I was born and raised in southern California. My family moved to San Diego in 1970 (in the photo, I am the middle girl) when my father took a job at the Deep Sea Drilling Project (see the dedication for DSDP Volume 60). I attended college back east (receiving the rare A.B. degree in engineering), and then returned to San Diego for graduate school. I moved to Colorado in 1990, which is where I met my husband George Rosborough.


Harvard University

A.B. Engineering Sciences, 1985

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Ph.D. Geophysics, 1990

Work Experience:

Professor, 2004-present
Associate Professor 1997-2004; Assistant Professor, 1990-1997

Dept. Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Program in Environmental Engineering

Program in Geophysics

University of Colorado

Visiting Scientist/Professor, 1998-1999
Department of Geophysics, Stanford University

U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Visiting Scientist,1993

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park

Member of the Technical Staff, 1988-1990
Earth Orbiter Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Community Service:

Chair, Geodesy Program, Fall 2000 AGU.

Chair, International Earth Rotation Service Committee on the ITRF Datum, 1999-2003.

Member, NASA ESSAAC: Technology Subcommittee, 2003-2006.

Editor, Geophysical Research Letters, AGU, 2002-2004.

Member, NRC Committee, Precise Geodetic Infrastructure: National Requirements for a Shared Resource, 2008-2010 (pdf).

Member, NRC Committee, New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences at NSF, 2010-2011.

EarthScope Speaker, 2012-2013.


Middle School Presentations (powerpoint)

2009 Interview about Reflections

2011 Dziewonski Symposium (my talk is during the last 20 minutes)

2013 Interview about Volcanic Plumes

2013 EarthScope Mtg.


2005 AGU Geodesy Section Award (pdf)

2006 JSPS Award, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo

2007 AGU Bowie Lecture (ppt) (webcast)

2011 150th Anniversary Visiting Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

2011 AGU Fellow

2013 Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research

2014 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Creativity Prize for Water

2014 Fulbright Specialist, Mohammed V University at Agdal

2015 EGU Christiaan Huygens Medal


Physics Today, January 2014; Inside Science, January 2014.

Mt Everest; Greenland Ice Sheet study

Geotimes article on GPS Seismology, July 2004; Guerrero, November 2007.

Inside GNSS, Satellite Repeat Times, August 2006.

NewScientist, Soil Moisture, June 14, 2008.

Plate Boundary Observatory Science Highlight, April 2009.

GPS World Fluff, May 2009; It's Not All Bad, October 2009.

Ars Technica, Exploiting the noise, January 2009;, Science NOW, October 2009.

EarthScope Highlight, Fall 2010; Snow Sensing (UCAR), Spring 2011