Nancy House

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Nancy House
Nancy J. House headshot.png
MSc Geophysics
MSc university Colorado School of Mines

Biography for 2016-2017 SEG President-elect

Nancy J. House, a member of SEG for 38 years, has worked as a geophysicist for multinational corporations and small independent oil companies, primarily as an interpreter in onshore and offshore United States, South America, Africa (West and East), and other areas. She is “second-generation oil field,” growing up in South America and Singapore.[1]

She earned a B.A. in geology/geophysics from the University of Wyoming in 1976 and an M.Sc. in geophysics from Colorado School of Mines in 1979 and did additional postgraduate work at Colorado School of Mines in reservoir characterization, economics, and geophysics in 2000–2002.

From the first SEG Annual Meeting that House attended in 1978 as a student, she knew SEG would play an important part in her career. Early on, SEG provided valuable training, networking opportunities, and guidance in professional standards and ethics. House has served on numerous SEG committees, including International Affairs (precursor to the Global Affairs Committee), GAC, Women’s Network Committee (chair in 2012–2013), finance (chair in 2012–2014), membership, and the organizing committee for the D&P research workshop in Krakow in 2013.

She was general chair of the SEG 2010 Annual Meeting and was SEG secretary-treasurer in 2011–2012. House has been a regular contributor to TLE, a presenter at meetings (winning the award for best poster in 1995), a reviewer for Geophysics, and a session chair for various meetings. She has served on the SEG China Task Force to understand critical business issues concerning SEG. She is member of AAPG, Dallas Geophysical Society, Denver Geophysical Society (past president in 2008–2010), RMAG, the Division of Environmental Geology of AAPG, AGU, AWG, and EAEG.

Position statement

SEG has evolved over 85 years to serve a diverse global membership of approximately 33,000. It must continue to adapt to support the diverse membership while maintaining its core values in a safe, sustainable, and financially sound manner. The SEG Board must provide clear strategic direction to deliver programs supporting the SEG mission to “connect, inspire, and propel the people and science of geophysics.” Committees must engage members early in their careers to create programs that support the SEG strategy regionally and globally.

Finance and other departments have made significant improvements resulting in a transparent and realistic cost of programs, allowing the SEG Board to focus on strategic initiatives in a manner that does not unfairly subsidize one part of the organization at the expense of others. The SEG Foundation transferred administration of programs to the SEG staff to focus on fund-raising. Programs should be expanded responsibly to enable implementation of the SEG mission to the next generation and to new areas.

As President, I would lead the Board and staff to facilitate strategic planning and implementation of strategies in a safe and sustainable manner. With continued dedication of staff and volunteers, SEG will continue providing guidance to generations of exploration geophysicists around the world.


  1. Reviewers, O., & Update, S. (2015). NOMINATIONS FOR 2015–2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Leading Edge, 34(7).