Bethany Burton

Biography

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.

Education

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

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

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

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 Societies

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
  • Society of Exploration Geophysics

Academic and Professional Service

  • Technical Chair, 2021 Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP)
  • Committee Member, Geoscientists without Borders (2019 - present)
  • President, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS), elected (2015-2018)
  • Vice President-Committees, EEGS, elected (2013-2015)
  • At-Large Board Member, EEGS, elected, (2012-2013)
  • Mentor, Society of Women in Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines (2014-2018)