Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Kristopher N Darnell

Kristopher N Darnell
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
M.S., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2013
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, expected 2017


I am interested in the fluid dynamics of surface and crustal processes. My research combines observational data with computational methods to understand how well theory predicts natural systems. I previously worked on Glaciology and contributed to various projects on supraglacial hydrology and iceberg dynamics. I'm currently working on gas hydrates. My project focuses on multiphase flow and its application to climate and production within hydrate reservoirs.

Current Research Projects

Transient Seafloor Venting ( view ) Multi-Component Gas Hydrate Dynamics ( view )

Ewing/Worzel Fellowship (Spring 2017) - Institute for Geophysics, UT-Austin (2016 - 2017)

Whitney Endowed Presidential Scholarship - University of Texas at Austin (2015 - 2016)

Best Student Paper - Department of Geological Sciences, UT-Austin (2015 - 2016)

Early Career Investigator Distinction - Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrates (2014 - 2014)

NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship - NASA (2011 - 2014)

Outstanding Student Paper at Fall Meeting - AGU (2010 - 2010)

Code used in "Transient venting ..." GRL paper
The publicly available code that accompanies this paper: Darnell, K. N., and P. B. Flemings (2015), Transient seafloor venting on continental slopes from warming-induced methane hydrate dissociation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL067012.

Code used for "Subsurface injection of combustion..." GRL paper.
This is the publicly available code used for calculations present in the following paper: Darnell, K. N., P. B. Flemings, and D. DiCarlo (2017), Subsurface injection of combustion power plant effluent as a solid-phase carbon dioxide storage strategy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 5521-5530, doi:10.1002/2017GL073663.