University of Texas at Austin


BEG seminars are held each Friday (unless otherwise noted) at 9:00 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. The Seminar series is hosted by Todd Caldwell and Sheng Peng and coordinated by Valerie Siewart.

Date Presenter Subject/Title (click for Abstract)
Apr 28, 2017

Justin Huntington
Associate Research Professor of Hydrology
Desert Research Institute, Reno

"Monitoring Drought in the Cloud: From Archives to Answers"
Apr 21, 2017

Peter Clift
Charles T. McCord Professor of Petroleum Geology
Department of Geology and Geophysics, LSU

“Coupled Onshore Erosion and Offshore Sediment Loading as Causes of Lower Crust Flow on Rifted Margins”
Apr 10, 2017

Lucy Tingwei Ko
PhD Candidate,
Jackson School of Geosciences The University of Texas at Austin

"Depositional, Mineralogical, and Maturity Controls on Pore Types, Porosity, and Pore-Size Distribution in Mudrocks"
Apr 01, 2017

Dr. John Snedden

"Can We do Big Science in a Petroleum-Rich Basin? The Robust Sedimentary Archive of the Deep Gulf of Mexico Basin"
Mar 31, 2017

Dr. Hongbin Zhan
Ray C. Fish Endowed Professorship in Geology
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A& M University

Intra-Wellbore Kinematic and Frictional Losses on Coupled Conduit-Aquifer Flow
Mar 24, 2017

Daniella M. Rempe
Assistant Professor, Jackson School of Geosciences

"How northern Californian forests skirted a drought"
Mar 10, 2017

Kyle M. Straub, DeFord Lecturer
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University

Lost in translation: Defining thresholds for the storage of environmental signals in stratigraphy
Mar 03, 2017

Dr. Hugh Daigle
Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT Austin

Multiscale pore networks and their effect on deformation and transport property alteration associated with hydraulic fracturing
Feb 24, 2017

Mark Engle, Ph.D., Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Geochemistry and origin of produced waters from the Wolfcamp and "Cline" Shales (Permian Basin) and Eagle Ford Shale (Gulf Coast Basin)
Feb 17, 2017

M. Bayani Cardenas, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Water Cycling Across Aquatic Interfaces: How It Works and Why It Matters from the Pore Scale to the Continental Scale
Feb 10, 2017

Robert G. Loucks, Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology

Dissolution textures and cementation patterns in the Holocene Isla Cancun Eolianite aragonitic ooids; Modern analog for understanding ancient ooid grainstone pore networks
Feb 03, 2017

Jacob Covault, PhD
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology

Predictive Organization of Intra-Slope Basin Submarine Fans
Jan 27, 2017

Jonathan Rotzien, PhD
President, Basin Dynamics, LLC

Application of global outcrop belts to exploration and field extension in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico
Jan 20, 2017

Dr. Bridget R. Scanlon
Senior Research Scientist, Sustainable Water Resources
Bureau of Economic Geology

"Disagreements in Land Water Storage Trends between GRACE Satellites and Global Models"
Jan 13, 2017

Gürcan Gülen, Ph.D., 
Research Scientist/Senior Energy Economist
Center for Energy Economics

The future of natural gas use in power generation is uncertain
Dec 16, 2016

Nathan Meehan
President, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Sustainability Challenges for Oil and Gas
Dec 02, 2016

Dr. Robert Mace
Deputy Executive Administrator
Texas Water Development Board

Texas Flood: How the State is Helping Texans Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Floods
Nov 18, 2016

Glenn Sharman
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bureau of Economic Geology

Submarine Mass Failure within the Shelfal-Deltaic Domengine Formation (Eocene), Central California
Nov 11, 2016

Steven G. Driese
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Geosciences, Baylor University

"Geochemical constraints on duration of weathering for Neoproterozoic Baltic paleosol"
Oct 28, 2016

David Maidment
Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

"National Water Model"
Oct 21, 2016

Dr. Hui-Hai Liu
Aramco Research Center, Houston

Non-Darcy Liquid Flow in Shale: Theory and Laboratory Experiment Results
Oct 14, 2016

Jesse J. Melick
Geologist, BP Americas

High-Resolution Architecture of Proximal Basin-Floor Deepwater Clastics: Examples from Outcrop, Permian Upper Brushy Canyon Formation, West Texas
Oct 07, 2016

Dr. Robert M. Reed
Bureau of Economic Geology

Mudrock Pore Systems: Ten Years of SEM-Based Research
Sep 30, 2016

John Nielsen-Gammon
Regents Professor
Texas State Climatologist
Texas A&M University

“Texas Precipitation: Variability, Change, and Risk”
Sep 23, 2016

Dr. Frank Male
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bureau of Economic Geology

Shale Well Productivity: Quantifying and Minimizing Uncertainty in Decline Analysis
Sep 16, 2016

Stefan Finsterle
Staff Scientist, Energy Geosciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

"Multiphysics Joint Inversion: Simply Too Complex?"
Sep 09, 2016

Michelle Foss
Center for Enengy Economics

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Producer Economics and Finance for the Third Wave"
Sep 09, 2016

Beginning September 9, 2016

the Bureau proudly presents another season of outstanding technical talks by leading researchers from around the world. 
May 06, 2016

William Ambrose

Facies Variability and Reservoir Quality of Incised-Valley Fill and Shallow-Marine Sandstones in the Upper Cretaceous Tuscaloosa Formation, Central Louisiana
Apr 29, 2016

Mark Wentzel
Texas Water Development Board

“The Texas Instream Flow Program: the science of instream flows.”
Apr 22, 2016

Ryan Smith
The Nature Conservancy of Texas

The Nature Conservancy of Texas: Conserving Texas Water
Mar 11, 2016

Scott Hamlin
Research Scientist, BEG

Using Electric Logs to Estimate Groundwater Salinity and Map Brackish Groundwater Resources in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in South Texas
Mar 04, 2016

Alex Sun
Computational Hydrologist , BEG

Development of a Binational Geospatial DecisionSupport System to Protect Water Quality in the Lower Rio Grande
Feb 26, 2016

Ian Duncan
Program Director, BEG

Likelihood and Environmental Consequences of Blowouts of Shale Gas and Shale Oil Wells
Feb 12, 2016

Jacob Covault 
Research Scientist, BEG
PI, Quantitative Clastics Laboratory

Deepwater Channel Compartmentalization and Early Evolution
Feb 05, 2016

Davi Melo 
BEG Visiting Scientist

Drought Impacts on Reservoir Storage and Hydro-electricity Production in Southeastern Brazil
Jan 22, 2016

Pania Newell 
Engineering Sciences Center
Sandia National Laboratories

Subsurface Storage Systems: Constitutive and Computational Modeling
Jan 15, 2016

Xinming Wu 
Ph.D. Candidate
Colorado School of Mines 

3D seismic image processing for better interpretation
Jan 08, 2016

Bridget R. Scanlon
Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology

Hydrologic implications of GRACE satellite data in the Colorado River Basin
Dec 11, 2015

J.-P. Nicot
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Dissolved Methane in Fresh-Water Aquifers in the Footprint of Some Texas Shale Plays
Dec 04, 2015

Svetlana Ikonnikova 
Energy Economist
Bureau of Economic Geology

Changes in producer’s strategies in the low price environments and their implications: Insights from shale formations research
Nov 20, 2015

Dr. Wonsuck Kim 
Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geoscience, University of Texas at Austin

Sedimentation on a Salt Substrate: New opportunities in sediment experiment with a polymer layer
Nov 13, 2015

Dr. Di Zhou 
South China Sea Institute of Oceanology
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China

Towards China’s First Offshore CO2 Storage Demonstration
Nov 06, 2015

Dr. George Burch Fisher
Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences

The Fate and Persistence of Deepwater Horizon Oil
Oct 30, 2015

Osareni C. Ogiesoba and Alexander Klokov
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Diffraction imaging of lithology within polygonal fault zones in the Austin Chalk and Eagle Ford Shale, Maverick Basin, South Texas
Oct 23, 2015

Shaina Kelly
PhD Candidate, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT Austin

Nanofluidics, Phenomenological Models, and Implications for Tight Rocks
Oct 16, 2015

Si Chen
Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Onshelf to Deepwater Architectures of the Late Miocene to Pliocene Orinoco Delta, Trinidad
Oct 09, 2015

James M. RineBrittany Hollon, Robert Fu, Nancy Houghton, Peter Valley, and Michael Waddell
Weatherford Laboratories
Houston, TX

Diagenetic and Burial History of a Portion of the Late Triassic South Georgia Rift Basin Based on Petrologic and Isotopic (δ18O) Analyses of Sandstones from Test Borehole Rizer #1, Colleton County, SC
Oct 02, 2015

Hongliu Zeng and Eric Potter 
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin

Deeper, tighter, and thinner: challenges and opportunities of sponsored reservoir research in China
Sep 25, 2015

Mike Blum 
Department of Geology, University of Kansas. Lawrence

Continental-Scale Paleodrainage and Giant River Systems of the Lower Cretaceous Mannville Group (Oil Sands), Alberta Foreland Basin.
Sep 11, 2015

Patrick Smith 
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Images of Shale