Logan West

Logan West
Graduate Research Assistant

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


Research Interests
Broadly, my interests in geology are sedimentology and stratigraphy with particular interest in carbonate rocks and reservoir characterization for understanding CO2 storage and flow in the subsurface. Other interests include structural geology, petrology, behavioral psychology, and energy policy & technology.

Current Projects
Investigation of residual oil zones in the Permian Basin to improve our understanding of their genesis and what implications their current presence and the mechanics behind their development have for CO2 plume migration and long-term storage.

Previous Projects
Investigation into cause and extent of thief zones at SACROC field 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.

Geologist Intern, Offfshore GOM Production Team, BP, Summer 2012 Research Assistant, World Resources Institute, and Visiting Scholar, Tsinghua Univeristy-BP Clean Energy Research & Eduation Centre August 2009 - August 2011, Beijing, China Assisted in writing the Guidelines for CCUS in China. Additional work on CCUS policy and regulatory issues as well as other energy related studies for China.

Educational Background:
Little Rock Central High School, AR
B.A. Geosciences, Princeton University, 2007
M.S. Candidate, UT-Austin

After working on mostly policy and regulatory issues, I am returning to school to develop my abilities as a scientist and geologist while gaining hands-on experience in CO2 storage projects. I look forward to learning as much as possible from the excellent researchers at the GCCC and hope to take advantage of the diversity of ongoing projects to have a comprehensive understanding of the multi-dimensional issues confronting CO2 storage and how good science can inform future regulations and policies.

For more on Logan West's research, please see the article, "A Review of the ROZ." Mary Hingst

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