Jackson School of Geosciences
Bureau of Economic Geology
Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC)
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Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, Bureau of Economic Geology
University Station, Box X, Austin TX 78713-8924
phone: (512) 475 8829, fax: (512) 471 0140
|My research combines the fields of fault and fracture mechanics and low-temperature geochemistry addressing deformation mechanisms of the upper crust, structural control of mass and heat transfer in sedimentary basins, the effects of chemical mass transfer on the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of fractures and faults, and the chemical interaction between fluids and minerals. This research is part of the Structural Diagenesis Initiative at the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin.
This research is of applied interest to groundwater management and the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Fundamental aspects of this research have implications for the seismic and aseismic deformation of the Earth's upper crust, and for the interaction of subsurface fluids with the atmosphere and biosphere.
I am affiliated with the Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC) at the BEG, an industry-sponsored research program devoted to characterization and prediction of fractures in sedimentary basins, and the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security, an Energy Frontier Research Center sponsored by DOE-Basic Energy Sciences.
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|Graduate students and postdocs
Graduate students and postdocs are significantly involved in our projects. A list of current and former students and their projects is here. Projects usually involve the integration of field and laboratory analytical or numerical work. Research topics include field- and core-based structural geology, geomechanics, geofluids, geochemistry, and natural resources including CO2 sequestration. A current research emphasis lies in Structural Diagenesis which combines the traditionally separate fields of brittle structural geology and diagenesis/geochemistry. Please e-mail me to discuss your interests and background and to learn about ongoing projects. Our preference goes to PhD applicants with a prior MS degree and MS applicants with undergraduate research experience, preferentially through completion of a senior's thesis.
See the website for prospective graduate students of the Jackson School for Geosciences for application deadlines and details. Please note the general science course requirements. The next application deadline is December 1, 2013, for fall 2014 admissions.
- Advanced Structural Geology (GEO 380C) Fall 2012 [syllabus]
Check the FRAC website for openings or e-mail me your CV and a short summary of your research interests to inquire about upcoming positions. Areas of expertise we generally seek include field investigative skills with a combination of lab analytical or numerical techniques.
The following position is expected to become available in April 2013:
Position in geomechanics of induced earthquakes [pdf] (note revised date of availability)
Fall, A., Eichhubl, P., Cumella, S. P., Bodnar, R. J., Laubach, S. E., Becker, S. P., 2012, Testing the basin-centered gas accumulation model using fluid inclusion observations: southern Piceance Basin, Colorado: AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, p. 2297-2318, DOI: 10.1306/05171211149 [html abstract, pdf full text]
Laubach, S. E., Eichhubl, P., Hilgers, C., and Lander, R. H., 2010, Structural Diagenesis: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1866-1872. [html abstract, pdf full text]
Eichhubl, P., Hooker, J. N., and Laubach, S. E., 2010, Pure and Shear-Enhanced Compaction Bands in Aztec Sandstone: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1873-1886. [html abstract, pdf full text]
Becker, S. P., Eichhubl, P., Laubach, S. E., Reed, R. M., Lander, R. H., and Bodnar, R. J., 2010, A 48 m.y. history of fracture opening, temperature, and fluid pressure: Cretaceous Travis Peak Formation, East Texas basin: Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 122, no. 7/8, p. 1081-1093. [html abstract, pdf full text]
Eichhubl, P., Davatzes, N. C., and Becker, S. P., 2009, Structural and Diagenetic Control of Fluid Migration and Cementation along the Moab Fault, Utah: AAPG Bulletin, vol. 93, no. 5, p. 653-681. [html abstract, pdf full text, cover]
Aydin, A., Borja, R. I., and Eichhubl, P., 2006, Geological and mathematical framework for failure modes in granular rock. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 28, no. 1, p. 83-98. [pdf full text]
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