The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Stephen E. Laubach
Stephen E. Laubach Senior Research Scientist Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: steve.laubach@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-6303 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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Research Interests
Structural diagenesis

Structural geology; fracture analysis

Geology of unconventional gas resources

Structural petrology; fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence studies

Application of borehole-imaging geophysical logs to stress and fracture evaluation

Structural evolution of North American Cordillera

Rock mechanics
Education
B.S. Geology, Tufts University, 1978

M.S. Geology, University of Illinois—Urbana, 1983

Ph.D. Geology, University of Illinois—Urbana, 1986
Selected Publications
Laubach, S.E., Eichhubl, P. Hargrove, P., Ellis, M.A., Hooker, J.N., 2014, Fault core and damage zone fracture attributes vary along strike owing to interaction of fracture growth, quartz accumulation, and differing sandstone composition. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 68, Part A, 207-226. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.08.007 | view at publisher

Lander R.H., and Laubach, S.E., 2014, Insights into rates of fracture growth and sealing from a model for quartz cementation in fractured sandstones. Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31092.1 (published online October 2014)

Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., and Marrett, R., 2013, Fracture-aperture size–frequency, spatial distribution, and growth processes in strata-bounded and non-strata-bounded fractures, Cambrian Mesón Group, NW Argentina. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 54, p. 54-71. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2013.06.011

Ellis, M.A., Laubach, S.E. Eichhubl, P., Olson, J.E. & Hargrove, P., 2012, Fracture development and diagenesis of Torridon Group Applecross Formation, near An Teallach, NW Scotland: millennia of brittle deformation resilience? Journal of the Geological Society, London. v. 169, no. 3, p. 297-310. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492011-086.

Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., Gomez, L., Marrett, R., Eichhubl, P., Diaz-Tushman, K., and Pinzon, E., 2011, Fracture size, frequency, and strain in the Cambrian Eriboll Formation sandstones, NW Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, v. 47, no. 1, 45-56.

Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, R.H. Lander, 2010, Structural diagenesis. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1866-1872. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.10.001

Becker, S.P., Eichhubl, P. Laubach, S.E., Reed, R.M., Lander, R.H., and Bodnar, R.J., 2010, A 48 m.y. history of fracture opening, temperature, and fluid pressure: Cretaceous Travis Peak Formation, East Texas basin. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, no. 7/8, p. 1081-1093.

Gale, J.F., Lander, R.H., Reed, R.M., and Laubach, S.E., 2010, Modeling fracture porosity evolution in dolostone. Journal of Structural Geology (published online 2009) doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2009.04.018

Olson, J. E., Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. H., 2009, Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: integrating mechanics and diagenesis: AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1535-1549.

Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., and Gross, M. E., 2009, Mechanical and fracture stratigraphy: AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1413-1426.

Laubach, S.E. and Diaz-Tushman, K., 2009, Laurentian paleostress trajectories and ephemeral fracture permeability, Cambrian Eriboll Formation sandstones west of the Moine thrust zone, northwest Scotland . Journal of the Geological Society ( London ), v. 166, part 2, p. 349-362.

Marrett, R., Laubach, S.E. Olson, J.E., 2007, Anisotropy and beyond: geologic perspectives on geophysical prospecting for natural fractures. The Leading Edge, 26/9, 1106-1111. Reprinted in Fractured reservoirs: A compendium of influential papers (2008), AAPG.

Laubach, S. E., and Ward, M. E., 2006, Diagenesis in porosity evolution of opening-mode fractures, Middle Triassic to Lower Jurassic La Boca Formation, NE Mexico: Tectonophysics, v. 419, nos. 1-4, p. 75-97.

Philip, Z. G., Jennings, J. W., Jr., Olson, J., Laubach, S. E., and Holder, Jon, 2005, Modeling coupled fracture-matrix fluid flow in geomechanically simulated fracture networks: Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, v. 8, no. 4, p. 300-309.

Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., and Gale, J. F. W. 2004, Are open fractures necessarily aligned with maximum horizontal stress? Earth & Planetary Science Letters, v. 222, no. 1, p. 191-195.

Laubach, S. E., Reed, R. M., Olson, J. E., Lander, R. H., and Bonnell, L. M., 2004, Coevolution of crack-seal texture and fracture porosity in sedimentary rocks: cathodoluminescence observations of regional fractures: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 26, no. 5, p. 967-982.

Laubach, S. E., 2003, Practical approaches to identifying sealed and open fractures , AAPG Bulletin, v. 87, No. 4, (April 2003) 561-579. Reprinted in Fractured reservoirs: A compendium of influential papers (2008), AAPG; and reprinted in Understanding diagenetic controls on sandstone reservoir quality: A compendium of influential papers (2006), AAPG. [pdf full text]

Laubach, Steve, Marrett, Randy, and Olson, Jon, 2000, New directions in fracture characterization: The Leading Edge, v. 19, no. 7, p. 704–711.

Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R. A., Olson, J. E., and Scott, A. R., 1998, Characteristics and origins of coal cleat: a review: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 35, p. 175–207.

Laubach, S. E., 1997, A method to detect natural fracture strike in sandstones: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 81, no. 4, p. 604–623.

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Selected Committees
Elected Editor and Member, Executive Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Member, Petroleum Group Committee, Geological Society of London, 2007-present

Chair, AAPG Academic Liaison Committee, 2004 – 2007

Editorial Board, AAPG Bulletin, 2000–2002; 2010-2011

Editorial Board, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, 1998-present

Member, Committee on Advanced Drilling Technologies, National Research Council 1992–1994

JSG Structural Diagenesis Initiative
Awards
BEG Centennial Distinguished Lecturer, 2009

One of 10 Journal of Structural Geology Top Reviewers, 2008

Energy Minerals Division Best Poster Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in the Geosciences Geosciences Research Program, Basic Energy Sciences, September 2004, Dr. Rob Lander and Dr. Stephen E. Laubach, Geoscom, L.L.C, and Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Predicting Fracture Porosity Evolution in Sandstone

Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2003–2004

Jules Braunstein Memorial Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1999

Outstanding Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 1999, 2007, 2009

Energy Minerals Division Best Paper Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1992
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