Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Marc A Hesse

Marc A Hesse
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 471 0768
Office: EPS 3.152
Mailcode: C9000
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Marc is a computational geoscientists interested in multi-phase geosystems and geophysical porous media. Marc has an BSc in Geology from the University of Edinburg, a MS in Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, a MPhil in Fluid Flow from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral researcher in tectonophysics at Brown University.

Areas of Expertise

Multiphase flow in porous media, geomechanics, numerical simulation, mathematical, modeling, reactive transport, magma dynamics.

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

CMG Research: Robust Numerical Methods for Multi-Phase Darcy-Stokes Flow in Heterogeneous and Anisotropic Partially Molten Materials

ACS-DNI: The interpretation of geochemical patterns through the theory of hyperbolic conservation laws for reactive transport in porous media

Shell Companies Foundation Centennial Chair in Geophysics - University of Texas at Austin (2012 - 2012)

John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Geological Sciences - Jackson School of Geosciences (2011 - 2011)

David Crighton Fellowship - Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics - University of Cambridge (2009)

European Trust Bursary & EPSRC Studentship - University of Cambridge (2002 - 2003)

Presidential Graduate Fellowship - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000 - 2002)

Edinburgh Geological Society Prize - University of Edinburgh (2000)

Mineralogical Society Student Award - Mineralogical Society (1999)

Total Oil Marine Prize - University of Edinburgh (1999)

Member, Conference organizing committee, Gordon Research Conference Flow and Transport in Permeable Media (2010)

Chair, Conference organizing committees, Gordon-Keenan Graduate Research Seminar: Flow and Transport in Permeable Media (2010)

Co-chair, Session, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2009: V41: Geochemical consequences of melt migration (2009)

Mini-symposia organizer, Mini-symposia, SIAM Mathematical and Computational Geosciences: MS53 & 60: Geological CO2 Storage (2009)

Mini-symposia organizer, Mini-symposia, SIAM Mathematical and Computational Geosciences: S38: Dynamics of partially molten rocks (2009)

Member, Conference organizing committee, Gordon Research Conference: Flow and Transport in Permeable Media (2008)

Mini-symposia organizer, Mini-symposia, SIAM Mathematical and Computational Geosciences: MS43: Self-similar solutions in porous media flow (2007)

Graduate Students

Evan J Ramos, Ph.D., expected 2021 (Co-supervisor)
I am a first-year PhD student whose research focuses the control that tectonic processes have on the evolution of Earth's long-term climate, notably in how fluids flow and react with surrounding rock in the shallow crust. My Master's thesis incorporated stable isotope geochemistry, geochronology, and numerical modeling to understand the nature of fluid flow during the formation of skarns. The overarching goal of this research is to quantify the amount and rate of CO2 production during metamorphic reactions. Currently, I am interested in the geologic carbon cycle, specifically in the hydrogeology of volcanic centers and the modes of CO2 transport within volcanic edifices.

Jacob S Jordan, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)
As a numeric geoscientist, I find myself fascinated by a litany of topics: particularly those associated with the genesis, reactive transport and extraction of molten rock. Also why is Kanye’s verse in 2-Chainz Birthday Song is so bad. Is he joking or something? Does he actually think that those leather pants are cool? As a curious and enthusiastic academic, I hope to shed light onto these topics, and contribute to answering other such questions whose answers have long been the subject of scholarly debate. Aside from my intellectual pursuits, I enjoy watching college basketball, running, vegetarian cuisine, speling words good and doing grammar good too; vintage soul records, garage rock, gangsta rap, tacos, pen plotters, art, design and working on my spring collection.

Kiran Sathaye, Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)
I am a PhD candidate studying the Bravo Dome carbon dioxide reservoir near the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico border. My work involves incorporation of stable and radioactive isotope geochemistry, reservoir engineering and multiphase flow, and petrophysics and geostatistics. I am interested in incorporation of data and models from these varying disciplines to better understand subsurface fluid flow.

Kyung Won Chang, Ph.D., expected 2013 (Supervisor)
Kyung Won aims to understand the dynamics of multiphase flow in geological porous media. He started his academic career with engineering minds, a BS in geotechnical engineering and a MS in petroleum engineering. He is continuing his ph.D in geological sciences. Kyung Won believes that his multidiscipline background will allow him be a smart bridge between geo-engineers and geo-scientists.

Nicolas J Huerta (Supervisor)

Colin J McNeece (Supervisor)
I am a Ph.D. candidate in geological sciences at UT Austin. My research is in reactive transport modeling, a field that sits on the interface of fluid mechanics and geochemistry. My work couples theory and experiments to understand fundamental controls on transport behavior in natural settings.

Kimberly A McCormack (Supervisor)
My research focuses on the feedback between seismicity and pore fluid in tectonic and fluid injection settings

Abraham Taicher (Supervisor)
Computation and Applied Mathematics

Soheil Ghanbarzadeh (Supervisor)
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering-Replaces PEN

The hyperbolic structure of reaction fronts in porous media, [HPC]^3 Workshop, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia (2012)

Fluid- and geomechanical aspects of geological CO2 storage, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford University (2012)

Hyperbolic theory for heterovalent ion-exchange, International Conference for Computational Methods in Water Resources, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)

Assimilation of surface displacement data into reservoir models for improved characterization and monitoring of geological carbon dioxide storage site, European Fluid Mechanics Conference 9, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy (2012)

Reactive transport in porous media with pH-dependent sorption, Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa, Tulsa (2012)

The Effect of Capillary Forces on Two-phase Flow, SIAM Conference on Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences, Long Beach, CA (2011)

Monitoring pressure evolution during geological CO2 storage, American Physical Society - Division of Fluid Dynamics, Annual meeting, Baltimore (2011)

Fluid dynamical, geochemical and geomechanical aspects of geological CO2 storage, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland (2011)

Magma dynamics in a viscously deforming porous media, Universitaet Stuttgart, Institut fuer Wasserbau, Stuttgart, Germany (2011)

Fill and Spill: The buoyant dispersal of CO2 during geological storage, XVIII Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2010), Barcelona, Spain (2010)

Trapping mechanisms during geological CO2 storage, University of Cambridge, BP-Institute for Multiphase Flow, Coambridge, UK (2010)

Compaction-dissolution waves in magma dynamics, SIAM Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures, Philadelphia (2010)

Dynamics of Geological CO2 Storage, Rice University, Department of Earth Science, Houston, USA (2010)

Trapping Processes During CO2 Storage in Saline Aquifers, Penn State, Department of Geosciences, State College (2008)

Length & Time Scales of Trapping Processes in Saline Aquifer Storage of CO2, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole, MA (2008)

The Ultimate Fate of CO2 in Saline Aquifers, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Carbon Sequestration Forum, Boston, MA (2007)

2016Fall GEO 346C Intro Physcl/Chem Hydrogeology
2016Fall GEO 391 Mod Flow/Trans In Porous Media
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Porous Media
2015Fall GEO 346C Intro Physcl/Chem Hydrogeology
2015Fall GEO 391 Mod Flow/Trans In Porous Media
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Spring GEO 391 Reactive Flow In Porous Media
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Porous Media
2014Fall GEO 346C Intro Physcl/Chem Hydrogeology
2014Fall GEO 391 Mod Flow/Trans In Porous Media
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Porous Media
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Porous Media