Held during the Spring and Fall semesters, the Master Class consists of a writing workshop, critical review of literature, discussion of current research topics and reports on graduate student, postdoctoral, and staff research in quantitative structural geology, geomechanics and structural diagenesis.
Meetings last about 2 hrs and the venue in most semesters is an off-campus location. See the e-mail alerts for last minute plans. Contact Steve Laubach to get on the email list.
Fall 2015 Schedule
In Fall 2015, the Structural Diagenesis Master Class (SDMC) will meet on Friday afternoon at 4:30 on the second Friday of the month unless otherwise noted.
The format this semester is reading and discussion of paper and thesis drafts by participants.
Structural Diagenesis Curriculum
The SDI supports creation of a curriculum that merges the disciplines of structural geology and low temperature sedimentary geochemistry. The following is a list of the proposed program.
- Structural Diagenesis: Linked Mechanical and Chemical Processes
- Brittle Structure
- Sedimentary Geochemistry
- Reservoir Geomechanics
- Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
- Experimental & Theoretical Rock Mechanics
- Deformation, Chemical Change, and Transfer Processes in the Upper Crust
- Theoretical and Experimental Diagenesis; Reservoir Quality Modeling
- Basin Modeling
Instrument & Lab Training
The SDI initiative operates or regularly uses an array of analytical instruments and laboratories. Training on instrument use is conducted on a regular basis.
For more information on SDI instruments and laboratories, see the SDI Facilities page.
From time to time the SDI initiative organizes a Field Symposium.
The aim is to support cross-disciplinary scientific dialog on problems having an important societal impact. Participants include select scientists from industry, from The University of Texas at Austin and from other institutions, and a small group of outstanding students holding Field Symposium Fellowships.
Jon Olson led the 2007 Field Symposium in NW Scotland.
A Field Symposium was held Fall 2014 in Utah.
Planning is underway for a field symposium in Argentina-Bolivia in 2016 or 2017. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
See the Events page for the next scheduled symposium and the SD Field Symposium page for information about past field events.
The SDI group and FRAC also sponsor field trips. Commonly several are run during the course of the year. Participation in some of our field work is sometimes possible where such activity serves our educational mission.
Students & Postdoctoral Fellows
The SDI Thesis and Dissertation page lists current student research topics as well as past graduate student and postdoctoral fellow projects and where students and postdoctoral fellows went after their time in the program.
More information about the program can be found here: