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In-depth conversations in applied geophysics








#38: Spotlight on the Mediterranean

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with three authors from the special section highlighting the Mediterranean region in July's The Leading Edge. These authors discuss the latest scientific scholarship and future prospects in the Mediterranean after a record-breaking find in 2015. Show notes and links at Interviewee biographies Giovanni Rusciadelli is Associate Professor in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy at the University of Chieti and the Founder and Managing...


#37: Searching for water in Kakuma

In this episode, we highlight a team of Canadian geophysicists that traveled to the second largest refugee camp in the world to find water. The Kakuma Camp in Kenya is home to 185,000 refugees and growing. This is the story of passionate geophysicists working with driven refugees and locals to bring water to 140,000 people in East Africa. In this episode of Seismic Soundoff, what happened when geophysics went to Kakuma. For show notes, including a full transcript, photos and links to dig...


#36: Image processing and machine learning

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Nishank Saxena on advancements in image processing and machine learning. June's The Leading Edge highlights these topics and showcases methods to achieve meaningful geological results while reducing costs and increasing speed. Nishank Saxena served as a guest editor. Show notes and links at Interviewee bio Dr. Nishank Saxena works as a research petrophysicist at Shell. His interests include all aspects of theoretical...


#35: Integrating geophysics and geomechanics

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Doug Foster about the May 2018 issue of The Leading Edge. This issue's special section articles highlight geomechanics, its integration with geophysics, and how it could help reduce induced seismicity and increase gas productivity. Doug Foster served as a coordinator for the special section. Show notes and links at Interviewee bio Dr. Doug Foster received his Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University. He has worked...


#34: Geophysics In Focus - Latin America

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Paul Cunningham and Sergio Chávez-Pérez on the April 2018 issue of The Leading Edge. The issue features a special section on geophysics in Latin America. Show notes and links at Paul Cunningham is co-founder and managing partner of Amigos Energy Advisors LLC, an E&P consulting venture. With more than 30 years of experience in the E&P industry, he has been a member of SEG since 1983 and serves as a Director at Large on...


#33: Mentoring in the geosciences

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Maitri Erwin and Leslie Marasco, two leaders of the new initiative - Mentoring365. Mentoring365 is a program developed among Earth and space science organizations to facilitate sharing professional knowledge, expertise, skills, insights, and experiences through dialogue and collaborative learning. The program provides mentors and mentees with structured, relationship-building tools to develop and attain focused career goals. Visit...


#30: SEG Honors and Awards - Samuel Gray & Manika Prasad

One of the most important functions of a professional society is honoring those who have made significant contributions to the profession and to science. In this episode we highlight two of the 2017 Honors and Awards winners: Samuel Gray and Manika Prasad. Samuel Gray was awarded the 2017 Maurcie Ewing Medal, the highest honor given by the SEG to a person who has made distinguished contributions both to the advancement of the science and to the profession of exploration geophysics. Manika...


#29: Student Leadership Symposium (SLS)

From 22 to 24 September 2017, fifty students from fifty student chapters around the world, representing twenty-seven countries, connected in Houston for the 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS). In this episode, Magdalena Mita, a 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium participant, from the University of Silesia, Poland; Kathryn Elkins, SEG Student and Early Career Advisor; and other SLS students tell their stories. If you enjoy the show, please leave us a 5-star...


#27: Fiber-optic distributed sensing - Jonathan Ajo-Franklin

In this episode, Andrew Geary speaks with Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, editor of the special section of the December 2017 issue of The Leading Edge on geophysical applications of fiber-optic distributed sensing - Jonathan currently works as Staff Scientist in the Energy Geoscience Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as an associate editor for GEOPHYSICS from 2011-2016. If you enjoy the show, please leave us a 5-star review on...


#24: Vladimir Grechka and Werner M. Heigl - Microseismic Monitoring

In this episode, Dr. Vladimir Grechka and Dr. Werner M. Heigl discuss their new book, Microseismic Monitoring. By analyzing approaches to harvesting data from unconventional reservoirs, Microseismic Monitoring demonstrates the accuracy of the velocity model as the critical ingredient for obtaining precise source locations and interpretable moment tensors, and shows that the ray theory provides the only practical means available today for building such models. Visit


#22: 2017 Annual Meeting Preview

This episode previews the 87th Annual Meeting in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center from 24-29 September. Register today at Andrew Geary speaks with: * 1:02 – Dorsey Morrow, SEG Executive Director * 3:55 – Craig Beasley, Annual Meeting General Chairperson * 14:40 – Teresa Dallis, SEG Exhibition and Sponsorship Sales Representative * 18:07 – Mihai Popovici, Technical Program Chairperson SEG is honored to be the first large conference to take place in Houston...


#21: SEG President Bill Abriel in Conversation

Andrew Geary speaks with Bill Abriel, SEG president, on Hurricane Harvey and how the SEG community can help now and with future natural hazards. Full show notes at Statement on Hurricane Harvey (29 August 2017) Our hearts are in Houston today, and SEG is actively evaluating how the Society can be of assistance in the coming days, weeks, and months to our friends and colleagues affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent tropical storm. Whether assisting with...


#18: Jeff Johnson - SEG's Competency Management System

Jeff Johnson joins Andrew Geary, Seismic Soundoff host, to discuss how SEG's Competency Management System (CMS) can benefit SEG members and improve their skills and expertise. CMS is a SEG web-based interactive tool used for self-assessment by individual geoscientists. SEG members use CMS to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to efficiently plan practical training actions. Jeff is an Exploration and Production Geophysical & Training Consultant who worked for 15 years with...


#15: The Story of Geoscientists Without Borders®

This episode explores the inspiration for Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB®) and the leaders that helped shape the program. GWB® uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting universities and industries with communities in need. These global projects involve archaeology; earthquake, landslide, volcano and tsunami preparedness; pollution mitigation; habitat management; and water management. Help us spread the word. Share...


#11: Geophysical Electromagnetics - 2017 DISC

2017 Distinguished Instructor Doug Oldenburg, along with Lindsey Heagy, and Seogi Kang, join Andrew Geary to discuss the upcoming 2017 SEG DISC - Geophysical Electromagnetics Fundamentals and Applications. Dr. Doug Oldenburg is professor of Geophysics, director of the Geophysical Inversion Facility and a world leader in geophysical inversions. Throughout 2017 at locations around the world, Doug will cover applications of electromagnetic geophysics across mining, oil and gas, geotechnical,...


#10: Remote sensing on Mars

Fritz Foss and Nathaniel Putzig - co-authors of January's The Leading Edge cover article - discuss "3D imaging of Mars’ polar ice caps using orbital radar data." Fritz Foss has worked in various capacities in the oil & gas exploration business for the past 23 years. He co-founded Unified GeoSystems in 2009. Nathaniel Putzig is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. He's worked 14 years with terrestrial active-source seismic data in academia and industry. Presently, he...


#6: Lev Vernik - Seismic Petrophysics

Lev Vernik discusses his new book Seismic Petrophysics in Quantitative Interpretation. Learn more at Early praise for his book says it strikes "the right balance between the theory and practical application...[making] this manuscript unique among other publications (Kosia Azbel - Shell) and that Vernik "has outlined a workflow that elegantly handles the complexities of the subject while maintaining a practical point of...