The University of Kansas





George Tsoflias
Associate Professor
Applied Geophysics

Department of Geology
office: 302 Lindley Hall
tel: (785) 864-4584
fax: (785) 864-5276

Aletsch Glacier, Alps, Switzerland

Appointments & Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Geology, The University of Kansas, 2009 - present
Visiting Professor of Hydrogeophysics, Land Environment and Geo-Engineering Department (DITAG), Politecnico di Torino, Italy, December 2009 - June 2010
Visiting Professor, Herbette Fellow, Institute of Geophysics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, August 2009 - November 2009
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, The University of Kansas, 2003 - 2009
Exploration Geophysicist, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1999 - 2003
Exploration Geophysicist, Jones Energy Ltd., 1996 - 1998
Exploration Geophysicist, Mobil Oil, 1991 - 1995


Ph.D. 1999, The University of Texas at Austin, Geological Sciences
M. Sc. 1991, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Geophysics                
B. Sc. 1989, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Geophysics


Geol 171: Earthquakes and Natural Disasters
Geol 577: Environmental Geophysics
Geol 771: Advanced Geophysics; Ground Penetrating Radar
Geol 791: Advanced Topics in Geology; Imperial Barrel Award

Research Interests

My research focuses on the development of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and seismic imaging methods. I use high-resolution geophysical imaging to study the fluid-flow properties of fractured rocks, image heterogeneous carbonate aquifers and reservoir analogues, monitor microbial processes in contaminated aquifers, and understand the dynamics of fast flowing ice streams.

Active Research:

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 C-CHANGE
Development of seismic and GPR methods for transportation infrastructure projects: KU Transportation Research Institute

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