University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hilary Olson

Dr. Hilary Olson

Dr. Hilary Olson

Sponsor Liaison, Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Telephone
512-653-8356
Fax
512-471-0140
  • Research Interests

    • general stratigraphy and facies analysis
    • integration of biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data (foraminifera) with core and seismic data

  • Outreach Interests

    • knowledge transfer related to geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide 
    • knowledge transfer related to unconventional oil and gas operations 
    • professional development for K-12 teachers in Earth Sciences
    • increasing diversity at the K-12 and undergraduate level in Earth Sciences
    • outreach to middle and high school girls in Earth Sciences, specifically related to energy, climate and water

  • Education

    B.S. Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1983
    Ph.D. Geology, Stanford University, 1988

  • Professional History

    Sponsor Liaison Gulf Coast Carbon Center, UT Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, 2013-present.
    Research Associate, UT Austin, Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Austin, Texas, 2013-present.
    Lecturer, UT Austin, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Austin, Texas, 2013-present.
    Lecturer, UT Austin, Department of Geological Sciences, Austin, Texas, 2011-2013.
    Research Scientist Associate V, UT Austin, Institute for Geophysics, Austin, Texas, 2007-2013.
    Research Associate, UT Austin, Institute for Geophysics, Austin, Texas, 1998-2007.
    Research Fellow, UT Austin, Institute for Geophysics, Austin, Texas, 1996-1998.
    Lecturer, UT Austin, Department of Geological Sciences, Austin, Texas, 1996.
    Stratigraphic Consultant, Dallas and Austin, Texas, 1993-1998.
    Research Geologist, Mobil Research and Development Corporation, Dallas, Texas, 1988-1993.

  • Professional Societies

    American Association of Petroleum Geologists
    North American Micropaleontology Section (of SEPM)
    American Geophysical Union
    Gulf Coast Section SEPM

  • Selected Publications

    Olson, H.C., Olson, J.E., Bryant, S.L., Lake, L.W., Bommer, P., Romanak, K., Hovorka, S.D., Smyth, R.C., and Williams, I., 2013, Meeting the Grand Challenge for Future Carbon Management Engineers and Scientists: Stimulating Workforce Capacity Through Teacher Professional Development, Energy Procedia, Volume 37, 2013, Pages 7265–7272.

    Ellins K.K., Snow E., Olson H.C., Stocks E., and Olson J., 2013, The TeXas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution: A Model for the Delivery of Earth Science Professional Development to Minority-Serving Teachers, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 61, no. 2, pp. 187-201.

    Ellins, K.K., and H.C. Olson, 2012, Enhancing Geoscience Education within a Minority-Serving Teacher Population, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 60, no. 1, p. 21-33. doi:10.5408/11-229.1

    Olson, Hilary C., and John E. Damuth, 2009, Character, Distribution and Timing of Latest Quaternary Mass-Transport Deposits in Texas-Louisiana Intraslope Basins Based on High-Resolution (3.5 kHz) Seismic Facies and Piston Cores, in D. Mosher et al., eds., Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Volume 28, Springer Science+Business Media, p. 607-617. 

    Olson, H.C., and P.R. Thompson, 2005, Sequence biostratigraphy with examples from the Plio-Pleistocene and Quaternary, in Koutsoukos, E. A. M., ed., Applied Stratigraphy, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, p. 229-245.

    Goff, J. A., J. A. Austin, S. Gulick, S. Nordfjord, B. Christensen, C. Sommerfield, H. Olson, and C. Alexander, 2005, Recent and modern marine erosion on the New Jersey outer shelf, Marine Geology, 216, 275-296. 

    Olson, H.C., and C. Smart, 2004, Pleistocene climatic history reflected in planktonic foraminifera from ODP Site 1073 (Leg 174A), New Jersey margin, NW Atlantic Ocean, Marine Micropaleontology v. 51, p. 213-218.

    Olson, H. C., A. Gary, and G. Jones, 2003, Similarity curves as indicators of stratigraphic discontinuities, in Micropaleontological Proxies for Sea-Level Changes and Stratigraphic Discontinuities, edited by H. C. Olson and R. M. Leckie, SEPM Special Publication 75, p. 89-96.

    Olson, H.C., and R.M. Leckie, 2003, Micropaleontological Proxies for Sea-Level Changes and Stratigraphic Discontinuities: Preface, in Micropaleontological Proxies for Sea-Level Changes and Stratigraphic Discontinuities, edited by H. C. Olson and R. M. Leckie, SEPM Special Publication 75, p. 1-4.

    Leckie, R. M., and H. C. Olson, 2003, Foraminifera as proxies of sea-level change on siliciclastic margins, in Micropaleontological Proxies for Sea-Level Changes and Stratigraphic Discontinuities, SEPM Special Publication 75, p. 5-20.

    Damuth, J. E. and H. C. Olson, 2002, Neogene-Quaternary contourite and related deposition on the West Shetland Slope and Faeroe-Shetland channel revealed by high-resolution seismic studies, Mar. Geophys. Res., 22, 369-399.

    Savrda, C.E., H.Krawinkel, F.M.G. McCarthy, C.M.G. McHugh, H.C. Olson, and G. Mountain, 2001, Ichnofabrics of a Pleistocene slope sequence, New Jersey margin: Relations to climate and sea-level dynamics, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology, v. 171, no. 1-2, p. 41-61.

    McHugh, C. M. G., and H. C. Olson, 2001, Pleistocene chronology of continental margin sedimentation: New insights into traditional models, New Jersey, Marine Geology, 186, 389-411.