Dr Mike Finnemore - Senior Geophysicist.Director
Dr Mike Finnemore

Senior Geophysicist



Mike has over 25 years experience in field/research geophysics. He established Southern Geophysical Ltd in 2002. Mike has a BSc (1989) in Microelectronics and Engineering Physics, a MSc in Exploration Geophysics (1997) and a PhD in geology (2004). Mike has worked in Europe, North America, Antarctica and all across New Zealand. With decades of professional experience and with his academic background, Mike is highly skilled at determining the geophysical solution that is right for you and your project. 

Christian Ruegg - Senior Geophysicist.Team Leader - Seismic
Christian Ruegg

Senior Geophysicist


Team Leader - Seismic

Christian has a BSc and MSc in Geology from the University of Canterbury. He also brings his extensive training and experience from Urban Search and Rescue to the workplace. As, a senior member of our geophysics team, Christian says "My main responsibility is managing Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) surveys, both as crew chief in the field and data analyst in the office. I also work assisting with a variety of geophysical surveying techniques. I particularly enjoy the fact that working as a geophysicist demands the constant application of scientific problem-solving in dynamic and unique environments."

Travis Grace - Geophysicist. NDT Specialist
Travis Grace



NDT Specialist

Travis received his BSc in Geology from the University of Canterbury in 2013, then went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Geology. Prior to gaining his university degree, Travis worked in the field of avionics which has proved to be useful in understanding geophysical methods and applications. Travis is a keen mountain biker and rides to and from work everyday.

Jack Fleming - Geologist.NDT Technician
Jack Fleming



NDT Technician

Jack received his BSc in Geology and Geography from the University of Canterbury in 2019. Jack is one of our friendly NDT technicians and specialises in concrete investigations. Jack is an active outdoor enthusiast, and outside work hours, spends most of his time hiking or playing football.

Richard Mellis - Geophysicist.ERT Specialist
Richard Mellis



ERT Specialist

Richard received his BSc in Geology from the University of Canterbury in 2014, then went on to gain a Masters of Science in Geology. Richard specialises in electrical resistivity testing (ERT) and GPR.  Richard is an outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys a wide array of activities in the elements including climbing and surfing.

Michelle Martin - Geophysicist.Seismic Specialist
Michelle Martin



Seismic Specialist

Michelle received her BSc majoring in Geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 2018. Michelle specialises in the acquisition and analysis of seismic data. In her spare time she loves rock climbing, hiking and ultimate frisbee.

Mika Bray

Geophysical Technician


Mika Bray - Geophysical Technician.

Mika received her BSc in Geology from the University of Canterbury in 2012. Mika is an outdoor fan, who enjoys a wide array of outdoor activities in including climbing and biking.

Arek Aspinwall - Geophysical Field Technician.
Arek Aspinwall

Geophysical Field Technician


Arek is our geophysics technician, with a BSc in Zoology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a Masters in Antarctic sciences from the University of Canterbury (2021). Arek has spent the last few years conducting scientific fieldwork in Europe and Antarctica. He is passionate about the outdoors, nature, and wildlife photography.

Vanessa Ross - Office Manager.Heath and Safety Manager
Vanessa Ross

Office Manager


Heath and Safety Manager

Vanessa joined us in March 2021 and brings a wide variety of skills that support our team. She received her BBS from Massey University in 2003. Since then, she has gained extensive experience in office administration, and Health and Safety. In her spare time, Vanessa has a couple of classic cars that enjoy the odd outing and gardening.

Our Partners

Dean Fergusson has over 35 years of experience in mineral exploration, projects and mining operations throughout New Zealand.  By partnering with Dean, Southern Geophysical has access to his wealth of practical mining experience.

He has a BSc and MSc (hons) in Earth Science from University of Waikato. He is a long-term member of AusIMM and is a chartered professional geologist. He successfully implemented and managed multiple, high-resolution 3D seismic reflection surveys in NZ’s highly-structured coal basins, developing work-flows to map, model and risk assess geological hazards in mine feasibility and operational planning.

He is highly conversant with wireline logging techniques and data interpretation and the applied use of GPR for site investigations. Dean brings a wealth of project management experience and knows first-hand how to successfully apply geophysical techniques in mining and geotechnical end uses.

Dean Fergusson - Geologist.Exploration Manager
Dean Fergusson



Exploration Manager

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New Zealand +64 3 384 4302

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