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.

 

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.