BOD Election 2019 - Candidate Profile

Brandon Schmandt

Associate Professor

Department of Earth and Planetary Science

University of New Mexico


2018 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science University of New Mexico
2013 - 2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science University of New Mexico
2011 - 2012 Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Geological and Planetary Science California Institute of Technology
2011 Geological Science University of Oregon
2006 BA, Environmental Studies Warren Wilson College


2019 IRIS Input to CORES Writing Committee
2017 - 2019 PASSCAL Standing Committee
2016 - 2018 PH5 Working Group
2014 - 2018 IRIS Intern Orientation Lecturer
2013 - 2016 EarthScope Steering Committee
2015 Writing Committee, Future Geophysical Facilities Required to Address Grand Challenges in the Earth Sciences
2015 IRIS Intern Mentor
2014 IRIS Workshop Program Committee
2013 - 2014 Amphibious Array Steering Committee
2014 IRIS/Geophysical Society of Houston Joint Workshop Organizing Committee
2012 - 2014 TA Working Group

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2019 - Present Seismological Society of America 2020 Meeting Co-Chair
2018 - Present Associate Editor, Seismological Research Letters
2016 - 2018 GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer
2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: GRL (2016, 2018), JGR (2015), G-Cubed (2014)
Panelist for NSF Geophysics, PREEVENTS
Reviewer for NSF Geophysics, EarthScope, Tectonics, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Integrated Earth Systems, CAREER, GeoPRISMS, CSEDI, Geoinformatics, Antarctic Research


My work as a researcher and educator greatly benefits from the infrastructure and culture of the IRIS community. I engage in observational seismology using archived data from long-term observatories such as the ANSS and GSN, temporary community-driven projects such as the Transportable Array, and new portable array data collected by collaborators and the research group that I lead. These experiences give me an applied perspective on multiple modes of operation for modern seismologists, including what capabilities currently help us thrive and what barriers we should try to mitigate to set the stage for future advances.

I am excited by the growing possibilities for discovery enabled by the growth of long-term observatory data, newly available seismic instrumentation, and advanced computational methods to maximize the knowledge gained from the cumulative data archives. Perhaps, more than ever in the history of IRIS these possibilities for discovery span solid Earth, environmental, and planetary processes. The diversity of research across the IRIS community highlights the importance of providing flexible workflows for accessing and analyzing unprecedented quantities of data in new ways, adaptable portable instrumentation for multi-scale observational projects in adverse conditions, and an innovative community framework for recruiting, training, and supporting early career scientists in our evolving field. As a student, postdoc, and faculty member I have experienced IRIS as a world-class community-governed organization that is collegial, ambitious, and responsive to feedback. As a potential member of the Board of Directors, I would prioritize these core attributes as we encounter new challenges and opportunities under SAGE and prepare for a new competition for stewardship of NSF’s seismic and geodetic infrastructure.