Selection as a 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.
SEG cooperates annually (usually in the fall) with AAPG to support a jointly endorsed lecture. The purpose of this effort is to bring local geophysical and geological Sections/Societies into a common forum. The lecture should therefore be relevant to both disciplines. Each year, SEG and AAPG Distinguished Lecture Committees agree upon and submit a lecturer for approval by both Executive Committees.
Two Distinguished Lecturers are selected for each year: one for the spring (SEG lecture) and one for the fall (SEG-AAPG lecture). Distinguished Lecturers make one-hour presentations in approximately 15 locations.
This is the list of all past Distinguished Lecturers, starting with the most recent.