Erin Miller
Graduate Research Assistant

Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Telephone: 512-471-4306
Fax: 512-471-0140

Summer 2012 Plans
I am participating in the annual charity bike ride to Alaska with the organization Texas4000. The group has raised more than $3 million towards cancer research, and I have already exceeded my fundraising goal of $5,000. There are two routes, Coastal and Rockies, and I will be on the Rockies team. I look forward to returning to the GCCC in the fall to complete my Masters thesis.

Research Interests
While there are a number of issues crucial to the deployment of permanent carbon sequestration, my personal interests focus on the range and applicability of sequestration processes, informed capacity calculations, and project development and execution. After attending the Sixth Annual International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Conference in Natchez, Mississippi, I recognize the importance of developing effective monitoring strategies and technologies, outreach, and legislative/regulatory factors for the ultimate success of the CCS industry. I look forward to broadening my exposure to the integration of technical advances and policy implementation, with particular emphasis in four major areas:

  • accurate estimates and execution of efficiency factor calculations
  • emerging capacity calculation theory specifically related to dynamic computation
  • understanding of trapping mechanism processes
  • effects of formation characteristics in relation to site selection

Current Projects
DOE funded MegaTransect Project assessing capacity in the Gulf of Mexico for potential future sequestration

Previous Projects
Sequestration assessment with Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), which involves building a Petra database in order to analyze field and formation options for potential sequestration for LCRA in the future

Educational Background:
The University of Texas at Austin

  • Candidate for MS in Geological Sciences
  • Member of 2011 Imperial Barrel Award International Competition winning team
  • Devon Fellowship Recipient, Spring 2011

University of Oklahoma, BS Petroleum Engineering, 2009

  • BS Petroleum Engineering, 2009
  • Pi Epsilon Tau Petroleum Engineering Honor Society
  • Mewbourne Scholarship Recipient
  • Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Scholarship Recipient
  • College of Earth & Energy Dean's List


  • Denbury Resources LLC
  • Chesapeake Energy
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