By Maitri Erwin, 1st Vice President

It’s another exciting year for the Geophysical Society of Houston! Our community innovates and thrives inside continuing uncertainty, which only shows an unparalleled dedication to our chosen profession. As GSH First Vice President this year, it is my honor to select and host technical talks of the highest quality, but more crucially, ones that showcase the importance of the geophysicist in this wide-ranging and challenging energy ecosystem. It is a high level of awareness and agility that will help geophysics and our Society continue to meet high standards and remain ever future-facing.

Expanding on the above, the objective for technical talks this year is to make them more dynamic and inclusive – this is achieved by bringing in talks on case studies, integrated projects and applications of geophysical techniques to detection/recovery/decision-making, instead of simply techniques, given by a diverse set of professionals. In this manner, we promote geophysicists not just as technical specialists, but as who we really are – varied and vital members of the energy exploration-production business chain, innovation machine, education system, and beyond.

By the time this Word from the Board is published, GSH will have hosted fine technical talks, including integrating pre-stack seismic and controlled-source electromagnetics for residual hydrocarbon detection by Pedro Alvarez, and the value of human capital in exploration workflows that now include big data, analytics and machine learning by Katya Casey, experienced explorer and 2018 GSH Honorary Membership Awardee. In conjunction with the SEG Emerging Professionals International Committee and the SEG Women’s Network, we will also have hosted our annual Diversity and Women’s Network event on September 11th. The event included a learning component on building one’s professional brand through introspection and conversation, along with time for networking and connection. 

The spirit of goodwill and geo-collaboration continues, GSH will participate along with the Houston Geological Society in a joint dinner on October 8th, in which West Africa explorer and technical advisor Igor Effimoff will speak on the emerging hydrocarbon province in Offshore Senegal. If you plan to attend the SEG Annual Meeting in Anaheim, please attend talks by your fellow society members! We are now actively soliciting high-quality speakers for Spring 2019 breakfast and lunch events. Please send your abstracts to

Lastly, I encourage you to be an active member of the geophysical community of Houston by participating in the GSH and making this Society yours. Like me, I know you support inclusion and diversity in our profession as well as the continued growth and relevance of GSH. Strength, resilience and growth can only come through continuous effort, struggle, and contribution, and by many not just a few, but it’s worth it. To this end, please assist in creating and hosting events, actively volunteer to manage or evolve existing activities, run for elected office, encourage others to get onboard, and join us in building the positive change you want to see!