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Richard Aster

(He, His)
Professor of Geophysics and Department Head, Colorado State University

I am an Earth scientist with broad interests and publications in geophysics, earthquakes, seismological imaging, glaciology, volcanology, and seismic coupling between the oceans, solid Earth, and atmosphere, My work has involved significant field research in western North America, Italy, and Antarctica. I have served in a number of community and leadership capacities, including as president of the Seismological Society of America (2009-2011), as Chair of the Incorporated Institutions for Seismology (IRIS; which merged with UNAVCO to form the EarthScope Consortium in 2023), and, currently as Department Head of Geosciences in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.


  • –present
    Professor of Geophyscis, Colorado State University


  • 1991 
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Earth Sciences
  • 1987 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Geophysics

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Seismological Society of America
  • International Glaciological Society
  • Geological Society of America


New Mexico Tech Distinguished Research Award, 2010; IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer, 2009-2010; IRIS Leadership Award, 2014; New Mexico Tech Faculty Award, 2005; President, Seismological Society of America, 2009-2011; NSF Antarctic Service Medal, 1999; University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geosciences Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2017; Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2018; Fellow AGU, 2021; Fellow AAAS, 2022.