inSights Summer 2016 Issue

By Maite Agopian |

Enjoy the Summer 2016 issue of our newsletter, inSights. In this issue, you can learn how the Plate Boundary Observatory is used to monitor landslide motion, read highlights from the IRIS 2016 Workshop, discover how a PBO station on Augustine Island, Alaska met an unfortunate fate, consider two undergraduate teaching modules in the Education Corner, congratulate the 2016 AGeS Awardees, and keep up to date on important EarthScope News and announcements!

Please read online or download the new issue here.

Our goal is to bring EarthScope science to the public through articles written by science writers. If you are interested in sharing your work, contact Elisabeth Nadin:

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EarthScope-Related Sessions at AGU 2016

By Maite Agopian |

Consider submitting an abstract for a session at this year’s upcoming AGU Fall meeting, December 12-16 in San Francisco. Please see below for sessions of interest to the EarthScope Community or by visiting

The AGU abstract submission deadline is August 3, 2016.  Submit your abstract here:

Your session is not listed? Email us at and we’ll be happy to include your session to the list:

2016 AGeS Awardees

By Maite Agopian |

The EarthScope AGeS (Awards for Geochronology Student Research) program is a multi-year educational initiative aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary, innovative, and high-impact science by promoting training, education, and interaction between graduate students, scientists, and geochronology labs at different institutions. The program offers support of up to $10,000 for graduate students to collect and interpret geochronology data that contribute to EarthScope science targets through visits and hands-on data acquisition in participating geochronology labs.

The 2015 winners have been announced and are listed below. Congratulations! We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work.

Alyssa Abbey, University of Michigan

Arkansas River development and late Cenozoic exhumation in the southern Rocky Mountains, Colorado.            

Method: Detrital U-Th-Pb                            

James Chapman, University of Arizona            

Zircon δ18O Trends in Cordilleran Magmatism in the Western U.S. and the Relationship to Mantle Lithosphere Geodynamics                    

Method: zircon U-Pb geochronology and zircon δ18O isotope geochemistry    

Jeremy Cordova, Western Washington University        

Pressure-temperature-time evolution of the Easton terrane, North Cascades, Washington State: the record of subduction initiation.

Method: 40Ar/39Ar

Luke Fairchild , University of California, Berkeley       

Constraining rapid paleogeographic change in the Mesoproterozoic as recorded by the North American Midcontinent Rift

Method: U-series                        

Emilie Gentry, Colorado School of Mines            

In situ U-(Th-)Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis of monazite in high-strain zones to test the extent and origin of the Norumbega fault system in the New England Appalachians, a San Andreas-type fault system.            

Method: U-(Th-)Pb LA-ICP-MS                            

Benjamin Klein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology            

A detrital zircon study of metasediments in lower arc crust in the Southern Sierra Nevada, California.            

Method: Detrital U-Th-Pb                            

James Mauch, Utah State University            

Quantifying active salt deformation in Spanish Valley, UT, utilizing a chronostratigraphy of offset stream terraces            

Method: cosmogenic radionuclide (CRN) 10Be-26Al isochron burial dating

Alexander Morelan, University of California, Davis             

Alluvial Fan Morphology Along Faulted Range Fronts as a Recorder of Slip Rate            

Method: 10Be CRN                            

Matthew Morris, University of Oregon            

Thermochronometric constraints on the age of Hells Canyon, testing lithospheric foundering in NE Oregon.            

Method: (U-Th)/He

InSights Spring Issue

By Maite Agopian |

Enjoy the spring 2016 issue of our newsletter inSights. In this issue, you can how EarthScope magnetotelluric data protects your power; getting hands-on with EarthScope; firsts in Alaska; new uses for the PBO presented at the 2016 UNAVCO workshop; and EarthScope news and announcements.

Please read online or download the new issue here.

Our goal is to bring EarthScope science to the public through articles written by science writers. If you are interested in sharing your work, contact Elisabeth Nadin:

Synthesis Workshop

By Maite Agopian |

Selected 2016/2017 Synthesis Workshops

Southern Exposure: An EarthScope Synthesis Workshop to develop a better understanding of the structural and tectonic evolution of the southern margin of North America

Mendocino Triple Junction Observatory - Connecting Cascadia to the San Andreas

Synthesizing EarthScope Results to Develop a New Community Model for the 4-D Evolution of the North America Continent

EarthScope Synthesis Workshop on the Evolution of the Southern Appalachian Lithosphere

Applications for participation in the workshops

Applications for participation in the workshops will be accepted through the ESNO and each participant will be expected to submit some text and figures that represent a commitment to work on the topic. Final decisions on participation will be made jointly by the ESNO and workshop organizer(s). Each workshop will be expected to synthesize the material submitted by the participants and develop a plan for future action, including lead authors. Direct deliverables from each workshop will include a synthesis document based on the work done already on the topic, plus a plan for future action as a working group. Further virtual meetings of the groups can be supported by ESNO using WebEx or telecons. We will encourage these groups to produce review and synthesis papers and contribute to an EarthScope synthesis special volume (physical or virtual), and to material that can be put in terms understandable for the public for web and media distribution. The application to attend a workshop is located on each workshop information page.

The application form ask for: Your personal information, affiliation and status, a short description of why you should be chosen to attend the workshop, a description of contributed materials and a bibliography.

Call for Science Nuggets

By Maite Agopian |
Call for Science Nuggets
By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Call for Science Nuggets!

To PIs who received an EarthScope grant:

The EarthScope National Office is compiling information that highlights the scientific achievements of the EarthScope program. Science Nuggets are catchy, short, non-technical and visually pleasant one page highlights about a specifically interesting, high-impact research result.

Our goal is to keep track of the multiple achievements of this large NSF funded EarthScope program and share them broadly across the scientific community and the public through our website, social media and other outreach venues.

Please use this online form to provide us with:

·      A catchy title

·      The award number and years

·      The name and affiliation of your collaborators

·      250 words summary/explanation

·      At least one high quality visual (graph, image, figure) format: jpg, pdf.  Resolution: 300dpi

·      A caption for the figure

·      A bibliography

The Office will be formatting each document for consistency before sharing them online. You are allowed to provide us with more than one nugget per project.

Deadline: July 15th, 2016

Submit your nugget here!

EarthScope in Alaska map

By Maite Agopian |

Field season started in Alaska!

EarthScope National Office will be able to up date the maps once a month during the whole seaon.

you can download a printable version on our maps page.

Field season comes with pictures! We are counting on you to share all the great EarthScope adventures! Make sure you tag us #earthscope on instagram or facebook!

GAC-MAC 2016 Conference

By Maite Agopian |

EarthScope is having a joint booth with IRIS between June 1-3, 2016 at the first-ever GAC-MAC meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The conference will be held at the Yukon College, 500 College Dr, Whitehorse. EarthScope will be sharing information and outreach material about USArray installation and related research in the Yukon as well as research done on the Quebec-Maine Transect.

More information about the conference here.

Speaker Series

By Maite Agopian |

The EarthScope National Office officially announces the EarthScope Speaker Series for 2016-2017, supported by the National Science Foundation. EarthScope speakers are selected based on their outstanding research accomplishments involving EarthScope as well as their abilities to engage a variety of audiences. Each speaker presents science-based lectures on their own EarthScope-related project, and their talks include an introduction highlighting broader EarthScope objectives and accomplishments. The five exemplary speakers for this series include (left to right): Amanda Thomas (University of Oregon), Steve Semken (Arizona State University), Diane Moore (Earthquake Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey), William Hammond (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology & Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada Reno), and Maureen Long (Yale University) .

Colleges and universities are invited to apply for a Speaker visit for the 2016-2017 academic year before July 1st. Complete information about the EarthScope Speaker Series, including speaker biographies and an online application form, can be found on the Speaker Series pages.

School selections are made by the EarthScope National Office.