BOD Election 2019 - Candidate Profile

Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach

Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering

Geology Department

Western Washington University


2017 - Present Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering Western Washington University
2010 - Present Associate Professor Western Washington University
2006 - 2010 Assistant Professor Western Washington University
2004 - 2005 Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow Alaska Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey
2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Volcano Seismology Alaska Volcano Observatory, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
1995 - 2001 Graduate Research Assistant University of Hawaii at Manoa
1989 - 1955 Physics Teacher The Branson School, Ross, California


2016 - 2019 Ocean-Bottom Seismology Instrument Program Oversight Committee Member
2017 - 2019 Working Group on Long-Term Seafloor Seismographs Member
2018 Participant in IRIS Urban Geophysics Workshop
2017 Planning Committee, OBS Research Symposium
2016 IRIS Webinar Presenter, "Tips and Tricks for Applying to Graduate School in the Geosciences"

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

NSF Panelist (multiple divisions)
Multiple Time Session Convener AGU, SSA
Participant in Subduction Science Workshop including initial SZ4D Workshop and Workshop on Offshore Hazards in Cascadia
Contributor of educational materials to SERC (several of which are included in their "exemplary collection")
2016 Invited Presenter, SERC Webinar on "Developing Quantitative Skills Using Geoscience Data with MATLAB"
2016 Invited Workshop Leader, Earth Educator's Rendezvous


I am a volcano seismologist whose research interests involve seismology and acoustics, in both the subaerial and submarine environments. I am motivated to run for the IRIS Board of Directors, because after years of relying on IRIS for support in both my research and teaching, it is time to give back. Whether I am accessing metadata via SeismiQuery, downloading videos to explain complex topics to my students, making use of instruments from IRIS facilities, or making my own data available to others via the DMC, IRIS has played a fundamental part in facilitating my scientific endeavors. Further, I am a strong advocate of community governance, and believe that the strength of IRIS is in its membership and the willingness of that membership to participate in steering its future. At Western Washington University, I have been deeply involved in the shared governance structure, and this provides me with an important perspective on the benefits and challenges of engaging a broad community in the critical decisions that shape our future. I firmly believe that the best science is science done in an open and collaborative manner, and I am committed to ensuring a future for IRIS that provides seismologists with the opportunity to collaborate and engage with high quality data.

As a geophysics educator, the strengths that I will bring to the IRIS BOD center on communication, education, and collaboration. Communication with the IRIS membership and user community will be of particular importance in the coming years as we move toward a future that involves a new structure for IRIS and UNAVCO. As a member of the oversight committees of first OBSIP and now OBSIC, I have seen the importance of acquiring community input into the workings of our facilities, and in directing their growth and evolution. I look forward to participating in that process in this next step for IRIS.