Peter H Hennings

Peter H Hennings
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 471 0156
Office: JGB , BEG
Mailcode: E0610

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Dr. Peter Hennings is a Research Scientist at The University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences Bureau of Economic Geology where he is Principal Investigator of the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research and a Lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences.

At the Jackson School Peter teaches Seismic Structural Analysis, structural geology and basin systems portions of Field Camp. Professionally, Peter teaches and field and classroom courses in Reservoir Geomechanics.

Peter retired in 2015 after 25 years in the petroleum industry where he worked as a research scientist (Mobil Oil and Phillips Petroleum) and technical manager (ConocoPhillips). Peter received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas.

Peter’s technical interests include structural geology, induced seismicity, seismic structural analysis, reservoir geomechanics, and geology of Texas and the Rocky Mountains. Peter is an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, GSA Fellow, and a founder of the AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division.

Peter has taught more than 250 field seminars and classroom courses on seismic structural analysis, reservoir geomechanics, and Rocky Mountain structural and petroleum geology.

Areas of Expertise

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.

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

Induced Seismicity in Texas and Principal Investigator for the UT-BEG Center for Integrated Seismicity Research ( view )

Reservoir-scale to regional deformation and coupled fracturing and diagenesis of Tensleep and Frontier Fms outcrops in central Wyoming

3D architecture and geomechanical evolution of basement-rooted structures in the Wyoming segment of the Laramide Rockies and Texas segment of the Ancestral Rockies

Geometry and kinematic evolution of structures in the Big Bend country and Mexican borderlands of West Texas

Best Paper - AAPG Division of Environmental Geology (2020 - 2020)

Walter Award for Outstanding Research - University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences (2019 - 2019)

AAPG Distinguished Service Award - AAPG (2016)

Matson Award for Best Paper - AAPG (2015)

Honorary Fellow - GSA (2001)

Distinguished Lecturer - AAPG (2001 - 2002)

Levorsen Award for Pest Paper - AAPG (1986)


Amanda Calle, 2021, Jackson School of Geosciences Bureau of Economic Geology

Graduate Students

Marco Guirola , M.S., expected 2022 (Committee Member)
My main area of interest is seismic interpretation applied to the characterization and subsequent selection of suitable sites for carbon injection in the context of CCS technology. I study fault characteristics to evaluate and risk-assess CO2 permanence in prospects for geologic storage in the Gulf of Mexico. I am interested in the link between the geological risk of permanence and...

Caroline McKeighan (Supervisor)

2019Summer GEO f660A Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2019Spring GEO 391 Seismic Structural Analysis
2018Summer GEO f660A Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2017Spring GEO 391 Seismic Structural Analysis
2016Spring GEO 191 Seismic Structural Analysis