Jackson School of Geosciences Experts

Nathan L Bangs
Nathan L Bangs
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
nathan@utig.ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0424

Expertise: Structural development and tectonic processes along convergent margins; MCS methods to acquire 3-D images of structure and stratigraphy within subduction zones; processing, inversion, and modeling of seismic reflection data

Jay L Banner
Jay L Banner
Professor and Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
banner@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5016, +1 512 471 6854

Expertise: Isotopic methods, groundwater, oceans, ancient oceans, climate change, aquifers, caves, environmental science, geochemistry, paleoclimatology

Donald D Blankenship
Donald D Blankenship
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
blank@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0489, +1 512 471 6156

Expertise: Antarctic ice sheets, robotic space missions to Europa, airborne and ground-based geophysical techniques (including laser altimetry, radar sounding, seismic reflection and refraction), West Antarctic rift system, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, climate change, global warming, remote sensing

William D Carlson
William D Carlson
Professor Emeritus and Peter T. Flawn Centennial Chair Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
wcarlson@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4770

Expertise: Field, analytical, and experimental studies of metamorphic petrogenesis, with emphasis on the rates and mechanisms of metamorphic reactions. Geological applications of high-resolution X-ray computed tomography. Analytical and computational studies of intracrystalline and intergranular diffusion.

Ginny Catania
Ginny Catania
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
gcatania@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0403

Expertise: Ice sheet mass balance, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology, ice sheet stratigraphy, radar, GPS methods, uncertainty in ice sheet response to climate.

Kerry H Cook
Kerry H Cook
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
kc@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 7931

Expertise: Climate dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, global climate change, paleoclimate, climate and weather of Africa and South America, climate system modeling, climate change in Texas

Ian J Duncan
Ian J Duncan
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
ian.duncan@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5117

Expertise: Expertise in geomechanic and geochemistry applied to: risks associated with CO2 sequestration; hydraulic fracturing for shale gas production; environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing; and the water-energy nexus. Current research focuses on the scientific, environmental and public policy aspects of unconventional natural gas production, the water-energy nexus, and carbon capture and storage. He has a particular interest in risk analysis, decision making, and legal/regulatory issues related to fracing, CO2 sequestration, CO2-EOR, and energy production.

Shirley P Dutton
Shirley P Dutton
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
shirley.dutton@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0329, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Sandstone petrography and diagenesis, interpretation of diagenetic history by integration of petrographic, geochemical, and stratigraphic data; relationship of diagenesis to porosity, permeability, and other petrophysical properties of oil and gas reservoirs; timing of diagenesis and hydrocarbon maturation with respect to basin thermal and subsidence history

William L Fisher
William L Fisher
Professor and Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
wfisher@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5600

Expertise: Basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems, petroleum geology, resource assessment, energy policy

Peter B Flemings
Peter B Flemings
Jackson Chair in Geosystems, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
pflemings@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 475 9520, +1 512 475 8738

Expertise: Stratigraphy, basin analysis, basin-scale fluid flow, pore pressures in seafloor sediments, submarine landslides, oil and gas migration, methane hydrates, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)

Michelle M Foss
Michelle M Foss
Chief Energy Economist & Head of CEE, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
michelle.foss@beg.utexas.edu
+1 713 654 5400

Expertise: Energy and environmental reseach (oil and gas, coal, nonfuel minerals, electric power), applied energy economics and business development, enterprise strategy and commercial operations, business-government relationships across energy value chains, liquified natural gas (LNG), energy markets, oil and gas markets, energy prices

Cliff Frohlich
Cliff Frohlich
Associate Director, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
cliff@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0460, +1 512 471 6156

Expertise: Seismology, deep earthquakes, Texas earthquakes, moonquakes, statistical analysis of earthquake catalogs

Omar  Ghattas
Omar Ghattas
Professor and John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
omar@ices.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 4304

Expertise: Computational geoscience and engineering, simulation and optimization of complex solid, fluid, and biomechanical systems, inverse problems, optimal design, and optimal control

John A Goff
John A Goff
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
goff@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0476

Expertise: Seafloor morphology and bathymetry, swath sonar mapping, stratigraphy of the shallow seabed, ultra-high resolution seismic reflection (chrip) systems, sedimentary horizons, sea ice draft, crustal heterogeneity, canyon morphology on continental slopes, abyssal hills

Sean S Gulick
Sean S Gulick
Research Associate Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
sean@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0483

Expertise: Studies of convergent margins to examine tectonic influences, structural deformation, fluid flow, and earthquake hazards; imaging and geologic sampling of in situ tectonic and crater laboratories: microplates, triple junctions, transitional plate boundaries, and bolide impacts; and quantitative high-resolution marine geological and geophysical studies of tectonic and climate interactions on glaciated orogenic margins.

Bob A Hardage
Bob A Hardage
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
bob.hardage@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0300, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Seismic stratigraphy interpretation; reservoir characterization; acquiring, processing, and interpreting downhole and surface seismic data; multicomponent seismic technology

Nicholas W Hayman
Nicholas W Hayman
Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
hayman@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 7721

Expertise: Currently active projects include studies of ocean-crustal faulting, the dynamics of continental rifting, evolution of forearc basins and accretionary prisms, and mudrock microstructure. Also many projects involve sailing on research vessels to study active spreading centers in various corners of the globe.

Jack Holt
Jack Holt
Research Associate Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
holt@utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0487

Expertise: Mars ice and paleoclimate, Antarctica, glaciers, airborne and orbital geophysics, hydrogeophysics, paleomagnetism. See Jack's research group webpage: http://www.ig.utexas.edu/people/staff/jack/mrg/

Brian K Horton
Brian K Horton
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
horton@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1869

Expertise: Tectonics of sedimentary basins, evolution of orogenic systems, sediment provenance and routing systems, nonmarine depositional processes.

Charles S Jackson
Charles S Jackson
Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
charles@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0401

Expertise: global warming, abrupt climate change, sea level rise, ocean mixing, Bayesian Inference, inverse modeling, simulation, climate projections, uncertainty quantification

Martin P Jackson
Martin P Jackson
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
martin.jackson@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 475 9548, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Salt tectonics, tectonics of sedimentary basins, evolution of divergent and convergent continental margins, rheology of evaporites, and geology of Mars.

Charles  Kerans
Charles Kerans
Professor and Robert K. Goldhammer Chair in Carbonate Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
ckerans@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4282

Expertise: Carbonate sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems, reservoir characterization, basin analysis, seismic interpretation, seismic stratigraphy, paleokarst analysis, carbonate diagenesis

Gary A Kocurek
Gary A Kocurek
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
garyk@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5855

Expertise: Sedimentology, geomorphology and stratigraphy of aeolian systems; fluid flow and grain transport; bedform dynamics and pattern evolution of dune fields; the stratigraphic record of aeolian and related systems on Earth and Mars.

J. Richard Kyle
J. Richard Kyle
Professor and The Third Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Yager Professorship, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
rkyle@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4351

Expertise: Ore deposits geology, strata-controlled mineral resources, metals & industrial minerals exploration, ore petrology, characterization of ore-forming fluids, high resolution X-ray computed tomography applications to ore genesis & processing, geology of energy critical elements, resources & society, geology & mineral resources of Texas

Stephen E Laubach
Stephen E Laubach
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
steve.laubach@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 6303, +1 512 475 8786

Expertise: Structural diagenesis, structural geology, fracture analysis, fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence studies, rock mechanics, mechanical and fracture stratigraphy, hydrocarbon exploration and development in deep and/or structurally complex areas, tight gas sandstone, coalbed methane, shale gas; geologic aspects of hydraulic fracturing, application of borehole-imaging geophysical logs to stress and fracture evaluation, structural evolution of North American Cordillera, fracture history of NW Scotland, regional fracture studies Argentina.

Leon E Long
Leon E Long
Professor and The Second Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Yager Professorship, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
leonlong@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 7562

Expertise: Geochemistry, isotope geology including Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd geochronology, and radioactive isotopes used as geochemical tracers to date ancient geologic events

Randall Marrett
Randall Marrett
Elf Aquitaine Petroleum Faculty Fellow in Geological Sciences, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
marrett@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 2113

Expertise: Structural geology, tectonics, deformation processes in the upper continental crust, folds, faults, opening-mode fractures, fluid flow through fracture systems, applications of fractals, natural hazards

Earle F McBride
Earle F McBride
Professor Emeritus and J. Nalle Gregory Chair Emeritus in Sedimentary Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
efmcbride@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1905

Expertise: Research in sandstone diagenesis, hydrocarbon reservoir quality of sandstones, sandstone petrology, chert, concretions, provenance of sandstone, the fate of pores in sandstone, cementation by quartz and calcite

David  Mohrig
David Mohrig
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
mohrig@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 2282

Expertise: Sedimentary Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Rivers, Deltas, Coastlines, Submarine Channels, Geohazards, Sediment-Gravity Currents, Sediment Transport, Seismic Interpretation, Basin Analysis

Sharon  Mosher
Sharon Mosher
Dean, Jackson School of Geosciences
smosher@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 6048

Expertise: Structural petrology, field-oriented structural geology, the evolution of complexly deformed terranes, strain analysis, deformation mechanisms, the interaction between chemical and physical processes during deformation

Jon E Olson
Jon E Olson
Associate Professor, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
jolson@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 7375, +1 512 471 3161

Expertise: Naturally fractured reservoirs; Rock mechanics; Hydraulic fracturing; Structural geology

Raymond L Orbach
Raymond L Orbach
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
orbach@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0204

Expertise: Complex systems/non-linear dynamics; Transport in random media;

Jeffrey G Paine
Jeffrey G Paine
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1260, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Near-surface geophysics in hydrogeology and environmental and Quaternary geology; coastal geology; Quaternary geology and geomorphology; computer applications in the geological sciences

Jorge R Pinon
Jorge R Pinon
Program Manager, Jackson School of Geosciences
jrpinon@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 4988, +1 305 926 6910

Expertise: Latin American and Caribbean energy, Energy, energy policy, Latin America,

Eric C Potter
Eric C Potter
Program Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
eric.potter@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 7090

Expertise: Oil and gas exploration, Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains basins, Basin and Range.

Terrence M Quinn
Terrence M Quinn
Director, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
quinn@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0464

Expertise: Paleoclimate, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, sedimentary geology and geochemistry

Timothy B Rowe
Timothy B Rowe
Professor and J. Nalle Gregory Regents Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
rowe@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1725, +1 512 232 5512

Expertise: Vertebrate paleontology, evolution and development of the vertebrate skeleton, phylogenetic systematics, the early history of mammals and their extinct relatives among Synapsida, the history of birds and their extinct relatives among Dinosauria, the history of other amniotes, high-resolution X-ray computed tomography, CT scanner, DigiMorph, informatics

Bridget R Scanlon
Bridget R Scanlon
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
bridget.scanlon@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8241, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Evaluation of the impact of climate variability and land use change on groundwater recharge, application of numerical models for simulating variably saturated flow and transport, controls on nitrate contamination in aquifers

Timothy M Shanahan
Timothy M Shanahan
Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
tshanahan@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 7051

Expertise: Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleolimnology, sedimentary geology and geochemistry, organic geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, compound-specific stable isotope analysis

John M Sharp
John M Sharp
Carlton Professor of Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
jmsharp@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3317

Expertise: Hyrdogeology; flow in fractured rocks; thermohaline free convection; fracture skin effects; regional flow in carbonate rocks; hydrology of arid and semi-arid zones; subsidence and coastal land loss; effects of urbanization; alluvial aquifers; hydrogeology of sedimentary basins;hydrological processes in ore deposit formation; and hydrogeophysics.

James T Sprinkle
James T Sprinkle
Professor and The First Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Yager Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
echino@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4264

Expertise: Invertebrate paleontology; evolutionary biology; fossil and living echinoderms; echinoderm systematics; Paleozoic marine communities and ecosystems; paleoecology; crinoids; blastoids; rhombiferans; eocrinoids; parablastoids; blastozoans; edrioasteroids; edrioblastoids; starfish; stylophorans; ctenocystoids; helicoplacoids; Cambrian evolutionary fauna; Paleozoic evolutionary fauna; Ordovician radiation; Cambrian explosion; environment & earth science

Frederick W Taylor
Frederick W Taylor
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
fred@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0453

Expertise: Tectonic geomorphology and stratigraphy at convergent plate margins Paleoclimate, fossil corals as a proxy for past sea-surface temperatures.

Scott W Tinker
Scott W Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
scott.tinker@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0209, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Global energy supply and demand, Technology Administration, Multidisciplinary reservoir characterization, Carbonate sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, 3-D reservoir modeling, Resource assessment.

Clark R Wilson
Clark R Wilson
Wallace E. Pratt Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
crwilson@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5008, +1 512 471 5172

Expertise: Geophysics, including gravity, space geodesy, and applied seismology