James (Jim) Gaiser received a BA (1972) in geology from Indiana University, an MS (1977) in geophysics from the University of Utah, and PhD (1989) in geophysics from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1977, he joined ARCO in the geophysical analysis and processing group before moving to research and development in 1981. Here, he worked on vertical seismic profiling, elastic wave imaging, and seismic anisotropy. He worked with Western Geophysical and Schlumberger from 1992 to 2007 conducting research in coherent-noise suppression, depth migration, and multicomponent processing, and with ION Geophysical – GXT Imaging Solutions from 2007 to 2009 where he worked on interferometry, and 3D converted wave imaging. After several years as senior scientist with Geokinetics Inc., where his research activities were 3D imaging and velocity model building in anisotropic media, and converted waves, he was R&D Manager of multicomponent research at CGG from 2013 to 2016. He is currently Principal Research Advisor for Gaiser Geophysical Consulting.
Jim has authored numerous patents and articles, shared the award for SEG best presentation in 1981, received SEG Honorable Mention for his presentation in 1993, shared SEG Honorable Mention for his TLE article in 2003, and received the SEG Life Membership award in 2007. He served on the SEG Development and Production committee from 1993 to 1997, was District 2 Representative for the SEG council from 1994 to 1997. He served as vice president of the Denver Geophysical Society (DGS) in 2004 and president in 2005. He is active with SPE/ EAGE/SEG organizing committees for workshops, and is currently a member of the SEG Research committee (2007 to present) and a lecturer for the SEG Continuing Education program. He is a member of AAPG, CSEG, DGS, EAGE, GSH, RAS, SEG, and SPE.