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SAGE Educational Mission



The primary goal of SAGE is to actively educate students in all phases of geophysics using modern field equipment and the latest computer processing and interpretation tools. 

SAGE emphasizes the understanding of field methods—from fundamental principles through acquisition, processing, and interpretation—all within the context of basic and applied research problems.

What SAGE offers

Modern Geophysical Techniques

SAGE modern geophysical techniques

  • Hands-on field experience with seismic reflection and refraction, gravity and magnetics, electromagnetics (including MT), and electrical resistivity
  • Integrative geophysical methods to solve real geological problems
  • Address geological problems of research and practical interest

Multi-Institutional Expertise

SAGE muti-institutional expertise

  • Classroom instruction and lectures by academic and industry professionals
  • Computer processing and modeling
  • Data synthesis and report preparation
  • University credit may be earned 

Professional Networking

SAGE professional networking

  • Connect with government and industry representatives
  • Introduce yourself to career opportunities
  • Present at professional conferences


Louise Pellerin

SAGE co-director Loiuse Pellerin

Green Geophysics, Inc.


Darcy McPhee

SAGE co-director Darcy McP

 U.S. Geological Survey

Potential Fields


John Ferguson

SAGE faculty John Ferguson

University of Texas at Dallas

Seismology, Potential Fields

Paul Bedrosian

SAGE faculty Paul Bedrosian

U.S. Geological Survey


Danny Feucht

SAGE faculty Danny Feucht

Ormat Technologies Inc.


Shari Kelley

SAGE faculty Shari Kelley

 New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources 

Heat flow, Geology

Matt Ralston

SAGE faculty Matt Ralston



Jared Peacock

SAGE faculty Jared Peacock

U.S. Geological Survey


Adjunct Faculty

David Lumley

SAGE adjunct faculty David Lumley

 University of Texas at Dallas


Akram Mostafanejad

SAGE adjunct faculty Akram Mostafanejad



Orla McLaughlin

SAGE adjunct faculty Orla McLaughlin



Megan L. Anderson


Washington Geological Survey

Potential Fields

Emeritus Faculty

Larry Braile

SAGE emeritus faculty Larry Braile

Purdue University, Emeritus


Scott Baldridge

SAGE emeritus faculty Scott B

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Retired


George Jiracek

SAGE emeritus faculty George Jiracek

San Diego State University, Emeritus


Shawn Biehler

SAGE emeritus faculty Shawn Biehler

University of California Riverside, Emeritus

Seismology, Potential Fields


Science Articles About SAGE

Baldridge, W. S., et al., (2012). SAGE at 30. The Leading Edge, 31(6), 702-708.

Jiracek, G. R., Baldridge, W. S., Biehler, S., Braile, L. W., Ferguson, J. F., Gilpin, B. E., and Alumbaugh, D. L., (2000). SAGE: Learning geophysics by immersion. Geophysics: The Leading Edge of Exploration, 19, 986-990.

Ferguson, J. F., Baldridge, W. S., Jiracek, G. R., Gonzalez, V., and Pope, P. A., (1998). Students investigate environmental restoration site in New Mexico. Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 79(28), 329-335.

Baldridge, W.S., and Jiracek, G.R., (1992). SAGE program explores the Rio Grande rift. Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 73(145), 148-149.

Biehler, S., et al., (1991). SAGE -- a unique geophysical experience. Geophysics: The Leading Edge of Exploration, 10(3), 45-49.

SAGE Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Hinz, E. A., Ferguson, J. F., Pellerin, L. and Ramenofsky, A. F. (2008), A geophysical investigation of subsurface structures and Quaternary geology at San Marcos Pueblo, New Mexico. Archaeological Prospection, 15, 247–265. doi:10.1002/arp.337

Jiracek, G. R., Kinn, C. L., Scott, C. L., Kuykendall, M. G., Baldridge, W. S., Biehler, S., Braile, L. W., Ferguson, J. F., and Gilpin, B., (1996). Tracing crustal isotherms under the western margin of the Jemez Mountains using SAGE and industry magnetotelluric data. New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 47, 129-133.

Ferguson, J. F., Baldridge, W. S., Braile, L. W., Biehler, S., Gilpin, B., and Jiracek, G. H., (1995). Structure of the Espanola basin, Rio Grande rift, New Mexico, from SAGE seismic and gravity data. New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 46, 105-110.

Baldridge, W.S., et al., (1994). The western margin of the Rio Grande rift in northern New Mexico: An aborted boundary? Geological Society of America Bulletin,105,1538-1551.<1538:TWMOTR>2.3.CO;2


Biehler, S., et al., (1991). A geophysical model of the Española Basin, Rio Grande rift, New Mexico. Geophysics, 56(3), 340–353.

SAGE Conference Papers

2019 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA

 [ED23F-1076] Pellerin et al. (2019). Engaging Geophysics Students in the Field — the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE).

[NS41B-0815] Azevedo et al. (2019). Near-surface Hydrologic Investigations of Pleistocene lakes within the Valles Caldera, New Mexico.

[MR51C-0065] Weaver et al. (2019). Geophysical Investigation of the Northwestern Valles Caldera, New Mexico.

2018 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.

[NS31C-0769] Krough et al. (2018). Assessing spatial and temporal variations in an aquifer system using repeat temperature-depth measurements: an example from the Española Basin, New Mexico.

[T51H-0269] Pratscher et al. (2018). Analysis of the Magnetotelluric Profile Data from the Española Basin, New Mexico.

2017 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA

[GP33A-0956] Barker et al. (2017). Multi-scale, multi-method geophysical investigations of the Valles Caldera.

[T51D-0516] Braile et al. (2017). Gravity and Seismic Investigations of the Northern Rio Grande Rift Area, New Mexico.

[H21A-1418] Earney et al. (2017). Hydrogeologic investigations of the southern Española Basin, NM.

[T51D-0515] Feucht et al. (2017). Electrical Resistivity Structure of the Valles Caldera, New Mexico, USA: Results From 3D Inversion of Modern and Legacy Magnetotelluric Data Collected by Industry and the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE).

[NS33C-05] Sica et al. (2017). Geophysical Exploration of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, USA.

SAGE Master's and PhD Dissertations

Select SAGE students have continued their SAGE research project beyond the summer program in the form of a Master's or PhD thesis at their home institution.

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