Marc Hesse Marc Hesse [RG]

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 [RG]
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.

Baole Wen [RG]
Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of New Hampshire (2015)

Baole is a new ICES Postdoctoral Fellow. He is interested in turbulence, mathematical modeling and dynamical systems theory. His PhD research was focused on understanding the underlying flow and transport mechanisms governing the spatiotemporally-chaotic system of porous medium convection at large values of the Rayleigh number. This investigation employed a complement of direct numerical simulations, secondary stability and dynamical systems theory, and variational analysis. Now, he is working with Dr. Hesse and Dr. Ghattas on developing an inversion algorithm to identify the source of CO2 at Bravo dome.


Li Zhang [RG]
B.S. Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University (2012)

Li is interested in reactive transport and electrokinetic phenomena in porous media. I am developing numerical tools, basically with lattice Boltzmann method, to simulate the pore-scale processes and couple them with large scale method to understand the effects of pore-scale heterogeneity.

Graduate Students (advisor)

Kiran Sathaye Kiran Sathaye (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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, 201Xa, 201Xb)

Jake Jordan Jake Jordan (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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.

Papers (with Hesse): Jordan and Hesse (2015), Sathaye et al. (201Xb)

,Jake Jordan Colin McNeece (PhD Candidate 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 Kimberly McCormack (PhD Candidate GEO) [RG]
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 Candidate 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)

Soheil Ghanbarzadeh Soheil Ghanbarzadeh (PhD Candidate PGE) [RG]
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, 2015a , 2015b)

Ashwin Venkatraman Yu  Liang (PhD 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.

Evan Ramos (MS candidate) [RG]
B.A. Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Boston University (2015)

Co-advised by Jaime Barnes, Evan is Master’s candidate interested in constraining fluid flow as a result of contact metamorphism. Through stable isotope geochemistry and geochronology, he plans to develop a model to describe and characterize the mechanisms and processes that formed a skarn system in the Sierra Nevada Batholith.

Undergraduate Students

Esben Pedersen (BSc General Geology)

Esben works with Toti Larson and graduate students Daria Ahkbari on bench-top two-phase flow experiments. He is trying to understand the effect of gravity in two-phase flow and the partitioning of noble gases during two-phase flow.

Former Students

Quinn Wenning Ram Sanchez
BSc Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)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.
Abraham Taicher Abraham Taicher
PhD Computational Science, Engineering and Math, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)
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.

Ashwin Venkatraman Ashwin Venkatraman [RG]
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. Ashwin is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Science with Prof. Mary Wheeler.

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

Kyung-Won Chang Kyung Won Chang [RG]
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. Kyung-won is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity working with Prof. Paul Segall.

Papers: Chang et al. (2013), Woods et al. (2015), Chang and Hesse (201X)

Nicolas Huerta Nicolas Huerta [RG]
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 [RG]
BSc Geosystems Engineering and Hydrology (2012)

Michael worked with Marc Hesse on the Bravo Dome natural carbon dioxide field and was instrumental in getting it of the ground. After graduating from UT Austin Michael obtained a M.S. in Hydrology at the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Lancaster in the U.K.  (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.