The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Katie Gunderson Smye
Katie Gunderson Smye Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: katie.smye@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-6775 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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Dr. Smye is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology. She received B.S. degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, and her Ph.D. is from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Her current work focuses on quantifying U.S. shale gas resources as part of a team of geologists, engineers, and economists, utilizing core and petrophysical log data.
Research Interests
• Unconventional hydrocarbons
• Quantification of natural gas reserves
• Petrophysical properties of shales
• Energy policy, as related to resources, environmental impact, and waste generation and disposal
Education
• Ph.D. Earth Sciences, The University of Cambridge, U.K., 2012
• B.S. Geology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2008
• B.S. Chemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2008
Professional History
• Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (April 2013 – present)
Geologist on the Sloan Project, working to quantify U.S. shale gas resources
• Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, U.K. (October 2008 – December 2012)
Radiation damage in phosphates and silicates for nuclear waste disposal
Selected Publications
• Gunderson, K. M., Brigden, C., Vance, and E. R, Farnan, I., 2013, Partitioning of heavy recoil and alpha-particle radiation damage in ceramics. Submitted to American Mineralogist.
• Gunderson, K. M., Martel, L., Walter, M., Somers, J., and Farnan, I., Solid solubility of Pu and Ce surrogate in YPO4. In preparation.
• Wellman, D. M., Pierce, E. M., Bovaird, Chase, C., Griswold, K. M., Gunderson, K. M., Webb, S. M., and Bargar, J. R., 2009, Laboratory development of polyphosphate remediation technology for in situ treatment of uranium contamination in the vadose zone and capillary fringe, in Wolfe, G. H., ed., Uranium: compounds, isotopes and applications, p. 473–555.
• Wellman, D. M., Gunderson K. M., Icenhower, J. P., and Forrester, S. W., 2007, Dissolution kinetics of synthetic and natural meta-autunite minerals, X3-n(n)+ [(UO2)(PO4)]2 • xH2O, under acidic conditions: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 8.
• Kubatko, K. A., Gunderson, K. M., Antonio, M., Burns, P. C., and Soderholm, L., 2005, Presence and persistence of uranyl peroxide nanoclusters in contact with geologic media: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, v. 893, p. 906–907.
Selected Presentations
• Gunderson, K. M., Walter, M., Somers, J., Eloiridi, R., Vance, E. R., and Farnan, I., Solid solubility and radiation damage in Pu-doped xenotime: Plutonium Futures, July 2012, Cambridge, U.K.
• Gunderson, K. M., Brigden, C., Selvaratnam, P., Vance, E. R., and Farnan, I., Quantification of alpha-particle radiation damage in phosphates and silicates: American Chemical Society, September 2011, Denver, CO (invited talk).
• Gunderson, K. M., Bridgen, C., Vance, E. R., Walter, M., and Farnan, I., Plutonium solid solubility and radiation damage in xenotime: Nuclear Materials, October 2010, Karlsruhe, Germany.
• Gunderson, K. M., Brigden, C., Vance, E. R., Walter, M., and Farnan, I., Comparison of alpha-particle and heavy recoil radiation damage in xenotime (YPO4): Nuclear Waste Management: Research Challenges for the Future, September 2010, Cambridge, UK (poster).
• Gunderson, K. M., Brigden, C., Hannah, J. V., Vance, E. R., and Farnan, I., Quantification of alpha-type radiation damage in zircon: Materials Research Society, April 2010, San Francisco, USA.
• Gunderson, K. M., and Farnan, I., Radiation damage in isostructural phosphates and silicates: Atomic Weapons Establishment Seminar, Spring 2010, Warwick.
• Gunderson, K. M., Wellman, D. M., Pierce, E. M., Griswold, K. M., Webb, S. M., Bargar, J. R., Vermeul, V. R., and Fruchter, J. S. Polyphosphate remediation of subsurface uranium contamination: IUPAC Congress, August 2009, Glasgow, Scotland.
Selected Awards
• Gates Cambridge Scholar (2008–2012)
• Oklahoma School of Geology and Geophysics Outstanding Senior (2008)
• National Merit Scholar (2004–2008)
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