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Students & postdocs


Jackson School of Geosciences

Bureau of Economic Geology

Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC)

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Peter Eichhubl

Senior Research Scientist

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
e-mail: peter.eichhubl@beg.utexas.edu

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.

Active Research Programs & Projects

Fracture research and application consortium (FRAC): fundamental and applied research on naturally fractured reservoirs

Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES): DOE-sponsored research on subsurface CO2 sequestration

Shell UT Unconventional Research (SUTUR) - Multi-phase physics and matrix-fracture transfer in partially mineralized and propped fractures (with Masha Prodanovic, UT-PGE)

DOE-BES Predicting fracture porosity evolution in sandstone

RPSEA Relationships between Induced Seismicity and Fluid Injection: Development of strategies to Manage Fluid Disposal in Shale Hydrocarbon Plays

NETL: Geomechanics of CO2 Reservoir Seals

Industry: Microstructure of deformation bands

TexNet: Geomechanics of induced seismicity (TexNet)

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. Please e-mail me to discuss your interests and background and to learn about ongoing projects. I supervise students in the Geosciences graduate program. Preference goes to PhD applicants with a prior MS degree and MS applicants with undergraduate research experience through completion of a senior's thesis.

See the website for prospective graduate students of the JSG Geosciences program for application deadlines and details. Please note the general science course requirements.

Postdoc position in reservoir geomechanics (03/01/2016)

A postdoc position is availbale in reservoir geomechanics. I am looking for a recent PhD (<3 years) in geoscience or petroleum or geological engineering with demonstrated experience in finite element modeling of fault or fracture processes and/or multiphase flow at the reservoir scale. The position is availbale now, for a duration of 12 months. Please email me for details, and include a detailed resume with complete list of publications and your (anticipated) PhD completion date.

Selected Publications

Alzayer, Y., Eichhubl, P., and Laubach, S. E., 2015, Non-linear growth kinematics of opening-mode fractures: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 74, p. 31-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2015.02.003

Fall, A., Eichhubl, P., Bodnar, R. J., Laubach, S. E., and Davis, J. S., 2015, Natural hydraulic fracturing of tight-gas sandstone reservoirs, Piceance Basin, Colorado: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, p. 61-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B31021.1

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1306/05171211149

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2010.02.004

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B30067.1

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. cover http://dx.doi.org/10.1306/02180908080

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2005.07.008

Full list of Publications

Field trip guide to Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada [pdf file] http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/2005.fld006(07)

Field trip guide to Fluid Flow in the Monterey Formation [link]

last updated 3/1/2016

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