Tip Meckel

Tip Meckel
Research Professor, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

Office: CPE , BEG
Mailcode: E0620

Dr. Tip Meckel is a senior research scientist investigating geologic carbon storage for the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. During his 15 years with the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau he has led research focusing on geologic characterization, structural geology, monitoring design, and pressure evolution for CO2 injections.

He has been directly involved with many large-scale field demonstration projects funded through the DOE-NETL Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships. He currently leads the research initiative to identify offshore sequestration potential in the Gulf of Mexico with focus on capacity assessment and high-resolution 3D marine seismic monitoring technologies.

He was a contributor to the 2019 National Petroleum Council study on CCUS, and participated in the formation of the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Storage Resource Management System (SRMS).

PhD - UT Austin, 2003
MS - Univ. MT, 1998
BA - Colby College, 1995

Areas of Expertise

Carbon capture and storage, CO2 sequestration, CCS, high-resolution 3D seismic acquisition, processing, and imaging; Stratigraphy, structural geology, /link http://www.beg.utexas.edu/gccc

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

Evaluating carbon dioxide storage potential in the Gulf of Mexico ( view )

Laboratory Sand Tank Experiments of Engineered Clastic Media with Fluid Flow Visualization

JSG Outstanding Educator Award - Jackson School of Geosciences (2018 - 2018)

JSG Outstanding Research Award - Gulf Coast Carbon Center (2016)

Director. Acquisition, processing and interpretation of novel HR3D datasets for investigation of overburden structure and fluid flow processes - High-Resolution 3D seismic (P-Cable) Center (2011 - 2016)

Project PI - Offshore CO2 Storage Resource Assessment of the Northern Gulf of Mexico - DOE-NETL (2009 - 2021)

Fulltime Researcher on geologic aspects of carbon capture and storage - Gulf Coast Carbon Center (2006 - 2016)

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center regularly engages with students for research activities


Luca Trevisan, 2015 - 2017

Hailun Ni

Graduate Students

Sean A Avitt (Supervisor)

Harry Hull, M.S., 2021 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

John Franey, M.S., 2021 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Prasanna Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., 2020 (Co-supervisor)
CPGE: Center for Petroleum and Geoscience Engineering
Geologic heterogeneity controls on CO? migration and trapping

Izaak Ruiz, M.S., 2019 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Omar Garcia, M.S., 2019 (Supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology
Geologic characterization and modeling for quantifying CO2 storage capacity of the High Island 10-L Field in Texas state waters, offshore Gulf of Mexico

Emily Beckham, M.S., 2018 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Reinaldo Sabbagh, M.S., 2017 (Supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology
Pre-injection reservoir characterization for CO2 storage in the inner continental shelf of the Texas Gulf of Mexico

Johnathon Lee Osmond, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Francis Mulcahy, M.S., 2015 (Supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology
Use of High Resolution 3D Seismic Data to Evaluate Quaternary Valley Evolution History during Transgression, Offshore San Luis Pass, Gulf of Mexico

Kerstan Wallace, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Julie Ditkof, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)

Erin Miller, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Andrew Nicholson, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
JSG - UT Austin

Priya Ganesh, M.S., 2012 (Co-supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology
Geologic factors affecting buoyant plume migration patterns in small-scale heterogeneous media: Characterizing capillary channels of sequestered CO2

Alexander Urquhart, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology
Structural controls on CO2 leakage and diagenesis in a natural long-term carbon sequestration analogue: Little Grand Wash fault, Utah

Nishanth Kalyanaraman, M.S., 2008 (Supervisor)
Bureau of Economic Geology
Evaluating the influence of seal characteristics and rate of pressure buildup on modeled seal performance and carbon sequestration economics

AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, (2024)

2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 420K Intro To Field And Strat Meths
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences

Graduate Positions

High Resolution 3D marine seismic for fluid studies
Opportunities exist to become involved in the design, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of high-resolution 3D marine seismic data. Current applications include characterization for subsurface storage of carbon dioxide and natural fluid migration studies. We anticipate development into imaging modern systems as reservoir analogs.


Postdoctoral Fellow
Purpose of position: To conduct research in numerical simulation of fluid flow using both traditional Darcy flow simulators as well as Invasion Percolation methods, sandbox flow modeling, and development of a strong publication record on the topic.

Essential functions: Develop numerical simulations of fluid flow CO2 in mm to m scale models informed by geologic depositional heterogeneity. Assist in designing and implementing laboratory validation experiments of sandbox flow modeling to support theoretical and numerical simulations. Publish results in peer reviewed outlets, assist in project reporting and make presentations, as needed to support project.

Required qualifications: PhD in hydrogeology, environmental engineering, or closely related geoscience field earned within the last three years. Relevant laboratory experience with sandbox scale flow experiments. Demonstrated research interest in forward and inverse modeling of subsurface flow and transport pertaining multi-phase flow.

Preferred qualifications Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to conduct experimental studies. Demonstrated experience in presenting and publishing results, including CO2 or CCS.


Offshore CO2 Storage (Seeking Graduate Research Assistant interested in integrated seismic, well log, and geology integration for CO2 storage resource assessment.)
Current DOE grant to study CO2 storage options in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Corpus Christi, Texas.


Undergraduate Positions

Carbon Cpature and Geologic Storage (ongoing - get in touch: tip.meckel@beg.utexas.edu)
The Gulf Coast Carbon Center often engages with undergradutes in geology, EER, and petroleum engineering on topic related to carbon capture and geologic storage (CCS).


Gulf Coast Carbon Center

Offshore Miocene CO2 storage assessment
The Texas Offshore Miocene Project is a substantial 5-year effort undertaken by the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology to investigate the regional geologic potential of Miocene-age rocks of Texas State Submerged Lands to store CO2 for geologically significant periods of time. Such geologic storage provides current and future emitting industries with a viable environmental alternative to the current practice of atmospheric release. The results of this study should provide the next step in making permanent geologic storage of CO2 a commercial reality.