CIDER 2017 Summer Program

The CIDER 2017 summer program will focus on subduction zone structure and dynamics. Subduction zones have a dominant control on plate tectonics, are the sites of the world's greatest natural hazards, probably control the formation of the continental crust, and provide pathways for the rehydration and recarbonization of the Earth's mantle, as well as outgassing to the Earth's atmosphere. Significant progress has been made in recent years on unraveling the structure and dynamics of subduction zones, with strong support in the US from geophysical investigations supported by Earthscope and interdisciplinary research opportunities provided by GeoPRISMS. This workshop can also help set the stage for the future of subduction zone research as the EarthScope USArray and GeoPRISMS are winding down.

CIDER's collaborative and interdisciplinary nature provides an ideal venue to expose students and postdocs to the rich developments in subduction zone research, to help synthesize ongoing work in the global subduction system, and to help develop new research teams and research directions. We plan to take the interdisciplinary approach that is common to both CIDER and GeoPRISMS, to develop the science program and tutorial content. In brief, the purpose of CIDER 2017 is to bring together junior and senior scientists from different disciplines to cross-educate each other and help advance this inherently multi-disciplinary research topic.

Read more about the science motivation.


  • Christy Till Arizona State University
  • Peter van Keken Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Jessica Warren Univ. of Delaware
  • Doug Wiens Washington University, St Louis (Lead organizer)
  • Barbara Romanowicz U.C. Berkeley and College de France, Paris ex-officio, CIDER PI)

Similarly to previous CIDER summer programs, the program will be structured as follows:

Week 1 (June 19 -23): Informal , unstructured program for participants at the assistant professor level or higher.
Weeks 2-5 (June 25 - July 21): Lectures, tutorials and workshop open to advanced graduate students and post-docs, as well as senior participants.

A "kick-off" workshop will be held at Berkeley on Sunday December 11, 2016. The program of that workshop is available on the workshop website.

Preliminary list of Lecturers and senior participants (in addition to organizers):

  • Geodynamics:Thorsten Becker (U.T. Austin);
  • Geochemistry/petrology: Tobias Fischer (Univ of New Mexico); Matt Jackson (UC Santa Barbara); Adam Kent(Oregon State U.); Terry Plank (LDEO, Columbia U.); Paul Wallace (U. of Oregon);
  • Mineral Physics/rock deformation: Whitney Behr (U. of Texas, Austin); Phil Skemer (Washington U., St Louis); Demian Saffer (Penn State);
  • Seismology: Donna Shillington (LDEO, Columbia U.); Brandon Schmandt (Univ. of New Mexico); Geoff Abers (Cornell U.); Susan Schwartz (UC Santa Cruz);
  • Geodesy:Jeff Freymueller (U. of ALaska); Matt Pritchard (Cornell U.)
  • Electromagnetism: Kerry Key (UC San Diego);
  • Volcanology Tobias Fischer (U. of New Mexico);
  • Geology Whitney Behr (U. of Texas); Sarah Penniston-Dorland (U. of Maryland);

Researchers at the assistant professor level and higher are welcome to apply for any part of the program, and we encourage overlap between the first and second part of the program.

Graduate students and post-docs : The lecture/tutorial program is meant for graduate students that have completed their qualifying examination, as well as post-docs. Some exceptions may be granted if well justified. The lecture program is designed to bring everyone to a fundamental understanding of progress and challenging in disciplines other than their own.


Travel and on-site expenses will be provided to those senior participants that stay for two weeks or longer and to grad students/post-docs that commit for the 4 weeks of the lecture tutorial program. We cannot provide support for travel from outside of the US. However, on-site support for foreign participants (senior or junior) accepted to the program will be provided.

The number of participants is limited, so early applications are encouraged!

Support for CIDER 2017 participants will be provided by the NSF/FESD program through the CIDER Synthesis Center grant to U.C. Berkeley (PI B. Romanowicz).


This summer program will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Registration is closed. Application deadline was February 1, 2017.

2017 Summer Program

"Subduction Zone Dynamics"

June 19 to July 21, 2017
University of California, Berkeley

Admission results will be available by the end of March 2017