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Geophysical Engineering

Dr. Marvin Speece

Phone: (406) 496-4188
Location:  ELC 305

Department Overview

Graduate students pursuing an MS in Geoscience with the Geophysical Engineering option currently have three choices: thesis, publishable paper in lieu of thesis, and non-thesis. All graduate students, regardless of choice, are encouraged to begin participation in a variety of research and field exploration projects early in the program.

Recent research projects in the department include:

  • Oil Reservoir Characterization
  • Seismic Processing/Interpretation
  • Electrical Resistivity Studies
  • Digital Acoustic Sensing (DAS)
  • Remote Sensing Analysis
  • Ground Penetrating Radar Studies
  • Shallow Seismic Investigations
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Antarctic Geology
  • Gravity and Magnetic Studies
  • Tectonics of Montana

Engineering geophysical applications are also of interest and a recent project involved the combined use of seismic and electrical techniques in a groundwater development investigation.

Major department equipment includes a 144-channel seismograph; time domain EM system; ground penetrating radar system; gravimeters; magnetometers; gamma-ray spectrometer; horizontal loop EM system; a resistivity, IP, controlled source AMT system; and three department vehicles for field work. Extensive use is made of the department's computing facilities including PCs, LINUX and workstations, and a 28-node supercomputer.

View the Master of Science in Geoscience with an Option in Geophysical Engineering Curriculum HERE.