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ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 20, 2022—The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals focused on the development of analytical methodologies for determining total per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in PFAS-free firefighting formulations.

SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.

SERDP is requesting proposals that respond to the following focused Statement of Need (SON):

  • Development of Analytical Methodologies for the Determination of Total Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in PFAS-Free Firefighting Formulations

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 SON will be selected through a competitive process. All proposals are due to SERDP October 28, 2022 by 2:00 p.m. ET. The SON and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website

EEGS Membership Passes Bylaws Amendment to Expand Board At-Large Member Positions

The EEGS Board of Directors' proposed a motion to revise the Bylaws, which was sent to the Members for passage or rejection.  The amendment was approved and the EEGS Bylaws will be revised accordingly.  The revision will be in effect for the upcoming 2022/23 Board election.

Passage of the Bylaws amendment increases the number of At-Large members to seven (7); consequently, increasing the Board member total to 15.  EEGS Board member Barry Allred, Nominations Committee chair, explained the rational for the motion to revise the Bylaws:  “The bylaws change was to add two additional at-large EEGS board members to address critical staffing needs related to EEGS committees and to support newly developed initiatives, such as the EEGS TAG Webinar Series, the DEI Task Force, and stand-alone virtual or in-person symposiums and workshops." 

EEGS' January, 2022 TAG Webinar 
Geophysical Exploration of a Historical Stamp Mill Dump for the Volume Estimation of Valuable Residues
January 12, 2022

The Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) offers an opportunity for published authors to earn a yearly Best Paper Award in honor of Alan Witten. The Best Paper Award is decided by the EEGS board of directors after a recommendation from the current JEEG editor. The award is presented yearly at SAGEEP. The 2020 award was bestowed on Tina Martin for her paper "Geophysical Exploration of a Historical Stamp Mill Dump for the Volume Estimation of Valuable Residues." The TAG Webinars series is pleased to feature Ms. Martin for its January presentation. 

Presentation Title: Geophysical Exploration of a Historical Stamp Mill Dump for the Volume Estimation of Valuable Residues
Presenter: Tina Martin, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Date:  January 12, 2022
Time:  3:00 p.m. MT (2:00 pm PT; 4:00 pm CT; 5:00 pm ET)  PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME FOR THIS TAG WEBINAR!

Registration Required!  Click here for details and to register.

November's TAG (Talk About Geophysics!) Webinar - Careers in Near-surface Geophysics

November's TAG Webinar is a "must attend" event for students...and anyone interested in hearing about the latest in geophysics careers! A panel of six professional geophysicists will answer questions and discuss different careers in geophysics. This panel is designed for students who are considering a career in near-surface geophysics, and the panel includes members from different areas of geophysics, including geophysical consulting, equipment manufacturing, research, and academia. Questions from the audience are highly encouraged! 

Topic: Panel Discussion "Careers in Near-surface Geophysics"
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
Panelists: Katherine Grote, Bart Hoekstra, Dan Glaser, Esther Babcock, Eveniy Torgshov, and Craig Murray
Time: 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT; 5:00 pm CT; 6:00 pm ET)

Registration requiredClick here to learn more.

October TAG (Talk About Geophysics!) Webinar -  GeoLatinas, a grassroots organization building bridges towards equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the geosciences

Join us on October 13 when EEGS hosts its monthly TAG Webinar.  Presenters: Adriana Crisóstomo Figueroa - University of Leeds, Leeds, UK,  and Alma Vázquez-Lule, Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program (GOMO/NOAA)/University of Delaware will present on their organization and its work as they inspire younger generations of Latin Americans to pursue scientific careers and provide tools to help GeoLatinas members to succeed at all stages in their careers.  Pre-registration is required and open!  Join us and join in - TAG Webinars are interactive!

Student Presentation Award Winners Announced 

There have been substantial recent advances in soil science regarding the use of proximal and remote sensing technologies. The recent virtual symposium, Application of Proximal and Remote Sensing Technologies for Soil Investigations, brought scientists and engineers across a range of disciplines to explore the combined potential of proximal and remote sensing technologies as related to soil science applications. Among the presenters were 25 students. Due to the high quality, 8 student presentations were awarded by the partnering societies, International Union of Soil Sciences, SEG, EEGS and conference organizers. First, 2nd, and 3rd place Student Presentation awards, along with five Honorable Mentions are listed below.

1st Place – Harrison Smith – University of Arkansas (U.S.A.) – “Ground Penetrating Radar for Subsurface Soil Characterization in a Silvopasture System”
2nd Place - Felippe Hoffmann Silva Karp – McGill University (Canada) – “Validation of Soil Survey Maps Using Different Proximal Soil Sensing Methods”
3rd Place - Steven van der Veeke - University of Groningen (Netherlands) – “UAV-Borne Gamma-Ray Measurements: How Low Can You Go - Determining the Optimal Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Size for UAVs”

Honorable Mention
Lance Conway – University of Missouri (U.S.A.) – “Evaluating the Accuracy and Repeatability of Commercial Seed Zone Soil Sensors”
Yutong Liu - China Agricultural University (China) – “Determination of Evapotranspiration in a Maize Field Using the Near-Surface Net Water Flux Model”
Muhammad Abdul Munnaf – Ghent University (Belgium) – “Clustering-Based Fusion of Proximal and Remote Sensors Data for Potato Production”
Gina Ginevra Pope – Temple University (U.S.A.) – “Implications for Soil Moisture Estimates Based on Electrical Conductivity”
Guatam Shrestha - Massey University (New Zealand) – “Monitoring Soil Cadmium Concentrations by Combining Portable X-Ray Fluorescence and Reflectance Spectroscopy”


SAGEEP 2022 is scheduled to be held in Denver, Colorado USA.  SAGEEP organizers announced that in addition to planning for the typical in-person symposium in Denver, Colorado, they are exploring all conference and attendance options.  Details and updates at Annual Meeting/SAGEEP 2022.

September TAG (Talk About Geophysics!) Webinar -  "Magnetic Surveying for Man Made Objects – Theory"

Join us on September 8 when EEGS hosts its monthly TAG Webinar.  Speakers Becky Bodger/Seequent, Bart Hoekstra, Gretchen Schmauder, Stefan Burns/Geometrics will present and answer questions.  Pre-registration is required and open!  Join us and join in - TAG Webinars are interactive!

EEGS Recognizes SAGEEP 2021 Organizers

The EEGS Executive Committee released an open letter to the organizers and those involved in producing SAGEEP 2021, recognizing them and expressing appreciation for their exceptional work during a challenging and uncertain time.  The collaborative efforts of EEGS, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), and the National Association of Ordnance Contractors (NAOC) and the leadership by Mark Dunscomb (with EEGS), Menia Katsamagka (with EAGE), and Jeff Leberfinger (with NAOC) resulted in "outstanding results."  Read the full text of the Open Letter here

EEGS 2021-22 Board of Directors Executive Officers and At-Large Board Member Installed  

The results of EEGS' Board election were announced at the recent EEGS Business Meeting, held during SAGEEP 2021 and the new members were welcomed to the Board at its March 25 Board Meeting.  Newly elected President-Elect John Jackson, VP-Elect - Committees Trevor Irons and Board Member-at-Large Alastair McClymont join returning Board members:

President Bart Hoekstra 
Past President Barry Allred
Vice-President Committees Katherine Grote
Vice President SAGEEP Elliot Grunewald
Vice President-Elect SAGEEP Darren Mortimer
Vice-President Preselect SAGEEP Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis 
Board Members-at-Large Robert Garfield, Dan R. Glaser, Moira Poje and Judith L. Robinson.

To reach Board members, Committee chairs or other key members of EEGS leadership, email [email protected].

Have You Seen the New FastTIMES?  EEGS Announces a Dedicated Website and New Features

FastTIMES Editor German Ojeda recently announced the launching of a brand-new, dedicated website for!  Here are a few highlights:

  • Search tool: Visitors can search across all uploaded articles by keyword
  • Multilingual option: Readers can now choose among over 30 languages to read uploaded FastTIMES papers by using the built-in language translator
  • Video interviews: Watch up-close and personal interviews with senior geophysicists
  • Responsive design for ease of access from laptops, tablets and smartphones
  • As a tribute to SAGEEP 2021 and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting, we have started uploading papers from Vol 26 Number 1 "UXO Geophysics."

Log in and check it out today! 

EEGS Announces Latest Issues Published for JEEG and FastTIMES 

FastTIMES Volume 25, 4 Special Issue on Mine Site Geophysics has been published online and is available for download 

In the Foreword of Vol 25. 4, Editor Mel Best, writes “Mine sites have long lives, starting with their discovery and ending with their closure. During the mine-life cycle many decisions are required that impact the economics and safety of the mine (for example, the location of tailings ponds). Environmental issues must be addressed as well such as ensuring the isolation of contaminated water from surface and ground water sources. Placement of infrastructure at a mine site requires knowledge of the locations of potential satellite ore bodies in the mine area so that construction can bypass these areas and save expensive modifications later. Prolonging mine life by locating additional resources nearby is also important for profitability. The list of decisions that are required during a mine’s life is long and complex.”  In this Special Issue, case examples of using geophysics for the purposes of sustainable mining by addressing some of these mine site concerns are provided.  Click here to access.

Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) Volume 25.4 

This issue marks the end of Dale Rucker's role as Editor-in-Chief.  Here's an excerpt from his Editor's Foreword:  Well, it’s here - my last Editor’s Foreword after four years of being the editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. My tenure will expire at the end of 2020, at which time two new co-editors will take the reins and continue moving forward in expanding the journal’s prestige, outreach, and influence on the near surface geophysical community across the globe. I feel very honored to have held the title of editor and to have worked to improve the journal in every way that I could. - Dale Rucker.  Click here to access the latest issue and notice of the new Editors-in-Chief, Aleksandra Varnavina and Afshin Aghayan.


Due to increased costs of publication, the Environmental and Engineering Society is instituting a new fee schedule for articles published in JEEG.  The fee schedule will begin for new articles submitted in 2021. The fee schedule was also designed to encourage authors to become members of EEGS.

  • For members (the first or corresponding author needs to be an EEGS Member): Flat rate per article of $100 (USD), excess page charge (for each page beyond 10 journal pages) of $50, and color figure fee of $100 per color figure.  (Join EEGS or renew membership)
  • For non-members: Flat rate per article of $500, excess page charge (for each page beyond 10 journal pages) of $100, and color figure fee of $100 per color figure.

These fees will be assessed upon acceptance of the article for publication.  For more information about JEEG, and its new SCIMAGO rating of 3.3 (highest since inception), click here.

Reflections on Picture a Scientist Screening and Happy Hour with the EEGS’ DEI Task Force

For the inaugural event of the EEGS’ DEI Task Force, we hosted a virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist on October 1-2, 2020. We had over 150 registrants from 13 countries participate in the screening. Our post even happy hour focused on exploring the devastating themes from the film and how we can all best be allies for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our panelists, Dr. Kisa Mwakanyamale, Dr. German Y Ojeda, Cian Dawson, and Emily Hart each provided unique perspectives of their own experiences in near-surface geophysics and how they related to the film. We shared a moderated discussion and moved into breakout rooms to discuss the film and share experiences among all participants. The production company graciously agreed to set up a screening room for attendees. There was a small fee associated with that platform. To cover this cost, the Task Force solicited donations to cover the cost of the screening room. Moreover, all additional funds from this fundraiser will go to the EEGS DEI Task Force specifically for the implementation of the following goals:

  • Diversity and equity education, promotion, and dialogue within our profession for greater understanding and inclusion within and among our profession
  • Community outreach to future generations of geoscientists and engineers at SAGEEP meetings
  • Growing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our membership and leadership

The EEGS DEI Task Force is looking forward to using these funds to bring you more engaging events!


SAGEEP 2021 and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting Will Be Online!

SAGEEP 2021 and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting will be a 100% online experience this coming March. Conducting the meetings online is the most appropriate mode to safeguard personal safety while providing expanded opportunities to involve registrants from around the globe. The meetings will be held the week of March 14th, 2021 as planned, although the timing will vary from the intended in-person meeting to accommodate registrants in a wide number of time-zones.

While an online event is not what we anticipated a year ago, we are excited to capitalize on the format’s advantages. For example, the potential to see presentations without timing conflicts, the expanded opportunities for people to attend who wouldn’t typically be able to travel to the physical venue, greater time for interaction and questions with the authors are just a few.  

The organizing committee is busy working on details and will provide them as soon as possible. We are committed to making regular contact with participants through direct mailing in the weeks to come. In the meantime, here are some big-picture items:

  • A call for additional abstracts will be published soon, followed by multiple announcements. Keep an eye on the SAGEEP website as well because the acceptance period will be shorter than previous years. This is necessary given the timeframe needed to complete the technical program preparations.
  • All accepted SAGEEP 2020 abstracts will remain valid for the 2021 online conference. We will be contacting presenters by email to provide additional information in the coming days.
  • All persons who registered for 2020 will be pre-registered for the online event. All existing registrants will receive an email with detailed information on their registration in the coming days as well.

More information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website and information will be added as it is available. Thanks for your patience as we establish the fine details.

We look forward to seeing you online in March 2021!

The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Issues Statement on Social Injustice

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors and key personnel discussed and adopted the following statement:

Acknowledging our duty and ethical commitment to protect public welfare and provide equitable treatment, EEGS fully supports movements that denounce racism in all forms that permeate society today. We acknowledge the pain and trauma that communities of color are experiencing and stand with them in solidarity. As such, EEGS affirms its commitment to serve communities, the profession and our members with the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity and respect. Together, we can make a difference.

The Board also named several members to a task force, which will develop policies and initiatives to further the intent of the statement.


Newly Elected EEGS Board Meetings Begin 2020/21 Term April 23

Customarily, newly elected EEGS Board members assume their roles at the conclusion of SAGEEP each spring. Since SAGEEP 2020 could not be held, those new to the Board will join continuing members at the next Board meeting scheduled for April 23.

Newly elected members are:
Bart Hoekstra, President Elect
Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, VP Pre Elect - SAGEEP
Katherine Grote, VP Elect - Committees
Dan R. Glaser, At-Large Member
Moira Poje, At-Large Member

They will join returning EEGS Board members:

Dale D. Werkema Immediate Past President
Barry Allred, President
David Valintine, Vice President - Committees
Elliot Grunewald, Vice President – SAGEEP
Darren Mortimer, Vice President Elect - SAGEEP
Judith Robinson, At-Large Member
Lia Martinez, At-Large Member
Robert Garfield, At-Large Member

Take a moment to view the new Board roster at of Directors and the Committee Chairs at

President's Message
2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting 3/17/2020

After careful consideration of the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Board of Directors and SAGEEP 2020 Planning Committee have decided not to hold SAGEEP and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting in Denver, Colorado from March 29 to April 2, 2020.

SAGEEP 2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting Planners and our partners, EAGE and NAOC, have worked diligently to monitor the coronavirus situation with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees in mind. Holding our conference is now impossible in light of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s March 16th order prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or greater in Denver, Colorado, through May 11.

Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to address questions arising from this recent announcement. We are working with our stakeholders and venue to address the many details as we move forward.

We will provide additional information via email and on the SAGEEP 2020 web site and ask that you please refrain from calling the EEGS business office at this time as we investigate alternatives and formulated plans relevant to this latest development. In the meantime, we urge those who were planning to attend the conference to modify their travel and accommodation arrangements accordingly.


Dale Werkema
EEGS President

EEGS and EAGE Collaborate to Produce SAGEEP

Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) representatives signed a joint agreement at SAGEEP 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee outlining the collaborative efforts which will be used to produce SAGEEP, beginning with SAGEEP 2019 in Portland, Oregon March 17-21, 2019. With a shared intent to provide the near surface geophysics community with the highest quality and most timely solutions possible to geophysical engineering and environmental problems and cutting edge research, the two groups have already begun to target topics and areas of interest across multiple disciplines. The architects of the agreement believe combined efforts will result in an enhanced SAGEEP experience, a wider audience and the growth necessary to sustain this important, unique educational offering in the near surface geophysical marketplace.