Lara S. Wagner

Last Updated 9/7/2019


Ph.D. (2005) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Advisor: Susan Beck

B.A. (1996) Cum Laude, Columbia College of Columbia University, New York, NY Major: History/Sociology

Professional Experience

Staff Scientist (as of August, 2014) Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC

Associate Professor (January, 2014) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Assistant Professor (2008 - 2013) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Postdoctoral Fellow (2005 - 2007) Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC

Graduate Research Assistant (2000 - 2005) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Research Intern (2002) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Research Intern (2001) BP, Houston, TX


IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer (2013)

Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (2013) Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

Walter H. Wheeler Faculty Teaching Award (2012)

Best Overall Talk (2004) 32nd Annual GeoDaze Symposium, University of Arizona

AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award (2004) Seismology Section

AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award (2004) Tectonophysics Section

AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award (2003) Seismology Section

NSF Graduate Student Research Fellow (2002-2005)

Chandler Society Research Internship (1993-1994) Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

Professional Activities

NASA Review Panel Member (2019)

SSA Richter Awards Committee Member (2018 – Present)

NSF Review Panel Member (2018, 2009) MG&G, EarthScope

IRIS-PASSCAL Standing Committee Chair (2015 – 2017)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Review Panel Member (2017)

EarthScope Synthesis Workshop co-Organizer (2017) Evolution of the Southern Appalachian Lithosphere

IRIS Wavefields Demonstration Community Experiment (2016) Demobilization

EarthScope Synthesis Workshop Co-Organizer (2016) Synthesizing EarthScope Results to Develop a New Community Model for the 4-D Evolution of the North America Continent

IRIS-NGEO Proposal Community Co-Author (2016) Enabling Discoveries in Multiscale Earth System Dynamics

IRIS-PASSCAL Standing Committee Member (2008 – 2010; 2014 – 2015)

Future Geophysical Facilities Required to Address Grand Challenges in the Earth Sciences, Report Writing Committee & Workshop Participant

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Planning Committee (2015) Seismology Section

East Coast of North America (ENAM) Co-Chief Scientist (2014 - 2015) Broadband Ocean Bottom Seismometer Deployment & Demobilization

AGU Fall Meeting Special Session Convener (2014) The causes and consequences of flat slab subduction

AGU Fall Meeting Special Session Convener (2014) High resolution studies of continental suture zones

IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer (2013)

NSF-EarthScope National Meeting Tri-Chair (2013)

AGU Fall Meeting Special Session Convener (2012) The geodynamics of high topography: exploring the interactions between solid earth, hydrosphere, and atmosphere

GSA Annual Meeting Special Session Convener (2012) EarthScope and GeoPrisms in eastern North America: Ongoing endeavors and a look ahead

IRIS-PASSCAL Program Manager Search Committee Member (2010)

Workshop for an Earthscope Science Plan Invited Discussion Leader (2009)

IRIS BoD Nominating Committee Member (2009)

AGU Fall Meeting Special Session Co-Convener (2003) Subduction and Lithospheric Deformation in South America

Invited/Keynote Speaker (past 5 years)

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2019)

XVII Colombian Geological Congress, Sociedad Colombiana Geologia (2019)

Servicio Geologico Colombiano (2019)

National University of Colombia at Medellin (2019)

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (2019)

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (2014, 2016, 2018)

Potomac Geophysical Society (2018)

University of Arizona (2018)

Northwestern University (2018)

Harvard University (2017)

University of New Mexico (2017)

University of Pittsburgh (2017)

Neighborhood Lecture, BBR-Carnegie Institution for Science (2016)

Saint Louis University (2016)

Brown University (2016)

Princeton University (2016)

Geological Society of Washington (2015)

COMPRES Annual Meeting (2014)


NSF - Frontier Research in Earth Sciences, $1,054,052 (Carnegie - lead PI), $2.7M (total), Collaborative Research: Consequences of flat slab subduction on the chemical, structural, and dynamic evolution of continental lithosphere, September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2023.

The Brinson Foundation $55,000 each year for 4 years (co-PI with Diana Roman) Development of a next-generation quick-deploy seismic monitoring system, 2014 – 2018.

University of North Carolina, $45,000, Central North Carolina Seismic Monitoring. One time funding to install broadband seismic stations in Sanford, and to adopt an EarthScope Transportable Array Station near UNC-Chapel Hill.

NSF - Geophysics, $315,695 (UNC-lead PI), $756,000 (total) Collaborative Research: Study of the Peruvian flat slab and its effects on the continental lithosphere, August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2014.

NSF - EarthScope, $302,505 (UNC - PI), $1,174,572 (total) Collaborative Research: Understanding lithospheric suturing and passive margin development beneath the southeastern U.S., January 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014.

NSF - Continental Dynamics, $225,539 (UNC - PI), $2,545,967 (total) CAUGHT: Central Andean Uplift and the Geodynamics of High Topography, June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2013.

NSF - Geophysics, $119,620 (UNC - sole PI) Joint inversion of surface waves and teleseismic body waves to study the formation of the High Lava Plains in Eastern Oregon, July 15, 2008 - June 30, 2011.