Near Surface Geophysics at SEG

Program Manager

Laurie Whitesell
Laurie Whitesell
Laurie Whitesell is the Program Manager for Near Surface Geophysics at SEG.

Laurie Whitesell joined SEG as the Near Surface Geophysics Program Manager in June 2012. She attained a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Arkansas and served an internship with the New Jersey Geological Survey (NJGS). She then obtained her Master of Science in Geology from the University of Tulsa, with a focus on hydrogeologic problems.

Laurie started a long career with the New Jersey Geological Survey (NJGS) as an intern. It was during this time that she gained her passion for geophysical theory and methods. After more than a decade working with near surface geophysics at the NJGS, including land seismic reflection and refraction, GPR, resistivity, and EM surveys, she found her calling in marine seismic surveys. Together, Laurie and the members of the marine seismic team conducted numerous seismic surveys, analyzed hundreds of cores, interpreted thousands of nautical miles of seismic data, and correlated offshore to onshore stratigraphy.

After graduate school she worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Ground Water Pollution Assessment Bureau, working across the state with such environmental contaminants as PCB and pesticides to chlorinated volatile organic compounds, BTEX, gasoline components (TBA and MTBE), and metals. Here she also worked with groundwater issues related to unconfined, confined, fractured bedrock, and unconsolidated alluvial aquifers in rural areas adjacent to the Delaware River, as well as in some of the country's more urbanized areas.

Prior to joining SEG, Laurie returned to the classroom as a teacher of AP Environmental, Earth, and Physical Science at Edison Preparatory High School.