From the Core to the Cosmos

Exploration Geophysics

Research in exploration geophysics develops and employs seismic and electromagnetic methods used to explore for energy, mineral, and water resources. Examples of projects underway include improved imaging of subsurface structures to support geological interpretation; estimation of subsurface physical properties from conventional and multi-component seismic data, analysis of seismic-attributes, and application of electromagnetic methods to estimate subsurface structure and physical properties.

Faculty & Research Scientists

Jacob A CovaultJacob A Covault
sedimentology, stratigraphy, marine geology
Sergey FomelSergey Fomel
Computational and exploration geophysics; seismic imaging; wave propagation; seismic data analysis; inverse problems; geophysical estimation
Omar  GhattasOmar Ghattas
Computational geoscience and engineering, simulation and optimization of complex solid, fluid, and biomechanical systems, inverse problems, optimal design, and optimal control
Bob A HardageBob A Hardage
Seismic stratigraphy interpretation; reservoir characterization; acquiring, processing, and interpreting downhole and surface seismic data; multicomponent seismic technology
Peter H Hennings
Field and subsurface structural geology; seismic structural interpretation and analysis; characterization and hydraulic modeling of fractured and compartmentalized reservoirs; reservoir geomechanics; induced seismicity; fault seal analysis; thrust belt kinematics; hydrocarbon exploration and production; geology of West Texas, Wyoming, and western Montana; coaching for students seeking geoscience careers in the petroleum industry.
Xavier  JansonXavier Janson
Carbonates sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, petrophysics of carbonate, seismic signature of carbonate rock, seismic modeling, carbonate modern depositional environment
Alexander  KlokovAlexander Klokov
Seismic diffractions, fracture characterization, seismic processing, seismic imaging
Luc L LavierLuc L Lavier
Tectonics; the structural and geodynamical evolution of continental and oceanic rifts, as well as collisional environments; numerical techniques to model tectonic processes on crustal and lithospheric scales; deformation; subduction
Eric Prokocki
Open channel hydraulics and morphodynamics, Fluvial geomorphology/sedimentology, Estuarine/Deltaic hydraulics and sedimentology, and Turbidity currents
Diana C SavaDiana C Sava
Statistical rock physics for reservoir characterization, quantitative integration of geological and seismic data, seismic fracture characterization, gas hydrates
Mrinal K SenMrinal K Sen
Seismic wave propagation including anisotropy, geophysical inverse problems, earthquakes and earth structure, applied seismology, petroleum exploration including 4D seismology
Kyle T SpikesKyle T Spikes
Exploration Geophysics, in particular rock physics applications and seismic inversion techniques for reservoir characterization.
Nicola  TisatoNicola Tisato
Are rocks elastic? Not really... especially when saturated with multi-phase fluids. Did you know that a seismic wave is able of mobilizing the liquid saturating rocks and that such a process reduces the seismic wave strength? Yes, this phenomenon, called Wave-Induced-Fluid-Flow could be used to improve subsurface imaging. How? The absorption of elastic energy varies with frequency, this means that certain frequencies are attenuated and other maybe not. Why is this important? Well, adding information ...
Clark R WilsonClark R Wilson
Geophysics, including gravity, space geodesy, and applied seismology
Hongliu  ZengHongliu Zeng
Seismic sedimentology; seismic geomorphology; seismic and sequence stratigraphy; Characterization of thin-bed reservoirs; seismic chrono-stratgraphy
Tongwei  ZhangTongwei Zhang
Gas geochemistry and isotope geochemistry; Petroleum and gas generation kinetics and basin modeling; Fluid transport processes in basins and reservoirs; Organic-inorganic interactions; Unconventional gas reservoir characterization; CO2 sequestration and H2S risk prediction.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Xinming  WuXinming Wu
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Research Staff

Richard J ChuchlaRichard J Chuchla
Graduate studies were focused on igneous processes, magmatism and related formation of ore deposits. Professional career included exploration for base and precious metal ore deposits, coal assessment and development, and research, exploration and development in the upstream sector of the oil and gas business. Managerial positions led to development of skills in commercial analysis, strategic planning and valuation. Concurrently, led numerous teams negotiating new contracts which led to a strong grounding in analysis of fiscal ...
Michael V DeangeloMichael V Deangelo
2-D/3-D seismic interpretation and seismic inversion analysis; geological/geophysical database management; development of seismic vector-wavefield technologies; seismic data acquisition and 3D acquisition design
Thomas Hess
Geoscience software, anisotropic imaging, seismic processing, seismic geometry, deconvolution, problem solving.
Karl L Schleicher
Ramon TrevinoRamon Trevino
Sequence stratigraphic interpretations (well logs, 3-D seismic), integrated reservoir characterization, subsurface correlation and mapping (using workstation and PC) and subsurface structural interpretation (using 3-D seismic), project management, CO2 sequestration