BOD Election 2020 - Candidate Profile

Victor Tsai

Associate Professor of Geophysics

Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Brown University


2019 - Present Associate Professor of Geophysics Brown University, Providence, RI
2017 - 2019 Professor of Geophysics California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
2011 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Geophysics California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
2009 - 2011 Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow United States Geological Survey, Golden, CO
2009 Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences (degree subject Geophysics) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2006 A.M., Earth and Planetary Sciences Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2004 B.S., Geophysics with Honors California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA


2016 - 2018 Data Services Standing Committee 2016-2018

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2019 - Present Associate Editor for Geophysical Research Letters
2019 - 2020 SSA Early Career Committee Chair
2016 - 2018 AGU Keiiti Aki Award Committee
2013 - 2015 AGU Seismology Section Program Committee



Having IRIS operate smoothly and efficiently is essential for many
seismological researchers, and this will become ever more important
and challenging as more and more multidisciplinary research is done
with IRIS data. As someone with a wide range of interests, from global
tomography and dense array imaging to basic mechanics and
non-traditional seismic sources, I believe I have a broad perspective
on IRIS that will be useful as IRIS transitions and eventually merges
with UNAVCO. I believe that the strength of IRIS is its serving of the
most diverse seismological community as possible, with the range of
data and services that individuals want. Difficult choices sometimes
may need to be made, and I would work to ensure that a range of
individuals’ voices are heard so that we may collectively accomplish
the best science possible.