James Philip Behrens, Ph.D. is a geophysicist and independent consultant residing in California
Primarily available for offshore client representation -- contact via email at:
detailed résumé (pdf)
outreach website created during Antarctic expedition
visit my LinkedIn page
Areas of expertise:
Marine Controlled-Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) geophysical imaging
marine geophysical data acquisition
"bird-dog" / QC / Quality Control of marine geophysical surveys
cryosphere / ice shelf geophysical data acquisition with aircraft support
ROV-supported seabed gravimetry
seismic imaging on land / sea / ice
multibeam swath bathymetry
acoustic navigation and control of survey equipment
geophysical sensor & data logger design / operation
geophysical data processing and noise analysis
modeling and inversion of geophysical data
photography / photo editing
audio recording and mixing
Professional experience as offshore client representative for:
Survey locations have included Angola, Brazil, Barents Sea, Greenland, Gulf of Mexico, Indonesia, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Senegal.
Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Geophysics curricular group, advisor: Steven Constable (2005)
B.S. from Purdue University, Honors Applied Physics w/ Earth and Atmospheric Sciences minor (1999)
I am a geophysicist specializing in field operations and data acquisition. I have extensive experience working offshore, internationally, and in Antarctica. I have been employed both as an academic and as a consultant to the oil exploration industry. I was a semi-finalist in the 2008-09 NASA Astronaut selection round.
My research background is in seafloor electromagnetic induction exploration methods for both plate tectonic studies and offshore hydrocarbon detection and characterization, as well as multi-disciplinary monitoring of ice shelf rifting and dynamics through geodesy, seismology, radar imaging and electromagnetic induction.
Since 2006 my professional focus has been providing offshore client representation on Marine Controlled-Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) hydrocarbon exploration surveys. I monitor 24-hour contractor operations, issue daily reports and recommendations to client personnel onshore, provide QA/QC on both geophysical and navigational data, act as HSE representative, and provide a compiled summary report upon completion. I was the preferred client rep for Rocksource, and have been hired on multiple occasions by EMGS, one of the leading CSEM acquisition contractors, to provide independent QA/QC during their Multiclient campaigns.
In 2013 I completed an 18-month offshore QC contract on a Petrobras / EMGS CSEM campaign in Brazilian waters, and acquired seafloor gravimetric data in the Norwegian Sea on contract with Quad Geometrics, operating ROV-mounted sensor equipment.