Theses & Dissertations

For information about current DGS | PGE | EER thesis, dissertation and postdoctoral project work, contact Peter Eichhubl (BEG), Jon Olson (PGE) or Randy Marrett (DGS). Thesis and Dissertation archive [requires password] Many thesis project include field work. See the field study page for a brief overview of where we’re working.

Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scientists

Chris Landry | 2013-2014 in progress | Flow modeling and imaging the matrix fracture interface

Zhiqiang Fan | 2013-2014 in progress | Numerical methods and seismicity

Tiago Miranda | 2013-2014 | Fractured carbonate rock scaling, diagenesis modeling | to Petrobras 2014

Estibalitz Ukar | 2011-2013 | Quantitative fracture pattern evolution in the context of folding | to Research Associate, Bureau 2013

Tobias Weisenberger | 2010-2012 | Understanding patterns of sealed and open fractures | to Professor, University of Oulu, Finland 2012

András Fall | 2009-2012 | Fluid inclusion analysis of unconventional gas fracture systems | to Research Associate, Bureau 2012

Stephen Becker | 2007-2009 | Fracture opening histories from fluid inclusion records | to Research scientist, ExxonMobil 2009

Virginio Neumann | 2003-2006 | Fracture systems in fine grained carbonate rocks | to Professor, University of Pernambuco, Brazil 2006

Department of Geological Sciences

Jon Major | PhD | Natural fractures in mudrocks and top seal integrity: Insights from diagenesis, rock mechanics, and modeling applied to CO2 sequestration and hydrocarbon exploration

Owen Callahan | PhD in progress | Natural and induced fracture systems in geothermal settings

Lauren Copley | MS in progress | Fracture size-frequency, spatial distribution, and growth processes in diagenetically sensitive fracture systems

Casey O’Brien | MS in progress | Structural diagenesis of deformation bands

Erick Wright | MS in progress | Flow pathways in cemented fractures

Natchanan “Mint” Doungkaew | MS in progress | Fracture evolution in folds using kinematic and dynamic numerical approaches

Peter Laciano | MS in progress | Fault and fracture kinematics

Qiqi Wang | MS in progress | Fracture systematics in shale

Ashlyn Zare | BS in progress | Fault rock diagenesis

Nike Tokan-Lawal | MS 2014 | Understanding fluid flow in rough-walled fractures using x-ray microtomography images

Ҫanalp Ozkul | MS 2014 | Fracture abundance and strain in folded Cardium Sandstone, Alberta Fold-and-Thrust Belt, Canada

Yaser Alzayer | MS 2014 | Fracture opening kinematics in unconventional oil and gas reservoirs | to Aramco

Sara Elliot | RSA in progress | Microstructural image collection and analysis

Shelby Bean | RSA in progress | Microstructural image collection and analysis

Laura Pommer | MS 2013 | Natural fracture cementation in the Marcellus shale | to Anadarko

Stephanie Frelinger | RSA 2012 | Microstructural image collection and analysis

John N. Hooker | PhD 2012 | Fracture scaling and diagenesis | to Oxford University 2012

Faustino Monroy-Santiago | PhD 2012 | Interrelationships between carbonate diagenesis and fracture development: Example from Monterrey Salient, Mexico and implications for hydrocarbon reservoir characterization | to Pemex

Guangjian (Ceclia) Xu | MS 2012 | Fluid inclusion studies of microfractures in Eriboll Formation, NW Scotland: Insights into timing of fracture opening | to Texas A&M Ph.D. program 2012

Karen Black | RSA 2012 | Microstructural image collection and analysis

Luke Fidler | MS 2011 | Natural fracture characterization of the New Albany Shale, Illinois basin, United States | to Newfield

Autumn Kaylor | MS 2011 | A fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence approach to reconstruct fracture growth in the Triassic-Jurassic La Boca Formation, Northeastern Mexico | to Chevron

Alex Urquhart | MS 2011 | Structural controls on CO2 leakage and diagenesis in a natural long-term carbon sequestration analogue: Little Grand Wash fault, Utah | to Sandia National Lab

Frank L. Morgan | BS 2011 | Fracture aperture and spacing patterns in two folded quartz arenites: Cambrian Flathead Formation, Teton Range, Wyoming and Cambrian Eriboll Formation, Northwest Scotland | to LSU 2011

Hyein Ahn | GRA 2010 | Microstructural imaging and analysis

Brandon Barber | MS 2010 | Natural fracture characterization, Frontier Formation, Wyoming | to ExxonMobil 2010

Peter Hargrove | MS 2010 | Fault-related fracture systems in the Cambrian Eriboll Formation, Northwest Scotland: A field and petrographic study of a tight gas sandstone analog | to BP

Aysen Ozkan | PhD 2009 | Structural diagenetic attributes of the Late Cretaceous Williams Fork sandstones with implications for petrophysical interpretation and fracture prediction, Piceance basin, Colorado | to Shell Research 2009

Magdalena A. Ellis | MS 2009 | Fracture pattern evolution and diagenesis in fault zones, Torridonian sandstone, NW Scotland | to ExxonMobil 2009

Juan F. Inigo | MS 2009 | Structural model and fracture analyses for a major gas emplacement in Devonian sandstones of the Subandes | to Pluspetrol

David Westwood | URA 2009 | Undergraduate Assistant in FRAC program, Tufts University, Summer 2009

Tim Gibbons | MS 2007 | Spatial arrangement of deformation bands and processes of formation within porous sandstone: Arches National Park, Utah | to El Paso

Leonel Gomez | PhD 2007 | Characterization of the spatial arrangement of opening-mode fractures | to ExxonMobil Research 2007

Edgar Pinzon | MS 2007 | Fracture pattern prediction using geomechanical models incorporating diagenesis, with comparison to outcrop data, Cambrian Eriboll sandstones, Northwestern Scotland and core observations, Tertiary Mirador Formation sandstones, Llanos foothills Colombia | to Conoco

Ankur Roy | MS cand. 2007 | Geomechechanical and diagenetic modeling of fracture pattern evolution and spatial scaling | to Ph.D. program, Tennessee

Kira Diaz-Tushman | MS 2007 | Fracture tectonics, fracture porosity evolution and structural diagenesis, Cambrian Eriboll sandstones, Northwest Scotland | to BP 2007

Meghan E. Ward (Playton) | MS 2005 | Opening history and porosity evolution of fractures in sandstone, Triassic to Jurassic La Boca Formation, Northeast Mexico | to Chevron Research 2005

Astrid Makowitz | PhD 2004 | The genetic association between brittle deformation and quartz cementation elucidated by scanned cathodoluminescence imaging | to BP

Petro Papazis | MS 2004 | Petrologic characterization of processes controlling fracture evolution in the Barnett Shale and their financial implications, Fort Worth Basin, Texas | to Chevron

John N. Hooker | MS 2004 | Fault timing in the Sierra Madre Oriental, Northeastern Mexico | to RSA at BEG 2004-2012

Orlando Ortega | PhD 2002 | Fracture-size scaling and stratigraphic controls on fracture intensity | to Shell Research 2002

Christopher Hare | MS 2002 | Analysis of fracture clustering using the continuous wavelet transform: An example from the Marble Falls Limestone

Aysen Ozkan | MS 2001 | Diagenesis and porosity evolution of the Flathead Sandstone (Middle Cambrian), Wyoming and Montana | to Core Lab 2001

Javier Geovanni Moros | MS 1999 | Relationship between fracture aperture and length in sedimentary rocks | to Petrobras

Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

Kan Wu | PhD in progress | Fully coupled fluid flow and mechanics modeling for hydraulic fracturing from horizontal wells

Kaimin Yue | PhD in progress | Fracture propagation in laminated rocks with brittle and ductile layers

Weiwei Wang | PhD in progress | The mechanics of natural fracture – hydraulic fracture interaction

Hunjoo Lee | PhD in progress | Failure properties of mineralized natural fractures with applications to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale

Kashif Nasseem | MS in progress | Simulating gas production in realistic hydraulic fracture networks: A case study of Marcellus Shale

Valerie Gono | MS in progress | tbd

Abdul Khan| MS in progress | tbd

Emad Alabbad | MS in progress | Multi-frac propagation from horizontal wells: an experimental study in hydrostone blocks

Ji Li | PhD 2013 | Permeability effects on natural fracture development

Farrokh Sheibani | PhD 2012 | Solving three dimensional problems in natural and hydraulic fracture development: Insights from displacement discontinuity modeling

Abdul Khan | MS 2013 | Multi-frac treatments in tight oil and shale gas reservoirs: Effects of hydraulic fracture geometry on oil production

H. A. (Rudy) Reynolds | MS 2012 | Hydraulic fracture optimization using hydraulic fracture and reservoir modeling in the Piceance basin, Colorado | to BP

Benjamin Lee Bahorich | MS 2012 | Examining the effect of cemented natural fractures on hydraulic fracture propagation in hydrostone block experiments

Mehran Hosseini | MS 2012 | Hydraulic fracturing of weakly consolidated sands

Syed Muhammad Farrukh Hamza | MS 2012 |Shear-enhanced permeability and poroelastic deformation in unconsolidated sands

Jennifer Reese | MS 2010 | Simulating gas production from hydraulic fracture networks: A case study of the Barnett Shale

Arash Dahi | PhD 2009 | Analysis of hydraulic fracture propagation in fractured reservoirs: an improved model for the interaction between induced and natural fractures | to Assistant Professor, LSU

Hasnain Khan | MS 2009 | Shear-induced relative permeability changes in uncemented sands

Raushan Kumar | MS 2009 | Effect of chemical environments on subcritical crack growth in geological materials

Atif Mohammed Malayalam | MS 2008 | Multidisciplinary hydraulic fracture evaluation in the Mesaverde Group of the Piceance Basin

Hamid Adefashe | MS 2006 | Determining the fracture mechanics properties of sedimentary rocks using double torsion testing

Namsu Park | PhD 2006 | Discrete element modeling of rock fracture behavior: fracture toughness and time-dependent fracture growth

Peggy Rijken | PhD 2005 | Modeling naturally fractured reservoirs: From experimental rock mechanics to flow simulation | View Dissertation | to Chevron

Myeong Noh | PhD 2004 | Reactive transport modeling in fractures and two-phase flow

Zeno Philip | PhD 2003 | Incorporating subcritical crack growth mechanics into natural fracture characterization for improved reservoir simulation | to Pinnacle

Yuan Qiu | PhD 2002 | Natural fracture characterization and modeling

Yaguang Gu | PhD 2000 | Fracture pattern modeling and fluid flow

Hwanjo Baek | PhD 1994 | Evaluation of fracture mechanics properties and microstructural observations of rock fractures [Department of Civil Engineering]

Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program

Jeanne Eckhart | MA in progress | Geologic, engineering, and economic analysis of natural fracture reservoir quality in the context of hydraulic fracture treatment design in tight oil and gas reservoirs, Texas

Walaa Ali | MA 2009 | Lithofacies, depositional environment, burial history and calculation of organic richness from wireline logs: A study of Barnett Shale in the Delaware Basin, Pecos Co., West Texas, and comparison with the Barnett Shale in the Fort Worth Basin

Libsen Castillo | MA 2008 | Integrated analysis to improve hydraulic fracturing treatments in carbonate and clastic reservoirs in Torunos Hydrocarbon Field, Barinas Basin, Southwest Venezuela

Natalia Kalitynska | MA 2007 | Economic and engineering evaluation of hydraulic fracture completion practices in the Piceance Basin, CO, USA

Chris Wilson | MA 2004 | Predicting fracture degradation in the Piceance Basin, Colorado: Can a surrogate measurement guide the way to open fractures and highly productive wells? A geology, engineering and value-of-information study | to Chevron