From the Core to the Cosmos

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The Jackson School has more than 150 researchers and faculty in all facets of the earth sciences. Use this database to find experts in any of our academic and research units. Media can also contact the Communications Office ( for information or call (512) 232-9623.

Mohsen Ahmadian-tehrani
Project manager for Advanced Energy Consortium
William A Ambrose William A Ambrose
Sedimentology, subsurface mapping of clastic depositional systems, oil and gas production analysis, coalbed methane
John R Andrews John R Andrews
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS), 3-D data visualization/programming, C++ programming with experience in spatial data processing and visualization
Gillian Apps
Deepwater stratigraphy and sedimentology The interaction betwwen structural and depositional processes Engines of slope processes
David K Arctur David K Arctur
Geographic Information Systems and Database Management Systems, with focus of interest in standards for interoperability of data and models for multidisciplinary geosciences research (water resources, climate, and geohazards in particular). Data and model semantics, and digital preservation of physical samples are crosscutting subthemes of interest.
Adrien Arnulf
James A Austin James A Austin
Stratigraphic evolution of a wide range of marine and lacustrine environments around the world
Aaron Averett
Kenneth Bader
Fossil Preparation Osteological Preparation Forensic Entomology
Elke E Baitis
Sahar  Bakhshian Sahar Bakhshian
Multiphase Flow Simulation in Porous Media - Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) - High Performance Computing
Amy A Banerji Amy A Banerji
Stratigraphy, Aquifer / Reservoir Characterization, Water / Energy Resource Evaluation, Petroleum geology
Nathan L Bangs Nathan L Bangs
Structural development and tectonic processes along convergent margins; MCS methods to acquire 3-D images of structure and stratigraphy within subduction zones; processing, inversion, and modeling of seismic reflection data
Jay L Banner Jay L Banner
Isotopic methods, groundwater, oceans, ancient oceans, climate change, aquifers, caves, environmental science, geochemistry, paleoclimatology
Jaime D Barnes Jaime D Barnes
Stable isotope geochemistry, metamorphism and volatile transport in subduction zones, fluid-rock interaction and metasomatism, geochemical cycling, stable chlorine isotopes
John Baskin
Jennifer M Beam
Thorsten  Becker Thorsten Becker
mantle dynamics; fault system dynamics; structural seismology; numerical modeling
Christopher J Bell Christopher J Bell
Vertebrate paleontology, North American Pliocene and Pleistocene small mammal biostratigraphy and biochronology, osteology, anatomy, and systematics of squamate reptiles and turtles, Impacts of climate change on vertebrate communities
Philip C Bennett Philip C Bennett
Aqueous geochemistry, geomicrobiology, environmental and microbial geochemistry, hydrogeology
Athma R Bhandari Athma R Bhandari
Donald D Blankenship Donald D Blankenship
Antarctic ice sheets, robotic space missions to Europa, airborne and ground-based geophysical techniques (including laser altimetry, radar sounding, seismic reflection and refraction), West Antarctic rift system, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, climate change, global warming, remote sensing
Tara Bongiovanni
Lisa D Boucher
Paleobotany, Evolutionary Biology, Paleoecology, Biogeography, Plant Anatomy
Robert E Boyer Robert E Boyer
Daniel O Breecker Daniel O Breecker
The Breecker Group studies biogeochemical processes occurring at or near the land surface. We study soils and paleosols, caves and stalagmites, and other materials, such as volcanic glass, that give us insight into ancient Earth. We study timescales ranging from seasonal cycles to hundreds of millions of years. We use observations, mathematical models and both laboratory and field-based experiments to address an evolving range of questions. To learn more about the research we are doing, please see our [link:]research group website[/link].
Caroline L Breton Caroline L Breton
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Donald Brooks
Matthew A Brown Matthew A Brown
Brown's primary research goal is to develop a more thorough understanding of how past and future treatments affect specimens as sources of data, and the impact these treatments have on the science of paleontology. This approach examines how historic and current practices in the field, laboratory, and collections interplay, and how the scientific community interprets these results in the literature. He also studies how such events foster an evolution of best practices, policy, and law, and he advocates for fossils on public lands. Brown is an active member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and is the founder and Past-President of the Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology.
John S Buckley
Dillon P Buhl
James L Buttles
M Bayani Cardenas M Bayani Cardenas
Hydrology and Hydrogeology
David L Carr David L Carr
Clastic sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, Integrated reservoir characterization, Log analysis and petrophysics, Underground gas storage.
Ginny Catania Ginny Catania
Ice sheet mass balance, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology, ice sheet stratigraphy, radar, GPS methods, uncertainty in ice sheet response to climate.
Elizabeth J Catlos Elizabeth J Catlos
Can also see My primary research focus is [bold]geochemistry[/bold], and how the fundamentals of chemistry (mineral reactions, radiogenic and stable isotopes, major and trace elements) can be and are used to understand what the Earth was like in the past. In this, I have interests that span a broad range of range of plate boundary processes and laboratory approaches. Many ancient fault systems are clues to determine the evolution and migration of Earth's continents in the past, identify important economic resources that formed during specific times in Earth's history, and/or to assess geological hazards that result due to reactivation of older faults or mass movement of rocks. They are used to understand how plate tectonics operates today and how it operated in the past. I am interested in constraining the evolution of a number of fault systems and mountain ranges that formed during the closure of ancient ocean systems primarily across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

For example, a major portion of my [bold]Himalayan research [/bold] agenda involves constraining past motion on the Main Central Thrust, a large-scale shear zone that worked to create the highest mountains on the planet. I currently use novel geochemical and geochronological approaches that take advantage of modern-day technology to understand how [bold] garnet-bearing rocks [/bold] moved at a high-resolution scale within that structure. Garnets are chemical tape recorders, and their chemical elements can be used to ascertain the pressures and temperatures they experienced. They also enclose radioactive minerals, such as monazite, that can be dated to time their history. Data from numerous garnet-bearing rocks across the Main Central Thrust can be used to inform us regarding how and when the Himalayas uplifted in the past, and lend insight into the motion that affects it today. To this end, I collaborate and learn from other researchers, such as geophysicists and modelers.

I apply similar approaches to garnet-bearing rocks found in extensional systems in western [bold]Turkey[/bold]. In this region, the plate boundary experienced a major switch in the geological past from compression to extension. Again, I apply new approaches in the thermodynamic modeling and geochronology to garnets in this locale to understand why and how this plate tectonic transition occurred.

In this portion of my research, I also include the study of [bold]granites[/bold], as these igneous bodies emplaced during the extensional phase. The timing of their formation is key pieces of information regarding how extension occurred in western Turkey, both in time and space. To this end, I pioneered new imaging approaches to their study, and collaborate with economic geologists in Turkey who are interested in how heat and fluid flow around these granite bodies are intricately involved in the formation of ore resources. Their research sparked my interest in granite petrology, and I also study this rock type in China and Slovakia. Some of these granites formed at ancient plate boundaries as continents collided, and their ages and chemistry constrain when and what types of geological processes operated during their formation.

The approaches I apply (geochemistry and geochronology) are of interest to a wide variety of researchers, so I collaborate and involve students in projects that include other geologists. An example of this is the dating of radioactive minerals from [bold]ancient meteorite impact craters and massive volcanic eruptions[/bold], events that are key for shaping how life evolved in Earth's history. These projects involve the use of modern and ever-evolving [bold]technological advances in geochemistry[/bold], such as the laser ablation of tiny zircon crystals, or the use of instruments that do not require minerals to be separated from rocks, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).

I am interested in [bold]accessory minerals[/bold], such as zircon and monazite, and what controls their appearance in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Monazite, in particular, has been a focus of my research and I have key expertise in its formation, composition, geochronology, and its use as a rare earth resource.

Although my research primarily involves compressional and extensional plate boundaries and igneous and metamorphic rocks, I recently delved into understanding sedimentary rocks from along the North Anatolian Fault, a major strike-slip system in north-central Turkey. In this research, we obtained oxygen isotopes across transects along calcite-filled fractures in limestones using SIMS. These calcite-filled fractures have the potential to record their source and provide key insight into the history of the limestones as well as their use for recording modern day fluid flow driven by seismic activity along the active fault system.

Fundamentally, my research is [bold]field-based[/bold] and involves the mapping and collection of rocks and understanding their importance in addressing research questions regarding what the Earth was like in the past. The research is [bold]laboratory-based[/bold], and I take advantage of modern advances in technology applied to geosciences, including numerous facilities at UT Austin and elsewhere.
Tiffany L Caudle Tiffany L Caudle
Coastal processes, Severe storm effects and beach recovery, Beach and tidal inlet morphodynamics, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and GPS (Global Positioning System) data acquisition and processing and application to coastal mapping, Outreach.
David T Chapman
Gail L Christeson Gail L Christeson
Marine seismology, mid-ocean ridge structure and emplacement processes, oceanic crustal structure, ocean-bottom seismology, seismic refraction
Richard J Chuchla Richard J Chuchla
Graduate studies were focused on igneous processes, magmatism and related formation of ore deposits. Professional career included exploration for base and precious metal ore deposits, coal assessment and development, and research, exploration and development in the upstream sector of the oil and gas business. Managerial positions led to development of skills in commercial analysis, strategic planning and valuation. Concurrently, led numerous teams negotiating new contracts which led to a strong grounding in analysis of fiscal regimes and petroleum contracts. Familiar with many of the world's basins and experienced in both conventional deepwater and unconventional resources. Remain very interested in the technology of extractive industries and related commercial and policy issues. As Director of the Energy and Earth Resources graduate program, my personal learning objective is to broaden and deepen my understanding of renewable resources. Have a personal passion regarding the workings of the creative process and how it is impeded. Wrote a widely read internal company newsletter called Creative Contemplations.
Julia A Clarke Julia A Clarke
Evolution of morphology, vertebrate paleontology, systematic biology, avian anatomy and the evolution of flight, fossil birds. Dinosaurs.
Mark Cloos Mark Cloos
Structural geology and tectonics
Matthew W Colbert Matthew W Colbert
Paleontology, CT data visualization, vertebrate cranial morphology, evolutionary and postnatal ontogenetic variation in the Tapiroidea (Mammalia: Perissodactyla), ontogenetic sequence analysis, digital educational resources
Kerry H Cook Kerry H Cook
Climate dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, global climate change, paleoclimate, climate and weather of Africa and South America, climate system modeling, climate change in Texas
Lucie Costard
Jacob A Covault Jacob A Covault
sedimentology, stratigraphy, marine geology
Thomas Cox
Jeff Cullen
Ian W Dalziel Ian W Dalziel
Tectonics, geodynamics, geography of ancient times, plate reconstructions, structural geology
Roxana Darvari
Marcy B Davis Marcy B Davis
Multibeam bathymetry data processing; Map, figure, project promotional materials and poster illustration using GMT, MB System, Fledermaus, Adobe CS2, ArcGIS, and csh; Web page design and maintenance (see Polar Studies, STEEP, BOLIVAR, TXESS Revolution); Science writing
Michael V DeAngelo Michael V DeAngelo
2-D/3-D seismic interpretation and seismic inversion analysis; geological/geophysical database management; development of seismic vector-wavefield technologies; seismic data acquisition and 3D acquisition design
Beverly B Dejarnett Beverly B Dejarnett
Reservoir characterization and delineation through integration of sedimentologic, petrographic, and core analyses; tight gas sandstones and fractured reservoirs, as well as conventional siliciclastic and carbonate units
Pedro Di Nezio
climate change
Patricia W Dickerson Patricia W Dickerson
Reconstructing the tectonic history of southwestern Laurentia is Dickerson’s research focus: seeking the diagnostic evidence for Rodinia assembly and fragmentation (West Texas, Argentine Precordillera), Pangaea amalgamation (Marathon/Solitario fold-thrust belt, Ancestral Rocky Mts.), Laramide foreland deformation (Big Bend), and Rio Grande riftng/transform faulting. Member of task forces to develop scientific strategies for exploring the Moon and Mars.
Lana S Dieterich
Susann V Doenges
Robin D Dommisse
Tim P Dooley Tim P Dooley
Dynamics and kinematics of fault systems using scaled analog modeling, field studies, remote sensing, seismic data, and comparison with published examples; 3D geometries and kinematics of strike-slip fault systems using innovative analog modeling techniques; modeling of delta tectonics, salt tectonics, and segmented strike-slip and extensional fault systems
Oliver Duffy
Salt tectonics; Basin analysis; Fault networks; Normal Faulting; Salt-sediment interaction
Daniel D Duncan Daniel D Duncan
geochemistry; collection and processing of soil and water samples for naturally occurring radioisotopes, trace metals and total suspended matter; maintain radiochemical instrumentation for prepared sample analyses
Ian J Duncan Ian J Duncan
Expertise in geomechanic and geochemistry applied to: risks associated with CO2 sequestration; hydraulic fracturing for shale gas production; environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing; and the water-energy nexus. Current research focuses on the scientific, environmental and public policy aspects of unconventional natural gas production, the water-energy nexus, and carbon capture and storage. He has a particular interest in risk analysis, decision making, and legal/regulatory issues related to fracing, CO2 sequestration, CO2-EOR, and energy production.
Raymond L Eastwood
Petrophysics; mainly creation of core-calibrated interpretation models for well logs.
Gonzalo Echeverry
Peter  Eichhubl Peter Eichhubl
Fault and fracture mechanics, diagenesis and low-temp. geochemistry, fluid flow and transfer processes in sedimentary basins, deformation mechanisms of the upper crust, structural control of mass and heat transfer in sedimentary basins, effects of chemical mass transfer on the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of fractures and faults, chemical interaction between fluids and minerals
Michael Eklund
Kathy Ellins Kathy Ellins
Geoscience education; Discipline Based Education Research (DBER); teacher professional development; geoscience curriculum development; undergraduate geoscience teacher preparation; climate literacy; geoscience, art and design engagement
Sara Elliott
Claudio  Faccenna Claudio Faccenna
Topics: subduction tectonic and morphological evolution of convergent margin, evolution of orogenic belt and exhumation of deep metamorphic rocks, dynamic topography, trench migration and back-arc deformation, mantle convection, volcanism and fluid circulation in the crust. Tools: Structural geology and geomorphology, experimental / numerical geodynamic modelling, paleomagnetism, seismic lines interpretation. Field sites: Tethyan belt: Mediterranean to the Middle East (Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran), Himalaya (Pakistan), Andes (Argentina-Colombia), Antarctica.
Andras  Fall Andras Fall
Fluids in diagenetic and hydrothermal systems, Fluid inclusions, Fractures, Structural diagenesis
Naiara  Fernandez Terrones Naiara Fernandez Terrones
Salt tectonics, Seismic Interpretation, Structural Modeling, Numerical Modeling,
Peter P Flaig Peter P Flaig
Research Focus: Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of North America, North Slope-Alaska, Central Transantarctic Mountains-Antarctica, Canada,- Clastic sedimentology - Fluvial sedimentology - Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of continental to shallow-marine systems using sedimentology, stratigraphy, architecture, and ichnology in outcrop studies - Photography and high-resolution imagery (e.g. LiDAR, GigaPan) of clastic systems - Paleopedology - Remote logistics.
Peter B Flemings Peter B Flemings
Stratigraphy, basin analysis, basin-scale fluid flow, pore pressures in seafloor sediments, submarine landslides, oil and gas migration, methane hydrates, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
Sergey Fomel Sergey Fomel
Computational and exploration geophysics; seismic imaging; wave propagation; seismic data analysis; inverse problems; geophysical estimation
Douglas J Foster
Qilong  Fu Qilong Fu
Sedimentology and stratigraphy, petrology of sedimentary rocks, reservoir characterization
Craig S Fulthorpe Craig S Fulthorpe
Marine geology, sedimentary geology, seismic stratigraphy and sedimentary architecture of continental margins, sequence stratigraphy and sea-level variation.
Julia F Gale Julia F Gale
Natural fracture / vein systems in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; structural geology; tectonics
William E Galloway William E Galloway
Clastic depositional systems
Patricia E Ganey-Curry Patricia E Ganey-Curry
Marine geophysics, Gulf of Mexico basin, outreach
Shuang Gao
James E Gardner James E Gardner
Volcanology, volcanic eruption processes, magmatic processes, experimental petrology, volatiles in magmas, degassing of volatiles from magmas, control of degassing behavior on volcanic eruptions and formation of ore bodies
Marcus Gary Marcus Gary
Karst Hydrogeology
Omar  Ghattas Omar Ghattas
Computational geoscience and engineering, simulation and optimization of complex solid, fluid, and biomechanical systems, inverse problems, optimal design, and optimal control
Ramon A Gil Egui
Jennifer H Gillespie
John A Goff John A Goff
Seafloor morphology and bathymetry, swath sonar mapping, stratigraphy of the shallow seabed, ultra-high resolution seismic reflection (chrip) systems, sedimentary horizons, sea ice draft, crustal heterogeneity, canyon morphology on continental slopes, abyssal hills
Timothy A Goudge Timothy A Goudge
Remote sensing; surface processes; geomorphology; sedimentology; reflectance spectroscopy; martian surface geology; planetary science.
Stephen P Grand Stephen P Grand
Seismic imaging of Earth's mantle, tomography, dynamics of flow in the mantle, regional seismic studies
Cyril Grima
Paul R Gucwa
Sean S Gulick Sean S Gulick
Tectonic processes, tectonic-climate interactions and geohazards of convergent margins and transitional tectonic environments Role of catastrophism in the geologic record including impact cratering, hurricanes, and tectonic events Marine geophysical imaging at nested resolutions and ground truth through drilling, coring, logging, and submersibles
Shuoshuo Han
Romy D Hanna Romy D Hanna
carbonaceous chondrites, planetary geology, remote sensing, VISNIR and TIR spectroscopy, X-ray computed tomography (CT), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), 3D image analysis and processing, scientific software development
Kelly  Hattori Kelly Hattori
I am a master's student in the Martindale lab. I obtained my undergraduate degrees in Geology and Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a strong focus in paleontology and ecology. My research interests range broadly and include Mesozoic coral reef paleoecology, Pleistocene mollusk paleoecology, Eocene lacustrine taphonomy, and digitization techniques for museum collections. Here at UT, I will be focusing on coral reef paleoecology and transitions in reef community composition in a changing ocean environment. I intend to add my data sets to those obtained from modern coral reefs in order to gain a broader understanding of effects of a changing global climate upon reef communities. Outside of paleontology, I enjoy traveling, SCUBA diving, and working on classic cars.
Paul Hearty
Mahdi  Heidari Moghadam Mahdi Heidari Moghadam
Mahdi Heidari Moghadam is a Research Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (UT). He works for the AGL and GeoFluids consortia. Mahdi is a Civil/Geotechnical Engineer. He received his PhD on Tunneling in Difficult Ground Conditions from UT in 2013. He holds a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from SUT, Iran, and a M.Sc. in Earthquake Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. His current research focuses on geomechanical modeling of stresses and pore pressure in salt basins. His areas of expertise are: - Geomechanics - Pore pressure prediction - Finite-element modeling of geological structures - Constitutive modeling of geomaterials over large stress range
Patrick  Heimbach Patrick Heimbach
Heimbach's research group (Computational Research in Ice and Ocean Systems -- CRIOS) in ICES is engaged in a number of projects, with main funding from NASA, NSF, DOE, and DARPA. [bold](1)[/bold] Our overarching research focusses on understanding the global ocean circulation, its role in climate variability and change, and its predictability on seasonal to decadal time scales. As part of the NASA-funded "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) consortium involving colleagues at JPL, MIT, AER and Scripps, we are synthesizing much of the available satellite and in-situ observations with a state of the art global coupled ocean general circulation model by means of optimal state and parameter estimation. Results are used to infer, for example heat and freshwater content changes over the last few decades, and their impact on global sea level (via the NASA Sea Level Change science team). Related NASA-funded efforts focus on interpreting measurements from the existing and forthcoming GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) and SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite missions in deciphering key dynamical processes in the ocean. [bold](2)[/bold] As part of an NSF-funded project (Arctic & subpolar gyre State Estimate -- ASTE), we are developing computational frameworks for quantifying the role of the ocean in observed Arctic climate variability and changes over the last few decades. The framework also enables assessment of how to build an improved observing system in support of the Arctic Observing Network (AON) and the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH). [bold](3)[/bold] Our group is also investigating the ocean's role in the observed increasing mass wastage from the two polar ice sheets. Two NSF-funded projects focus on quantifying Greenland ice sheet-ocean interactions (GRISO). In particular, an NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) project is conducted in collaboration with Co-PI Catania (DGS/UTIG) and other collaborating institutions to improve interdisciplinary data access, standardization and curation through modern cyberinfrastructure in support of GRISO. For another NSF-funded project (East Antarctic Grounding Line Experiment -- EAGLE) led by DGS/UTIG PI Blankenship, our group is developing a framework for conducting simulations of ice-sheet ocean interactions in East Antarctica in conjunction with the planned field campaign designed by UTIG. [bold](4)[/bold] Optimal control methods play an important role in initializing geophysical models, which are constrained by sparse observations in space and time, for the purpose of prediction. As part of the DOE project PISCEES (Predicting Ice Sheet and Climate Evolution at Extreme Scales), we are collaborating with Co-PI Jackson (DGS/UTIG) to develop concepts for adjoint-based transient ice sheet model calibration, initialization for prediction, and uncertainty quantification. Applications have targeted some of the fastest evolving ice stream-shelf systems in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica. [bold](5)[/bold] As part of DARPA's Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON) program, we are collaborating with BAE Systems in the project "Networked Estimation of Position using Tomography, Undersea-Gliders, Nudging and Exfiltration" (NEPTUNE). Our role is the provision of optimal ocean states via data assimilation for improved acoustic propagation. Climate change
Mark A Helper Mark A Helper
Dr. Helper is a field geologist, a generalist whose interests span igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, tectonics, mineralogy and planetary field geology. His current research explores geochemical and isotopic similarities of Proterozoic and Archean crust in East Antarctica and the southwestern U.S., the Precambrian geology of Texas, and the origin of epidote blueschists in the Klamath Mountains of northern California. Recent senior honors theses under his supervision have examined the mineralogy of Texas topaz, hydration and textural patterns in Balmorhea blue agate, and the distribution and origin of joints in the Hueco Tanks syenite. Working with NASA colleagues, he is also involved in analog planetary field research that examines the utility and efficacy of robotically gathering field data, both as a prelude to and follow-on to human geologic field work on the Moon and Mars. As co-chair of FEAT (Field Exploration and Analysis Team), he helped develop a new curriculum for the geological field training of astronauts and currently co-leads NASA's astronaut field geology training exercises. He also teaches field mapping techniques to NASA engineers and scientists who are developing capabilities for exploring the surface of asteroids, the Moon and Mars.
Peter H Hennings Peter H Hennings
Field and subsurface structural geology; seismic structural interpretation and analysis; characterization and hydraulic modeling of fractured and compartmentalized reservoirs; reservoir geomechanics; induced seismicity; fault seal analysis; thrust belt kinematics; hydrocarbon exploration and production; geology of Trans-Pecos Texas, Wyoming, and western Montana.
Tucker F Hentz Tucker F Hentz
Siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy, sandstone petrology, continental depositional systems, field mapping and stratigraphy
Thomas Hess
Geoscience software, anisotropic imaging, seismic processing, seismic geometry, deconvolution, problem solving.
Marc A Hesse Marc A Hesse
Multiphase flow in porous media, geomechanics, numerical simulation, mathematical, modeling, reactive transport, magma dynamics.
Robert W Hook
Elizabeth Horne
Brian K Horton Brian K Horton
Tectonics of sedimentary basins, evolution of orogenic systems, sediment provenance and routing systems, nonmarine depositional processes.
Seyyed Abolfazl Hosseini Seyyed Abolfazl Hosseini
Research interests are mainly topics related to fluid transport in porous media. Current research includes: Enhanced Oil Recovery - Enhanced Gas Recovery - Upscaling and Upgridding - Above Zone Monitoring Interval - Reservoir Simulation and History Matching - Unconventional Reservoirs
Susan D Hovorka Susan D Hovorka
Geologic carbon sequestration in deep sedimentary environments as part of carbon capture and storage. PI of the Gulf Coast Caron Center ( focused on research relevant to commercial development of geologic sequestration in regions where it is both needed and possible. Monitoring field projects. Petrography and sedimentology supporting hydrogeology in karst and contaminated systems. K-12 and public outreach and education.
Guo-Chin Huang
Michael R Hudec Michael R Hudec
Salt tectonics, 3-D computer modeling, kinematic models for evolution and growth of salt structures, structural geology, cross-section restoration and balancing, seismic interpretation
Svetlana  Ikonnikova Svetlana Ikonnikova
energy economics; natural gas; oil
Charles S Jackson Charles S Jackson
global warming, abrupt climate change, sea level rise, ocean mixing, Bayesian Inference, inverse modeling, simulation, climate projections, uncertainty quantification
Xavier  Janson Xavier Janson
Carbonates sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, petrophysics of carbonate, seismic signature of carbonate rock, seismic modeling, carbonate modern depositional environment
Christopher N Jass
Farzam  Javadpour Farzam Javadpour
Dispersion phenomena in porous systems (hydrocarbon reservoirs and brine aquifers); shale gas; CO2 injection up-scaling; EOR, EGR, and sequestration; nonotechnology in rock characterization.
Joel P Johnson Joel P Johnson
Process geomorphology, feedbacks between channel morphology and hydrology and sediment transport, landscape sensitivity to climate and lithology, bedrock river erosion, flash floods, arroyo erosion, canyon formation, environmental monitoring and sensor networks, laboratory flume experimentation, numerical modeling, tsunami sediment transport and deposition.
Jon E Kalb
Scott D Kempf Scott D Kempf
Data management, radar data, airborne geophysics, computer systems, computer programming, carrier phase GPS processing, LIDAR, magnetic and gravity surveying.
Charles  Kerans Charles Kerans
Carbonate sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems, reservoir characterization, basin analysis, seismic interpretation, seismic stratigraphy, paleokarst analysis, carbonate diagenesis
Richard A Ketcham Richard A Ketcham
High-resolution X-ray computed tomography, CT scanning, 3D image analysis, fission-track dating, thermochronology, structural geology, tectonics, digital morphology, trabecular bone
Carey W King Carey W King
Energy and renewable energy generation, usage, conservation, policy, and education; energy systems approaches; energy return on energy invested, net energy; carbon capture and sequestration; nexus of water and energy; renewable energy and electricity integration
Jay P Kipper Jay P Kipper
Personnel management, fiscal reporting, budget management, contract negotiation, management of geological samples
J. Richard Kyle J. Richard Kyle
Ore deposits geology, strata-controlled mineral resources, metals & industrial minerals exploration, ore petrology, characterization of ore-forming fluids, high resolution X-ray computed tomography applications to ore genesis & processing, geology of energy critical elements, resources & society, geology & mineral resources of Texas
Josh R Lambert
Lynton S Land Lynton S Land
Sedimentary geochemistry, diagenesis
Toti E Larson Toti E Larson
John C Lassiter John C Lassiter
Earth's origin and evolution, isotope and trace element geochemistry, the role of crust and lithospheric mantle recycling in the generation of mantle chemical heterogeneity, the origin and distribution of water and other volatile elements in the Earth's interior, and the thermal and chemical evolution of the Earth's core and core/mantle boundary
Stephen E Laubach Stephen E Laubach
Structural diagenesis, structural geology, fracture analysis, fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence studies, rock mechanics, mechanical and fracture stratigraphy, hydrocarbon exploration and development in deep and/or structurally complex areas, tight gas sandstone, coalbed methane, shale gas; geologic aspects of hydraulic fracturing, application of borehole-imaging geophysical logs to stress and fracture evaluation, structural evolution of North American Cordillera, fracture history of NW Scotland, regional fracture studies Argentina.
Luc L Lavier Luc L Lavier
Tectonics; the structural and geodynamical evolution of continental and oceanic rifts, as well as collisional environments; numerical techniques to model tectonic processes on crustal and lithospheric scales; deformation; subduction
Timothy F Lawton
Lawrence A Lawver Lawrence A Lawver
Marine geophysics, plate tectonics, magnetics, gravity, heat flow, seismic studies, paleogeographic reconstructions of Gondwana, the Polar Regions, East Asia, and the Western Pacific
Thomas M Lehman
Jung-Fu  Lin Jung-Fu Lin
Mineral physics, physics and chemistry of planetary materials, solid-Earth geophysics and geochemistry, high-pressure diamond anvil cell, X-ray and laser spectroscopy
Staci L Loewy Staci L Loewy
Robert G Loucks Robert G Loucks
Research in carbonate, sandstone, and mudrock stratigraphy, sedimentology, diagenesis, reservoir characterization, and pore network analysis.
Christopher  Lowery Christopher Lowery
Micropaleontology, Stratigraphy, Paleoceanography, Geochemistry
E L Lundelius E L Lundelius
Vertebrate Paleontology. Research interests are Pleistocene and Holocene mammals with emphasis on paleo-environmental reconstructions and microevolutionary changes. Analysis of nonhuman skeletal material from archaeological sites. Application of quantitative techniques to paleontological problems.
Thomas E Macrini
Jessica A Maisano Jessica A Maisano
Vertebrate paleontology, herpetology, morphology, developmental biology, high-resolution x-ray computed tomography, digital morphology,
Adam D Marsh Adam D Marsh
Contextualizing the evolution of early saurischian dinosaurs using U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of the Glen Canyon Group in western North America
Rowan C Martindale Rowan C Martindale
Triassic and Jurassic reef paleoecology, mass extinctions (Triassic-Jurassic, 201 Ma), carbon cycle perturbation events in deep time, ocean acidification in deep time, Oceanic Anoxic Events, invertebrate paleontology (corals, sponges, algae, microbes), Mesozoic marine communities and ecosystems, exceptional fossil preservation (Lagerstätten), paleoecology, carbonate petrography, warm-water and cool-water carbonate (eco)systems, low-temperature geochemistry.
Patricia M Martone
Ashley M Matheny Ashley M Matheny
Ecohydrology, Bio- and Micro-meteorology, Vegetation Hydrodynamics, Watershed Hydrology, Land-Atmosphere Interactions, Biogeochemistry, Water and Carbon Cycles, and Modeling
Steven May
Earle F McBride Earle F McBride
Research in sandstone diagenesis, hydrocarbon reservoir quality of sandstones, sandstone petrology, chert, concretions, provenance of sandstone, the fate of pores in sandstone, cementation by quartz and calcite
Linda R McCall Linda R McCall
Guinevere Mcdaid
Dr. Tip Meckel Dr. Tip Meckel
Stratigraphy, structural geology, CO2 sequestration, carbon capture and storage, CCS, high-resolution 3D seismic imaging /link
Nathaniel R Miller Nathaniel R Miller
Sedimentary geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, Earth system evolution, Q-ICP-MS, microanalytics, GIS, Neoproterozoic climate [link:] [/link]
Kitty L Milliken Kitty L Milliken
Petrography and geochemistry of siliciclastic rocks; diagenesis; electron microbeam methods: X-ray mapping, cathodoluminescence imaging; micro-scale reservoir characterization
Brandon W Minton
David  Mohrig David Mohrig
Sedimentary Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Rivers, Deltas, Coastlines, Submarine Channels, Geohazards, Sediment-Gravity Currents, Sediment Transport, Seismic Interpretation, Basin Analysis
Claudia I Mora Claudia I Mora
Paul Morgenstern
Sharon  Mosher Sharon Mosher
Structural petrology, field-oriented structural geology, the evolution of complexly deformed terranes, strain analysis, deformation mechanisms, the interaction between chemical and physical processes during deformation
Yosio  Nakamura Yosio Nakamura
Geophysics, lunar and planetary seismology, ocean-bottom seismometry
Sterling J Nesbitt
Gregory C Ng
Jean Nicot Jean Nicot
Subsurface hydrology, numerical modeling and optimization of groundwater resources, multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones, geochemistry modeling and subsurface reactive transport, Mathematical geology, geostatistics, inverse modeling, optimization, risk assessment and risk analysis
Maria-Aikaterini  Nikolinakou Maria-Aikaterini Nikolinakou
Maria-Katerina Nikolinakou is currently a Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on understanding stress and pore pressure in complex geologic systems, including salt systems and thrust belts. She studies the behavior of geologic materials under high stress levels and complex stress paths. She develops applied workflows for pressure prediction in exploration settings. Maria is a Civil/Geotechnical Engineer. She received her Science Doctorate on Theoretical Soil Mechanics from MIT in 2008. She holds a M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from MIT and a Civil Engineering degree from NTUA, Greece. Before joining the Jackson School, she worked for Shell Exploration and Production on Reservoir Geomechanics. Areas of Expertise: - Geotechnical Engineering - Constitutive modeling - Coupled stress-pore pressure prediction - Dipping structures - Borehole stability - Poromechanical modeling of basin sediments - Transient pore pressure dissipation - Salt Tectonics - Numerical modeling: Abaqus, ELFEN
Dev  Niyogi Dev Niyogi
Ian O Norton Ian O Norton
Plate tectonics, structural evolution of continental margins, reconciliation of observations from structural geology with regional tectonics
Vanessa  Nunez-Lopez Vanessa Nunez-Lopez
Joshua I O'Connell
Designing and building complex experimental systems, working with high pressure gas and fluid systems, fabrication of experimental components, machining, CAD design, metrology, data acquisition, Quizix precision pumps, Teledyne Isco syringe pumps, methane hydrate pressure core storage, sampling, and analysis; maintenance and repair of laboratory and mechanical equipment, laboratory monitoring systems, laboratory safety.
Osareni C Ogiesoba Osareni C Ogiesoba
Seismic interpretation of depositional systems, Seismic data processing and seismic anisotropy, Multicomponent data processing and velocity ratios estimation for reservoir characterization, Seismic modeling, Acreage evaluation and prospect generation, 3D seismic attributes-based rock property prediction in hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs.
Yuko M Okumura Yuko M Okumura
Climate dynamics, climate variability and change, large-scale ocean-atmosphere interactions, atmospheric teleconnections, paleoclimate and thermohaline circulation, climate change
Cornel  Olariu Cornel Olariu
Clastic Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Depositional Environments, Basin Analysis
Mariana I Olariu
Jon E Olson Jon E Olson
Naturally fractured reservoirs; Rock mechanics; Hydraulic fracturing; Structural geology
Phil Orlandini
Ductile deformation; petrology; machine learning; SEM; EBSD; EPMA; EDS; field geology & structural geology
Jeffrey G Paine Jeffrey G Paine
Near-surface geophysics in hydrogeology and environmental and Quaternary geology; coastal geology; Quaternary geology and geomorphology; computer applications in the geological sciences
Adam Papendieck Adam Papendieck
Learning Technology, Connected Learning, Sensemaking, Science and Technology Studies, Design Epistemologies, Ethical Innovation, Critical Theory of Technology, Sociomaterial and Cultural-historical Perspectives, Multimodal Narrative Research
William G Parker
Camille  Parmesan Camille Parmesan
Global warming, climate change, insect ecology, butterfly biology
Judson W Partin Judson W Partin
Paleoclimate, Stable and Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, climate change
Desmond B Patterson
Francis Peel
Salt Tectonics Gulf of Mexico Seismic Interpretation Salt Deposition RIsk and probability in exploration Fold and Thrust Belts Deepwater systems
Isabelle Pelletier Tardy
Sheng  Peng Sheng Peng
Multi-scale pore system characterization; Fluid flow in porous media; Unconventional reservoir
Geeta  Persad Geeta Persad
Marcella Phillips
Stephen C Phillips Stephen C Phillips
methane hydrates, sediment biogeochemistry, environmental magnetism, paleoceanography
Jon P Pierre
Jorge R Pinon Jorge R Pinon
Latin American and Caribbean energy, Energy, energy policy, Latin America,
Peter J Polito
Designing and building complex experimental systems, working with high fluids, metrology, data acquisition, LabVIEW programing, down hole tool development and testing, odds and ends.
Robert  Porritt Robert Porritt
Mary F Poteet Mary F Poteet
karst ecosystems, biotic response and vulnerability to climate change, invasive species
Jay  Pulliam Jay Pulliam
Structure of the deep Earth, seismic methods based on ray perturbation theory, broadband ocean-bottom seismographs (BBOBS) suitable for recording earthquakes on the ocean floor
Terrence M Quinn Terrence M Quinn
Paleoclimate, climate, climate change, climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, sedimentary geology and geochemistry
Robert M Reed Robert M Reed
Microstructural analysis of rocks, particularly small-scale deformation structures and pores in mudrocks.
Robert C Reedy Robert C Reedy
Instrumentation systems, geographic information systems (GIS), vadose zone hydrology
Daniella M Rempe Daniella M Rempe
Hydrology, Geomorphology, Ecohydrology, Catchment Hydrology, Near-surface Geophysics, Hydrogeology
Enrique Reyes
Thomas G Richter
Harold H Rogers
Katherine D Romanak Katherine D Romanak
Geochemistry and isotope systematics of carbon cycling in the vadose zone and in freshwater aquifers; soil-gas monitoring and surface gas flux measurements at CO2 sequestration sites; microbial influences on carbon geochemistry in the shallow subsurface; fate and transport of organic contaminants.
Timothy B Rowe Timothy B Rowe
Vertebrate paleontology, evolution and development of the vertebrate skeleton, phylogenetic systematics, the early history of mammals and their extinct relatives among Synapsida, the history of birds and their extinct relatives among Dinosauria, the history of other amniotes, high-resolution X-ray computed tomography, CT scanner, DigiMorph, informatics
Demian M Saffer Demian M Saffer
Active tectonics, fault/sediment mechanics, geohydrology.
Chris Sagebiel
Aaron Satkoski
Steffen  Saustrup Steffen Saustrup
Seismic data acquisition and processing, Focus and SIOSEIS processing and oversight, set-up and maintenance of Geoframe interpretation projects, field technical support; installation and operation of UTIG hi-res seismic system.
Alexandros Savvaidis
Kutalmis  Saylam Kutalmis Saylam
Bridget R Scanlon Bridget R Scanlon
Evaluation of the impact of climate variability and land use change on groundwater recharge, application of numerical models for simulating variably saturated flow and transport, controls on nitrate contamination in aquifers
Mrinal K Sen Mrinal K Sen
Seismic wave propagation including anisotropy, geophysical inverse problems, earthquakes and earth structure, applied seismology, petroleum exploration including 4D seismology
Timothy M Shanahan Timothy M Shanahan
Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleolimnology, sedimentary geology and geochemistry, organic geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, compound-specific stable isotope analysis
Yi Jin Shi
Matthew R Shirley
Sara D Sieberath
James E Sivil
David C Smith
Douglas  Smith Douglas Smith
Research on mantle evolution using tools of mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry.
Katie M Smye
Rebecca C Smyth Rebecca C Smyth
Current: Design and oversight of monitoring for CO2 at geologic sequestration sites; hydrogeologic characterization of industrial sites where subsurface materials and groundwater have been contaminated or have the potential of becoming contaminated, including environmental assessment of sites impacted by petroleum exploration and production activities. Past: Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, and hydrogeology of ash-flow tuffs,
John W Snedden John W Snedden
Sequence Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Reservoir Development and Connectivity, Petroleum Geoscience
Krista M Soderlund Krista M Soderlund
Astrobiology, Cryosphere, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Magnetohydrodynamics, Planetary Science
Kyle T Spikes Kyle T Spikes
Exploration Geophysics, in particular rock physics applications and seismic inversion techniques for reservoir characterization.
Lindsay A Stephens
James B Stevens
Margaret S Stevens
Michelle Stocker Michelle Stocker
I am a vertebrate paleontologist who examines questions about the evolution of tetrapods within an explicitly phylogenetic framework. I have interests in comparative anatomy and osteology of tetrapods, biostratigraphy and biochronology, and macroevolution. I am interested in how a cladistic framework modifies our secondary inferences, such as the use of vertebrates for biochronology or our understanding of paleobiogeographic patterns, in the fossil record. I explore the acquisition of the modern fauna through extinction and diversification events in multiple, well-sampled time periods; my dissertation research focuses on the Late Triassic and the Middle Eocene. I examine these issues mainly with two taxonomic groups - phytosaurs and amphisbaenians. I use CT and traditional dissection of extant animals to understand skeletal anatomy and osteological correlates in fossil specimens.
Daniel  Stockli Daniel Stockli
Thermo-/Geochronology, Tectonics and Structural Geology, Isotopic Provenance Analysis, Archeometry, Geothermal Exploration, and Thermal Maturation
Lisa D Stockli
U-Pb Geochronology and trace element analysis by LA-ICP-MS; TIMS and SIMS techniques;
Lori  Summa Lori Summa
Alex  Sun Alex Sun
Subjects: Carbon sequestration, hydrological modeling, computational geoscience, fracture/fault modeling Skill sets: Geostatistical modeling, inversion and optimization algorithms, numerical modeling, web-based decision support systems Programming: Matlab, Python, Fortran, C, ArcGIS
Xun Sun
Zoltan Sylvester
Sedimentology and stratigraphy of clastic sedimentary systems. Stratigraphic forward modeling and its applications in reservoir modeling. Seismic stratigraphy and interpretation of three-dimensional seismic data. Sediment gravity flows and their deposits. Reproducible scientific computing in geology.
Frederick W Taylor Frederick W Taylor
Tectonic geomorphology, stratigraphy, and paleogeodesy/paleoseismology at convergent plate margins Paleoclimate, fossil corals as a proxy for past sea-surface temperatures. Corals as recorders of relative sea level for vertical tectonics and sea-level history.
Carla M Thomas Carla M Thomas
Scott W Tinker Scott W Tinker
Global energy supply and demand, Technology Administration, Multidisciplinary reservoir characterization, Carbonate sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, 3-D reservoir modeling, Resource assessment.
Nicola  Tisato Nicola Tisato
Experimental rock physics and rock mechanics. Digital Rock Physics. Speleology. Seismic wave attenuation, Physical properties of rocks, Wave-Induced-Phenomena, Genesis of caves and speleothems, Reservoir characterization, Nuclear waste management.
Ramon Trevino Ramon Trevino
Sequence stratigraphic interpretations (well logs, 3-D seismic), integrated reservoir characterization, subsurface correlation and mapping (using workstation and PC) and subsurface structural interpretation (using 3-D seismic), project management, CO2 sequestration
Daniel  Trugman Daniel Trugman
Ronald S Tykoski
Kristine A Uhlman
Estibalitz  Ukar Estibalitz Ukar
Fracture analysis and structural diagenesis Brittle structural petrology Fractured carbonate rocks Tectonics and metamorphism of subduction zones
Matthew M Uliana Matthew M Uliana
Water resources, low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, groundwater modeling, environmental compliance
Harm J Van Avendonk Harm J Van Avendonk
Van Avendonk is an active-source seismologist who specializes in the acquisition and inversion of seismic refraction data on land and at sea. Often these seismic refraction data are used for a tomographic inversion. The resultant seismic velocity models help us to interpret the composition of the Earth’s crust and mantle, the geometry of sedimentary basins, and the structure of plate boundaries.
Jonathan W Virdell
Jason Visser
Edward Edward "Ned" K Vizy
climate dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, climate change, extreme weather events, climate system modeling, hurricanes, paleoclimate, mesoscale modeling
Laura Wallace
Crustal deformation, GPS/Geodesy, active plate boundary processes, subduction tectonics, geohazards
Sarah Werning
James A Westgate
Timothy L Whiteaker Timothy L Whiteaker
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in water resources engineering; hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality modeling; scientific information management; bringing water resources engineering solutions to end users by developing Web and desktop applications.
Steven L Wick
Clark R Wilson Clark R Wilson
Geophysics, including gravity, space geodesy, and applied seismology
Charles M Woodruff
Qian Yang
Zong-Liang  Yang Zong-Liang Yang
Dr. Yang's primary research interest is to understand the exchanges of momentum, radiation, heat, water, carbon dioxide, and other materials between the atmosphere and the Earth surface spanning from small (short) to very large (long) scales. This includes analysis of in-situ and remotely-sensed data for the Earth's surface, and modeling studies of weather, climate and hydrology at local, regional and global scales.
Joseph Yeh
Kehua  You Kehua You
Methane Hydrate, Hydrogeology, Flow and Transport in Porous Media, Analytical and Numerical Modeling
Bissett E Young
Duncan A Young Duncan A Young
Ice-rock physical interactions in an ice cap context, tectonic evolution of the younger planetary crusts
Michael H Young Michael H Young
Ecohydrology of arid and semiarid landscapes; groundwater recharge in both managed agriculture and natural (arid and semi-arid) systems; influence of soil structure and vegetation on water cycling; design and implementation of monitoring systems for above-ground and near-surface below ground environments.
Christopher K Zahm Christopher K Zahm
Reservoir characterization, flow modeling in fractured reservoirs, porosity-permeability evolution
Hongliu  Zeng Hongliu Zeng
Seismic sedimentology; seismic geomorphology; seismic and sequence stratigraphy; Characterization of thin-bed reservoirs; seismic chrono-stratgraphy
Tongwei  Zhang Tongwei Zhang
Gas geochemistry and isotope geochemistry; Petroleum and gas generation kinetics and basin modeling; Fluid transport processes in basins and reservoirs; Organic-inorganic interactions; Unconventional gas reservoir characterization; CO2 sequestration and H2S risk prediction.
Zeyu Zhao