Dr. Sui Tung (Jay)
Field Geophysicist and Geomechanical/Geofluid Modeler
Energy systems, Crustal Processes, and Geohazards

Specific courses offered:

Engineering Geophysics 
(Lecture and fieldwork)
(evaluation: 4.3 out of 5)

Sole Lecturer

Application of the more commonly used methods of geophysical prospecting in subsurface exploration, engineering construction and natural hazard assessments. Includes field design and interpretation of various geophysical surveys involving seismology, gravity, electrical resistivity, magnetics, and ground penetrating radar.

Geophysical/Volcanology Field Camps at Hawaii
Primary Field Instructor

The 5800 km-long Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Chain reveals the relative motion of the Pacific Plate over the past 100 million years and provides the Earth most dramatic illustration of hotspot volcanism. The Big Island of Hawaii, which currently overlies the hotspot, hosts the World?s Tallest Mountain (Mauna Kea, as measured from base to peak), the World Largest Volcano (Mauna Loa), the World Most Active Volcano (Kilauea), and the Most Deadly Volcano in the US (Kilauea). Projects will investigate past and present volcanic and tectonic systems of Hawaii. Some projects are integrated with initiatives of the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) to monitor current activity and volcano hazards of the Big Island of Hawaii. Subjects include: Lava flow mapping and stratigraphic characterization; geodetic measurements; and interpretations of deformation data, including sources of error, uncertainties, and formulations of competing hypotheses.

Physical Geology

Survey of the physical properties and processes of the Earth. Topics include: Earth?s origins and interior, minerals and rocks, weathering and erosion, deformation and structure, hydrogeology, resources, volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Topics are addressed in the framework of plate tectonics and research expeditions. Instructional method is Lecture with Face to Face Delivery.

Student Advising and Mentoring:

Ph.D. Study (On-going)
Reconciling Thermal and Deformation Models with Known Magma Location at the IDDP-1 Well, Krafla, Iceland
by Michael Baranowski

Senior Study
High Energy Cascadian Tsunami Impacts on the Mouth of the Columbia River
by Benjamin Cathey

Ph.D. Study
Shale Poroelastic Behavior Determination by a Novel Tensile Strength Test
by Scyller Borglum


Ph.D. Study
Legal and Economic Aspects of Development near Springs
by Renel Hallbeck


Geophysical/Volcanology Field Camp at Hawaii

Structural Geology, Volcanology, Petrology, Lava Rock Mapping, Crack Mesurement, Field cGPS Surveys, GIS, etc.