jpbgeo splash


James Philip Behrens, Ph.D. is a geophysicist and independent consultant residing in California

Primarily available for offshore client representation -- contact via email at:

james (at) jpbgeo (dot) com

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:

Rocksource, Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS), Det Norske, AOA Geophysics, BGE, Chevron.

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)

dissertation (32 MB pdf)

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.





official testogen website | | |