Georgios Tsoflias

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-4584
Lindley Hall
Room 302
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


I was born in Athens, Greece and I have resided in the U.S. since 1984. I received B.S. (1989) and M.S. (1991) degrees in Geophysics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. (1999) in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. My professional experience includes exploration geophysics with Mobil Oil (1991 to 1995, offshore Gulf of Mexico), Jones Energy Ltd. (1996 to 1998, Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (1999 to 2003, offshore Gulf of Mexico). In 2003 I joined The University of Kansas, Department of Geology, where I am currently an Associate Professor. My research interests are in applied geophysics (exploration geophysics; near-surface geophysics; hydrogeophysics) and the development of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and high-resolution seismic imaging methods. My recent research has focused on the geophysical characterization of the fluid-flow properties of fractured rocks, monitoring microbial processes in contaminated aquifers, imaging of heterogeneous carbonate aquifers and reservoir analogues, seismic characterization of Mississippian and Arbuckle reservoirs, the geophysical imaging of polar ice sheets and the application of geophysical methods to archaeology.

Education

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

M.S., Geophysics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

B.S., Geophysics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research

My research focuses on the development of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and seismic methods for remote determination of subsurface properties and monitoring of active processes. This work spans a broad range of study areas and scales, from monitoring bacterial activity in contaminated aquifers and imaging groundwater flow through discrete fractures, to mapping active faults in the Western US and imaging the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

Research Interests

  • Applied geophysics
  • Exploration geophysics
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Biogeophysics
  • GPR and seismic methods
  • GPR characterization of fractures and monitoring of fluid-flow, mass transport and heat exchange in fractured aquifers and geothermal systems
  • High-resolution GPR and seismic imaging of carbonate reservoir analogues for assessment of heterogeneous fluid-flow properties
  • Seismic monitoring of CO2 injection in mid-continent Mississippian and Arbuckle reservoirs
  • Development of automated three-dimensional shallow seismic methods for high-resolution imaging of soils, fracture zones and voids
  • GPR and seismic imaging of active tectonic settings
  • Biogeophysical (GPR) monitoring of subsurface microbial activity
  • Seismic and radar imaging of polar ice sheets for understanding the behavior of rapidly changing ice streams: Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets CReSIS
  • Climate change, humans and nature in the global environment
  • Development of seismic and GPR methods for transportation infrastructure projects

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