IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: David Eaton, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Canada

26th September - 15 December 2012

Dr David Eaton was appointed Head of the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary in 2007, after an academic career spanning nearly 11 years at the University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Prior to this, he worked as a research scientist with Arco Research and Technical Services (Texas, USA) and with the Continental Geoscience Division of the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa, Canada).

He has had a leadership role in various organisations, including president of the Canadian Geophysical Union (1991-1993), president of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Association of America (2007-2009) and chair of the Council of Chairs of Canadian Earth Science Departments (2010-2012).

His research focuses on seismicity and structure of the Earth’s lithosphere and core, as well as characterising microseismic activity associated with enhanced hydrocarbon recovery.

Current projects include studies of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath continents and adapting probabilistic seismic hazard assessment methods to site evaluation for carbon capture and storage.

He is co-investigator of the Microseismic Industry Consortium, an international initiative sponsored by 27 companies, involving analysis of data form passive seismic monitoring of petroleum reservoirs and mining settings.