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ASEG news - Issue 11, 28th Feb 2019

Dear Members,

In today's news you'll find information on:

ASEG Awards
AEGC 2019: Abstract Submission Now Open
News from the states
Upcoming events (National and International)
The latest in Exploration Geophysics
What's new in Preview?
Member Spotlight: Dr Kate Selway
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ASEG Awards

Remember: Please nominate a friend, a colleague, a mentor, or a geophysical guru for one of the ASEG awards. The webpage has all the details to help you nominate.

Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference 2019: Abstract Submission Now Open

A friendly reminder that all abstracts should be submitted using the official template available from the AEGC website ( and the final submission date is Friday 22 March 2019.

Branch upcoming events

Branch Date Presenter Title Venue
WA 12.03.2019, 6pm AAPG-Denise Cox TBA Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill St. Perth
WA 13.03.2019, 6pm Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: Mechanisms and Models Celtic Club,48 Ord St.West Perth
VIC 21.03.2019, 6pm Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: Mechanisms and Models The Kelvin Club
TAS 21.03.2019 Paul Winberry Antarctic Glacier Geophysics UTas School of Earth Sciences
TAS 27.03.19,
Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: TBA
QLD 04.03.2019 Dr Tim Dean, Resarch Fellow, Curtin University Recent advances in land seismic acquisition technology XXXX Alehouse, Black St, Miltons
QLD 19.03.2019,
Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: Mechanisms and Models XXXX Alehouse, Black St, Milton
SA/NT 15.03.2019 ASEG Student pizza night Mawson Building, Uni of Adelaide
SA/NT 25.03.2019,
5.30pm for 6.15pm start
Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: Mechanisms and Models Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide
ACT 04.03.2019, 4:30pm ACT Branch AGM with guest speaker Kate Selway (STEM Superstar) From digitized tape to AusLAMP: A brief history of MT in Australia Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia
ACT 15.03.2019,
12:30-1:30 pm
Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: Mechanisms and Models Scrivener Room, Geoscience Australia
NSW 20.03.2019,
6 pm
Boris Gurevich Seismic attenuation, dispersion, and anisotropy in porous rocks: Mechanisms and Models Club York
NSW 17.04.19
Marina Costelloe & AGM The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists: The President, Diversity and Science Club York

For a more complete calendar of events see Preview

Date Event
23-26 April 2019 EAGE-GSM 2nd Asia Pacific Meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23-26 April 2019 5th International Workshop on Rock Physics,Hong Kong
6-9 May 2019 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston USA
19-22 May 2019 GEM2019: International Workshop on Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Methods and Their Applications, Xi'an, China
11-13 June 2019 AGU/SEG Airborne Geophysics Workshop,Golden,USA
2-5 September 2019 AEGC 2019, Data to Discovery, AEGC, Perth, Western Australia
15-20 September 2019 SEG International Exposition and 89th Annual Meeting, San Antonio USA

The transition from our previous publisher (CSIROP) to our new publisher (Taylor & Francis) is almost complete and the first issue for 2019 will be out soon. From the list of on-line early papers I recommend a view of the paper by Kret et al. on using grid-search inversion to estimate pore geometry with an application to hydrothermal ore deposits.

The special issue on EM is proceeding well with many quality papers in the final stages of the review process; it should be a 'must have' issue. Finally, I am always on the lookout for Associate Editors to assist in the review process of the journal, so if you are tempted/interested/curious please do not hesitate to send me an email (

Dr Mark Lackie

Exploration Geophysics Editor

The February issue of Preview (198) is now available as flipbook on the ASEG website. A pdf version is available on the same site. The next issue of Preview will be published in April. If you would like to make a contribution please email the editor at

This issue of Preview features an article by Roger Henderson on 'The second lecturer in exploration geophysics in Australia - later to become Surveyor General of India' This article follows Roger's article on the first lecturer in exploration geophysics in Australia - which was published in the April 2016 issue of Preview (PV 180).

There are reports from our President, Marina Costelloe, our State and Territory branches and the Young Professionals Network along with updates on high profile government geophysical programs and announcements of the Call for Abstracts for AEGC 2019 and the annual Call for Applications for ASEG Research Foundation grants.

Our regular commentators have also been busy. David Denham (Canberra observed) takes a close look at the performance of resource based companies in 2018. Michael Asten (Education matters) introduces us to Geoff McNamara, an outstanding science educator who has developed a Science Mentors scheme in the ACT. Mike Hatch (Environmental geophysics) reflects on changes in the practice of environmental geophysics over the past 25 years. Terry Harvey (Minerals geophysics) muses about the poor public image of mining and exploration in Australia. Mick Micenko (Seismic window) despairs about the poor public image of fracking. Tim Keeping (Data trends) keeps the conversation about passive seismic file formats going, and Dave Annetts (Webwaves) brings us up to speed with the debate around encryption.

Finally, Roger Henderson (who has been very busy!) treats us to a review of the book 'The Spinning Magnet: The force that created the modern world - and could destroy it' by Alanna Mitchell.


Lisa Worrall

Preview Editor

This issue we get to know Dr Kate Selway, an ARC Future Fellow at Macquarie University, and more recently; a Superstar of STEM. Read on to find out more... To nominate yourself or to recommend someone for the Member Spotlight, please contact


  1. What is your current role?
  2. I'm a Future Fellow at Macquarie Uni. This is a dominantly research role funded by the ARC but I also do a bit of teaching.

  3. What do you like most about being a geophysicist?
  4. Problem-solving. Whether it be convincing Tanzanian customs agents to let our instruments through, filtering generator noise out of my signal, or learning how to scare away a polar bear with a flare gun, I love that there is always a problem to solve and a new skill to learn. I love that so many of those problems are in spectacular locations too!

  5. Where was your best sunrise location?
  6. My best sunrise is from any riverbank in Australia, sticking my head out of my swag as the magpies start warbling to see the sky brightening behind the gum trees. I've never had that fantastic sense of freedom, remoteness and isolation anywhere other than Australia. My best sunset was at Davis Station in Antarctica in early 2009. As I looked out over the bay full of icebergs and the elephant seals and penguins on the beach I saw the sun disappear beneath the horizon for the first time in months, only to rise again a moment later.

  7. What's one thing you wish someone had told you when you were at university?
  8. 90% of being a geophysicist is keeping cables untangled

  9. What is a challenge you have overcome and how did you do so?
  10. Academic life is challenging. In the past seven years I've lived in four countries, worked at five universities and moved house nine times. It takes resilience, self-confidence, adaptability, and a black belt in dealing with bureaucracy.

  11. Can you tell us a bit more about your role as a Superstar of STEM?
  12. I was delighted to be named as a Superstar of STEM late last year. This program aims to smash gender stereotypes in STEM by helping women build public and media profiles. As I write this, I'm half way through the first ‘Superstars’ workshop. I can already tell that things extraordinary group of women will become a fantastic network. We'll be given training in communication, media and professional development and will have opportunities to speak with school kids, business leaders and politicians. I'm very excited to see what is in store.

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