Marc Hesse Marc Hesse Assistant Professor [Research Gate]

Marc is a computational geoscientists interested in multiphase geosystems and geological porous media. Marc has an BSc in Geology from the University of Edinburg, a MS in Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, a MPhil in Fluid Flow from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral researcher in tectonophysics at Brown University. In the fall 2009 Marc joined the Jackson School of Geosciences as an assistant professor.

Postdoctoral scholars

Nicholas Dygert [Research Gate]
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Brown University (2014)

Nick is a JSG Postdoctoral Fellow, his research focuses on understanding the physical and chemical evolution of the terrestrial and lunar mantles using experiments, numerical models, and field studies. Subjects of active research include characterization of the thermal history of the upper mantle and the geological processes that affect it, and trace element geochemical investigations of dynamic processes in planetary interiors.

Graduate Students (advisor)

Kiran Sathaye Kiran Sathaye (PhD Candidate GEO) [Research Gate]
B.A. Geophysics, University of California at Berkeley (2010)
B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of California at Berkeley (2010)

I am a PhD candidate studying the Bravo Dome carbon dioxide reservoir near the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico border. My work involves incorporation of stable and radioactive isotope geochemistry, reservoir engineering and multiphase flow, and petrophysics and geostatistics. I am interested in incorporation of data and models from these varying disciplines to better understand subsurface fluid flow.

Papers: Sathaye et al. (2014)

Jake Jordan Jake Jordan (PhD Student GEO)
A.B. Geophysics, University of Chicago (2011)

After spending a year as a researcher in the group, Jake has decided to stay for a PhD. Jake’s research interests lie in the areas of computational fluid mechanics, scientific computing and applied maths. Currently Jake is developing a theory and a reactive transport simulator for partial melting and melt transport in a system with binary solid-solution.

Jake Jordan Colin McNeece (PhD Student GEO)
B.A. Geology, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
M.A. Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley (2011)

Colin is a new member of the geologic porous media group. He is interested in developing fundamental models to predict reactive transport phenomena through dynamic media. He is using laboratory derived data in combination with numerical models to better understand how the interaction of aqueous species with pH dependent mineral surfaces can affect species transport rates.

Jake Jordan Kimberley McCormack (PhD Student GEO)
B.S. Geophysics, University of South Carolina, 2013

Kimmy is interested in how fluid injection induces seismicity on pre-existing faults. She is developing a numerical model to characterize how injected fluid propagates through a target formation and interacts with existing faults and under what conditions this interaction results in slip on a fault.

Jake Jordan Daria Akhbari (PhD Student GEO)
B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2006)
M.Sc. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University (2013)

Daria is a new member in the Geological porous media group.He is interested in the convective dissolution of carbon dioxide in the geological carbon dioxide storage fields. Daria will estimate the long-term convective CO2 dissolution rate at the Bravo Dome CO2 field, by conducting the analogue laboratory experiments, developing numerical models, and testing the developed models against the laboratory derived data.


Graduate Students (co-advisor)

Abraham Taicher Abraham Taicher (PhD Student CSEM)
B.Sc. Physics, Rice University (2007)

Avi is a CSEM student with a strong background in numerical and applied mathematics.  He is interested in developing Mixed Finite Element methods to problems in porous media and fluid mechanics.  He focuses on studying the Darcy-Stokes equations that govern convection and partial melting in planetary interiors.

Soheil Ghanbarzadeh Soheil Ghanbarzadeh (PhD Student PGE) [Research Gate]
B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2008)
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2010)

Soheil is a PhD student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and jointly advised with Prof. Prodanovic. Soheil is studying texturally equilibrated pore-shapes in rock-salt and their effect on petrophysical properties.

Papers: Ghanbarzadeh et al. 2014, Ghanbarzadeh et al. (201X) submitted

Ashwin Venkatraman Yu  Liang (MS Student PGE)
B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming (2012)

Yu (Alex) is currently a MS student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering advised by Prof. DiCarlo and working on a joint NSF project with Prof. Hesse on the dynamics of convective dissolution of CO2 in natural CO2 reservoirs.

Undergraduate Students

Quinn Wenning Ram Sanchez (BSc 2014, GEOSYS ENG)

Ram works with graduate students Kiran Sathaye and Alex Yu on characterizing the Bravo Dome natural carbon dioxide field and on bench-top analog experiments of convective CO2 dissolution.

Former Students

Ashwin Venkatraman Ashwin Venkatraman [Research Gate]
Ph.D. Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2014)
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2004)

Ashwin was a PhD student in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering advised by Prof. Lake and Prof. Johns (now at Penn State). After taking the GEO391 Reactive Transport in Porous Media in Spring 2010 Ashwin started a side project with Marc that developed the hyperbolic theory for heterogeneous ternary ion-exchange and successfully validated it against published experimental and field data. After completing his PhD Ashwin is planning to take a faculty position at the City College of New York.

Papers (with Hesse): Venkatraman et al. (2014)

Kyung-Won Chang Kyung Won Chang [Research Gate]
PhD Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
M.S. Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2007)
B.Sc. Geotechnical Engineering, Seoul National University (2005)

Kyung Won (K-Won) worked on the carbon storage in geologically heterogeneous formations. He will continue his research of theoretical, numerical and experimental studies of multiphase flow and solute transport in deformable porous media. In February 2014 Kyung-won will join the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity as a postdoctoral scholar working with Prof. Paul Segall.

Papers: Chang et al. (2013), Woods et al. (2015)

Nicolas Huerta Nicolas Huerta [Research Gate]
Ph.D. Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2013)
M.S. Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2009)
M.S. Geology, University of California at Davis (2007)
B.S. Geology, University of California at Davis (2003)

Nicolas completed his Ph.D. in fall 2013 and now works as a research scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany Oregon. He studies problems related to ensuring energy security and independence for the U.S. Some of his specific research interests are:

  1. Reactive transport and fracture flow at high pressure/high temperature using laboratory experiments and numerical models to study wellbore integrity.
  2. Understanding the impact that nanoparticle use has on aquifers.
  3. Development of safe and novel methods to increase hydrocarbon production from domestic resources.

Papers: Huerta et al. (2012), Huerta et al. (2015)

Quinn Wenning Quin Wenning
B.Sc. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)

Quinn worked with Nic Huerta on characterizing flow paths in fractured well bores. Quinn is currently pursuing a Masters in Applied Geoscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETHZ [LinkedIn].

Quinn Wenning Michael Tso [Research Gate]
BSc Geosystems Engineering and Hydrology (2012)

Micheal worked with Marc Hesse on the Bravo Dome natural carbon dioxide field. Since he has moved to pursue a Ph.D. in Hydrology at the University of Arizona (Michael’s website).

blank Jennifer Cessna
MS Geosciences (2011)

B.Sc. Geology and Mathematics, North Carolina State University (2009)Jennifer worked on unstable reaction fronts in porous media. Jennifer has moved on to a career in K12 teaching.