IRIS. The core programs of the PASSCAL Instrument Center, DMC, GSN, and E&O continue to act as the foundation on which so many of us build our careers and advance our science. IRIS’s long experience with all of these programs has enabled its tremendously successful role in EarthScope, both in the lower 48 and in Alaska. I am excited to hear that NSF has recognized the centrality of IRIS to seismological research and has committed to its funding for the next five years. These next five years will likely be ones of challenges and change as the needs of our science evolve and at times outpace the realities of current funding. I am confident that we can rise to the occasion. IRIS has always been an organization directed and governed by the scientists it serves. If elected, I would see my service as Board member as an opportunity to listen to scientists from the many different communities served by IRIS and to bring their concerns, needs, and scientific aspirations to the decision making table. IRIS’s strength lies in its people, and as long as we all remain engaged, I’m confident we will continue to see a bright future for this consortium.