Misac Nabighian

Contact Information:

Dr. Misac Nabighian
Distinguished Senior Scientist

Department of Geophysics
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado 80401, USA

Phone: (303) 273-3933
Fax : (303) 273-3478

Home phone: (303) 791-1929
Home fax : (303) 471-1927

  • 1967, PhD in Geophysics, Columbia University, New York, NY
Research Interests:
  • Potential fields in Geophysics: theory, data processing and interpretation
  • Electromagnetic fields in Geophysics: theory, data processing and interpretation

Projects Recently Tackled:
  • IP coupling removal
  • Radiometric data processing
  • Noise removal from gravity gradiometry data
  • Enhanced Euler deconvolution
  • Cluster analysis applications to geophysical data
  • Theoretical studies and practical evaluation of Marine CSEM method

Past and Current Research Projects:
  • Second order effects in time domain IP data - mineral discrimination
  • Gravity gradiometry: theoretical and practical evaluation of gravity gradiometry data for petroleum applications.
  • Radon transform applications to strike filtering of potential field data
  • Advanced processing of airborne time-domain data
  • Advanced UXO detection and discrimination using extended Euler deconvolution and multipole moments
  • Time-lapse (4D) gravity monitoring of groundwater aquifer and petroleum reservoirs
  • Effect of low pass filtering in determining the structural index via Extended Euler deconvolution
  • Interpretation of magnetic data under difficult conditions.
Employment History:
  • Distinguished Senior Scientist, Colorado School of Mines, 1998 – present
  • Senior Consulting Geophysicist, Newmont Exploration Ltd., Denver, Colorado: 1976 -1998
  • Geophysicist, Newmont Exploration Ltd., Tucson, Arizona: 1967- 1976
  • Adjunct Professor, Geosciences Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona: 1976 Present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Henry Krumb School of Mines, Columbia University, New York, NY: 1968 1976
  • Graduate Student, Columbia University, New York, NY; and Research Associate, Lamont Geological Observatory, Palisades, NY: 1963 1967
  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Oil, Gas and Geology Bucharest, Rumania: 1957 1962
  • Research Scientist, Geophysical Institute of Romanian Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania: 1957 1962
  • Party Chief, Electrical Exploration Crew Geological Committee, Bucharest, Rumania: 1954 1957


  • The paper "The Magnetic Field Lines of Two Currents" (with S. Stefanescu) received the Romanian Academy prize for its "theoretical value and elegance".
  • The paper "Quasi-static Transient Response of a Conducting Half-Space: An approximate Representation" published in 1979 was selected as one of the all time "Classic Papers" in GEOPHYSICS by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in 1985.
  • The paper “Automatic detection of UXO magnetic anomalies using extended Euler deconvolution” (with Kristofer Davis and Yaoguo Li) received the Best Student paper award at the 2005 Society of Exploration Geophysicists convention.
  • President's Fellowship, Columbia University
  • Honorary membership, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • G.W. Hohmann award for excellence in electrical geophysics
  • Professorem Honoris Causa – University of Bucharest, Romania

Research Groups:

  • CGEM: Center for Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic studies
  • GMRC: Gravity & Magnetics Research Consortium
  • CSEM: Marine Control Source Electromagnetic consortium
  • UXO: Unexploded Ordnance group

Professional Societies:

  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
  • Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)

Courses Taught:

  • GPGN690 - Advanced EM theory
  • GPGN 540 - Mining Geophysics
  • GPGN 530 - Applied Geophysics
  • GPGN422 - Advanced DC and EM methods