Episode 75: The future of SEG and geophysics with David Lumley

In this episode, host Andrew Geary highlights David Lumley’s article from The Leading Edge in March called “Geophysics and Sustainability.” In this timely conversation, David and Andrew discuss the future of geophysics education, areas the SEG could develop to continue to support the science, how climate change might impact the industry, and David’s proposal for a new name for SEG.


David Lumley is noted for his pioneering work in the area of 4D seismic monitoring. He is currently the Cecil and Ida Green Endowed Chair in Geophysics and the director of Seismic Imaging and Inversion Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). His expertise is wave-theoretic Seismology, especially 3D imaging, 4D time-lapse monitoring, and Inversion estimation of physical properties in the earth.

His research involves seismic wavefield data that are (continuously) recorded with ‘Large N’ sensor arrays, generated by seismic sources that are manmade, or natural (micro)earthquakes and ambient noise. Applications include subsurface energy resources and fluid flow, carbon sequestration, and natural/induced seismicity; at scales ranging from near-surface to reservoir, crust/mantle, and plate tectonics.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lumley received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geophysics and astronomy from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University. He currently serves on the SEG Board of Directors and received the J. Clarence Karcher Award in 1996.


Original music by Zach Bridges.

This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

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