Dr. Tip Meckel conducts sequestration research for the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Masterís degree in geology from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1998 and his doctorate in geology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. He subsequently taught undergraduate geology at Colby College in Maine before working with the U.S. Geological Survey as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow in Woods Hole, MA for two years on subsidence issues in Louisiana.

He joined the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau in 2006, focusing on geologic characterization, structural geology, monitoring design, and pressure evolution for CO2 injections. Tip directs the research program for the NETL-funded SECARB demonstration project in Cranfield Mississippi, and leads the Texas research initiative to identify sequestration potential in State offshore lands.

Areas of Expertise

Stratigraphy, structural geology, CO2 sequestration, carbon capture and storage, CCS, high-resolution 3D seismic imaging


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Evaluating carbon dioxide storage potential in the Gulf of Mexico (seismic, reservoir, basin, fault seal, fluid migration) ( view )

Digital rendering of sedimentary-relief peels: implications for clastic facies characterization and fluid flow


Best Presentation by Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2003 - 2003)

Banks Scholarship, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2002 - 2002)

Best Presentation by a Fellowship Recipient, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin (2002 - 2002)

Gale White Fellowship, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin (2001 - 2002)

Research Grant, Geological Society of America, distinguished for exceptional merit in conception and presentation (2000 - 2000)

Departmental Award for Academic Scholarship, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (1999 - 1999)

Scholarship, Academic Excellence and Field Research, Billings Geophysical Society, Billings, Montana (1997 - 1997)

Graduate Students

Kerstan J Wallace, M.S., expected 2013 (Supervisor)

Julie N Ditkof, M.S., expected 2013 (Supervisor)

Erin N Miller, M.S., expected 2012 (Supervisor)


High Resolution 3D marine seismic for fluid studies (Graduate)
Opportunities exist to become involved in the design, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of high-resolution 3D marine seismic data. Current applications include characterization for subsurface storage of carbon dioxide and natural fluid migration studies. We anticipate development into imaging modern systems as reservoir analogs.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow (Graduate - ongoing)
Purpose of position: To conduct research in numerical simulation of fluid flow using both traditional Darcy flow simulators as well as Invasion Percolation methods, sandbox flow modeling, and development of a strong publication record on the topic.

Essential functions: Develop numerical simulations of fluid flow CO2 in mm to m scale models informed by geologic depositional heterogeneity. Assist in designing and implementing laboratory validation experiments of sandbox flow modeling to support theoretical and numerical simulations. Publish results in peer reviewed outlets, assist in project reporting and make presentations, as needed to support project.


Required qualifications: PhD in hydrogeology, environmental engineering, or closely related geoscience field earned within the last three years. Relevant laboratory experience with sandbox scale flow experiments. Demonstrated research interest in forward and inverse modeling of subsurface flow and transport pertaining multi-phase flow.


Preferred qualifications Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to conduct experimental studies. Demonstrated experience in presenting and publishing results, including CO2 or CCS.

 

Gulf Coast Carbon Center

Offshore Miocene CO2 storage assessment
The Texas Offshore Miocene Project is a substantial 5-year effort undertaken by the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology to investigate the regional geologic potential of Miocene-age rocks of Texas State Submerged Lands to store CO2 for geologically significant periods of time. Such geologic storage provides current and future emitting industries with a viable environmental alternative to the current practice of atmospheric release. The results of this study should provide the next step in making permanent geologic storage of CO2 a commercial reality.