Susan J. Webb

Susan J. Webb

Susan J. Webb

Keynote title: “Implications of geophysical studies of the Bushveld Complex for exploration and deep Earth processes”

Associate Professor and Coordinator AfricaArray Geophysics Field School, Wits University

Susan Webb graduated from Binghamton University (USA) with a BSc, an MSc from Memorial University (Canada) and a PhD from Wits University (South Africa) all in geophysics.  She developed an interest in geophysical exploration, especially for kimberlites, while working for Gold Fields in the early 90s after moving to South Africa.  In 1994 she joined Wits University and her research focuses on the integration of geophysical methods to address interpretations of the Earth’s interior.  Current projects include geophysical studies of the Kaapvaal Craton, Bushveld Complex, Karoo, Lightning in Lesotho and the Zululand Basin. She supervises a number of graduate students and is keenly interested in student development. She has published over 50 refereed publications and numerous conference contributions.

She has served as SAGA president and was a committee member for over 10 years.  In 2001, she organized the SAGA exploration challenge “Find the Platinum” featuring $10,000 in prizes from Goldcorp and a 4 ct diamond from De Beers.  She also served on the Board of the SEG (2010-2011) and GWB (2008-2009), and currently serves as the international secretary on the Board of Directors of the AGU (2012 – present).

She is a fellow of the GSSA, was awarded the GSSA Jubilee award (2005), and best paper award at Geosynthesis (2011). She has been honoured by the SEG as the “Honorary Lecturer for Africa and the Middle East” (2010) and with the inaugural SEG “Outstanding Educator” award (2014).  She has received the SAGA meritorious service award (2009) and been acknowledged for promoting SAGA at SEG (2011). In 2016, she was invited as keynote lecturer to the GSA Penrose Conference on Layered Intrusions in Montana (USA).