A longstanding relationship with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) has led Amanda Livers-Douglas, Principal Geoscientist at the EERC, to great opportunities. Douglas was recently featured on an IRIS career panel aimed at students in their current undergraduate internships hopefully headed for careers in Geoscience.
During the virtual panel, Livers-Douglas and other panelists spoke about career options within geophysics. “Several of the panelists explained that geophysics job availability in the oil and gas industry and academia is currently very limited and will be for the next several years,” she said. “Being able to participate in the career panel and give the students more insight into geophysics opportunities in the research sector and engineering fields that continue to grow and expand hopefully gave students more confidence in pursing geophysics degrees and career paths.”
While studying Physics at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Livers-Douglas applied and was accepted to the IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program. Her connection to IRIS began nearly a decade before her internship, when she convinced her middle school science teacher that they should apply to receive an AS-1 seismograph through IRIS’s Seismographs in Schools program. The seismograph was awarded to her school in Montana, and she spent time learning how to use the technology and interpret the data it produced.
“My favorite part was answering a question about geophysics careers related to the energy transition,” she said. “I was able to share my knowledge and experience related to North Dakota’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy and how research is geared toward not trying to eliminate fossil fuels, but looking at ways we can use geophysics to make transport of fossil fuels safer and production of fossil fuels less carbon-intensive in the context of carbon capture utilization and storage.”
In her role at the EERC, Livers-Douglas analyzes the subsurface using geophysical methods and performs processing and advanced interpretation of geophysical data collected in the field. She has led several geophysical field data acquisition efforts at the EERC and has deployed and been an operator for several large-scale seismic data acquisition surveys, including a semipermanent, autonomous seismic array deployed to monitor the migration of injected CO2 through the subsurface using the EERC’s in-house data collection equipment.
She holds an M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Kansas and a B.A. degree in Physics from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
About Amanda Livers-Douglas