Research

Ebru Bozdag

Global and computational seismology

Seismic tomography

Full-waveform inversion

3D seismic wave simulations

Interpretation of Earth’s and other planetary interiors and their dynamics.

Jeffrey Shragge (photo credit: Western Australia Maritime Museum)

John Bradford

Ground-Penetrating Radar

Reflection Seismology

Wavefieldmodeling

Reflection Imaging

Waveform Attribute Analysis

Material Property Estimation

Brandon Dugan

Marine geology and geophysics

Borehole geophysics

Geomechanics and fluid flow

Freshwater resources

Natural hazards

Yaoguo Li

Inverse theory

Gravity

Magnetics

Electromagnetics

Reservoir monitoring

Geology differentiation

Jeffrey Shragge (photo credit: Western Australia Maritime Museum)

Manika Prasad

Rock physics / rock mechanics

Petrophysics

Acoustic imaging / micro-CT imaging

Gas adsorption

NMR, poroelastic and flow properties for reservoir characterization

Seismic monitoring

CO2 storage

Resource evaluation

Paul Sava

Seismic & radar wave propagation

Wavefield imaging and tomography

Inverse problems & numeric optimization

Exploration geophysics

Planetary geophysics and space resources

Jeffrey Shragge

3D/4D Seismic
3D acoustic and elastic wave propagation, 3D/4D velocity inversion, 3D/4D Reverse-time migration (RTM), wave-equation migration, rock physics, computational geometry and differential meshing

Near-surface
Ground penetrating radar, magnetics, conductivity mapping, resistivity profiling, seismic reflection/refraction; instrument design.

Computing
Parallel Programming (OpenMP, MPI); General Purpose GPU computing, CUDA; micro-controller devices (e.g., Raspberry Pi)

Matthew Siegfried

Physical processes of glaciers and ice sheets

Interactions between ice, ocean, and solid Earth

Adapting field geophysical methods for ice-sheet applications

Independent validation of remotely sensed observations.

Kamini Singha

Hydrogeophysics Physical processes controlling solute and contaminant mass transport Integration of geophysical imaging with flow and transport modeling Groundwater-surface water exchange Groundwater-evapotranspiration connections

Roel Snieder

Extracting the mechanical response from structures such as buildings or bridges from the recordings of ambient noise or of earthquake signals.

Jeffrey Shragge (photo credit: Western Australia Maritime Museum)

Andrei Swidinsky

Electrical and electromagnetic methods in applied geophysics

Mining geophysics

Non-seismic methods in petroleum geophysics

Geothermal and aquifer characterization

Magnetic storm impacts on the electric power grid

Geophysics field camp

Whitney Trainor-Guitton

Value of Information

Stochastic/Geostatistical Inversion

Deep Learning Methods for Quantitative Interpretation and Uncertainty

Distributed Acoustic Sensing

Imaging for Geothermal

Ilya Tsvankin

Seismic wave propagation

Inversion and processing for anisotropic media

Multicomponent and time-lapse seismic

Characterization of fractured reservoirs

Ali Tura

Integrated reservoir characterization and monitoring

Research topics in fiber optics

Machine learning

Land seismic data acquisition

Centers and Projects

Research Sponsors

The Department of Geophysics gratefully acknowledges our partners in industry, government, and academia who provide support for our students, centers and consortia, and research projects: 

  • ADCO
  • AFL Global
  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • Apache Corporation
  • Aramco Services
  • BGP International
  • BHP Billiton
  • BP America
  • CGG
  • Chevron Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Dawson Geophysical
  • Denbury Onshore
  • Devon Energy
  • Drilling Info. Inc.
  • ENI S.p.A.
  • EOG Resources
  • ExxonMobil
  • Geoscientists without Borders
  • Great Western Oil
  • Halliburton
  • Hess Corporation
  • IKON Science
  • Instituto Mexicano Del Petroleo (IMP)
  • JOGMEC
  • Kuwait Oil Co.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Nanoseis
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation
  • New Mexico Institute of Technology
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Nexen Energy
  • Occidental Petroleum (OXY)
  • Oil &Gas Institute Cracow, Poland
  • Optasense
  • Penn Virginia
  • Petrobras
  • Petrochina (CNPC)
  • PGS
  • Repsol
  • Shell Exploration & Production
  • Sigma3
  • SINOPEC
  • TGS-NOPEC
  • Total E&P
  • Unified Geosystems
  • University of Utah
  • US Air Force
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Geological Survey
  • Vale, Brazil
  • Whiting Petroleum
  • Wintershall