My interests center primarily involve the integration of geologic information with quantitative tools for seismic reservoir and basin characterization. This area of research includes both forward and inverse problems that combine rock physics, stochastic geologic modeling, and seismic-attribute analysis. Current projects with students include studies in the Haynesville, Marcellus, Woodford, and Bakken Shales, as well as CO2 sequestration monitoring of the Cranfield site in Mississippi.

Areas of Expertise

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

Current Research Programs & Projects

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).

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

Select Past Research

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)

Graduate Students

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

Han Liu, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Co-supervisor)

Andrew Yanke, M.S., expected 2016 (Supervisor)
My current research interests focus on bridging the gap between rock physics (small scale) and large scale seismic attributes. This problem of scale necessitates an integrated understanding of rock physics models (i.e. both isotropic and anisotropic) and their affects on seismic wave propagation. In broader terms, my research hinges on forward and inverse modeling between subsurface rock properties and surface-seismic measurements (i.e. related to acoustic properties of the subsurface). This area of study applies to petroleum systems, hydrogeologic settings, CO2 sequestration efforts, and other fields of active interest.

Qi Ren, Ph.D., expected 2016 (Co-supervisor)

Barry M Borgman, M.S., expected 2016 (Supervisor)

Russell W Carter, Ph.D., expected 2015 (Supervisor)

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

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