Dr. Tatham has been actively involved in all aspects of geophysical methods applied to petroleum problems for over 45 years, including 10 years as a practicing exploration and special problems geophysicist, 5 years with a Major international Contractor (Petty-Ray Geosource), 12 years supervising and managing research activities with a major producer (Texaco) and 14 years in Academia as a professor with endowed chair position (Shell Centennial Chair in Geophysics at Univ. of Texas-Austin).

His research activities have included all aspects of seismology applied to exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, with a focus on the interpretation and analysis of seismic data to extract rock, reservoir and fluid properties. Recent activities have expanded these efforts to include characterization of resource shales to optimize the identification of the most productive parts of the shales.

Currently organizing a Microseismic focused project with two other UT seismologists to numerically simulate microseismic data for a variety of subsurface conditions and fracture mechanisms. The philosophy is that we have made tremendous progress in analyzing microseismic data, but in many cases, lack sufficient knowledge of the subsurface (ground truth) to adequately evaluate the accuracy of the results. This lack is illustrated by examples of different analyses of the same data yielding significantly different results. The numerical methods proposed are fully elastic and allow for detailed variations in subsurface and fracture parameters. See http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/microseismic for details.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Tatham's research is presently on interpretation and analysis of multi-component seismic data. In particular, by considering both seismic P-wave and S-wave data, many of the effects of solid rock properties and pore-fluid properties may be separated.


Several graduate students, at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level, were advised over the last 15 years. For the most part, these students are working on research projects involving Analysis of Seismic Reflection Data to extract rock and fluid properties, particularly for characterization of resource shales. Gas and Oil shales are becoming a major component of exploration and exploitation in North America, and characterization to guide drilling utilizing surface observations is a major research target.


Graduate Students

Patrick J Gustie, M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Meijuan Jiang, Ph.D., 2014 (Committee Member)
UT-DGS

Mustafa Al Waily, M.S., 2014 (Committee Member)

Lauren Becker, M.S., 2014 (Committee Member)
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Makoto Sadahiro, M.S., 2014 (Co-supervisor)
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Jacqueline Maleski, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)
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Jason Stevens, Ph.D., 2013 (Committee Member)
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Terence Campbell, Ph.D., 2013 (Supervisor)
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Geophysicist, ConocoPhillips

Sharif Morshed, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
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Mohammed Alhussain, Ph.D., 2013 (Committee Member)
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Geophysicist, Saudi Aramco

Yang Xue, Ph.D., 2013 (Committee Member)
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Kumar Sundaram Das, M.S., 2013 (Committee Member)
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Alexander Lamb, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
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Salah Al-Hadab, M.S., 2012 (Committee Member)
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Stephen Graf, M.S., 2012 (Committee Member)

Shannon Lynn Cavanaugh, M.S., 2012 (Committee Member)

Kwon Taek Oh, M.S., 2012 (Committee Member)
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Yi Tao, Ph.D., 2012 (Committee Member)
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Alireza Shahin, Ph.D., 2011 (Supervisor)
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Carey Joy, M.S., 2011 (Committee Member)
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Emily Graham, M.S., 2011 (Committee Member)

Stefan Punnette, M.S., 2011 (Committee Member)

Na Shan, M.S., 2010 (Supervisor)
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Diego Valentin, M.S., 2010 (Supervisor)
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Fang Ye, M.S., 2010 (Supervisor)
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Jeffrey Kao, M.S., 2009 (Supervisor)
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Anisa Perez, M.S., 2009 (Supervisor)
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Chunlei Chu, Ph.D., 2009 (Committee Member)
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Samik Sil, Ph.D., 2009 (Committee Member)
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Abdulaziz AlMuhaidib, M.S., 2008 (Supervisor)
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Tiancong Hong, Ph.D., 2008 (Committee Member)
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Hee-Jae Lee, Ph.D., 2008 (Committee Member)
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Rodolfo Hernández, M.S., 2008 (Committee Member)

Tricia Alvarez, M.S., 2008 (Committee Member)

Daniel Smith, M.S., 2008 (Committee Member)

Ali Al Jadher, M.S., 2008 (Committee Member)

Patricia Yu, M.S., 2007 (Supervisor)
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Emily Pangborn, M.S., 2007 (Supervisor)
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Kevin Bain, M.S., 2007 (Supervisor)
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Nedra Bonal, Ph.D., 2007 (Committee Member)
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Nathan Simmons, Ph.D., 2007 (Committee Member)
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Reeshidev Bansal, Ph.D., 2007 (Committee Member)
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Hugo Castellanos, Ph.D., 2007 (Committee Member)
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Margaret Kroehler, M.S., 2007 (Committee Member)

Engin Alkan, M.S., 2007 (Committee Member)

Rosalba Mendoza-Veloza, M.S., 2007 (Committee Member)

William Burnett, M.S., 2007 (Committee Member)

Samarjit Chakraborty, M.S., 2007 (Committee Member)

G. Russel Young, M.S., 2007 (Committee Member)

Jason Gumble, Ph.D., 2006 (Supervisor)
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Eric Lyons, M.S., 2006 (Supervisor)
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Matt McDonald, M.S., 2006 (Supervisor)
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Kathryn Young, M.S., 2006 (Supervisor)
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Chandan Kumar, Ph.D., 2006 (Committee Member)
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Arturo Contreras, Ph.D., 2006 (Committee Member)
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Wei Gao, Ph.D., 2006 (Committee Member)
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Patricia Montoya, Ph.D., 2006 (Committee Member)
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Maika Karen Gambús-Ordaz, Ph.D., 2006 (Committee Member)
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Jaime Hernandez, M.S., 2006 (Committee Member)

German Maerletti, M.S., 2006 (Committee Member)

Kimberly Kumar, M.S., 2006 (Committee Member)

Sharon Goehring, M.S., 2005 (Supervisor)
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Carmen Gomez, M.S., 2005 (Supervisor)
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Dhananjay Kumar, Ph.D., 2005 (Committee Member)
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Sean Sullivan, M.S., 2005 (Committee Member)

Jason Stine, M.S., 2004 (Supervisor)
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Armando Sena, Ph.D., 2004 (Committee Member)
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Xinxia Wu, Ph.D., 2004 (Committee Member)
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Chengshu Wang, Ph.D., 2003 (Supervisor)
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Matthew Morris, M.S., 2003 (Supervisor)
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Imtiaz Ahmed, Ph.D., 2003 (Committee Member)
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Alejandro Escalona, Ph.D., 2003 (Committee Member)
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Pedro Gomez-Cabrera, Ph.D., 2003 (Committee Member)
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Jorge Barrios-Rivera, Ph.D., 2003 (Committee Member)
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Yong-Joon Park, Ph.D., 2003 (Committee Member)
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Shanty Ilona, M.S., 2003 (Committee Member)

Renie Mekarsari, M.S., 2003 (Committee Member)

Adrian Badescu, Ph.D., 2002 (Committee Member)
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Anubrati Mukherjee, Ph.D., 2002 (Committee Member)
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Hasan Sarikaya, M.S., 2002 (Committee Member)

Fernando Cerda, M.S., 2001 (Supervisor)
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Maria Castillo, Ph.D., 2001 (Committee Member)
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Saleh Al-Saleh, M.S., 2001 (Committee Member)

Helena Zirczy, M.S., 2000 (Supervisor)
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Brian Schlottman, Ph.D., 2000 (Committee Member)
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Geo 383C Geophysics I - Exploration Geophysics (Graduate)

Geo 384T Seismic Lithology (Graduate)

465K Exploration Seismology (Graduate)