Dr. Tatham's research is presently on interpretation and analysis of multi-component seismic data. In particular, by considering both seismic P-wave and S-wave data, many of the effects of solid rock properties and pore-fluid properties may be separated. Further, combinations of seismic P-wave and S-wave data allow estimation of in situ rock properties, such as lithology, from remotely recorded seismic reflection data.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Tatham's research is presently on interpretation and analysis of multi-component seismic data. In particular, by considering both seismic P-wave and S-wave data, many of the effects of solid rock properties and pore-fluid properties may be separated.


Several graduate students, at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level, are currently being advised. For the most part, these students are working on research projects involving Analysis of Seismic Reflection Data to extract rock and fluid properties, particularly for characterization of resource shales. Gas and Oil shales are becoming a major component of exploration and exploitation in North America, and characterization to guide drilling utilizing surface observations is a major research target.


Graduate Students

Patrick J Gustie, M.S., expected 2014

Terence A Campbell, Ph.D., expected 2014

Makoto Sadahiro, M.S., expected 2014

Jacqueline P Maleski, M.S., expected 2014

Sharif M Morshed, Ph.D., expected 2015


Geo 383C Geophysics I - Exploration Geophysics (Graduate)

Geo 384T Seismic Lithology (Graduate)

465K Exploration Seismology (Graduate)