Interpretation leadership team set for 2019–2021

SEG and AAPG have appointed Nemeth and Marfurt to journal posts

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) have appointed Balazs Nemeth as Editor-in-Chief and Kurt Marfurt as Deputy Editor to lead the copublished journal, Interpretation, for 2019–2021.

Nemeth has been an associate editor of the journal since 2015. A member of SEG, CSEG, and EAGE, Nemeth joined BHP in 2008 working as a principal geophysicist in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is in charge of the development and execution of the geophysical component of several exploration programs and is also one of the competent people responsible for the estimation and reporting of potash resources. Prior joining BHP, Nemeth was a senior geophysicist at Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan involved in the research and application of various geophysical techniques employed both on the surface and underground. He earned his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan and participated in the Canadian Lithoprobe Geoscience project. His research topic included investigation of crustal and mantle structure of central Canada using seismic refraction and reflection methods. He worked several years in Hungary for the Hungarian Geophysical Institute (ELGI) in various roles and was responsible for the technological advancement, design, and execution of seismic reflection surveys.

Marfurt will complete a three-year term as Interpretation’s EIC in December and transition to the Deputy Editor role in which he will oversee technical papers not affiliated with special sections. Marfurt has spent 23 years of his career as an academician—currently at the University of Oklahoma, previously at the University of Houston and Columbia University. He also spent 18 years of his career in technology development at Amoco’s Tulsa Research Center. Marfurt’s primary research interest is in the development and calibration of new seismic attributes to aid in seismic processing, seismic interpretation, and data integration using both interactive and machine-learning tools. He has received several best-paper and best-presentation awards with colleagues on seismic modeling, coherence, curvature, principal component analysis, and brittleness estimation. Marfurt served as the 2006 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course instructor and the 2018 SEG DISC instructor, and he teaches continuing-education courses for SEG and AAPG. Since 1984, he has served in associate editor and assistant editor roles for Geophysics and joined the Interpretation Editorial Board as an associate editor at its inception.

Interpretation, now in its sixth year of publication, aims to accelerate innovation in interpretation for resource exploration, exploitation, and environmental stewardship. The peer-reviewed journal is published quarterly in print and online.