Post-Doctoral Fellow
Research Area: full-waveform inversion, processing of on-land seismic field data

About me: Brendan R. Smithyman received his PhD in Geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 2013. He holds a BSc in geological engineering from Queen's University (graduated 2007). Brendan is currently a postdoctoral research fellow (PDF) with the Seismic Laboratory of Imaging and Modeling (SLIM) at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His research interests include full-waveform inversion of exploration seismic data, with a particular focus on solving the problems that arise when advanced seismic imaging methods are applied to challenging on-land field datasets. His PhD research involved the first known application of full-waveform inversion to a surface vibroseis multichannel seismic reflection dataset, with a focus on inversion of the refracted waveforms shortly following the P-wave first arrival. New developments in 2.5D full-waveform inversion enabled the recovery (and interpretation) of detailed geophysical models for several crooked-line profiles in south-central British Columbia, Canada.