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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

Research Associate 2021-
Central Washington University

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.
  • NRC Committee Member, Review of FCC Order 20-48, 2021-2022.


Youtube Videos


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

Happy Memories

With Boudewijn Ambrosius in Delft.
With Professor Schwarz at the Alexander von Humboldt Reception, Bamberg, Germany, 2017
Whitten Medal Celebration Ceremony, Boulder, 2020.
Huygens Medal, Vienna, 2015.
With Minister of Education Dan Tehan, Fulbright Gala, Canberra, Australia, February, 2020.
New York City, August, 2018
With Kaianders Sempler and Steve Girvin, Chalmers Honorary Doctorate Ceremony, May, 2017.
With the fabulous GPS Reflections Group, at the Governor’s Award for high-impact research, 2017