Dr. Inessa Yurchenko joined the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin as a basin modeler and petroleum systems analyst in July 2018 after completing her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University. Much of her work currently focuses on the Permian Basin in West Texas and on the North Slope of Alaska. Basin and petroleum systems modeling combines the burial, thermal and structural histories of sedimentary basins to model hydrocarbon maturation and subsequent migration. Her organic geochemistry work focuses on a number of data types including biomarkers, diamondoids, and compound specific isotope analysis. Inessa gets to synthesize a huge range of different types of data sets in to a cohesive story about the evolution of sedimentary basins and petroleum systems across a number of scales, focusing on the research questions, rather than the tools used. Much of her research is necessarily applied as it deals with understanding hydrocarbon producing systems. However, many of the techniques and research fields developed to aid in hydrocarbon exploration can provide valuable insights in to more academically minded earth history questions. For example, petroleum source rocks are often shales, and by studying them we learn not only about quantity, quality and thermal maturity of organic matter, but also redox state, productivity, and overall paleo-environment of the ocean or lake that the shale was deposited in.
- Petroleum geology and geochemistry
- Basin and petroleum system modeling
- Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources
- Shale resource systems
- Arctic geology and petroleum potential
- Oceanic Anoxic Events
Ph.D. Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, September 2017
M.S. Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, August 2012
B.S. Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, June 2009
Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (July 2018-Present)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University (September 2017-July 2018)
Research Assistant, Stanford University (September 2012-September 2017)
Teaching Assistant, Stanford University (March-June 2016)
Professional Intern, Chevron Energy Technology Company (July-September 2014)
Geology Intern, EOG Resources (July-September 2013)
Geology Intern, ExxonMobil Production Company (May-August 2012)
Research Scholar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (August 2010-August 2012)
Yurchenko, I.A., Moldowan, J.M., Peters, K.E., Magoon, L.B., and Graham, S.A., 2018, Source rock heterogeneity and migrated hydrocarbons in the Triassic Shublik Formation and their implication for unconventional resource evaluation in Arctic Alaska, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v.92, pp. 932-952, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.03.033.
Yurchenko, I.A., Moldowan, J.M., Peters, K.E., Magoon, L.B., and Graham, S.A., 2018, The role of calcareous and shaly source rocks in the composition of petroleum expelled from the Triassic Shublik Formation, Alaska North Slope, Organic Geochemistry, v.122, pp. 52-67, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.04.010.