Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics (JEEG)

Editorial Board

Co-Editors in Chief


Aleksandra (Sasha) Varnavina holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geological Science from Perm State University (Russia), and a Doctoral degree in Geological Engineering with emphasis in Geophysics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She has extensive experience working with near-surface geophysical methods, including ground penetrating radar, seismic, EM & resistivity methods, and more.  

Afshin Aghayan
is a founder and the Chief Technical Officer for Geo-Sustainable Services, Inc. in Oklahoma. Afshin obtained his Ph.D. in geology from Oklahoma State University. He has applied near-surface geophysical investigations for environmental, agricultural, and engineering purposes. His expertise includes developing advanced and user-friendly algorithms for seismic and electromagnetic methods, multiscale inversion, and imaging.  


Associate Editors



Esther Babcock is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska.  With a primary appointment to the Glaciers Program, her research focuses on near-surface geophysical investigations of climate-induced changes in Arctic and sub-Arctic ecosystems and the implications of these changes for land use and resource management.



Daniel Bigman received his PhD in anthropology with a focus on archaeological geophysics from the University of Georgia in 2012. After completing a Visiting Lecturer position at Georgia State University he started Bigman Geophysical LLC a company that provides access to technology, calibration, training, and support for those working in remote sensing, geophysics, and NDT. He has extensive experience in the application of ground penetrating radar, magnetometry, and EM to archaeological, engineering, and forensic problems.



Isabel Lopes is an Engineering Geologist at TPF Consultores in Lisbon, Portugal. Isabel has her PhD in Geology – Geotechnics (FCUL - Lisbon University) where she started in near-surface geophysics with the use of MASW for geotechnical site characterization. In the near-surface geophysics field, the use of seismic methods in geotechnics is her main interest, which includes among other subjects, joint inversion or seismic site characterization in urban environments.


Moe Momayez is Associate Professor in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona, USA. He has a Bachelor's and PhD degree in Geophysics and Rock Mechanics from McGill University, Canada. He has extensive experience in geosensing, development of contact, non-contact and distributed sensing systems to measure physical-mechanical-geotechnical properties of geomaterials. He also has a longstanding interest in the development of new technologies that improve mine safety and productivity, specifically in geomaterials characterization, rock breakage, energy/process efficiency, and renewable energy.

Satish R. Chintakunta has spent nearly 12 years in the government, academic, and private sectors of specialized infrastructure inspection and monitoring. He specializes in the research, development, and application of nondestructive testing & evaluation (NDT/NDE) technologies and health monitoring for the transportation, nuclear, geophysical and telecom industries, among others. At SES Group & Associates, LLC, he serves as Research Engineer with the responsibilities of developing and utilizing new technologies.


Nectaria Diamanti is a Research Scientist with the Department of Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. From 2013 to 2018 she worked for Sensors & Software Inc., Canada in the area of ground penetrating radar (GPR) R&D and applications and she continues to be an active contributor to their scientific research and applications advancements as well as their outreach and cooperative projects. Nectaria has her Ph.D. in engineering & electronics from The University of Edinburgh, U.K. and her main research activity involves the development of geophysical techniques – especially GPR technologies – and their application to geophysical/engineering problems ranging from environmental monitoring to non-destructive testing and archaeological prospection. Her areas of research include: numerical modelling using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique, application of numerical modelling to GPR. 

  Dan R. Glaser is a research geophysicist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH.  His research interests lie in the application of electrical and electromagnetic geophysical methods for near surface imaging and detection. More specifically in the application and theory of methods such as ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, and spectral induced polarization. Additional interests include surface acoustic and seismic signal propagation modeling. 
  Zhangshuan (Jason) Hou is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland WA USA. His research includes exploratory data analysis, uncertainty quantification, inversion approaches, and numerical modeling, solving problems related to carbon sequestration, oil/gas exploration, environmental remediation, climate change, and power systems.
  Priyank Jaiswal joined the faculty of the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University in August 2009, where he serves as an Associate Professor teaching and training graduate and undergraduate students in geophysical modeling and quantitative interpretation. Dr. Jaiswal holds a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the Rice University. His expertise includes gas hydrate, biofilm, sub-thrust imaging, rock physics and geomechanics. 
  Tieyuan Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State University. He obtained a Bachelor degree from China University of Geosciences (2005) and a M.S. degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008) and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from Stanford University (2014). His research interest is a wide range of near-surface geophysics imaging challenges from fundamental wave propagation in Earth to microscale rock fractures, CO2 sequestration, short/long-term geohazards using fiber-optical seismic sensors, imaging bedrock in critical zone sites, and urban seismology. 
Deqiang Mao is Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Shandong University, China. He has a PhD degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Arizona and postdoc research experiences in Geophysics in Colorado School of Mines. His major interest is developing state-of-art inversion algorithms to interpret hydrogeophysical data, and applying hydraulic tomography test, electrical resistivity survey, induced polarization measurement and self-potential survey to solve problems in subsurface hydrology.


Vincenzo Sapia is a researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia.  Since 2008, his main research interests include electrical, magnetic, and frequencydomain methods for disposal sites and archaeological investigations in addition to time-domain electromagnetic geophysics and electrical tomography applied to geologic, hydrogeological, and geotechnical investigations. He is interested in many aspects of airborne electromagnetic methods, from data processing and inversion to data interpretation and 3D modeling. He partecipates to many national and international projects which involve the use of applied geophysical methods to solve geological and environmental issues. He is author or coauthor of several between scientific papers and extended abstracts from conferences worldwide.

Blair Schneider has a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Kansas and is now a research scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey. Her research focuses on the application of near-surface geophysical methods for archaeological research, with an emphasis on GPR and magnetics. She currently serves as the chair for the Women's Network Committee for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and is a co-PI for the NSF-funded ADVANCEGeo Partnership grant.


Michael Scott is the Founder and President of ADOJAM. His primary experience and expertise is specialized in GPR applications to civil infrastructure, including State of Good Repair and QC/QA initiatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  

  Remke L. van Dam is a geophysicist and Earth scientist with expertise in GPR, ERT, TEM and magnetic methods. He is a former president of the NSGS/SEG Near Surface. He currently is a research fellow and professor at CEFET-MG and works as a consulting geophysicist based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He holds adjunct faculty positions at Michigan State University and Queensland University of Technology.

Xue Guoqiang works at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing China. His major interest is in the transient electromagnetic method.  He has proposed a new TEM configuration named SOTEM, which takes advantages of the stronger signal in the near surface, is easier to layout, and has a better resolution than the conventional LOTEM method.

Xingguo Huang received his PhD in Geophysics from University of Bergen, Norway in 2020. He was a visiting PhD student with the University of California at Santa Cruz from July 2018 to January 2019 and from June to August 2019. He is currently a research fellow with University of Bergen, Norway. His current research interests include computational geophysics and acoustics, wave propagation, scattering theory, seismic imaging, full waveform inversion, seismic anisotropy, uncertainty quantification and joint inversion of EM and seismic data.