Michael Patson

Michael Patson
Graduate Research Assistant

Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Email: michael.patson@utexas.edu
Fax: 512-471-0140



2014 Plans
I will be working on a project with Cimarex Energy from May to August. I plan on using this time to obtain valuable industry experience and to learn about EOR and horizontal drilling. I intend to use my knowledge of geochemistry to contribute to existing projects.

Research Interests
My research focuses on the behavior of dissolved organic carbon at sequestration sites. I will focus on measuring DOC in groundwater to help identify CO2 leaks in sequestration sites. My study will address how changes in groundwater chemistry will affect the concentration of DOC which may indicate, CO2 plume migration and be a useful tool in leak detection.

Current Projects
I am working with Changbing Yang at the Bureau of Economic Geology and Toti Larson at the Jackson School of Geosciences to establish a method to evaluate DOC changes in groundwater at sequestration sites. This study will address how changes in groundwater chemistry will affect the concentration of DOC. I plan to use water saturated flow through column experiments to evaluate the interaction between dissolved CO2 and DOC in porous media. The DOC and CO2 will be collected and analyzed by gas chromatography and isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

Past Projects
Carbon Mineralization in Two Wetlands

The Covalent Nature of Lanthanide Nitrates

Impact of sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on plant growth and seed-bank recruitment in oligohaline marshes of the Delaware River Estuary

M.S. Geology (Candidate) - The University of Texas at Austin

B.S. Earth Sciences, Villanova University 2011

Honors, Awards and Leadership
UT Geology Graduate Student Executive Committee Elected President

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Intern

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Graduated Cum Laude

Undergraduate Research and Fellowship Award for Summer Research

Matheson Tri-Gas Scholar

Member of AAPG and SWS

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