Jeffrey Phillips

Biography

Education
A.B.   (1970), University of California, Berkeley (Geology)
M.S.  (1973), Stanford University (Geophysics)
Ph.D. (1975), Stanford University (Geophysics) 
 
Employment
1973: U.S. Geological Survey (Menlo Park, CA, and Beaufort Sea, AK)
1975-1991: U.S. Geological Survey (Reston, VA):
            1980-1986:       Branch Representative, Eastern Region, Branch of Geophysics
1991-Present: U.S. Geological Survey (Denver, CO)
            1991-2014:       Research Geophysicist
            2014-Present:   Scientist Emeritus
 

Jeff Phillips is a Scientist Emeritus (Geophysics) in the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center in Denver, Colorado.  He develops and maintains the USGS potential-field geophysical software package for the PC, a public-domain resource for the geophysical community.   His research focuses on potential-field theory and its application to geologic problems, including water, mineral, and energy resources.

Dr. Phillips has conducted geophysical research for over 40 years in support of USGS programs on Energy and Mineral Resources.  He is a specialist in the analysis of potential-field (gravity and magnetic) geophysical data.   He has published more than 70 professional reports and presented more than 60 talks at scientific meetings.  Dr. Phillips has worked extensively on Energy Resource studies in Alaska and recently participated in Central Asia Mineral Resource Assessments.  His recent work for other Federal Agencies includes a dam safety study in California and a geophysical investigation at the former Nevada Test Site. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the American Geophysical Union.

 

Publications

Stanley, R.G., Potter, C.J., Lewis, K.A., Lillis, P.G., Shah, A.K., Haeussler, P.J., Phillips, J.D., Valin, Z.C., Schenk, C.J., Klett, T.R., Brownfield, M.E., Drake, R.M., Finn, T.M., Haines, S., Higley, D.K., Houseknecht, D.W., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Mercier, T.J., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Paxton, S.T., Pearson, O.N., Tennyson, M.E., Woodall, C.A., and Zyrianova, M.V., 2018, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Susitna Basin, southern Alaska, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3017, 2 p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2018, PDEPTH—A computer program for the geophysical interpretation of magnetic and gravity profiles through Fourier filtering, source-depth analysis, and forward modeling: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 7, chap. C17, 23 p. [Link]

McCafferty, A.E., Phillips, J.D., and Ayuso, R.A., 2017, Crustal architecture beneath the southeast Missouri (USA) Mesoproterozoic Iron-Oxide province from geophysical models: Proceedings of the 14th SGA Biennial Meeting, 20-23 August 2017, Quebec City, Canada: p. 871-874. [Link]

Hammarstrom, J.M., Mihalasky, M.J., Ludington, Steve, Phillips, J.D., Berger, B.R., Denning, P.D., Dicken, C.L., Mars, J.C., Zientek, M.L., Herrington, R.J., and Seltmann, Reimar, 2017, Undiscovered porphyry copper resources in the Urals—A  probabilistic mineral resource assessment: Ore Geology Reviews, Volume 85, May 2017, Pages 181-203. [Link]

McCafferty, A.E., Phillips, J.D., and Driscoll, R.L., 2016, Magnetic and Gravity Gradiometry Framework for Mesoproterozoic Iron Oxide-Apatite and Iron Oxide-Copper-Gold Deposits, Southeast Missouri: Economic Geology, v.111, no.8, p.1859-1882. [Link]

Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, 160 p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2016, Potential-field software, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 35-37. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Berger, B.R., 2016, Geophysical support for global mineral resource assessments, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 52-53. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Stanley, R.G., 2016, Three-dimensional magnetic property model characterizing the Mesozoic section of the Cook Inlet Basin, south-central Alaska, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 57-59. [Link]

Grauch, V.J.S., and Phillips, J.D., 2016, Providing a subsurface framework for regional groundwater models of alluvial basins-example from the southern Española Basin, north-central New Mexico, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 113-115. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Burton, B.L., 2016, Ground-based magnetic survey for a basalt aquifer in Frenchman Flat, Nevada National Security Site and Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 129-131. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Asch, Theodore, 2016, Estimating bedrock depth using constrained gravity inversion, Tooele Army Depot, Utah, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 131-133. [Link]

Smith, D.V., Bracken, R.E., Hutton, S.R., and Phillips, J.D., 2016, Development of a ground-based tensor magnetic gradiometer system, in Smith, K.S., Phillips, J.D., McCafferty, A.E., and Clark, R.N., eds., 2016, Developing integrated methods to address complex resource and environmental issues: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1413, p. 138-140. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2015, 11.12 – Tools and Techniques: Gravitational Method, in Treatise on Geophysics (Second Edition), edited by Gerald Schubert, Elsevier, Oxford, 2015, Volume 11: Resources in the Near-Surface Earth, p. 393–418, ISBN 9780444538031 [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Simpson, R.W., 2015, Sharpening the boundaries - 3D terracing applied to physical property inversions: Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2015 Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, p. 1536-1540. [Link]

Smith, D.V., Phillips, J.D., and Hutton, S.R., 2014, Active tensor magnetic gradiometer system final report for Project MM-1514: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1228, 39 p. [Link]

DeCastro, D.L., Fuck, R.A., Phillips, J.D., Vidottib, R.M., Bezerraa, F.H.R., and Dantas, E.L., 2014, Crustal structure beneath the Paleozoic Parnaíba Basin revealed by airborne gravity and magnetic data, Brazil: Tectonophysics, v.614, p.128-145.

Berger, B.R., Mars, J.C., Denning, P.D., Phillips, J.D., Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L, Dicken, C.L., and Drew, L.J., with contributions from Alexeiev, D., Seltmann, R., and Herrington, R.J., 2014, Porphyry copper assessment of western Central Asia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–N, 219 p., 8 plates, and spatial data. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2014, Using vertical Fourier transforms to invert potential-field data to magnetization or density models in the presence of topography: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Expanded Abstracts with Author's Biographies, 2014 Technical Program, p.1339-1343. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., Burton, B.L., Curry-Elrod, Erika, and Drellack, Sigmund, 2014, A ground-based magnetic survey of Frenchman Flat, Nevada National Security Site and Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada—Data release and preliminary interpretation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1187, 144 p., 1 pl. [Link]

Bedrosian, P.A,  Burton, B.L., Powers, M.H., Minsley, B., Phillips, J., Hunter, L.E., 2012, Geophysical investigations of geology and structure at the Martis Creek Dam, Truckee, CA, J. Applied Geophysics, v. 77, p. 7-20.

Abraham, J.D., Bedrosian, P.A., Asch, T.H., Ball, L.B., Cannia, J.C., Phillips, J.D., and Lackey, Susan, 2012, Evaluation of geophysical techniques for the detection of paleochannels in the Oakland area of eastern Nebraska as part of the Eastern Nebraska Water Resource Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5228, 40 p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2010, Estimating structural dip from gravity and magnetic profile data: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2010 Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, 5p. [Link]

Grauch, V.J.S., Phillips, J.D., Koning, D.J., Johnson, P.S., and Bankey, Viki, 2009, Geophysical interpretations of the southern Española basin, New Mexico, that contribute to understanding its hydrogeologic framework: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1761, 88 p. [Link]

Ravat, D., Finn, C., Hill, P., Kucks, R., Phillips, J., Blakely, R., Bouligand, C., Sabaka, T., Elshayat, A., Aref, A., and Elawadi, E., 2009, A preliminary, full spectrum, magnetic anomaly grid of the United States with improved long wavelengths for studying continental dynamics--A website for distribution of data: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1258, 2 p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., Hansen, R.O., and Blakely, R.J., 2007, The use of curvature in potential-field interpretation: Exploration Geophysics, v.38, p.111-119. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., Nabighian, M.N., Smith, D.V., and Li, Yaoguo, 2007, Estimating locations and total magnetization vectors of compact magnetic sources from scalar, vector, or tensor magnetic measurements through combined Helbig and Euler analysis: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Seventy-Seventh Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 23-28, 2007, 5 pp. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2007, Geosoft eXecutables (GX’s) Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Version 2.0, with Notes on GX Development from Fortran Code: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1355, 111 p. [Link]

Saltus, R. W.; Phillips, J. D.; Stanley, R. G.; Till, A.; Morin, R. L.,2007, Geophysical Characterization of Pre-Cenozoic Basement for Hydrocarbon Assessment, Yukon Flats, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1208, 1 plate. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2006, The role of negative structural indices in magnetic interpretation - lessons from the Bishop model: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2006 Workshop W-5 The Bishop Model: Investigations into the Use and Abuse of Test Models [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2005, Can we estimate total magnetization directions from aeromagnetic data using Helbig's integrals?: Earth, Planets and Space, v.57, no.8, p.681-689. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and V.J.S. Grauch, 2004, Thickness of Santa Fe Group sedimentary rocks in the southern Española basin, New Mexico, as estimated from aeromagnetic data: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1354[Link]

Phillips, J.D., Duval, J.S., and Saltus, R.W., 2003, Geosoft executables (GXs) developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, version 1.0, with a viewgraph tutorial on GX development: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-010, 21p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2002, Two-step processing for 3D magnetic source locations and structural indices using extended Euler or analytic signal methods: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2002 Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, 4p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2002, Processing and Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data for the Santa Cruz Basin-Patagonia Mountains Area, South-Central Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-98[Link]

North American Magnetic Anomaly Group (NAMAG), Phillips, J.D., and Ravat, D.K.A., 2002, Digital data grids for the magnetic anomaly map of North America: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-0414. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2001, Tools and techniques for the application of high-resolution aeromagnetic data to engineering problems: Proceedings, SAGEEP 2001, CD-ROM, 22p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2001, Designing matched bandpass and azimuthal filters for the separation of potential-field anomalies by source region and source type: Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 15th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition, Expanded Abstracts CD-ROM, 4p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Grauch, V.J.S., 2001, Some current research on the processing and interpretation of potential-field data at the U.S. Geological Survey: Proceedings of the workshop on future directions in the analysis of potential-field data, August 18, 2001, Perth, Australia. 4p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 2000, Locating magnetic contacts: a comparison of the horizontal gradient, analytic signal, and local wavenumber methods: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Expanded Abstracts with Biographies, 2000 Technical Program, v.1, p.402-405. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., Saltus, R.W., and Reynolds, R.L., 1998, Sources of magnetic anomalies over a sedimentary basin - preliminary results from the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, in Gibson, R.I., and Millegan, P.S., eds., Geologic Applications of Gravity and Magnetics: Case Histories: Society of Exploration Geophysicists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists, p.130-134.[Link]

Phillips, J.D., 1998, An interpretation of proprietary aeromagnetic data over the northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent areas, northeastern Alaska, in ANWR Assessment Team, Resource Potential of the 1002 Area, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-34 (CD-ROM), 19p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 1997, Potential-field geophysical software for the PC, version 2.2: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-725, 34p. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 1996, Potential-field continuation: past practice vs. modern methods: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Expanded Abstracts with Bibliographies, 1996 Technical Program, v.2, p.1411-1414.[Link]

Phillips, J.D., and Fitterman, D.V., 1995, Environmental geophysics: Reviews of Geophysics, Supplement, U.S. National Report to International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics 1991-1994, July 1995, p.185-193. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 1995, Aeromagnetic investigations of hazardous waste sites: U.S. Geological Survey Factsheet FS-077-95, 2 pages. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., 1995, Magnetic surveys for locating abandoned wells: U.S. Geological Survey Factsheet FS-0163-95, 2 pages. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., Duval, J.S., and Ambroziak, R.A., 1993, National geophysical data grids; gamma-ray, gravity, magnetic, and topographic data for the conterminous United States: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-9, CD-ROM [no longer available for purchase]. [Link]

Phillips, J.D., Reynolds, R.L., and Frey, Herbert, 1991, Crustal structure interpreted from magnetic anomalies: Reviews of Geophysics, April 1991 Supplement, U.S. National Report to International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics 1987-1990, p. 416-427.

Phillips, J.D., 1990, Integration of potential-field and digital geologic data for two North American geoscience transects: Journal of Geologic Education, v. 38, p. 330-338.

Phillips, J.D., 1979, ADEPT: A program to estimate depth to magnetic basement from sampled magnetic profiles: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-367[Link]