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Catalyzing Opportunities for Research in the Earth Sciences (CORES): A Decadal Survey for NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences

Project Scope:

This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study will help provide advice that the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences can use to set priorities and strategies for its investments on research, infrastructure, and training in the coming decade. An ad hoc committee will prepare a report that includes the following elements:

1. A concise set of high-priority scientific questions that will be central to the advancement of Earth sciences over the coming decade and could help to transform our scientific understanding of the Earth. Identification of these questions may derive from consideration of relevance to societal benefits, new technological breakthroughs, potential for fruitful interaction and collaboration with other disciplines, emerging subjects poised for rapid development, or other drivers.

2. A) Identification of the infrastructure (e.g., physical infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, and data management systems) needed to advance the high-priority Earth science research questions from task #1, B) discussion of the current inventory of research infrastructure supported by EAR and other relevant areas of NSF, and C) analysis of capability gaps that would need to be addressed in order to align B with A.

3. A discussion of how EAR can leverage and complement the capabilities, expertise, and strategic plans of its partners (including other NSF units, federal agencies, domestic and international partners), encourage greater collaboration, and maximize shared use of research assets and data.

The ad hoc committee will consider these tasks within the context of the present EAR budget. It also will consider potential adjustments in priorities identified in task #1 or approaches to implementing those priorities that could be applied if future budgets were to increase or decrease.

In addition, the National Academies will convene a workshop (as an additional, integrated part of the CORES study) to address different management models for future seismological and geodetic facility capabilities such as instrumentation, user support services, data management, education/outreach, and workforce development for the Division of Earth Sciences. This workshop will provide additional information for Task 2 of the CORES study. [Note (11/16/2018): The Project Scope has been revised to include this additional task.]

Status: Current


Project Duration (months): 27 month(s)

RSO: Glickson, Deborah


Earth Sciences
Environment and Environmental Studies
Policy for Science and Technology

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 01/03/2019

James A. Yoder - (Chair)
James (Jim) A. Yoder is Dean Emeritus of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and professor emeritus of the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), University of Rhode Island (URI). He served as dean at WHOI from 2005-2017. Dr. Yoder was a professor of oceanography at GSO from 1989-2005, where he conducted research involving satellite and aircraft measurements to study ocean processes, taught graduate courses, and advised M.S. and Ph.D. students. He also served 5 years as associate dean in charge of the graduate program in oceanography. Dr. Yoder started his career in 1978 at the Skidaway Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Yoder held temporary positions in the federal government including as director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences (2001-2004) and as a program officer at NASA (1986-1988 and 1996-1997). During his time at NSF, Jim chaired the National Ocean Partnership Program’s Interagency Working Group. Dr. Yoder has served on many national and international committees and panels. He was a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences (2013-2015); co-chaired the Ecosystem Panel for the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space (2016-2017); member (2009-2013) of the Ocean Studies Board; and chaired (2011-2012) the Committee on Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations. He is a former member and former chair of the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group which seeks cooperation among the international space agencies for satellite measurements of ocean color radiometry. He was a recipient of a URI Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008 and was elected Fellow of The Oceanography Society in 2012. Dr. Yoder received his B.A. degree in botany from DePauw University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography from GSO.
Gregory C. Beroza
Gregory (Greg) C. Beroza is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. His research concerns earthquake science broadly, with a focus on developing techniques for analyzing seismograms to understand how earthquakes work and to help quantify the hazards they pose. Since 2007 he has been first deputy-director then co-director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). His principal responsibility in that role is to chair the planning committee, which guides and coordinates the core research program of the SCEC collaboration. Since 2013 he has also been co-director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity. His current research includes using ambient field measurements for ground motion prediction, developing data-mining and machine-learning methods for earthquake detection and characterization, and understanding the systematics of induced, slow, and intermediate-depth earthquakes. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. Dr. Beroza was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, has been fellow of the American Geophysical Union since 2008, was the IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer in 2012, and was awarded the Beno Gutenberg Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2014 for outstanding contributions to seismology. He holds a B.S. in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. from MIT.
Tanja Bosak
Tanja Bosak is the Hayes Associate Professor of Geobiology in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an author of more than 50 papers and book chapters that focus on the parallel evolution of life and microbial metabolisms, microbial fossils, biogeochemical patterns, and other biosignatures that can be expected on the early Earth or Mars. Her lab explores these questions using experimental geobiology, which integrates microbiology, sedimentology and geochemistry. For this work, and her work with graduate students and undergraduates, Dr. Bosak received the Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science award by the Geological Society of America, the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union, the Edgerton Award for young faculty at MIT, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Mentor of the Year award by MIT, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions and Dedication to Geobiology and Geomicrobiology from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America. Dr. Bosak is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a member of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Origins of Life, and its steering committee. She chaired the Gordon Research Conference in Geobiology and was a member of the organizing committee for the NAS Workshop “Detection of Life Across Space and Time”. Dr. Bosak was born in Croatia and graduated from the Zagreb University with a degree in geophysics. She earned a Ph.D. in geobiology from the California Institute of Technology and spent two years at Harvard as a Microbial Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the faculty at MIT.
William E. Dietrich
William (Bill) E. Dietrich (NAS) is professor of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dietrich’s research focuses on the processes that underlie the evolution of landscapes. His research group and collaborators have developed geomorphic transport laws for soil production, weathering and transport, and for river and debris flow incision into bedrock. They have explored the processes that control the sorting of sediment in river bends, rates of river migration, the transport of sediment in steep, coarse bedded channels, the routing of sediment through river networks, the influence of sediment supply on river morphodynamics, and the dispersion and deposition of sediment across floodplains. He has led intensive investigations of hydrologic processes at the hillslope scale at sites along the Pacific Coast Ranges. He is part of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission (Curiosity Rover). Dr. Dietrich is Director of the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory, and co-founder (in 2003) and co-Director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Washington. His most recent NRC service is a member of the steering committee of the 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Timothy H. Dixon
Timothy (Tim) H. Dixon is a professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. His research uses satellite geodesy and remote sensing data to investigate changes in the Earth’s land and water surfaces. These geodetic data allow study of a variety of natural and anthropogenic processes, including strain accumulation on faults, volcano deformation, mountain building, coastal subsidence, ground water extraction, and glacier motion. He has conducted geological field investigations on several continents, participated in sea-going campaigns, organized GPS field programs, conducted glacier studies in Iceland and Greenland, and conducted volcano deformation studies in Central and South America. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America (GSA), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the 2010 recipient of GSA’s Woollard Award for excellence in geophysics. He previously worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Dixon received a B.Sc. with honors in geology from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Andrea Dutton
Andrea Dutton is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida, holds the position of a University of Florida Term Professor, and is a Faculty Fellow of the Thompson Institute of Earth Systems. Dr. Dutton is an international expert in the study of past climate and sea level change using carbonate sedimentology and isotope geochemistry. Her research program focuses on understanding the rates, magnitudes, sources, and drivers of past sea level change to facilitate improved understanding of the climate system and of projections for the future. Dr. Dutton has served in leadership positions for several disciplinary working groups and has an active role in science communication on climate change and sea-level rise. She has received numerous awards and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Dr. Dutton received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was a postdoctoral fellow and research fellow at the Australian National University.
Diana F. Elder
Diana F. Elder is associate dean for academic affairs in the College of the Environment, Forestry & Natural Sciences, and an associate professor in the School of Earth & Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. Her research is aimed at understanding the long-term variability of sediment flux and landscape change in arid lands as a response to low-amplitude climate change. She has received funding from the state of Arizona for an interdisciplinary project in riparian restoration and has conducted research on the paleoclimate, paleohydrology, and geomorphology of the Death Valley region. Dr. Elder has also worked in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau to assess alluvial system response to past fire events. Dr. Elder has been the lead on projects to broaden participation in STEM fields and has served as a Program Director in the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation. She has been actively involved in mentoring students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including Native American students from the Navajo Nation. Dr. Elder holds a B.S in geology, a B.S. in physical sciences, and an M.S. in Quaternary studies from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Elder received her Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of California, Riverside.
Alejandro N. Flores
Alejandro (Lejo) N. Flores is an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University. His research focuses on understanding mountain watersheds as regional Earth systems where large-scale patterns emerge as a product of interactions between and among biophysical processes and human action. His research synthesizes numerical models of and data characterizing regional climate, ecohydrology, and human, land, and water management activities in order to assess how perturbations propagate across scales and through component systems. At Boise State he is the principal investigator and director of the LEAF group, which researches the intersection of water, energy, nutrients, policy, and human activity. His work has been published in journals such as Water Resources Research, Geophysical Research Letters, and the Remote Sensing. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award and an Army Research Office Young Investigator Program award. He is a Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF’s Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory. Dr. Flores holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in hydrology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.
Michael Foote
Michael Foote is a professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is also a fellow of the Paleontological Society. He studies the geological history of biological diversity and evolutionary rates, mainly in marine animals. His research has focused on documenting major evolutionary trends and on developing methods for analyzing diversity and rates in the face of an incomplete fossil record. Principal areas of research have included the evolution of morphological diversity, rates of taxonomic origination and extinction, dynamics of diversification, mathematical modeling of evolution, and determinants of extinction risk. He contributed to the early development of the Paleobiology Database, served on its steering committee, and taught in its summer course. Dr. Foote teaches Earth history for undergraduates and multivariate data analysis for graduate students. He has served as master of the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division, chair of the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, and Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs in the Physical Sciences Division. He taught at Wake Forest University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Chicago. Dr. Foote received his A.B. in geological sciences from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago.
Shemin Ge
Shemin Ge is a professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research involves studying groundwater in the Earth’s crust with a focus on the interaction of groundwater flow with other geologic processes and how these interactions advance science and offer insights on societally relevant issues. She studies earthquake-induced groundwater flow as natural experiments to reveal the hydrologic properties of geologic systems and explores the mechanisms of seismicity induced by reservoir operation and wastewater injection. Another thread of Dr. Ge’s research relates to groundwater resources and surface-groundwater interactions under a changing climate, with a focus on headwater regions. She was chair of the Hydrogeology Program Planning Group for the Ocean Drilling Program from 1999 to 2002. She has also served as editor and associate editor for publications such as Hydrogeology Journal, Geofluids, and Journal of Ground Water. From 2012-2014, Dr. Ge served as a program director for the Hydrologic Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. In recognition of her pioneering research and leadership in the field, the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America awarded Dr. Ge the 2018 Meinzer Award and named her as the 2016 Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer, an honor awarded based on a scientist’s outstanding reputation, excellence in research, and ability to communicate effectively. Dr. Ge received her Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1990. She holds an M.S. from the University of British Columbia and a B.S. from the Wuhan University of Technology.
George E. Gehrels
George E. Gehrels is a professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona. His primary area of expertise is in the application of U-Th-Pb geochronology to study the origin of mountain belts and sedimentary basins, as well as the resources found in these areas. Dr. Gehrels also oversees the Arizona LaserChron Center, an NSF-supported facility that provides research assistance for U-Th-Pb geochronology/thermochronology, Hf isotope geochemistry, and scanning electron microscope imaging and chemical analysis. Dr. Gehrels has recently served the geochronology community through co-authorship of “It’s About Time”, a white paper with recommendations concerning geochronologic infrastructure in the U.S., and as one of the leaders in establishing a new Geochronology Division within the Geological Society of America. Each year, Dr. Gehrels teaches university courses with roughly 1000 students; these courses emphasize science literacy and responsibility and also encourage the involvement of under-represented populations in science and technology fields. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America. Dr. Gehrels received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and the California Institute of Technology, respectively.
Douglas Hollett
Douglas (Doug) Hollett is president of Melroy-Hollett Technology Partners, which focuses on advanced technology and policy solutions in the aerospace and energy sectors, and is senior energy advisor at Nova Systems, an Australia systems engineering provider in the energy, aerospace and defense sectors. Additional engagements include advisor with SmartUQ, a Wisconsin uncertainty quantification company; advisor to FERVO, a California geothermal company; member of the Sandia National Laboratory Energy and Homeland Security Board; and the CSIRO Energy Advisory Committee (Australia). Mr. Hollett is the former Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE, 2016-17). Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he oversaw research and development in solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, marine hydrokinetics and grid modernization. At DOE, Mr. Hollett also conceived and implemented the FORGE EGS test project for geothermal energy, and was co-chair of the SubTER geologic research initiative. Prior to government service, Doug had over 29 years in the oil and gas sector including Director Unconventional New Ventures, Manager International Exploration, and GM and VP Atlantic Canada with Marathon Oil. He holds a B.A. in geology from Williams College and an M.S. in geology from the University of Utah.
Bruce Houghton
Bruce Houghton is the Gordon A. MacDonald Professor of Volcanology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the State Volcanologist of Hawaii. He is also the science director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Houghton’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of explosive eruptions by constraining the nature of the eruptions and their products in near real time. His natural hazards research examines knowledge, perceptions, and preparedness for volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and flooding. Dr. Houghton has served on numerous committees focused on different aspects of volcanism, and is currently an executive member of the IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior) Commission on Tephra Hazard Modeling and Commission on Cities on Volcanoes. He was awarded the 2017 Thorarinsson Medal by IAVCEI. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, and a former president of the Geological Society of New Zealand. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He received a B.Sc. in geology from the University of Auckland, and a Ph.D. in volcanology from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Katharine W. Huntington
Katharine (Kate) W. Huntington is an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, where she holds the Endowed Professorship for the College of the Environment in Earth Systems. Her research focuses on the interactions of tectonics, erosion and climate in shaping Earth’s surface and crust over million-year to human timescales. Dr. Huntington’s work has made contributions to understanding the dynamic interactions of surface and deep-Earth processes; paleoclimate and paleotopography; soil processes and geochemistry; and the role of extreme floods in landscape evolution. She has also developed new approaches using geochronology and isotope geochemistry to quantify erosion patterns, basin thermal histories, and fluid movement through fault zones. Dr. Huntington serves as a mentor in the Sparks for Change National Science Foundation Leadership in Diversity program. Recently she was lead author and co-coordinator of the “2018 Tectonics Community Vision Document” prepared for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Huntington is a fellow of the Geological Society of America. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Donath Medal of the Geological Society of America., Dr. Huntington earned her B.S. in Geology and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her Ph.D. in geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steven D. Jacobsen
Steven (Steve) D. Jacobsen is a professor of Earth and planetary Sciences at Northwestern University specializing in mineral physics, which deals with the physics and chemistry of minerals and melts to illuminate the composition and dynamics of Earth and planetary interiors. By studying the role of volatiles, especially water and carbon, his research in high-pressure science has contributed to understanding the Earth’s deep water cycle with broader implications for the origin of Earth’s water. Dr. Jacobsen is active in research and development at large-scale facilities at the national laboratories including the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven, and pulsed-power facilities at Sandia National Laboratory. His recognitions include a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, the Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and a Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern University. Jacobsen has served on the Committee for Seismology and Geodynamics at the National Academies (2015-2019), the Executive Committee of NSF-COMPRES (2015-2018), and is a member of the Editorial Board at Geophysical Research Letters. He received his B.A. in geology and Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and was the Barbara McClintock Postdoctoral Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.
Dennis V. Kent
Dennis V. Kent (NAS) is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at Rutgers University and adjunct senior research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He is an author of more than 300 journal and book articles dealing with paleogeography and paleoclimate, the tempo of geomagnetic polarity reversals, and other aspects and applications of Earth magnetism, and is listed as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kent was awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America, the Vening Meinesz Medal from Delft University in Holland, the Petrus Peregrinus Medal from the European Geophysical Union, the William Gilbert Award from AGU, and received an honorary doctorate from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris-Sorbonne. He has served on the governing boards of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International; as president of the Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism Section of AGU; as elected member-at-large of the section on Geology and Geography of AAAS; and on the advisory board of the Elsevier journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He received his B.Sc. in geology from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from Columbia University.
Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni
Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni is the Louis B. and Martha B. Slichter Chair in the Geosciences in the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences at UCLA, which she joined in 2018. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty she was a professor at University College London and an assistant and associate professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan. She was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan and the David and Lucile Packard Fellowships and was selected as the 2018 Birch Lecturer of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Lithgow-Bertelloni’s research has focused on understanding how the motions in Earth’s interior deform, shape, and move Earth’s surface, from the large-scale motions of plates to smaller scale topography both today and through Earth’s history. Her current efforts are geared towards understanding how Earth’s material properties affect the internal dynamics of the mantle, its thermal evolution, and especially how those are reflected on Earth’s surface record. Dr. Lithgow-Bertelloni’s group employs observational, numerical and experimental techniques to study the fluid dynamics of Earth’s mantle and lithospheric deformation. Together with her group they have developed state-of-the-art visualization and analysis techniques for understanding the dynamics, entrainment and evolution of mantle plumes in the laboratory and in the real Earth. She received her B.Sc. in geology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and her Ph.D. at the Univsersity of California, Berkeley.
Paul E. Olsen
Paul E. Olsen (NAS) is a professor at Columbia University and holds the Arthur D. Storke Chair in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Olsen is a broadly trained geologist and paleobiologist who has authored over 190 papers on projects examining patterns of evolution and extinction as a response to and cause of climate change, especially in early Mesozoic continental ecosystems, as well as mapping the chaotic history of the solar system using climate archives. His research methods include sedimentology, paleontology, geochemistry, geophysics, and time series analysis, frequently employing scientific drilling. He is an internationally known expert on early Mesozoic continental ecosystems, stratigraphy, paleoclimate, and environments with experience spanning more than 40 years. He has organized and hosted five international workshops and served on two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports: New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences and Scientific Ocean Drilling: Accomplishments and Challenges. He pioneered the use of scientific drilling to recover very long (over 10 million years) continental paleoclimate records in Triassic and Jurassic strata. Furthermore, has successfully demonstrated how those records reflect major events in Earth and life history, and precisely and accurately map the chaotic evolution of planetary orbits. His applied research has been on hydrocarbon exploration in eastern North American rift basins and carbon sequestration in the same area. He was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science in 2015 and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2008. Dr. Olsen received a B.A. in geology and an M. Phil. and Ph.D. in biology (ecology and evolution) from Yale University with a thesis on the evolution of lake ecosystems.
Donald L. Sparks
Donald L. Sparks is the Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair, Francis Alison Professor, and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He is internationally recognized for his research in the areas of kinetics of biogeochemical processes and surface chemistry of natural materials. His research has focused on fate and transport of trace metals in soil and water, soil remediation, water quality, and carbon sequestration in soils. Dr. Sparks is fellow of five scientific societies, and he has been the recipient of major awards and lectureships including the Geochemistry Medal from the American Chemical Society, the Liebig Medal from the International Union of Soil Sciences, and an Einstein Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Sparks served as president of the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences, has served on advisory committees for several national laboratories and national and international centers and institutes, and served as chair of the U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences. Dr. Sparks received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech.
Donna L. Whitney
Donna L. Whitney is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the N.H. Winchell School of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the chemical and physical processes of metamorphism in the deep crust using observations from the scale of mineral grains to mountain systems. A particular interest is the role of the metamorphosing crust in mantle-to-surface dynamics, such as when the deep crust rapidly ascends to the near-surface, influencing topography and heat flow. Dr. Whitney has made contributions to understanding the flow of the deep crust, including trajectory, magnitude, and rate, driving mechanisms, and the thermal, chemical, and mechanical consequences for continental evolution. She has also worked on metamorphic processes in subduction zones, with a focus on the interaction of deformation, fluid flow, and metamorphic reactions. She recently led a large, interdisciplinary and international team of geoscientists in an NSF Continental Dynamics project (CD-CAT) that investigated the dynamics of a subduction to collision to tectonic escape system. Dr. Whitney teaches courses in mineralogy, petrology, and introductory geology, including a freshman course on the interaction of geology and humans from pre-history to the present. She is a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society of America and she was a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She has been an editor of the Journal of Metamorphic Geology since 2005. Dr. Whitney received an A.B. in geology at Smith College and a Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University of Washington.
Deborah Glickson - (Staff Officer)
Deborah Glickson is a senior program officer with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. She has a background in marine geology, and worked at the Academies from 2008-2015 and from 2016-present. Dr. Glickson has worked on many Earth and ocean science studies, including such topics as scientific ocean drilling, ocean science research priorities and infrastructure, marine hydrokinetic energy, long-term coastal evolution, methane hydrates, and geoscience education. She received an M.S. in geology from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. Her research focused on magmatic and tectonic contributions to mid-ocean ridge evolution and hydrothermal activity at the Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. From 2015-2016, Dr. Glickson served as the associate director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology, based at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute-Florida Atlantic University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

12/6/2018: John Dewey resigned from the committee.
1/3/2019: Three members appointed to the committee: Tanja Bosak, Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, and Donna L. Whitney.

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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
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The objectives of this meeting are to engage with engage with early career and underrepresented minority scientists and to identify future information needs.


Agenda for CORES Meeting 2

Monday, January 14

8:30-10:30 am: Closed session with committee and staff only

10:30 am: Welcome and Introductions

11:00 am: Invited Participants Provide Lightning Talks on Research Topics/Areas

12:15 pm: Small Group Discussion 1 – Research

1:30 pm: Small Group Discussion 2 – Challenges and Opportunities

2:30 pm: Plenary and Concluding Remarks

3:30 pm: Adjourn open session

3:45-5:45 pm: Closed session with committee and staff only

Friday, January 15

8:30 am - 4:30 pm: Closed session with committee and staff only


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Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Members of the CORES committee will hold a listening session at the 2018 AGU Annual Meeting to discuss the study and hear from the Earth sciences community.

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National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
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Agenda: Open Session
Monday, November 19, 2018

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Room 125

Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

1:00 p.m.             Welcome and Introductions
Jim Yoder, Committee Chair

1:15 p.m.             Discussions with the National Science Foundation

  1. Feedback from Directorate for Geosciences on Other Decadal Surveys
    William Easterling, GEO Assistant Director; Scott Borg, GEO Deputy Assistant Director
  2. Discussion with Division of Earth Sciences Management
    Lina Patino, Acting EAR Division Director; Sonia Esperanca and Steve Harlan, Acting Section Heads
  3. Discussion with EAR Program Directors
    Luciana Astiz, Holly Barnard, Enriqueta Barrera, Phil Bennett, Maggie Benoit, Neysa Call, Sonia Esperanca, Margaret Frasier, David Fountain, Dennis Geist, Steve Harlan, Kevin Johnson, Russel Kelz, Venkat Lakshmi, David Lambert, Justin Lawrence, Aisha Morris, Lina Patino, Paul Raterron, Robin Reichlin, Judy Skog, Dena Smith, Tom Torgersen, Maggie Toscano, Jennifer Wade, Steve Whitmeyer, Jonathan Wynn, Richard Yuretich, Eva Zanzerkia
    1. Engaging the Community
    2. Infrastructure and Facilities
    3. Partnerships

5:15 p.m.             Concluding Remarks
Jim Yoder, Committee Chair

5:30 p.m.             Open Session Adjourns

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Supporting File(s)
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Greg Beroza
Bill Dietrich
Tim Dixon
Andrea Dutton
Diana Elder
Lejo Flores
Michael Foote
Shemin Ge
George Gehrels
Doug Hollett (via phone)
Bruce Houghton
Kate Huntington
Steve Jacobsen
Paul Olsen
Donald Sparks
Jim Yoder

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee balance and composition
Study approach
Committee assignments
Future meeting planning

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 28, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:



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