Christopher L. Liner is an American geophysicist and currently serves as the 2014-2015 SEG President.
Dr. Liner received his BSc at the University of Arkansas in 1978, his MSc at the University of Tulsa in 1980, and his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in 1989. From 1989 to 1990 Chris Liner was a geophysicist with Golden Geophysical. In 1990 he joined the faculty of the University of Tulsa and served on the faculty until 2004. From 2005 to 2007 Dr. Liner was a research geophysicist with Saudi Aramco, in Dharan, Saudi Arabia. From 2008 through 2012, Dr. Liner was a professor at the University of Houston.
In late 2012, Liner joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas. He now serves as the inaugural Maurice F. Storm Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology in the Department of Geosciences, with research interest in carbonate outcrop and near-surface characterization, advanced seismic interpretation methods, seismic data analysis and processing, anisotropy, and seismic-wave propagation.
Biography for SEG President Elect Candidacy 2013
Christopher Liner is a 35-year member of the SEG, was 1999-2001 Geophysics Editor, 2012 SEG DISC presenter (Elements of Seismic Dispersion: A Somewhat Practical Guide to Frequency-dependent Phenomena), and is currently on The Leading Edge Editorial Board. He is known to many SEG members through the long-standing occasional TLE column Seismos, the Seismos blog (over 45,000 visits since 2008), and as author of the book Elements of 3D Seismology. Chris' 2012 DISC was presented to over 1300 SEG members in 30 locations worldwide. He has authored many technical papers and scientific meeting abstracts, and the What's New in Exploration column in World Oil Magazine (2010). He is a member of AAPG, AGU, an Honorary Member of the Geophysical Society of Houston, and a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences.
Mirroring the SEG itself, Chris' background is both academic and industrial. Eleven years of business experience includes Western Geophysical, Conoco, Golden Geophysical, and Saudi Aramco. He has held faculty positions at the universities of Tulsa (1990-2004), Houston (2008-2012), and, currently, Arkansas. He now serves as the inaugural Maurice F. Storm Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology in the Department of Geosciences, with research interest in carbonate outcrop and near-surface characterization, advanced seismic interpretation methods, seismic data analysis and processing, anisotropy, and seismic-wave propagation. Chris' education includes the University of Arkansas (BS in geology), University of Tulsa (MS in geophysics), and a PhD in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines working with the Center for Wave Phenomena.
While on the SEG Board of Directors and other committees, I have gained a working knowledge of how SEG fulfills the needs of individual geophysicists in the context of a growing, changing, and diverse membership. Having lectured in dozens of countries last year, and working in academia every day, I realize that SEG must strive to attract young, international members weaned on high technology.
These perspectives converge to define my priorities should I be elected. Ensuring SEG's scientific and commercial value to members and the larger community depends on our nimble adaptation to change. Because neither electronic networking nor distant and costly international conferences answer the needs of all members, I would encourage the resurgence of smaller regional meetings wherever the local SEG associate organization has legs to convene them. Continued cooperation with other international scientific societies is essential, I believe, to widen access to knowledge and opportunities for those we serve – a fine example being the new SEG/AAPG journal Interpretation.
SEG is a society we can all be proud of; for nearly 80 years it has been a financially transparent, apolitical, nonprofit organization. I would be proud to serve in a leadership role.
- Liner, C. L. (1999) Concepts of normal and dip moveout, GEOPHYSICS, 64(5):1637.