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 26, 2019

Dr. Inessa Yurchenko, Dr. Zoltan Sylvester, Dr. Bo Ren and Dr. Victor del Carpio
The University of Texas at Austin

"50 Shades of Earth, Energy and Environmental Modeling"
Apr 19, 2019

Dr. Fengshou (Frank) Zhang,
Professor, Dept. of Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University

"Investigating the Hydraulic Fracturing Complexity in Naturally Fractured Rock Mass Using Fully Coupled Multiscale Numerical Modeling"
Apr 12, 2019

Gabriel Bowen
Professor of Geology and Geophysics,  University of Utah

"Water Isotope Forensics: Data and Tools for Hydrological Tracing"
Mar 29, 2019

Dr. Brian Romans, PhD., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech

"Stratigraphic and Basin Analysis of Outcropping Slope Deposits, Cretaceous Magallanes Basin, Chile: Insights into Reservoir Heterogeneity of Submarine Channel and Fan Systems"
Mar 15, 2019

Christopher Jackson, Ph.D.,
Statoil Professor of Basin Analysis
Imperial College, Kensington, London

"Adventures in Publishing"
Mar 08, 2019

Tissa Illangasekare, PE, BCEE, DWRE
Colorado School of Mines

"Multi-scale Experimentation for Improved Understanding of Energy, Mass and Momentum Transfer Across Physical Interfaces in Natural Systems - Challenges and Opportunities
Mar 01, 2019

Dr. Jacob Covault, Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

"Sandy Building Blocks of Basin-Floor Submarine-Fan Reservoirs: Low-Sinuosity Deepwater Channel Deposits, Permian Basin"
Feb 22, 2019

Dr. Timothy “Tip” Meckel, Senior Research Scientist
 Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

"High-Resolution 3D Marine Seismic Monitoring Above an Active CO2 Injection Site, Offshore Hokkaido, Japan"
Feb 15, 2019

Tim Dixon, Program Manager at IEA Greenhouse Gas
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology


“Update on the Role of CCUS in the Global Climate Scene”
Feb 08, 2019

Dr. Wen Song, Assistant Professor
Hildebrand Dept. of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

"Pore-Scale Transport towards Sustainable Petroleum and Environmental Resources Development"
Jan 28, 2019

Dr. Toti Larson, Research Associate
Bureau of Economic Geology

"Calculating Mineral Facies and Organic Matter Trends in the Austin Chalk by Integrating Large Geochemical Datasets with Multivariate Statistics"
Jan 25, 2019

Dr. Esti Ukar, Research Associate
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

"Natural fractures in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina"
Jan 18, 2019

Dr. Xinming Wu, Postdoctoral Fellow
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

"Generating 3D Realistic Structure Models and Synthetic Seismic Datasets to Train an End-to-End CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) for Fault Interpretation"
Jan 11, 2019

Dr. Michael R. Hudec, Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

"Evolution of the Salina del Bravo, Mexico: the Bravo Trough, Sigsbee Canopy and Perdido Fold Belt"
Dec 14, 2018

Michael Pyrcz, Associate Professor 
Hildebrand Dept. of Petroleum and Geosystem Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

"What Does a Geoscientist Need to Know About Geostatistics? And Why It Would Be Helpful?"
Dec 07, 2018

Dr. Jean Hutchinson, Department Head
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queens University

"Transformative developments in remote monitoring applied to rock slope stability and risk management"
Nov 27, 2018

Dr. Masaki Hayashi, Professor and Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer
Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary

Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World
Nov 16, 2018

Gary F. Teletzke, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Advisor for Enhanced Oil Recovery
ExxonMobil Upstream Research

"CO2 in the Subsurface - From EOR to Storage"
Nov 09, 2018

Dr. Susan D. Hovorka, Principle Investigator, GCCC
Bureau of Economic Geology – University of Texas at Austin

"Global Status of Carbon Capture and Storage as a Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measure"
Nov 02, 2018

Dr. Allyson Tessin, Marie Curie Research Fellow
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

"Organic Matter Source and Preservation within the Late Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, U.S. Western Interior"
Oct 26, 2018

Dr. Douglas A. Edmonds, Associate Professor
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University  

" Dynamics of Land Loss and Land Building on the Mississippi River Delta"
Oct 19, 2018

Dr. Andrea Dutton, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Florida

"The Importance of the Solid Earth to Interpretations of Past Sea Level Change"
Oct 12, 2018

Bill Catlett, Director
Office of Industry Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin 


"Office of Industry Engagement"
Oct 05, 2018

Dr. Patrick J. Mickler,  Bureau of Economic Geology

"Potential Impacts of Unintended CO2 Release from a Gulf Coast CCUS Sites on Groundwater Chemistry; Creating Geochemical Models to Predict Groundwater Geochemical Changes"
Sep 28, 2018

David Mohrig, Associate Dean for Research
Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

"Implementing the Strategic Plan for the Jackson School of Geosciences"
Sep 21, 2018

Dr. Staci Loewy
Radiogenic Isotope Geochemist,  UT DoGS         

"U-Th Dating of Ostrich Eggshell: Adapting Established Techniques for a New Application"
Jul 24, 2018

Baiyuan Gao, PhD
Postdoc Candidate for AGL and GeoFluids

"Simulating the Geomechanical Evolution of a Fold-and-Thrust Belt"
Jun 20, 2018

Branden C. Christensen
Director and CEO – Raspberry Shake Project

"Building Futuristic High Density Seismic Networks with Raspberry Shake "
May 24, 2018

Timothy Lawton, PhD
S2S Geo, Las Cruces, NM

May24, 2018   9:15-10:00a

"Got DZ?—It's Always Better with Petrography"
May 11, 2018

Nicola Tisato
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences

"Attenuation of Seismic Wave in Partially Saturated Sandstones"
May 04, 2018

Jay Banner
Professor,  Jackson School of Geosciences
​​​​​​​Michael Young  
Associate Director, Bureau of Economic Geology

"Planet Texas 2050: A UT Austin Grand Challenge"
Apr 27, 2018

John Hupp
Research Scientist Associate II, Bureau of Economic Geology

"Airborne Lidar Bathymetry: Assessing Quality Assurance and Quality Control Methods with Leica Chiroptera Examples"
Apr 20, 2018

Dallas Dunlap
Research Scientist Associate IV, Bureau of Economic Geology

Ancient Carbonate Channel-Levee Systems: Browse Basin, NW Shelf, Australia
Apr 18, 2018

Michael J. Pyrcz, Special Wednesday Seminar
Associate Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering      

Statistical Methods to Support Unconventional Decision Making
Apr 13, 2018

Dan Wood,  AO
SEG Thayer Lecture Series

"Future Exploration"
Apr 06, 2018

Dr. Andras Fall
Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology

"Constraining the History of Fluid Events Using the Fluid Inclusion Assemblage (FIA) Method for Collecting, Displaying and Interpreting Microthermometric Data"
Mar 30, 2018

Dr. David Boutt, Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts-Amherst       

"Water and Lithium – The Nexus of Hydrogeosciences and Green Energy in the Transition from Fossil Fuels"
Mar 23, 2018

Dr. Frank Peel
Senior Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology

How Long Did it Take to Deposit the Giant Louann Salt Layer in the Gulf of Mexico?
Mar 14, 2018

Dr. Gillian Apps
Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology

The Impact of Mantle Driven Processes on Salt Dynamics and Slope Processes, with Examples from Angola and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico
Mar 09, 2018

Dr. Seyyed Hosseini
Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology​​​

"Fault Characterization and Monitoring Based on Pressure Transient Analysis"
Mar 02, 2018

Dr. Jacob Covault
Research Scientist,  Quantitative Clastics Laboratory

“Giant Submarine Channels in Campos Basin: Patterns of Channel Migration over a Salt-Controlled Dynamic Topography”
Feb 23, 2018

Vanessa Nuñez-López
Research Scientist Associate, Gulf Coast Carbon Center

“The carbon balance evolution of CO2-EOR: an opportunity for net-carbon-negative-oil”
Feb 16, 2018

Matt Hall, Ph.D. PGeo

President, Agile

"Unsolved Problems in Applied Geoscience"
Feb 09, 2018

Richard J. Chuchla
Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program Director
Jackson School of Geosciences

"BFF (well maybe not forever): Renewables and Natural Gas"
Feb 02, 2018

Peter Hennings
Principal Investigator, Center for Integrated Seismicity Research

"Interpretation and Hazard Assessment of Potentially Seismogenic Faults in the Fort Worth Basin"
Jan 26, 2018

Tim Dixon
Programme Manager, IEA Greenhouse Gas

"Update on the Paris Agreement and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)"
Jan 19, 2018

John Wakabayashi
Professor of Geology, California State University, Fresno

"Attempting to Bridge the Growing Gap Between Academic and Applied Geology: A Personal Odyssey"
Jan 12, 2018

Alexandros Savvaidis
Texas Seismological Network Project Manager

"TexNet Seismic Network Performance and Reported Seismicity in West Texas"
Dec 18, 2017

Coming soon!
Spring Seminar Series

January 12, 2018
Dec 15, 2017

Dr. Carey W. King, PhD.

Assistant Director, Energy Institute, UT Austin

“Energy and the Economy over the Long-Term: Size and Structure”
Dec 08, 2017

Dr. Daniel Kurtzman
Research Scientist, Hydrologist 

"Managed Aquifer Recharge with Desalinated Seawater: Focus on the Hadera-Menashe-Infiltration-System, Israel"
Dec 01, 2017

Dr. Peter Flaig
Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology

"Integrating Sedimentology, Ichnology, and High-Resolution Imagery to Refine Paleoenvironmental Models of Paralic/Deltaic Reservoir Analogues"
Nov 17, 2017

Dr. Ashley M. Matheny
Assistant Professor, UT Department of Geological Sciences

"Transpiration and the Emergence of Vegetation Hydrodynamics Models"
Nov 10, 2017

Nicolas O. Brissette

"The Gunn Graben: Geology, Engineering, and the missing key, Geomechanics"
Nov 03, 2017

Dr. Todd Caldwell
Bureau of Economic Geology


"Validation and application of the Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite Mission in Texas"
Oct 27, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey G. Paine
Bureau of Economic Geology Near Surface Observatory (NSO)

"Rapid response on the Texas coast: acquiring Post-Harvey lidar and imagery to assess storm impact and monitor recovery"
Oct 20, 2017

Zoltan Sylvester
Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL)

"Revisiting the link between curvature and migration rate: How meander cutoffs rejuvenate river migration and initiate counter point bars"
Oct 13, 2017

Pankaj Khanna
Rice University

"Utilizing Drone Imagery to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze Upper Cambrian Microbial Buildups, Central Texas"
Oct 06, 2017

Daniel Crotzer
President, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants

"The Case for Energy Storage"
Sep 29, 2017

Bob Villwock
Strategic Researcher Liaison
UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization

"Managing Intellectual Property and Research at UT"
Sep 22, 2017

 Patricia Bobeck
Geologist, The University of Texas at Austin

Jean-Baptiste Paramelle: 19th Century Karst Hydrogeologist
Sep 12, 2017

Dr. Paul Durkin
University of Calgary

Honing paleoenvironmental interpretations through meander-belt evolution reconstruction
Sep 08, 2017

Rachelle Kernen
Salt-Sediment Interaction Research Consortium, UTEP

‘Origin & Nature of Intrasalt Clasts: A Case Study From the Neoproterozoic Patawarta Salt Sheet/Canopy, Central Flinders Ranges, South Australia’
Jul 26, 2017

Mark Zoback
Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics
Director, Stanford Natural Gas Initiative
Stanford University

Managing the Risk of Injection Induced Seismicity
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