Friends and colleagues of the Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL),
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague, Dr. Steve Ruppel passed away earlier this week. Steve was a truly invaluable leader in sedimentary geology whose talents contributed to the advancement of many new concepts over his 40 plus years of research. His open minded approach to research allowed him to push forward new hypotheses that resulted in a greater understanding of “what the rocks are telling us”, as he would say. We all feel privileged to have worked with Steve and have become better geologists by doing so. He has left an impactful, and long-lasting legacy through his work, students, and colleagues.
The MSRL team will continue Steve’s legacy by continuing to ask important questions of mudrock systems while advancing new integrative techniques that bring us greater insight into the complexities of mudrocks. Steve’s wealth of experience in carbonate and mudrock systems helped to establish the talent and tools that are currently assembled within the MSRL, and we will continue to move forward. Soon we will send out an announcement for our upcoming MSRL winter short course that will be hosted Wednesday, December 4th at the Houston CRC. We hope to see you all there.
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MSRL Researchers Present at WTGS Fall Symposium.
Integrated, multi-scale, and multidisciplinary research in mudrock systems.
Key research elements include:
- Sedimentology: facies character, distribution and their controls
- Stratigraphy: regional and reservoir-scale facies architecture
- Diagenesis: clay and silica diagenesis, compaction, cementation, and fracturing
- Pore systems: pore size, shape and type, pore abundance, and spatial distribution
- Petrophysics: porosity, permeability, relative permeability, and wireline log calibration and upscaling
- Organic geochemistry: kerogen type and distribution
- Inorganic geochemistry: chemostratigraphy, depositional and diagenetic controls on elemental composition
- Hydrocarbon chemistry: origin, storage, distribution, saturation, and flow
- Fluid flow: pore-scale modeling and upscaling, micro-scale dynamic imaging
- Rock physics: controls on variations in rock strength
- Engineering: analysis of completion practices, and their relation to rock attributes
Research Methods and Instrument Capability:
- Nano-pore analysis: field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), cross-sectional and broad beam Ar-ion milling, atomic force microscopy (AFM)
- Elemental and mineralogical composition: FE-SEM, cathodoluminescence, X-ray mapping, and light microscopy; electron microprobe, XRD, XRF, stable isotope analysis
- Fluid-flow modeling: AFM
- Multi-scale imaging: SEM, FIB-SEM, nano-CT, micro-CT
- Laboratory measurement on mudrock petrophysics: porosity, permeability, relative permeability, wettability, using customized or standard instruments
- Geochemical characterization: Rock-Eval pyrolysis, GC, GC-MS, stable carbon isotope (δ13C), biomarker, SARA, vitrinite and bitumen reflectance, kerogen analysis
- Attribute distribution: integrated outcrop, core, and geophysical analysis, X-ray CT
- Rock mechanics and fractures: integrated core study and basin history modeling
For more information, please contact
Dr. Toti Larson, Interim Principal Investigator, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (512) 471-1856
Dr. Farzam Javadpour, Research Scientist, Email: email@example.com, Phone: (512) 232-8068