Lara Wagner Joins DTM's Geophysics Staff

Lara Wagner
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 

DTM announces with great pleasure the addition of Lara Wagner to its Geophysics staff. Her prestigious research program in seismology, as well as her great energy and enthusiasm, will be a great addition to our campus.

Wagner received her undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1996, and her Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Arizona in 2005. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at DTM from 2005-2007, and has since been a Professor of seismology and tectonics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in their Department of Geological Sciences. She was recently named a distinguished lecturer for the Incorporated Research Institutions of Seismology (IRIS), which is an indication of her prominence within the geophysical community. 

When asked how she would summarize her future work at DTM, Wagner said, “My research plan is to use global seismology to improve our understanding of the formation and evolution of the continental lithosphere, while collaborating closely with those in other disciplines such as mineral physics and geochemistry who help make it possible to put seismological results into a geological context.” She is actively involved not only in collecting more data from previously unstudied and understudied regions, but also in developing and improving imaging algorithms to help develop sharper and more accurate pictures of the structures that are responsible for forming the landscapes we see at the surface.

She takes information from specific areas of the Earth and uses them to answer big questions: how do oceanic slabs sink into the mantle, and what is their fate in the geochemical cycle? How are continents built up, and how does this process affect where they break? In brief, Wagner has chosen good problems to work on here, and will bring great ideas for future work at DTM.  

Please join us in welcoming Wagner back to DTM as our newest Geophysics staff member.