UNL Geophysics Group

 Geophysics Rocks

The Geophysics Research Group exists at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences since August 2016. Unlike many other geophysical research programs that focus on the application or development of a single geophysical method, our group, led by Dr. Irina Filina, utilizes the integrative approach in geophysical data analysis. We are looking for the answer (i.e. the geological model of the subsurface) that fits ALL available geophysical data and remains geologically valid. The data we use include seismic (reflections, refractions, earthquakes), gravity and magnetics both from public domain sources, as well as acquired by our own instruments.

Geophysics Students


Our group conducts research in several directions (more details here and here):

  • Tectonic history of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Crustal structures of the Cascadia subduction zone
  • Intraplate Seamounts in the central Atlantic

  • Tectonic evolution of the Northern Atlantic
  • Geophysical studies in Nebraska

Geophysics team spring 2019

UNL Geophysics team in June 2021

The students of the UNL Geophysics team present their results at professional meetings (see here), and at the local venues as well. The students from the UNL Geophysics team receive the Best Student Awards at the annual meetings of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences every year starting 2017.

  •  2021 Nebraska Academy of Sciences annual meeting

A list of past NAS meetings' talks is here


A. Ashraf, I. Filina, Major tectonic structures of Juan de Fuca plate from integration of seismic, gravity and magnetic data

Best Student Talk Award from the Nebraska Geological Society

2021 K. Guthrie, I. Filina, Establishing new gravity base station in Lincoln, Nebraska
2021 A. Fernández, I. Filina, Integrated Geophysical modeling over Bathymetrists Seamounts
2021 K. Al Farsi, A. Ashraf, S. Al Badi, I. Filina, Geological structures and crustal architecture of Juan de Fuca plate from seismic data

  • UNL Spring Student Research Fairs

A list of past UNL Research Fairs' talks is here


A. Ashraf, Integrated Geophysical Analysis over the Cascadia Subduction Zone, https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16339

Asif's project was featured at the UNL 2021 Student Research Days website https://research.unl.edu/springresearchdays/  

2021 K. Guthrie, Establishing a New Absolute Gravity Base Station Using a Relative Gravity Meter in Lincoln, NE, https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16295
2021 A. Fernandez, Two-Dimensional Geophysical Modeling Over Bathymetrists Seamounts, https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16474
2021 K. Al Farsi, Developing a database of seismic data over the Cascadia subduction zone, https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/16231

FieldWorks 2019 and 2021

Drone 5 Drone 2 Drone 3

Walking magnetic survey

Asif 2;Asif 1

Gravity Surveying

Survey 1  Survey 4  Survey 5

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Geophysics classes

Dr. Filina teaches the following courses:

Course ID

Course title


Semester offered


(former GEOL344)


Geophysical techniques to study the Earth: seismology, gravity, magnetics and heat flow.

Before COVID, this class was taught every Fall

will be offered in Spring 2022. Back to every Fall from 2023

GEOL/METR/453/ 853

GIS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Basic principles of ArcGIS

Will be taught in Spring 2022, then in the Spring semester of every odd year

GEOL442/842 and GEOL443/843

Environmental Geolphysics I and II

Various geophsyical methods for environmental applications. Include data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

Planned for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023


Advanced Geophysics

Integrative analysis of geophysical data (gravity, magnetics, seismic) with geological information (well logs, tectonic history, etc.)

Intended for Spring semester of every even year

(next is planned in Spring 2024)


Exploration Geophysics

Geophysical methods used for petroleum exploration: potential fields, seismology, electrical and electromagnetic surveying.

The class will be offered if there is enough interest from students with an industry-focused career path. Please contact Dr. Filina


Seminar in Geophysics

An essential seminar for students conducting research in Geophysics.

offered regularly, next one is planned for Fall 2022


Field Methods in Geophysics

Collecting multiple geophysical datasets in Nebraska with instrumentation from UNL Geophysics Lab; data processing and interpretation

Was offered in Fall 2019; please let me know if you are interested in this class


Basin Analysis

Principles and application to petroleum play assessment

Will be offered if there is enough interest from students seeking a petroleum-oriented career. Please let Dr. Filina know if you want this class!