Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Stephanie R Forstner

Graduate Research Assistant, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: stephanie.forstner@beg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 475 7265
Office: BEG 1.126A
Mailcode: E0610

I study the spatial and temporal patterns of diagenetic (low-temperature) brittle deformation in earth's crust. My research is focused on understanding the chemical and physical processes that alter rock properties over millions-of-years. I am interested in developing the tools we use to further our understanding of fractured reservoirs.

Natural fracture systems are super important (and fun) to study! The key to safe, efficient, low-cost, and low-impact development of infrastructure and earth's natural resources is sound scientific understanding and prediction. A fundamental aspect of informing relevant policy and improving technology requires the knowledge of how fracture patterns develop in the subsurface.

My curiosity for earth science stems from adventures with my grandfather, two encouraging high-school teachers, and a spontaneous road trip with strangers from Minnesota to Colorado. After experiencing the mountains for the first time, I moved to Durango, CO to pursue a BS in Geology at Fort Lewis College (1st generation). My undergraduate experience provided me a competitive but malleable foundation in geoscience.

I spent the first 4 years of my career (in that small mountain town) as a geotechnical consultant in oil & gas exploration. I worked conventional and unconventional reservoirs in the GOM to the San Juan Basin (New Mexico). I currently wouldn’t be pursuing my PhD if it hadn’t been for the mentors and bosses who inspired me to participate in science for the betterment of society. As a result, I have an entrepreneurial spirit and an internal compass driving me to make a difference and be a part of the solution.

Areas of Expertise

Structural geology Fluid inclusion petrography & microthermometry Geochemical fluid-rock interactions Diagenesis