Joe Seymour is co-director of the Magnetic Resonance Lab and a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University. His primary area of research interest is in transport imaging using MRM. Prior and future research includes laboratory and field studies of transport phenomena using MRM's ability to measure both coherent motion, or velocity, and random motion, or diffusion. During a postdoctoral stay in New Zealand with Prof. Paul Callaghan research was conducted in Antarctica in 1995 and 1997 to study the structure of sea ice using NMR in the Earth's magnetic field. The opportunity to combine science, outdoor adventure and the history of Antarctic exploration, was a unique and rewarding experience. Here is a photo (lower right) taken at Cape Evans on McMurdo Sound by the hut used in Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913, the Terra Nova Expedition, during which Scott and his companions died on their return from the South Pole.
Another adventure in research was undertaken with Prof. Eiichi Fukushima in the Gorno Altay region of Siberia along the Mongolian border. Experiments to measure groundwater content up to 50 meters underground using Surface NMR were conducted with Prof. Oleg Shushakov's group. This photo (left) shows the setting up of the 50 meter diameter wire on the ground which serves as the coil for the NMR experiment. The Katun River valley is a beautiful region of rocky mountains and was an ancient trade route from Russia to Mongolia.
Non-work related travel has taken Joe backpacking in Nepal and Peru and to altitudes above 17,500 feet and hopefully future trips will include even higher ascents. Finally, here is a picture of Joe participating in his favorite activity in the Boundary Chutes at Treble Cone in Wanaka, New Zealand in August 2002 (right).