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Bethany Burton

Bethany Burton is a Supervisory Geophysicist with the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center.

Beth has extensive experience applying ground-based and airborne geophysical methods (electrical, electromagnetic, seismic, magnetics, and gravity) to water and mineral resources, infrastructure, and cryosphere studies for multiple USGS Programs, other federal and state agencies, and universities with expertise in leading field campaigns in a wide variety of geologic and field conditions including extreme/remote locations.

Research Interests

  • Infrastructure studies of federally managed earthen dams and levees
  • Groundwater management/water resources
    • Water availability study of the lower Mississippi River valley 
  • International and interagency geophysical capacity building 
    • Mineral resource assessment training in Uzbekistan and Algeria 
  • Cryosphere and climate change research 
    • ROSETTA-Ice airborne campaign of Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica  
    • NASA Operation IceBridge airborne magnetics in Greenland and Antarctica

Professional Experience

  • 2020-present, Supervisory Geophysicist, Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado

  • 2002-2020, Geophysicist, Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado

  • 2000-2002, Teaching Assistant, Geophysics Department, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

  • 1999-2000, Seismic Data Processor, Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Geophysical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2004

  • B.S. Geophysical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1999

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society: SAGEEP Technical Chair 2021, President (elected 2015-2018), Vice President-Committees (elected 2013-2015), At-Large Board Member (elected 2012-2013)

  • Society of Exploration Geophysics

  • Geoscientists without Borders: Committee Member (2019 - present)

  • Society of Women in Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines: Mentor, Colorado School of Mines (2014-2018)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government