Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Peter Eichhubl

Peter  Eichhubl
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: peter.eichhubl@beg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 1534, +1 512 475 8829
Office: BEG 3.102P
Mailcode: E0630

Peter Eichhubl's research combines the fields of fault and fracture mechanics and low-temperature geochemistry addressing deformation mechanisms of the upper crust, structural control of mass and heat transfer in sedimentary basins, effects of chemical mass transfer on the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of fractures and faults, and the chemical interaction between fluids and minerals. Dr. Eichhubl's research is of applied interest to groundwater management and the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Fundamental aspects of the research have implications for the seismic and aseismic deformation of the Earth's upper crust and for the interaction of subsurface fluids with the atmosphere and biosphere.

Areas of Expertise

Fault and fracture mechanics, diagenesis and low-temp. geochemistry, fluid flow and transfer processes in sedimentary basins, deformation mechanisms of the upper crust, structural control of mass and heat transfer in sedimentary basins, effects of chemical mass transfer on the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of fractures and faults, chemical interaction between fluids and minerals


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Fracture research and application consortium (FRAC): fundamental and applied research on naturally fractured reservoirs (with Steve Laubach, Julia Gale, BEG, Jon Olson, UT-CPGE) ( view )

Shell UT Unconventional Research (SUTUR) - Water production in the Wolfcamp Shale, Permian Basin (with Julia Gale, JP Nicot, Chris Landry, Masha Prodanovic and others)

DOE-BES Predicting fracture porosity evolution in sandstone (with Steve Laubach, BEG)

TexNet and CISR Geomechanics of Induced Seismicity and Fluid Injection (collaboration with Peter Hennings, Mahdi Haddad, Zhiqiang Fan, Cheng Zhu, Jon Olson, and others) ( view )

NETL: Geomechanics of CO2 Reservoir Seals, with Jon Olson (UT-CPGE), Pania Newell, Tom Dewers (Sandia National Labs)

Microstructure of deformation bands (industry sponsored)


Member, Strategic planning, JSG (2015 - 2018)

Associate Editor, AAPG Bulletin, AAPG (2013 - 2016)

JSG Energy Theme leader, JSG (2011 - 2018)

Editorial Board Member, Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences (2007 - Present)

Managing Editor, Chair of Publication Board, Bureau of Economic Geology (2007 - Present)

Associate Editor, GSA Bulletin, GSA (2006 - Present)

Postdocs

Mahdi Haddad
Mahdi Haddad is a postdoctoral fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin where he conducts research on geomechanics of induced seismicity through the TexNet project. His postdoctoral research focuses on induced seismicity in production-injection multi-layer geological systems. Previously, Haddad worked as a research geomechanics intern at FracGeo, LLC where he developed continuum damage...

Cheng Zhu, 2016 - 2017
Assistant Professor, Rowan University, NJ

Xiaofeng Chen, 2015 - 2018
Research Associate, University of Oklahoma

Chris Landry, 2013 - 2016
Research Associate, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT Austin

Zhiqiang Fan, 2013 - 2016
Postdoctoral Scholar, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV

Estibalitz Ukar, 2011 - 2013, PhD UT Austin
Research Associate, BEG

Tobias Weisenberger, 2010 - 2012, PhD Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
Iceland GeoSurvey, Reykjavik, Iceland

Andras Fall, 2008 - 2011, PhD Virginia Tech
Research Associate, BEG

Stephen Becker, 2007 - 2008, PhD Virginia Tech
Exxon Upstream Research


Graduate Students

Owen A Callahan (Supervisor)
I investigate fluid flow in faults and fractures, specifically the interplay between hydrothermal alteration, mechanical deformation, and conduit evolution in high temperature hydrothermal systems, using field observation, petrographic characterization, and experimental rock mechanics.

Natchanan Doungkaew (Supervisor)
I study processes of fracture growth in quartzitic sandstone of the Campito Formation, eastern California, by combining field structural observations, thin section petrography, and fluid inclusion microthermometry. Since processes of fracture formation control flow of fluid in the subsurface and the mechanical properties of the brittle crust, understanding of fundamental fracture growth mechanisms is essential for understanding fracture formation and...

Jonathan Major, Ph.D., 2018 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Dissertation: Natural fractures in mudrocks and top seal integrity: Insights from diagenesis, rock mechanics, and modeling applied to CO2 sequestration and hydrocarbon exploration. Now at BYU Idaho

Erick Wright, M.S., 2017 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: A Comprehensive Study of Nano-Scale Grain Boundary Channels in Fracture Cements Using Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Backscatter Diffraction, and Transmission Electron Microscopy. Now Environmental Consultant, San Francisco

Casey O'Brien, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Chemical and Mechanical Diagenetic Evolution of Deformation Bands in Sandstone. Now at Shell.

Natchanan Doungkaew, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Fracture Aperture Profiles as Indicators of Fracture Growth Environments: An Integrated Study of Fracture Aperture Growth in the Campito Formation of Eastern California. Now: PhD student at UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences

Adenike Tokan-Laval, M.S., 2015 (Supervisor)
Thesis: Understanding fluid flow in rough-walled fractures using x-ray microtomography images. Now at Shell.

Canalp Ozkul, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Fracture abundance and strain in folded Cardium Formation, Alberta Fold-and-Thrust Belt, Canada. Co-supervised by Dr. Estibalitz Ukar. Now at Turkiye Petrolleri A.O.

Yaser Al Zayer, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)
Thesis: Fracture opening kinematics in tight sandstone reservoirs. Now: SaudiAramco, Saudi Arabia

Laura Pommer, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Natural fracture cementation in the Marcellus Formation. Co-supervised by Dr. Julia Gale. Now at Anadarko Petroleum

Guangjian Cecilia Xu, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, JAckson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Fluid inclusion studies of microfractures in Eriboll Formation, NW Scotland: Insights into timing of fracture opening Now PhD student at Texas A&M

Alexander Urquhart, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Structural controls on CO2 leakage and diagenesis in a natural long-term carbon sequestration analogue: The Little Grand Wash fault, Utah. Currently MPP student at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Autumn Kaylor Eakin, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: A fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence approach to reconstruct fracture growth in the Triassic-Jurassic La Boca Formation, Northeastern Mexico Now at Chevron Energy Technology Company

Peter Hargrove, M.S., 2010 (Co-supervisor)
UT Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
Thesis: Fault-related fracture systems in the Cambrian Eriboll Formation, Northwest Scotland : a field and petrographic study of a tight gas sandstone analog. Now at BP.


YearSemesterCourse
2018Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch Reservoir Struct/Geochem
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch Reservoir Struct/Geochem
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch Reservoir Struct/Geochem
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch Reservoir Struct/Geochem

Field work in Scotland, Utah, Alberta, and California.

Field trip to Valley of Fire (NV), San Rafael Swell (UT), and Moab (UT) in October 2014, sponsored by a grant by the GDL Foundation. Team: Peter Eichhubl (instructor), Jon Major (co-leader), Sara Elliott (co-leader), Andras Fall, Chris Landry, Zhiqiang Fan, Nike Tokan-Laval, Casey O'Brien, Erick Wright, Mint Doungkaew, Peter Laciano.

Personal Research Page

FRAC industrial consortium

Structural Diagenesis Initiative

Center for Integrated Seismicity Research
The Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (CISR) at The University of Texas at Austin conducts fundamental and applied research to better understand naturally occurring and potentially induced earthquakes and the associated risks.