The Department of Geophysics is proud and excited to announce a big change coming for our own Department Head, John Bradford, who will become the next Vice Provost of Global Initiatives and Dean of Earth Resources and Environmental Programs. John will succeed retiring Dean Ramona Graves, and assume his new role on July 1, 2019. 

Though we’ll miss working with Dr. Bradford as Department Head, we know that he will go on to have a positive impact across the campus—including the Department of Geophysics—in his new role.

Dr. Bradford earned a BS in Physics and a BS in Engineering Physics, with a concentration in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Kansas in 1994.  He earned his PhD in Geophysics from Rice University in 1999 where he was an EPA STAR Graduate Fellow from 1995-1997.   In 2001, he joined the faculty of the Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS) at Boise State University (BSU), then served on the faculty in the Department of Geosciences in from 2005-2017.  At BSU he took on numerous administrative duties including CGISS Director from 2006-2009. In 2017 he moved to the Colorado School of Mines where he currently serves as the Geophysics Department Head. His research focuses on developing field and computational methodologies for quantitative analysis of near-surface seismic and ground-penetrating radar data. He has used these methods to solve a variety of interdisciplinary science and engineering problems and has led field projects in the Arctic, Europe, Asia, Africa, and across the U.S. He has published on a diverse array of topics that include hydrocarbon detection as both resource and contaminant, geothermal characterization, hydrogeophysics, glaciology, and archaeology.  In 2012, he was awarded Life Membership by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and in 2015/2016 he served as the President of the SEG.  In this role, he was Chairman of the Board of a global corporation with four subsidiary corporations and offices in Tulsa, Beijing, and Dubai.

We have initiated a search for the next Geophysics Department Head, and hope to begin reviewing application packets this summer.  Professor Paul Sava, C.H. Green Chair of Exploration Geophysics, will serve as interim Department Head.