Andy Parsekian

Near Surface Geophysics



Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA

AGU embraces the global community and welcomes diverse leaders from around the world, representing various identities, voices, and perspectives. List any identities, voices, and perspectives you would bring, including but not limited to nationality, regional representations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and any other identity you feel comfortable sharing.

I am an American who grew up and completed formal education in suburban and urban areas of the East Coast, and later came to call the Rocky Mountain West home. I am white, cis-gender, and straight.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Fall Meeting Planning Committee - Near-Surface Geophysics Section Representative, AGU; Technical Co-Chair, Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS); Early Career Representative, Near-Surface Focus Group, AGU; Editor, Near-Surface Geophysics Section, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)


This leadership position is a liaison role; it is one that aims to catalyze community and build AGU as envisioned by the strategic plan. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s strategic plan? How will you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

As president-elect, I will engage with members of the Near-Surface Geophysics section to advance the interests of our section, and more broadly support development of AGU’s strategic plan. To the extent that near-surface geophysics finds applications in environmental, engineering, and resource problems, I will work to promote scientific discovery that is increasingly used in real world solutions. I will work to enhance engagement amongst our membership across the society, which will lead to vibrant meetings and impactful publications. I will also dedicate effort towards encouraging activities aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in geophysical science and advocate for the broad spectrum of our membership across all career levels, identities, and geographic locations. To progress AGU’s goal of facilitating engagement with other sections and those outside AGU, I will seek opportunities to hold joint meetings, workshops, or similar events that can be co-organized by sections, societies and groups with aligned and complimentary interests to AGU and the Near-Surface Geophysics section. Internally, I will encourage collaborative sessions at the Fall Meetings with interdisciplinary teams of conveners that have high potential for impact and engagement.

Section affiliations:

Cryosphere Sciences; Education; Hydrology; Near Surface Geophysics