Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Khushboo Arora

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2017
M.S., Applied Geology, Indian Institute of Technology, 2009

Mobile: 512-909-8778


The main purpose of my current research is to study the influence of long-period surface gravity waves on sediment transport and deposition of hummocky cross-stratified deposits on marine shelves. An integrated study of paleo-hydraulic analysis and reservoir architecture of hummocky cross-stratified sands is critical for achieving a greater understanding of shelf sands deposited in shoreface and deeper settings. An improved understanding of how these sands and muds distribute themselves in the shelf settings with varying physiographic and storm conditions will be extremely useful in limiting exploration and development risk in shelf sand reservoirs around the world. In addition, the physical-modeling portion of this research coupled with the field component will enhance our understanding of mechanisms of sand transport from shelf to slope due to storm forces and varying water densities. Having a better depositional model of shelf sand movement and deposition will improve our understanding of the paleo-processes active on the world's ancient shelves and enhance our ability to explore for and produce these reservoir facies, as well as model changes in storm and climate character along these ancient margins.

Current Research Projects

Revisiting the Utility of Hummocky Cross-Stratification in Paleo-environmental Reconstruction of Wave-dominated Shelves

Stochastic modeling of hummocky bedforms formed offshore of Long Island post-hurricane Sandy

Experimental study of combined flow turbidity currents for improved understanding of cross-shelf sand transport by storms

ChevronTexaco Fellowship - Chevron (2014 - 2014)

Winner, Gulf Coast Challenge Bowl - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2013 - 2013)

Ike Crumbly - Minorities in Energy Grant - AAPG (2013 - 2014)

Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship Fund - Jackson School of Geosciences (2013 - 2013)

Nirja Sahay Medal - Mining, Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India (2009 - 2009)

Institute Silver Medal - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2009 - 2009)

Prof. K.L. Chopra Award - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2009 - 2009)

Student Grant - 19th World Petroleum Congress, Spain (2008 - 2008)

Revisiting the Utility of Hummocky Cross-Stratification in Paleohydraulic Study of Ancient Shelves and Sand Distribution Processes, AAPG, Houston (2014)