Jeffrey Paine Honored as GSA Fellow

July 12, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey Paine

Bureau senior research scientist Dr. Jeffrey Paine was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America by the GSA election council at their May 19 spring meeting. The GSA Fellowship recognizes “a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.” Paine was nominated by Bureau senior research scientist and GSA Fellow Dr. Bridget Scanlon.

Paine is known as an innovator and pioneer in the application of geophysics to a wide range of environmental and engineering problems, including coastal erosion, groundwater salinization, and land subsidence. He has also published key research on the depositional record of Quaternary glacial and interglacial cycles on the Texas coastal plain. Much of Paine’s research employs geophysical and remote-sensing methods to study environmental and engineering issues in the near-surface realm. These practical applications include ground, airborne, and borehole electromagnetic induction methods to identify like sources of natural and oilfield salinization; satellite radar interferometry to identify sinkhole-related subsidence; seismic refraction methods to help engineers determine depth to bedrock beneath highways; and airborne lidar methods to assess coastal erosion, coastal impacts of tropical cyclones, permafrost features on the Alaskan North Slope, and sinkhole-related subsidence in West Texas.

Equally important is Paine’s contribution as an educator. His classroom and field-based course for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin offers students innovative instruction in applied hydrogeophysics. In addition to more than 200 presentations at international, national, and regional meetings, Paine has led conference workshops and technical sessions on topical issues such as hydraulic fracturing, hurricane impacts, coastal geology, environmental geology and the regulatory environment, airborne geophysics, environmental geophysics, and hydrogeophysics. While serving as an instructional lead for the award-winning GeoFORCE educational outreach program for high school students, Paine has led 23 week-long field trips to the Pacific Northwest since 2007.

Paine is also a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS), for which he has served as President and as editor-in-chief of FastTIMES, an electronic newsmagazine for the near-surface geophysics community. Widely cited with 176 publications, his works are distributed among journals in several fields, including geology, near-surface geophysics, hydrogeology, and coastal studies. He is also the author or co-author of 31 open-file maps and more than 90 publicly available technical reports for studies sponsored by federal and state agencies for which he served as principal or co–principal investigator.

The Bureau extends its collective congratulations to Jeff for his well-deserved recognition by GSA.

Jeff Paine

Jeff Paine (foreground) at the Daisetta sinkhole near Houston in 2008. Photo courtesy of Edward Collins.