Kitty L Milliken

Kitty L Milliken
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 471 6082
Office: JGB
Mailcode: E0630

My research interests center on integrating petrographic and geochemical methods to decipher histories of chemical and mechanical modification in sedimentary rocks. Past projects have examined chert, sandstone, serpentinite, dolomite, limestone, and quartzite, but today I work mainly on mudrocks. In addition to conventional transmitted and reflected light microscopy I take a strong interest in electron microbeam methods including X-ray mapping, cathdoluminescence imaging, and electron probe microanalysis.

Areas of Expertise

Petrography and geochemistry of siliciclastic rocks; diagenesis; electron microbeam methods: X-ray mapping, cathodoluminescence imaging; micro-scale reservoir characterization

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

Shell-UT Unconventionals Research (SUTUR): Characterization of Mudrocks by Quantitative Analysis of High-resolution SEM Images

Shell-UT Unconventionals Research (SUTUR): Investigation of Oil Storage and Migration in the Eagle Ford Formation by Integrated Geochemistry and Petrography

Chevron: X-ray mapping and CL imaging of gas shales for characterization

see vita for listing - several (1985 - 2012)

Graduate Students

Junwen Peng , Ph.D., expected 2021 (Committee Member)
1. Shale sedimentology: transportation and deposition processes and mechanisms of the mudrock system. 2. Shale petrography: textural variation, mineral composition, grain assemblages composition, pore types, and diagenetic features. 3. Sedimentary geochemistry: trace metals used as proxies for paleoenvironmental and paleomarine system reconstructions (e.g., hydrographic circulation, seawater chemistry, productivity, and redox conditions). 4. Unconventional hydrocarbon resources: mechanisms of organic...

Suzan M Ergene , M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Joel Lunsford , M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Maxwell Pommer , M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Kelsi R Ustipak (Committee Member)
Clastic sedimentology, deepwater depositional systems, turbidites, transitional flow deposits, siliciclastic petrology, experimental sedimentology, energy resources, karst hydrogeology

David Hull, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)

Aysen Ozkan, M.S., 2010 (Supervisor)

see vita for complete list,

2017Fall GEO 391 Siliciclastic Petrology
2015Fall GEO 391 Siliciclastic Petrology
2014Fall GEO 391 Siliciclastic Petrology
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Siliciclastic Rocks
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Siliciclastic Rocks