Master Classes

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 2014 Schedule

In Fall 2014, the Structural Diagenesis master Class (SDMC) will meet on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. at the Bureau 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.

Field Symposium

From time to time the SDI initiative organizes a Field Symposium.

Field Symposium: Olson, Lander & Bonnell

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.

See the Events page for the next scheduled symposium and the SD Field Symposium page for information about past field events.