Distinguished Lecturer

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SEG's Distinguished Lecturer program honors outstanding individuals noted for high-caliber work in their contributions to geophysics on an international level and who are outstanding communicators of ideas and concepts. SEG's Distinguished Lecturer program is a companion program to SEG's Honorary Lecturer program.

Selection as an SEG Distinguished Lecturer is viewed as a major honor and recognition of excellence by the SEG. In addition to recognizing an individual's contributions to the science or application of geophysics, this position is an active effort to promote geophysics, stimulate general scientific and professional interest, expand technical horizons, and provide a connection to SEG activities and practices.

Two Distinguished Lecturers are selected each year: one for the spring and one for the fall. The fall lecture is a jointly endorsed lecture with AAPG. The joint lecture is an opportunity to bring local geophysical and geological sections/societies into a common forum. Therefore, the lecture is relevant to both disciplines.

For more information about SEG's Continuing Education program, please contact: ce‐at‐seg.org.

All Distinguished Lecturers are listed. A summary of the lecture is included on the lecturer's biography page along with a link to a recording of the lecture, if available.


  • Partha RouthNew frontiers in full wave-field inversion: Journey towards elastic FWI and direct use of raw seismic data


  • Roel SniederMeasuring variations in the seismic velocity as a diagnostic of rock damage and healing
  • Laura BanduraQuantifying the business impact of seismic technology to deepwater exploration


  • Ali TuraRecent advances in seismic reservoir characterization and monitoring
  • Lucy MacGregorMulti-physics analysis: Extracting the most from diverse datasets


  • Aria AbubakarPotential and challenges of applying artificial intelligence and machine-learning methods for geoscience
  • Sergey FomelAutomating seismic data analysis and interpretation


  • John EtgenPractical insights and techniques in seismic velocity estimation
  • Felix HerrmannSometimes it pays to be cheap – Compressive time-lapse seismic data acquisition


  • Satish SinghSeismic full waveform inversion for fundamental scientific and industrial problems
  • William SymesAdvanced imaging for practitioners


  • Raymond AbmaSimultaneous and coded seismic sources: Present and upcoming technologies
  • Bruce HartFive things geophysicists should know about shale plays and The Ice Age and the giant Bakken oil accumulation
  • Paul HatchellGetting more for less: Frequent low-cost seismic monitoring solutions for offshore fields


  • Steven ConstableGeophysical inversion: Which model do you want?, Mapping gas hydrate using electromagnetic methods, and Marine EM: The past, the present, and the future
  • Joe DellingerForensic data processing – Revealing your data's hidden stories


  • Dimitri BevcFull-waveform inversion: Challenges, opportunities, and impact
  • Jean VirieuxHierarchical seismic imaging: A multiscale approach


  • Dave Hale3D seismic image processing for interpretation of faults and horizons
  • Peter PecholcsA journey through time in search of Arabian giants – Oil/gas fields, recording channels, and petabytes


  • Joseph StefaniThe Earth is cleverer than you are — Learnings in earth and seismic modeling, and applications of FD modeling to rock physics and geomechanics
  • Carl RegoneAcquisition modeling: Expect the unexpected
  • Gerard SchusterSeismic interferometry and beyond: Harvesting signal from coherent noise


  • Manika PrasadShales and imposters: Understanding shales, organics, and self-resourcing rocks
  • Samuel GrayA brief history of depth…and time seismic imaging


  • Satinder ChopraSeismic detection of faults and fractures
  • Douglas OldenburgImaging the Earth's near surface: The why and how of applied geophysics for the 21st century
  • Andrey BakulinVirtual source method for imaging and monitoring below complex overburden



  • Bruce HartReservoir-Scale seismic stratigraphy: A call to integration and Basin-centered gas accumulations: Revisiting the type areas with integrated datasets
  • Craig BeasleyLessons learned from simultaneous source investigations
  • Jack BouskaIntegrating seismic acquisition and processing


  • Peter DuncanAggressively passive: Microseismic opportunities over an oilfield's life
  • Tadeusz UlrychThe role of amplitude and phase in processing and inversion



  • William FahmyDHI/AVO best practices methodology and applications
  • Gary MavkoRock physics strategies for facies and fluids mapping


  • Panos KelamisA pragmatic view of land multiple attenuation technology
  • Rebecca LatimerUses, abuses, and examples of seismic-derived acoustic impedance data: What does the interpreter need to know?
  • Gregory PartykaSpectral decomposition and inversion


  • Heloise LynnThe winds of change: Anisotropic rocks...their preferred direction of fluid flow and their associated seismic signatures
  • William AbrielEarth model complexity and risk description in resource exploration and development


  • Steven MayVolume interpretation and visualization
  • Arthur WegleinA perspective on the evolution of processing seismic primaries and multiples for a complex multidimensional Earth


  • Jerry HarrisCrosswell seismic profiling: The decade ahead
  • Geoffrey DornThe role of visualization in resource exploration and development


  • Kurt RudolphDHI/AVO analysis best practices: A worldwide analysis
  • Robert TathamBreaking down barriers to effective use of multicomponent seismic data


  • David LumleyThe next wave in reservoir monitoring: The instrumented oilfield