DR. MICHAEL BURIANYK is currently an independent geophysicist pursuing various projects in the field of geophysical education and training. He has held several highly technical and research positions with a seismic contractor and later with Royal Dutch Shell. He has expertise in seismic Quantitative Interpretation (QI), non-seismic Geophysics; in the development and application of geophysical technology and software; and experience in humanitarian applications of geophysics. He is a skilled and experienced oral and written communicator and has extensive experience in training, mentoring, managing, leadership and organization, intercultural communication and understanding. He is the author of 'Understanding Signals: Basic waveform analysis from a geophysical perspective' published by SEG. He has a PhD in Seismology and Geophysics from the University of Alberta; and an MSc in Geophysics and Geology and a BSc in Physics and Geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan.