Geology Colloquium: Dr. Esther Babcock - “Ground-penetrating radar: Theory and practice in Alaska”

Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Please join us this week as we welcome Dr. Esther Babcock, Owner/Geophysicist
Logic Geophysics & Analytics LLC. 

“Ground-penetrating radar: Theory and practice in Alaska”

Geophysical methods can provide insight into conditions and objects below the surface while reducing the need for invasive, and expensive, drilling or excavating.  For example, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) can locate buried objects, define subsurface geology, and delineate contamination, as well as other targets.  We will discuss the GPR method and technology, including case studies from Alaska projects.  Esther will also share some insights from her career to date.

Dr. Esther Babcock earned her M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. in Geophysics from Boise State University.  Prior to graduate school, Esther served in the Air Force as an officer and pilot, including 62 combat missions in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  After her military service, her geophysical work has focused on near-surface investigations for geotechnical and environmental applications, with a specialization in ground-penetrating radar and electrical methods.  Esther currently owns and operates Logic Geophysics & Analytics LLC, based in Anchorage, Alaska, and conducts projects across the state, from the North Slope to the Aleutian Islands.

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