The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) has awarded Susan Hubbard its 2016 Harold B. Mooney Award. The Mooney award is given annually to an individual in recognition of scientific and technical excellence and innovation leading to the advancement of near-surface geophysics, and in recognition of long-term, tireless, and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community through education, outreach efforts, professional service, or development of opportunities with other professional disciplines that employ geophysics.
“Susan has been a leading innovator and advocate for near-surface geophysics over the past two decades, with contributions spanning the sub-fields of hydrogeophysics, contaminant geophysics, precision agriculture, and biogeophysics.” — SEG website
SEG cited Susan’s community contributions, such as founding the AGU Hydrogeophysics Technical Committee, and co-editing the heavily used reference volume, Hydrogeophysics (Rubin & Hubbard, 2006). They also cited her research, ranging from her early work on hydraulic conductivity and soil moisture using GPR, later work in near-surface geophysics applied to diverse as the use of GPR for precision viticulture, geophysical monitoring of biomineralization at contaminant sites, to her more recent work using geophysics for mapping permafrost structure and dynamics. Her efforts to expand hydrogeophysics have also been broadly acknowledged by the scientific community; she is a GSA Fellow (2011), a past Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer for the GSA (2009), and is a past recipient of the Frank Frischnecht Leadership Award (SEG-NSGS, 2009).
It is a pleasure to see recognition of Susan’s scientific excellence, many contributions to the geophysics community, and outstanding leadership. Congratulations!