Geoscience Integrations

Geologic interpretations integrating diverse data sets

Seismic surveying for hardrock mineral targets

Robert Lankston

Geoscience Integrations was formed in 2006 by Robert (Bob) Lankston. Bob's career spans over 40 years in academia, major petroleum companies, and geophysical contracting and consulting.

While on the research faculty at Washington State University in the late 1970's, Bob integrated surface and borehole geophysical data for evaluation of the Columbia Basin for hydrocarbon, uranium, and groundwater resources. In the 1980's, he taught geophysics and computer methods in geology at the University of Idaho and the University of Arkansas. In the petroleum industry in the early 1990's, Bob was involved with shallow target geophysics and GIS management as applied to downstream environmental issues. Later, in upstream, he worked in geopressure analysis, AVO analysis and fluid replacement modeling, gas hydrate exploration, and facilitation of value of information studies.

Residing now in Missoula, MT, Bob complements his consulting and contract work by volunteering as a faculty affiliate at the University of Montana, his Ph.D. alma mater, where he has mentored students in various aspects of exploration geophysics. As an adjunct faculty member, Bob has taught courses at the university on general exploration geophysics and seismic data analysis.  Bob maintains a digital archive of data and images from the 1970 Flathead Lake seismic survey on a site hosted by the University of Montana Mansfield Library.  He also volunteers his time to the library to help resolve dates, locations, and other metadata for the library’s collection of images on the site known as the Montana Memory Project.

Bob was an early adopter of desktop data processing of geophysical data doing initial development on a Radio Shack TRS-80 in 1978 and migrating to the Apple II a year later. He was an early proponent of the generalized reciprocal method (GRM) of interpreting refraction seismic data (Geometrics collection) and combining the engineering seismograph and the desktop computer of the early 1980's to collect and process reflection seismic data (1983 monograph).

Bob is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Montana Geological Society (MGS). He has provided peer review of articles for the journals and the special publications of various professional societies. Bob is a founding member of the Tobacco Root Geological Society (TRGS).

The common thread through Bob's career has been integration of methods, data, and concepts. His integration was evident in his work over a ten year period from 2002 to 2012 in gas hydrate exploration. Shallow target geophysical methods, specifically in the Arctic, are an important complement to an understanding of the geopressure regime and the fluid effects on logs and seismic data in successfully exploring for gas hydrate.  In recent years, Bob has revived his early career interests in the application of seismic methods in hardrock terrains, again implementing the integration of various surface and borehole geophysical methods.

Contact Bob at Geoscience Integrations to discuss putting his skills to work for you.



Geoscience Integrations maintains alliances with various consultancies. Services of the allied firms are integrated with our own when necessary.




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