JSG Happenings

Master’s Saturday

The Master of Science (MS) degree at the Jackson School of Geosciences is considered to be the professional degree for a career in the Geosciences. This degree is the foundation for students pursuing employment in the petroleum industry, environmental and hydrogeological fields, state and federal government agencies, and other related geoscience fields. Some students also use the MS degree as preparation for pursuing a PhD. The Energy & Earth Resources Interdisciplinary program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in management, finance, economics, law and policy leading to analytical and leadership positions in resource–related fields. Private sector and government organizations face a growing need for professionals that can plan, evaluate, and manage complex resource projects, commonly international in scope, which often include partners with a variety of professional backgrounds. As requirements for these degrees, students must present a professional talk on Master’s Saturday.

Master’s Saturday Agenda May 4, 2019

To be updated soon. Please check back for details.


Master’s Tuesday Agenda December 4, 2018

Session Chair: Lily Jackson

3:00pm-3:35pm Coffee and cookies outside of Boyd Auditorium. Pick up ballots for best talk.
RIVER BASIN (Advisor: Bridget Scanlon)
3:50pm-4:05pm BEST TALK: Keri Leigh Belcher, LOWSTAND DELTAS OF THE BLAIR FM, ROCK SPRINGS UPLIFT, WYOMING (Advisors: Drs. Ronald J. Steel and Peter P. Flaig)
4:20pm-4:35pm Elbin Collado, AN ANALYSIS OF DROUGHT MANAGEMENT PLANS IN TEXAS  (Advisors: Drs. Charles Kreitler and David J Eaton)

Master’s Saturday Agenda April 21, 2018

The event is sponsored by Hess Corporation.

7:30am to 8:15am Breakfast Tacos, Holland Family Student Center and Patio
8:15am to 8:30am Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Charlie Kerans, Chairman, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, JGB 2.324
8:30am to 10:00am Session 1: Mineralogical Insights, JGB 2.324
Session 2: The Geological Side of EER, JGB 3.222
10:00am to 10:30am Break/Discussion Coffee provided in the Holland Family Student Center and Patio
10:30am to 12:15pm Session 3: Currents and Coastlines, JGB 2.324
Session 4: Geo-Economic Analyses, JGB 3.222
12:15pm to 1:00pm Lunch, Light Italian, Holland Family Student Center and Patio
1:00pm to 2:45pm Session 5: From Geophysics to Hydrology, JGB 2.324
Session 6: Geo-Focus on Texas, JGB 3.222

Session 1: Mineralogical Insights, JGB 2.324

Session Chairs: Miguel Cisneros and Kelly Olsen

8:30am to 8:45am Scott Eckley 3D Textural and Geochemical Analysis of Carbonado Diamond: Insights from Pores and the Minerals within them (Rich Ketcham)
8:45am to 9:00am Megan Flansburg Pre-Cenozoic Tectono-Metamorphic evolution of the Cycladic Basement, Ios Island, Greece (Daniel Stockli)
9:00am to 9:15am Eirini Poulaki Unravelling the Formation of the Cycladic Blueschist Unit and Basement in the Southern Cyclades, Greece  (Daniel Stockli)
9:15am to 9:30am Graham Soto-Kerans Provenance Analysis of Syn-and Post-Orogenic Strata in the Southern Permian Basin: Marathon Region and Glass Mountains, West Texas (Danny Stockli and Jake Covault)
9:30am to 9:45am Evelin Gutiérrez Provenance and geochronological insights into Late Cretaceous-Cenozoic development of the Subandean Zone and Oriente foreland basin of Ecuador (Brian Horton)
9:45am to 10:00am Andrew Parisi Geochronological Constraints on the Timing of Proposed Ordovician Meteorite Event Impact Structures in North America  (Elizabeth Catlos)

Session 2: The Geological Side of EER, JGB 3.222

Session Chairs: Lily Jackson and Mario A Gutierrez

8:30am to 8:45am Justin Thompson Groundwater Management and Maximum Economically Recoverable Storage (Charles Kreitler)
8:45am to 9:00am Regina Montserrat Canals López Velarde Water supply issues in the Valle de Mexico: User side perceptions (Suzanne Pierce)
9:00am to 9:15am Shengzhou Wang The Study of Geomechanical and Petrophysical Characterization of Longmaxi Formation, South Sichuan Basin, China (William Fisher)
9:15am to 9:30am John Adamo On the Sustainability of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a Marine Fuel in a Post-IMO 0.5% Sulfur Cap Environment (Fred Beach)
9:30am to 9:45am Bingjie Zhang The Variability of Shelf-margin Morphology and Controlling Factors: A Case Study of A Northwestern South China Sea Shelf-margin (Ron Steel)
9:45am to 10:00pm Pamela Daitch Lithium Extraction from Oilfield Brine (Richard Chuchla)

Session 3: Currents and Coastlines, JGB 2.324

Session Chairs: Kiara Gomez and Dallas Dunlap

10:30am to 10:45am Sean O’Donnell The Interaction of a Leading and Trailing Pyroclastic Density Current: Insights from Experiments  (James Gardner)
10:45am to 11:00am Mario Gutierrez Systematic Lithologic Characterization of Pleistocene Mass-Transport Deposit, Mississippi Canyon of the Northern Gulf of Mexico, USA (John Snedden)
11:00am to 11:15am Abdulkarim Alhussaini New regressing and transgressing Jurassic siliciclastic coastlines: Dhruma Fm., N. Central Arabia (Ronald J. Steel)
11:15am to 11:30am Fritz Palacios Upper Pennsylvanian Incised-Valley & Shelf-Edge Delta Systems in the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin (William Fisher)
11:30am to 11:45am Taylor Canada Wolfcampian carbonate platform sequence stratigraphy on the southwestern margin of the Delaware Basin: Wylie Mountains, Van Horn, TX (Charlie Kerans)
11:45am to 12:00pm Emily Beckham CO2 Storage in Deltaic Environments of Deposition: Integration of 3-Dimensional Modeling, Outcrop Analysis, and Subsurface Application (Timothy Meckel)
12:00pm to 12:15pm Eva Hoffman Jurassic Stem-Mammal Perinates and Origin of Mammalian Reproduction and Growth (Tim Rowe)

Session 4: Geo-Economic Analyses, JGB 3.222

Session Chairs: Anthony Barone and Eunsil Jung

10:30am to 10:45am Cho Lai Macroscale Modeling linking Energy and Economics (Carey King)
10:45am to 11:00am Henar Rabadan Perucha Methodology for Energy Transition Evaluation, Case Study: The Balearic Islands, Spain (Fred Beach)
11:00am to 11:15am Erin Poteet Equal, Equitable, or Optimal: A comparative analysis of the regional policies and financial structures impacting residential solar adoption (Fred Beach)
11:15am to 11:30am Olivia Loa Economic Analysis of Wind Power Integration in Eastern Sumba Grid (Fred Beach)
11:30am to 11:45am Xiaoran Liu Using the Binomial Model for the Valuation of Real Options in Computing Optimal Subsidies for Chinese Renewable Energy Investments (Ehud I. Ronn)
11:45am to 12:00pm Peter Tutton Carbon Capture and Storage Network Optimization under Uncertainty (Benjamin D. Leibowicz)
12:00pm to 12:15pm Samer Atshan Determinants of Environmental Behavior: The Effect of Social Context (Patrick Bixler)

Session 5: From Geophysics to Hydrology, JGB 2.324

Session Chairs: Fritz Palacios and Gabriel Tagliaro

1:00pm to 1:15pm Sean Bader Seismic and well Log Data Integration Using Data Matching Techniques (Sergey Fomel)
1:15pm to 1:30pm Pedro Garza Juarez Time-lapse Seismic AVAz inversion in the Stocker Field (Mrinal Sen)
1:30pm to 1:45pm Hala Alqatari Acoustic Full Waveform Inversion and Elastic Pre-Stack Inversion of the Yakutat Terrane, Gulf of Alaska (Mrinal Sen)
1:45pm to 2:00pm Kunpeng Liao The Influence of Lithosphere Strength, Thickness and Rheology on Topography above an Upwelling Mantle Plume (Thorsten Becker)
2:00pm to 2:15pm Shawn Lee An investigation of spatial patterns of bedrock weathering at the hillslope scale via multi-scale geophysical methods (Daniella Rempe)
2:15pm to 2:30pm Heather Christensen Soil gas dynamics and microbial activity in the unsaturated zone of a regulated river (Phil Bennett)
2:30pm to 2:45pm Caroline Hackett Quantifying the Role of an Alluvial Aquifer in Karst Aquifer Recharge in the Upper Nueces River, Texas ( Daniella Rempe)

Session 6: Geo-Focus on Texas, JGB 3.222

Session Chairs: Chris Liu and Kristopher Darnell

1:00pm to 1:15pm  Madeline Gould Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Evaluating the Success and Outlook of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone Legislation in Texas (David Spence)
1:15pm to 1:30pm  Jingwei Meng A regression analysis of the prices of ancillary services in the Texas market (Ross Baldick)
1:30pm to 1:45pm Christopher Lanham Optimal Decarbonization Pathways for Urban Residential Building Energy Services (Benjamin D. Leibowicz)
1:45pm to 2:00pm  Brooke Holleman Coal Belt to Sun Belt: Using Former Mine Mouth Coal Plants for Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants in ERCOT (Fred Beach)
2:00pm to 2:15pm  Parker Brant Lithofacies Variability and Reservoir Quality of the Strawn Reef Limestone: Eastern Shelf, Permian Basin (William Ambrose)
2:15pm to 2:30pm  Mert Ugurhan Timing and Characterization of the Cave Peak Porphyry Molybdenum System, Culberson County, Texas (Brent Elliott and Richard Kyle)