Aaron Wang

Nonlinear Geophysics



Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 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.

Advance in culture and society needs everyone’s participation so that voices may be heard from around the globe, and perspectives may be exchanged through communications. While language barriers and cultural framework may limit our visions, we should always remind ourselves to communicate with others and embrace diversity for better common future. 

As an immigrant originally from Taiwan, I am proud to be part of the American Geophysical Union. I’d like to encourage everyone to participate in the AGU activities and advocate increasing diversity from inside.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

  1. Session Lead Convener for the AGU Fall Meeting 2020 Nonlinear Geophysics section
  2. Session Chair for the AGU Fall Meeting 2021 Nonlinear Geophysics section
  3. Mentor for the AGU CRAM (Career and Research Advice Mentoring Sessions)
  4. Judge for the AGU Fall Meeting OSPA (Outstanding Student Presentation Awards)


As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s strategic plan including its mission and vision?

I will discuss with my president and president-elect about the possibility to start regular community-wise online meetings as well as to utilize social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.) for better communication.

The vision and mission of the AGU's strategic plan are mainly to support the research and utilization of the research results in the society. With a better communication platform, we can collect information about what the community needs and pursue goals with collective efforts. To engage with our members and help implement AGU's strategic plan, we can set up a call every six months by sending out the invitations to our members. The agenda may include, and is not limited to, discussion about participation of the AGU Fall Meeting every year. We want to know what support we can provide our members with, and how each affiliation progresses in their work. During the meeting, we can also set up a work group or committee that will collect participants’ opinions and suggestions for the future.

The social media platforms are widely used in our society. Good communication can be made by short posts for quick questions, short answers, and checking out progress on the community's missions. I’d like to discuss with the president and president-elect about using the social media platform or other tools for better communication with our members.

Section affiliations:

Atmospheric Sciences; Earth and Planetary Surface Processes; Global Environmental Change; Hydrology; Natural Hazards; Near Surface Geophysics; Nonlinear Geophysics; Ocean Sciences