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Larson Family at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1969

I was born and raised in southern California. My family moved to San Diego in 1970 when my father took a job at the Deep Sea Drilling Project (see the dedication for Volume 60 ). I attended Harvard for college (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, U.C.S.D.
Ph.D. Geophysics, 1990

Work Experience

Professor 1990-2018, Professor Emerita, 2018-
Dept. Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado

Fulbright Scholar, Hobart, Tasmania, 2020

Humboldt Scholar, 2017-2018
GFZ Potsdam, Germany

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

Visiting Scientist, 1998
USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory


Visiting Scientist,1993
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
USGS, 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.
  • Editor, Geophysical Research Letters, AGU, 2002-2004.
  • NRC Committee Member, Precise Geodetic Infrastructure: National Requirements for a Shared Resource, 2008-2010.
  • NRC Committee Member, New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences at NSF, 2010-2011.
  • EarthScope Speaker, 2012-2013.
  • NRC Committee Member, Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space, Earth Surface Interior, 2016-2017.
  • NRC Committee Member, Evolving the Geodetic Infrastructure to Meet New Scientific Needs, 2018-2019.




With HRH King Salman, December 15, 2014, Riyadh.


Fulbright Gala, Canberra, 2020.

New York City, 2018

Chalmers Graduation, 2017.

Governor’s Award for high-impact research, 2017