Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Maria-Aikaterini Nikolinakou

Maria-Aikaterini  Nikolinakou
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 475 9548
Office: BEG 3.102M, JGB 5.338
Mailcode: E0620
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Areas of Expertise

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

Current Research Programs & Projects

UT GeoFluids Consortium

AGL consortium

Pore pressure prediction coupling seismic velocities with geomechanical modeling

2015 Tinker Family BEG Publication Award - BEG (2015)

First class of Future Leaders - American Rock Mechanics Association (2012)

Treasurer, American Rock Mechanics Association (2017 - Present)

Board Member, American Rock Mechanics Association (2015 - Present)

President, MIT Club of Austin and San Antonio (2014 - 2017)

Member, MIT Educational Council of Central Texas, (2013 - Present)

Organizer, Friday Seminar Series, BEG (2013 - 2014)

Member, Organizing Committee, ARMA Rock Mechanics and Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, June 2013 (2012 - 2013)

Graduate Students

Baiyuan Gao , Ph.D., expected 2018 (Committee Member)
Baiyuan is currently applying geomechanical models to study thin-skinned fold and thrust belts system. The research will further our understanding of stress, strain and compaction behaviors in fold-and-thrust belts. Baiyuan also aims to comp up with an improved approach to predict pore pressure in compressional regions.

Andrea Nolting , Ph.D., expected 2017 (Committee Member)
Carbonate Sedimentology & Sequence Stratigraphy, Carbonate Rock Properties, Geo-mechanical Modeling. Research is focused on steep-rimmed carbonate shelf systems, specifically the timing and controls behind shelf margin syndepositional deformation.

Landon Lockhart , M.S., expected 2017 (Co-supervisor)
Landon's research is focused on characterizing the pressures and stresses in complex geologic settings. Specifically, his research integrates geomechanical modeling, experimental analysis, and field data at the Mad Dog Field, deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The title of Landon's thesis is "New Pore Pressure Prediction Workflow to Capture the Effects of Mean Effective Stress and Deviatoric (shear) stress at the Mad Dog Field." Landon has also recently developed a new online software tool (UT-FAST-P^3) to predict pore pressure based on mean- and shear-stress. The software is expected to be available on the UT GeoFluids website by November 2017.

Jean Joseph van der Linden d'Hooghvorst Ro, Ph.D. (Co-supervisor)

Derek Sawyer, Ph.D., 2010 (Committee Member)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Stress and Pressure in Mudrocks Bounding Salt Systems, Invited early career keynote, 51st ARMA Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA (2017)

Pore pressure in evolving salt systems, Operators Pore-Pressure Forum, Houston, TX (2017)

Stress, deformation, and pressure prediction near salt, Society of Underwater Technology, Houston, TX (2017)

Coupling flow and deformation in evolving salt basins, Invited talk, AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, CA (2016)

Modeling of Shales in Salt-Hydrocarbon systems, Junior Keynote, Shale Symposium, International Society of Rock Mechanics Congress, Montreal, Canada (2015)

Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt dome, Invited, Houston Geomechanics Series, Houston, TX (2014)

Impact of salt diapir evolution on stress and pressure, SPE/AAPG/SEG Pore Pressure Workshop, San Antonio, TX (2014)

Geomechanical Modeling around a rising salt diapir, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, MIT, Cambridge, MA (2014)

Geomechanical modeling of stresses and pore pressures in mudstones adjacent to salt bodies, Invited talk, 3rd Inernational. Geoqus Conference, Potsdam, Germany (2012)