Environmental Geophysics

Environmental Geophysics is the interdisciplinary field that investigates the shallow subsurface processes of Earth's environmental systems using geophysical measurements. My research focuses on studying cryosphere and groundwater processes using non-invasive geophysical methods.

A brief review of near-surface geophysics methods and applications to invesitgating environmental processes within the top 100 m of the Earth's surface can be found in Reviews of Geophysics.

The Paul Heller Hydrogeophysics Material Properties Laboratory can provide people with training and access to laboratory grade geophysics instruments, specifically: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Electrical Resistivity (DC RES), with accompanying standard operating procedures to start students on the path of collecting valuable data. Instrument usage in the lab or requests for technician time judged to be ‘modest’ would incur no cost to the user. Measurement services conducted by lab technical staff for samples submitted to the lab will also be offered at no cost for modest requests. We are able to offer these services thanks to partial NSF support (#1829100). For more information, please see the link to the lab website below and contact Dr. Parsekian by email.

Prospective graduate students If you are interested in joining the Environmental Geophysics group, please send me an email including a resume/CV and briefly outline what project you would like to work on. Most graduate student opportunities in my group are through the PhD Hydrologic Science Program.

The Environmental Geophysics Lab is committed to the University and Geology & Geophysics mission to increase diversity in science. We welcome diversity because we know that it enriches scholarly productivity and creativity. The Department of Geology and Geophysics strongly supports the University’s commitment and is devoted to building a graduate student population with diverse backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities and other distinctive characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and accepting ways.


Paul Heller Hydrogeophysical Material Properties Lab: Our shared lab facility for characterization and experimental work with NMR, GPR, and resistivity instrumentation. Access is available to on- and off-campus academic users. https://www.uwyo.edu/geolgeophys/research/hydrogeophysics_lab.html

Introducing Geophysics for Urban and Near-Surface Applications: Teaching modules for introductory-level undergraduate science courses featuring the applications of geophysical techniques to societally-relevant, real-world problems. https://serc.carleton.edu/iguana/teaching_materials/index.html

Triple C - Arctic Thaw Lake Basins: Ongoing research on permafrost processes related to lakes in Arctic Alaska. http://arcticlakedrainage.org/

Drained Lake Basin ADC Portal: Shared data resources related to the Triple C project above. https://arcticdata.io/catalog/portals/DTLB/About

GitHub: Publicly available scripts related to geophysics, mostly in MATLAB. https://github.com/aparseki

G&G Faculty Listing: My official faculty listing on the department website. https://www.uwyo.edu/geolgeophys/people/faculty/andrew-parsekian.html

YouTube: My YouTube site including videos on field and lab environmental geophysics. https://youtube.com/user/parsekia