John Bradford is the 2015-2016 SEG President-Elect.
He serves on several major SEG committees and the Council. He also leads the Near-Surface Task Force. He has been an Associate Editor of Geophysics and served as Second Vice-President on the Executive Committee. John received the Hal Mooney award from the Near-Surface Geophysics Section. John is, in particular, being awarded Life Membership for the development of collaboration agreements between SEG and EEGS and between SEG and AGU. These agreements resulted in the formation of collaboration committees for each partnership. It is the mission of these collaboration committees to develop cohesion and reduce redundancy while expanding the professional opportunities and contributions from the three major near-surface players (SEG, EEGS, and AGU). To that end, John has been able to accomplish what many have previously tried but without success. The strategic plan for the NSG, championed by John, garnered the approval of the 2010 SEG Executive Committee. John articulated the need, vision, and mission of the NSG through this strategic initiative. Under John’s leadership and chairmanship, SEG and EEGS have formed task forces to investigate a possible merger (consistent with SEG’s EEGS strategy). Those groups are well on their way to defining a path for assimilating the groups back together under the SEG umbrella.
Biography for SEG Presidential Candidacy for the 2015-2016 
John Bradford received BS degrees in physics and engineering physics from the University of Kansas in 1994 and a PhD in geophysics from Rice University in 1999. From 1995 to 1999, he was a research scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center, working on topics ranging from spectral decomposition for seismic exploration to utility detection with GPR. In 2001, he joined the Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface at Boise State University, where he served as director from 2006 to 2009. He currently holds the rank of professor in the Department of Geosciences.
Bradford has worked extensively on methodology development for near-surface seismic and GPR applications with emphasis on imaging, attenuation, and offset-dependent reflectivity. He has published on a diverse array of topics that include hydrocarbon detection, hydrogeophysics, glaciology, and polar ecology. He served as associate editor for Geophysics from 2005 to 2008 and coedited the SEG book Advances in Near-surface Seismology and Ground-penetrating Radar.
Bradford was SEG’s Second Vice President on the 2009–2010 SEG Executive Committee and president of the SEG Near-Surface Section in 2012–2013. He was recognized as one of Houston’s Best and Brightest in 1999, received the Harold Mooney Award from SEG’s Near-Surface Section in 2010, and was awarded SEG Life Membership in 2012. He spearheaded several SEG initiatives, including the Near-Surface Strategic Task Force, the SEG Near-Surface Honorary Lecture, the SEG/AGU Collaboration Committee, and the SEG Near-Surface Asia Pacific Conference.
Unprecedented challenges face the global society, including the critical issues of energy resources, water-resource depletion, and climate change. The global community of geophysicists needs to work together to find solutions for these problems. SEG is positioned to be the nexus for our global community, but we have much work to do. Below I outline three key challenges I see for SEG in the coming years.
- Having served on the SEG Executive Committee in the midst of the financial crisis, I saw firsthand that the need for SEG to maintain fiscal stability while growing member services must be a foremost priority.
- SEG is truly an international organization, yet many of our members remain underserved. Growing support for our international offices in the Middle East and China while expanding services to other regions that remain underserved is a critical objective.
- SEG can serve an important role by strengthening ties between industry-based exploration geophysicists and those in academia, government, and other sectors such as environmental and engineering geophysics.
It is an honor to have been nominated to run for President-elect of SEG, and if elected, I will do my utmost to serve the Society well.
Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership 2012 
Contributed by Don Steeples When John Bradford walked into my office in 1993 and introduced himself and asked me to be his advisor for his electromagnetics honors thesis, I had no inkling that he would become one of the most outstanding scientists and leaders with whom I have had the pleasure to associate. After being named the Outstanding Senior in Physics at The University of Kansas in 1994, John earned his PhD in geophysics at Rice University in 1999, where he was advised in his research by Manik Talwani and Dale Sawyer. He is currently a geophysics professor in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University.
John spent a very productive year (2009-10) as SEG’s Second Vice President, but his leadership growth within SEG began in 2005 with service as an Associate Editor of Geophysics, and has evolved to his current duties that include chairing the Near-Surface Strategic Implementation Task Force, the SEG/AGU Collaboration Committee, the SEG/EEGS Collaboration Task Force, and the SEG/SEGJ/ASEG/KSEG/CGS Asian Pacific Conference Task Force. He is a member of the SEG Committee on Nominations, and President-elect of the Near-Surface Section.
In 2010 John received the Near-Surface Section’s Hal Mooney award for “enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community through education, outreach efforts, professional service, or development of opportunities with other professional disciplines that employ geophysics.”
John’s strategic plan for the near-surface community defines the vision that “SEG is recognized as the leading global society for near-surface geophysical science and technology, with a full offering of relevant conferences, publications, continuing education, and outreach.” A balance of theoretical advances and case-history reports will lead to increased usage of geophysics for applications that include potable water management, engineering and construction support, natural-hazard mitigation, forensics, archaeology, and CO2 sequestration.
In the international arena, John worked to strengthen SEG ties with geophysical professionals in China on a 2010 trip to China, sanctioned and supported by SEG. He attended the Beijing CSEG meeting and then traveled to Chengdu to represent SEG at the ICEEG meeting. John attended the SEGJ International Symposium in 2011 as the Near-Surface Section representative and also to serve as SEG’s representative at the meeting. He has been a steadfast supporter of uniting our worldwide geophysical community, particularly as it enhances opportunities for member collaborations.
Larry Lines, SEG’s president in 2009-10, set out a goal of capturing key scientific contributions being presented during workshops in the form of books published by SEG within two years of the workshop—a timeframe Larry considered very optimistic but doable. John is one of three editors of an SEG book unveiled at the 2010 Annual Meeting on near-surface seismology and ground penetrating radar that went from workshop in 2009 to SEG Book Mart in one year.
John’s volunteer work on behalf of SEG has been and continues to be both extensive and exemplary. His vision and goals for the SEG are ambitious, with continuity well into the next decade. John has clearly distinguished himself by taking those visions and goals and acting on them. His accomplishments and his commitment of time to the SEG qualify him among the elite members of our Society who have received the honor of Life Membership. Without a doubt, John’s combined scholarship and professional service have been unequaled in the near-surface community over the last 15 years. John’s work and accomplishments are significant and will be lasting contributions to the entire SEG community.
- Board of Directors Nominations THE LEADING EDGE Jul 2014, Vol. 33, No. 7, pp. 806.
- Thomsen, L. (2012) Honors and awards citations THE LEADING EDGE Vol. 31, No. 10, pp. 1238.
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