David Lumley

Cecil and Ida Green Endowed Chair in Geophysics
Professor, Department Head
Director, 3D+4D Seismic Imaging and Inversion Lab
 
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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, and Department Head, at the University of Texas at Dallas; he is the Cecil & Ida Green Endowed Chair in Geophysics, and Director of the 3D+4D  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 for 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 3,600+ citations, an h-index of 29, 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. 

Publications

Simultaneous optimization of multiple objective functions for reservoir modeling 2015 - Journal Article
Special Section: Advances in time-lapse geophysics - Introduction 2015 - Journal Article
The combined effects of pressure and cementation on 4D seismic data 2015 - Journal Article
A multi-objective optimization method for creating reservoir models that simultaneously match seismic and geologic data 2014 - Conference Paper
Passive seismic imaging and velocity inversion using full wavefield methods 2014 - Conference Paper
Probabilistic reservoir property modelling jointly constrained by 3D seismic data and hydraulic unit analysis 2014 - Conference Paper
Reservoir model estimation by simultaneous optimization of multiple objective functions 2014 - Conference Paper
A new velocity-pressure-compaction model for uncemented sediments 2013 - Journal Article
Azimuthally anisotropic AVO and sand-shale content 2013 - Conference Paper
Improving time-lapse seismic repeatability - CO2CRC otway site permanent geophone array field trials 2013 - Conference Paper

Appointments

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]

Awards

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]

Activities

AGU David E. Lumley Scholarship in Energy & Environment (American Geophysical Union)
Permanently Endowed.
Awarded annually to support AGU student members who combine Energy & Environment in their research and want to continue on to MS or PhD Geophysics degree programs.
SEG David E. Lumley Scholarship in Energy & Environment (Society of Exploration Geophysics)
Permanently Endowed.
Awarded annually to support SEG student members who combine Energy & Environment in their research and want to continue on to MS or PhD Geophysics degree programs.

Affiliations

AGU - American Geophysical Union
1984/01
SEG - Society of Exploration Geophysics
1984/01

Funding

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