Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographic Engineering, Geophysics and Energy of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (since 2016), Susana Custódio is the new president of the Executive Committee of ORFEUS, a non-profit foundation to coordinate and promote digital, broadband seismology in the European-Mediterranean area.

Defining herself as “an observational seismologist, with a dual background in physics – including mathematics, computation and engineering – and Earth Sciences – including general geology and tectonics”, Susana can be seen as a significant collaborator to ORFEUS activities. Besides her vast experience in Earth Sciences research and an immense production as an author (and co-author) of articles published in journals, Susana holds a significant expertise as a member in executive committees, such as ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology), EMSC (European Mediterranean Seismological Centre) and C4G (Collaboratory for Geosciences).

PhD in Geological Sciences (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, 2007) and Degree in Physics Engineering (Instituto Superior Técnico, 2002), Susana’s work focuses on seismic sources, primarily on earthquakes (i.e., brittle fracturing of rock), but also on movement of fluids in the crust (e.g., volcanic non-tectonic sources) and on sources of ambient seismic noise (e.g., ocean-solid Earth and atmosphere-solid Earth interactions).

ORFEUS – ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology) is a non-profit foundation under Dutch law and is governed by an international Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. The Board of Directors consists of representatives of the Core Participants and appoints members of the Executive Committee. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) in Paris is the European Center for seismological parameter data. There is a strong link between ORFEUS and EMSC, which is explicit in the ORFEUS-EMSC coordinating committee and a joint ORFEUS-EMSC Scientific Advisory Board. Both ORFEUS and EMSC have close links to the European Seismological Commission [Source for the text about Orfeus: Orfeus Website].