Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Kyle T Spikes

Kyle T Spikes
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: kyle.spikes@jsg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 7674
Office: JGB 4.220D
Mailcode: C9000
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Publications (pdf)

My interests primarily involve the integration of geologic information with quantitative tools for seismic reservoir characterization. This area of research includes both forward and inverse problems, which combine rock physics, stochastic geologic modeling, seismic inversion, and wave-propagation modeling. Importantly, we work with and integrate data at scales from high resolution images of rock samples (sub-micron scale) to the surface seismic scale (tens of meters). Across these scales, we develop effective medium models and numerical techniques to model and invert for elastic properties with the ultimate goal of obtaining heterogeneous and anisotropic rock properties.

Areas of Expertise

Exploration Geophysics, in particular rock physics applications and seismic inversion techniques for reservoir characterization.


Current Research Programs & Projects

Exploration and Development Geophysics Education and Research (EDGER) Consortium (with M.K. Sen) ( view )

Select Past Research

RPSEA Unconventional Onshore Program Connectivity between fractures and pores in hydrocarbon-rich mudrocks, (with H. Daigle PI, N. Hayman, J. Gale, P. Eichhubl, K. Milliken CO-PIs).

Shell-UT Unconventional Research, Seismic inversion constrained by novel rock physics modeling and geostatistical simulation in liquid-rich shales, (with M. Sen PI, S. Srinivasan and C. Verdin CO-PIs).

American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Rock-physics and seismic modeling of the Haynesville Shale

Member, Travel Grants Committee, SEG (2012)

Member, Adhoc Committee, Energy Theme (2012)

Member, Technical Program Committee, SEG (2011 - 2013)

Co-Chair (Faculty), Committee on University and Student Programs, SEG (2010 - 2012)

Faculty Advisor, UT SEG Student Chapter (2009)

Member, Committe on University and Student Programs, SEG (2009)

Postdocs

Kelvin I Amalokwu


Graduate Students

David Tang, Ph.D., expected 2018 (Supervisor)

Sarah B Coyle, M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Elliot Dahl (Supervisor)

Elliot Dahl (Supervisor)

Han Liu, Ph.D., 2016 (Co-supervisor)
Department of Geological Sciences

Qi Ren, Ph.D., 2016 (Co-supervisor)
Department of Geological Sciences

Barry Borgman, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
Department of Geological Sciences

Andrew Yanke, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
Department of Geological Sciences

Menal Gupta, Ph.D., 2016 (Committee Member)
Department of Geological Sciences

Russell Carter, Ph.D., 2014 (Supervisor)
Department of Geological Sciences

Meijuan Jiang, Ph.D., 2014 (Supervisor)
The University of Texas at Austin

Lauren Becker, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)
The University of Texas at Austin

Kwon Taek Oh, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
The University of Texas at Austin


YearSemesterCourse
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 384N Rock Physics
2016Fall GEO 384C Seismology I
2016Fall GEO 465K Seismic Exploration
2016Summer GEO f661B Geophysics Field Camp
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysical Techniques
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Fall GEO 384U Quantitatv Seismic Intrpretatn
2015Fall GEO 384C Seismology I
2015Fall GEO 465K Seismic Exploration
2015Summer GEO f661B Geophysics Field Camp
2015Summer GEO f661A Geophysics Field Camp
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysical Techniques
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysical Techniques
2014Fall GEO 384N Rock Physics
2014Fall GEO 384C Seismology I
2014Fall GEO 465K Seismic Exploration
2014Summer GEO f661A Geophysics Field Camp
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysical Techniques
2014Spring GEO 193 Technical Sessions