David Lumley

Cecil and Ida Green Chair in Geophysics
Professor and Department Head
Director, Seismic Imaging and Inversion Lab
Tags: Physics Astrophysics Geophysics Seismology Imaging Inversion HPC Earth Science

Professional Preparation

PhD - Geophysics
Stanford University - 1995
MSc - Geophysics
University of British Columbia - 1989
BSc Hons. - Geophysics and Astronomy
University of British Columbia - 1986

Research Areas

Dr. David E. Lumley is a Professor of Earth Sciences, and Physics, at the University of Texas at Dallas; he is the Cecil & Ida Green Endowed Chair in Geophysics, and Director of the Seismic Imaging & Inversion Lab.  David was previously Professor, Chair in Geophysics, and founding Director of the Center for Energy Geoscience, jointly appointed to the School of Physics, and School of Earth & Environment, at the University of Western Australia. David has also held academic positions at Stanford and USC, and has served as an Advisor to the US National Academy of Sciences.  Prof Lumley has been a Principal Investigator on over $135 Million in competitive research grants, and co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal papers and expanded conference abstracts, including Geophysical Research Letters, JGR Solid Earth, Geophysical Journal International, and Geophysics, resulting in 3,400+ citations, an h-index of 28, and eight (8) Best Paper awards to date.  He has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including SEG's inaugural J. Clarence Karcher Award for his pioneering contributions to the development of 4D Time-Lapse Seismology, and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer and Instructor for four (4) separate scientific societies.  Dr. Lumley has a PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University, and BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Geophysics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia.  David’s management experience includes academic positions as Director of Research Centers, and Department Head; and industry positions as founder and leader of the 4D Seismic research group at Chevron, and founder and CEO of 4th Wave Imaging Corp (a technology startup company purchased by Fugro in 2007). David’s expertise is wave-theoretic imaging and inversion, especially 3D seismic imaging, 4D time-lapse monitoring, and inverse theory estimation of physical properties in the earth and oceans, combining innovative physics, mathematics and high performance computing.  His research interests include wavefield data recorded with 'Large N' sensor arrays, using manmade sources, or natural sources such as earthquakes and ambient seismic noise.  Applications include earth energy resources, subsurface fluid flow, CO2 injection and storage, natural and induced earthquake seismicity, tectonics, and astrophysical gravitational waves; covering a broad range of scales including the near-surface “critical zone”, oceans, sediments, reservoirs, and crust to mantle. 


Central-difference time-lapse 4D seismic full-waveform inversion 2021 - Journal Article
Poloidal‐ and Toroidal‐Mode Mantle Flows Underneath the Cascadia Subduction Zone 2020 - Journal Article
Waveform-based estimation of Q and scattering properties for zero-offset vertical seismic profile data 2020 - Journal Article
Time‐Lapse Imaging of Coseismic Ruptures for the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquakes Using Multiazimuth Backprojection With Regional Seismic Data and a 3‐D Crustal Velocity Model 2020 - Journal Article
The effects of azimuthal anisotropy on 3D and 4D seismic amplitude variation with offset responses 2019 - Journal Article
A comparison of rock physics models for stress-related seismic azimuthal anisotropy 2019 - Journal Article
Performance and stability of the double absorbing boundary method for acoustic-wave propagation 2019 - Journal Article
President's Page: Is there a future in applied geophysics? 2019 - Journal Article
The western australia modeling project-part 1: Geomodel building 2019 - Journal Article
Waveform-based source-parameter estimation for elastic full waveform inversion 2019 - Conference Paper


Department Head
Department of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Dallas [2021–Present]
Board of Directors
Society of Exploration Geophysics [2018–Present]
Professor, Physics and Astrophysics (adjunct)
University of Western Australia [2017–Present]


Best Paper Awards (multiple) - SEG, SPIE, SOVG...
Distinguished Instructor - ASEG [2015]
Pioneer in History of Geophysics Timeline - SEG [2005]
Distinguished Lecturer - SEG [2000]
Distinguished Lecturer - SPE [1998]
J. Clarence Karcher Award - SEG [1996]
Gillanders Memorial Award - UBC [1986]


AGU - American Geophysical Union
SEG - Society of Exploration Geophysics


Various competitive grants
over $135 Million to date - NSF, ARC, DOE, DOD etc []