Episode 49: Highlighting humanitarian geophysics: A conversation with Paul Bauman

Craig J. Beasley  was the driving force behind the founding of Geoscientists Without Borders®. In recognition of his contribution, the Craig J. Beasley Award for Social Contribution was established and is awarded to a person or organization that has made a meritorious achievement that supports the application of geophysics to a humanitarian, public service, or other socially significant cause.

This episode’s guest, Paul Bauman, received the inaugural Craig J. Beasley Award for Social Contribution at SEG 2018. In this conversation, Paul and host Andrew Geary discuss what attracted him to the geosciences, the biggest source of inspiration in his career, and advice for students and early career professionals.

Click on the links above to read their full biographies on the SEG Wiki. Read the full citations of all the award winners on the SEG Digital Library.


Paul Bauman received a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Princeton University, and a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in groundwater and geophysics. He has more than 30 years experience in near surface geophysical exploration for groundwater, natural resources, tunnels, unexploded bombs, industrial waste, ancient burials, and anything that someone may want to find without drilling or digging. Paul has applied creative geophysical solutions to challenging groundwater situations in remote locations over much of his career, including in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Canada. Bauman successfully completed Geoscientists Without Borders® projects in Kakuma and Uganda. This podcast highlighted his humanitarian work in episode 37 – Searching for water in Kakuma.

2018 Honors and Awards


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Interview: Paul Bauman

Original music by Zach Bridges.

This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary.

The SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ashley Rodriguez, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney

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