Julia Gale obtained a Ph.D. in Structural Geology from Exeter University, UK in 1987, working on the Archean of southern West Greenland. She taught structural geology and tectonics for 12 years at the University of Derby, UK. She moved to the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, where she is a Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences. At the moment she is focusing on natural fracture characterization in shale hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Areas of Expertise

Natural fracture / vein systems in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; structural geology; tectonics


Research Locations



President's Certificate of Excellence, Oral Presentation at Annual Meeting - Energy Minerals Division, AAPG (2011)

Publication Award - Best Paper - Bureau of Economic Geology (2011)

President's Certificate of Excellence, Poster Presentation at Annual Meeting - Energy Minerals Division, AAPG (2007)

President's Certificate of Excellence, Poster Presentation at Annual Meeting - Energy Minerals Division, AAPG (2006)

SEPM Honorable Mention, Oral Presentation Award, Understanding fractured carbonate reservoirs. - AAPG/SEPM Annual Meeting, Denver (2001)

Clement Le Neve Foster Memorial Prize - Imperial College London (1982)

Chair, Endowment Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences (2011)

Technical program Oral Chair, Organizing Committee, AAPG Annual Meeting, San Antonio, 2008 (2007 - 2008)

Member, Student Support Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2005 - 2008)

Member, Publications Board, Bureau of Economic Geology (2004 - 2010)

Technical program Co-Chair, Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, October 30--November 1, 2002, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (2001 - 2002)

Representative, University of Derby, Geological Society of London, Ongoing Academic Representation (1990 - 1998)

Member, Promotions Committee, Geological Society of London (1990 - 1993)

Graduate Students

Laura Pommer, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
UT

Luke Fidler, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
UT

Walaa Ali, M.A., 2008 (Supervisor)
UT

Jim Carty, Ph.D., 2001 (Co-supervisor)
University of Derby UK
Worked on tectonic, metamorphic and igneous processes in the Buchan Dalradian at Portsoy, NE Scotland. Currently working for Golder and Associates in the UK.

Adrian Watson, Ph.D., 1998 (Co-supervisor)
University of Derby, UK
Worked on vein systems in the New Harbour Group, Anglesey, UK. Currently Senior Lecturer in structural geology at the University of Derby.


(1) Natural fractures in shale hydrocarbon reservoirs (2) Fractures across a range of scales, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer 2013-14, Eastern US (Fall) Western US and Canada (Spring) (2014)

Predicting fracture and porosity evolution in dolostone, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology research seminar, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2006)

Barnett Shale fracture overview, presented at Permian Basin Geological Synthesis Project Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas (2006)

Modeling fracture sealing in dolostones, presented to carbonate diagenesis specialists at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas (2005)

Fractures in dolostones workshop 2, presented to carbonate diagenesis and fracture specialists at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas (2005)

Carbonate structural diagenesis initiative, presented at FRAC IA program sponsors' annual research meeting, Austin, Texas (2005)

Testing fracture intensity measures, presented at FRAC IA sponsors' annual research meeting, Austin, Texas (2005)

Fracture Research and Application Consortium Short Course, presented to Ecopetrol and Instituto Colombiano del Petroleo, Bucaramanga, Colombia (2005)

Fracture Research and Application Consortium Short Course, presented to Devon Canada, Calgary, Canada (2005)

Understanding, predicting, characterizing, and simulating reservoir-scale fracture systems, presented at the Marathon Oil Company Technology Fair, Houston, Texas (2005)

Olmos Formation fracture study, Gold River field, S. Texas: progress report, presented at Huber Energy at Huber Offices, Houston, Texas (2005)

Description of natural fractures in core, presented to Geology for Engineers graduate student class, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2004)

The scaling of natural fracture systems, presented to Geology for Engineers graduate student class, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2004)

Fracture Research and Application Consortium: research update, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas (2004)

Fracture size scaling results and interpretation of patterns, presented at Fracture Research and Application Consortium Annual Research Meeting, Park City, Utah (2004)

Predicting and characterizing fractures in hydrocarbon reservoirs: using the link between diagenesis and fracturing, presented at Houston Structural Geology Group Meeting, Bureau of Economic Geology Houston Core Facility, (2003)

Predicting and characterizing fractures in dolomite reservoirs: using the link between diagenesis and fracturing, presented at Geological Society Meeting, Burlington House, London, England (2002)

Structural diagenesis: establishing P-T-t-d paths for opening mode fractures, presented at Research Seminar Series, School of Environmental and Applied Sciences, The University of Derby, UK, (2001)

Are open fractures aligned with maximum horizontal stress in the Rockies?, presented at Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists luncheon meeting, (2001)

Permeability prediction and horizontal well design and Stress sensitivity of natural fractures, presented at Fracture Research and Application Consortium: Technical Review Meeting, The Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2001)

Stress sensitivity of natural fractures, presented at technical review meeting, Fracture Research and Application Consortium, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2001)

Effect of modern state of stress on flow-controlling fractures: a misleading paradigm in need of revision, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology research seminar, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2001)

Demonstration on geological mapping, presented to school visitors, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2001)

Fracture Research and Application Consortium research update, presented at review meeting, BG Group, Reading, UK (2001)

Fracture spatial distribution: research update, presented to Fracture Research and Application Consortium, Spring Applications Workshop, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2000)

Fracture spatial organization: empirical analysis and scaling, presented at Department of Geological Sciences, Hard Rock Seminar Series, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2000)

Specifying lengths of horizontal wells, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology research seminar, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2000)

Fracture spatial organization: empirical analysis and scaling, presented at School of Environmental and Applied Sciences Seminar Series, The University of Derby, Derbyshire, UK (2000)

Scaling analysis of fractures in the Austin Chalk, presented to Chevron USA Production Company, Wilcrest, Houston, TX (2000)

Characterization of fracture systems in the subsurface: from microfractures to macrofractures, presented at Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2000)

Spatial organization of natural opening mode fracture systems, poster presented at 2000 SPE Forum Series in Europe, Forum II Fractured Reservoirs: Challenges and Opportunities for Their Integrated Characterization and Exploitation, Sainte Maxime, France (2000)

Fracture Spatial Organization I: Empirical analysis and scaling, presented at the Fracture Research and Application Consortium, Technical Review Meeting, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)

Scaling analysis of core and outcrop analogues, Austin Chalk, presented to Chevron USA Production Company, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)

Structural analysis of slant and horizontal curves, Austin Chalk deep gas play, presented to Chevron USA Production Company, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)

Fracture characterization in the Apon Formation: outcrop studies at Carrasquero Quarry, presented to PDVSA-Maracaibo and FLSTP-Maracaibo, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)

Status of fractured carbonate reservoir studies, presented to the Fracture Research and Application Consortium, Technical Review Meeting, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)