Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Stephen C Phillips

Stephen C Phillips
Research Associate, Jackson School of Geosciences

Office: PIC
Mailcode: C9000

Steve's overall interest is in understanding in marine sediment deposition and early diagenesis on continental margins. Much of his research utilizes interdisciplinary approaches using sedimentology, biogeochemistry, mineralogy, and physical properties in ocean drilling records. His current research involves characterizing and synthesizing methane hydrates. Prior to arriving at UT, he earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.S. in Geology from Michigan Technological University.

Areas of Expertise

methane hydrates, sediment biogeochemistry, environmental magnetism, paleoceanography


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Genesis of Methane Hydrate in Coarse-Grained Systems: Northern Gulf of Mexico Slope (GOM^2) ( view )International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 353: Indian Monsoon Rainfall ( view )

Select Past Research

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337: Deep Coalbed Biosphere off Shimokita

Reconstructing Paleo-SMT positions on the Cascadia Margin Using Magnetic Susceptibility

Indian National Gas Hydrate Program 01

Outstanding Postdoc Award - UTIG (2018)

Visiting Fellowship - University of Minnesota Institute for Rock Magnetism (2016)

Post Expedition Activity Award - Expedition 353 - IODP-U.S. Science Support Program (2015)

Post Expedition Activity Award - Expedition 337 - IODP-U.S. Science Support Program (2013)

Alexander and Geraldine Wanek Research Award - Geological Society of America (2012)

Graduate Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2012)

Paul Danheim Nelson Named Grant - American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2012)

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Fellowship - University of New Hampshire (2011)

Communications Officer, Marine and Coastal Geosciences Division, Geological Society of America (2019)

Associate Editor, Marine and Petroleum Geology (2019)

Adviser, Marine Docent Program plate tectonics group, University of New Hampshire (2012 - 2013)

Quantitative degassing of gas hydrate-bearing pressure cores from Green Canyon 955, Gulf of Mexico, Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems, Galveston, TX (2018)

Multi-scale experimental investigation of flow properties in coarse-grained hydrate reservoirs during production., DOE-NETL Carbon Storage and Oil and Natural Gas Technologies Review Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (2018)

Concentration and origin of a methane hydrate reservoir in the northern Gulf of Mexico from pressure core analysis., University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics, Austin, TX (2018)

Extremely high concentration of methane hydrate in a deepwater silt reservoir in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Green Canyon 955), AAPG Workshop: Gas Hydrates From Potential Geohazard to Carbon Efficient Fuel?,, Auckland, NZ (2018)

Unraveling depositional and diagenetic signals in magnetic susceptibility in ocean drilling records, Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (2016)

Influence of the Indian monsoon on productivity and sedimentation in the northern Bay of Bengal over the last glacial-interglacial cycle, Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2016)

Long-timescale variation in organic and inorganic carbon on the Indian continental margins, Colorado School of Mines Center for Hydrate Research, Golden, CO (2008)