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    January 5, 2024
    Dr. Tip Meckel is a research scientist investigating geologic carbon sequestration topics for the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau in 2006, focusing on geologic characterization, structural geology, monitoring design, and pressure evolution for CO2 injections. Tip has been involved with several large-scale field demonstration projects funded through DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. After early exposure during the FRIO tests east of Houston in 2006, he co-directed the research program for the SECARB demonstration project in Cranfield Mississippi, and currently leads the research initiative to identify offshore sequestration potential in the Gulf of Mexico with focus on capacity assessment and seismic monitoring technologies.
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    June 20, 2023
    Yangkang Chen is a seismologist at TexNet at the Bureau of Economic Geology. He received a B.S. degree in exploration geophysics from China University of Petroleum in Beijing, China, in 2012 and a Ph.D. degree in geophysics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015. From 2016 to 2018, he was a distinguished postdoctoral research associate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His research interests include seismic signal analysis, seismic modeling and inversion, deep learning, and high-performance computing.
  • S. Bhattacharya
    April 25, 2023
    Dr. Shuvajit Bhattacharya is a petrophysicist and geophysicist at the Bureau of Economic Geology. Currently, Shuvajit is involved in multiple research projects on unconventional resources, geothermal energy, carbon, and hydrogen storage in the subsurface. He has a Ph.D. in geology focused on machine learning and petrophysics from West Virginia University (2016) and an M.Sc. in applied geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai (2010). Shuvajit is the recipient of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists J. Clarence Karcher Award (2022) for “significant contribution to science and technology of exploration geophysics by a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities.”
  • Lucy Ko
    September 23, 2021
    Dr. Lucy Tingwei Ko is a research associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology. She received her B.Sc. and M.S. degree in Geosciences (with a specialization in organic geochemistry) from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. She then received her second M.S. degree (with a specialization in organic and isotope geochemistry) in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Before moving to Texas, she worked as a geologist at a basin modeling company.
  • Robin Dommisse
    November 2, 2020
    Robin Dommisse is a Research Scientist Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology. He received a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Propaedeuse in Geology from the Free University of Amsterdam. He developed an interest in geomodeling while working as a student in the RCRL group during his first tour of duty at the Bureau from 1989 to 1993.
  • Katie Smye
    September 18, 2020
    Katie Smye is using subsurface geologic characterization methods to study unconventional tight oil and shale gas formations and formations that receive saltwater disposal from hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water.
  • William Ambrose
    August 14, 2020
    STARR Principal Investigator Bill Ambrose discusses his work providing new insights on the paleogeography of ancient terrains and characterizing reservoirs in oil and gas plays.
  • Kutalmis Saylam
    July 9, 2020
    Bureau researcher and Lidar specialist Kutalmis Saylam discusses his career in the exciting and rapidly advancing world of remote sensing.
  • Peter Flaig
    May 1, 2020
    From Alaska to Antarctica—Bureau sedimentologist and stratigrapher Peter Flaig discusses his wide-reaching, highly interdisciplinary work.
  • Alex Sun
    February 25, 2020
    Alexander Sun discusses his research in applying data tools to hydrogeoscience.
  • Tip Meckel
    December 2, 2019
    Tip Meckel discusses his research in Carbon Capture and Storage.
  • Inessa Yurchenko
    December 18, 2018
    Inessa Yurchenko discusses her work in basin and petroleum systems modeling, and her thoughts on future research
  • Bob Hardage
    March 1, 2018
    After 27 years with the Bureau of Economic Geology, preeminent geophysicist and Senior Research Scientist Bob Hardage retired at the end of January 2018.
  • Bridget Scanlon
    August 14, 2017
    Bridget Scanlon discusses her wide-ranging research in water resources.
  • Maria Nikolinakou
    January 23, 2017
    Dr. Maria A. Nikolinakou discusses her work at the interface of geotechnical engineering, geology, and exploration sciences
  • Brent Elliott
    November 1, 2016
    Dr. Brent Elliott discusses his work in mineral resources and economic geology as part of the Economic Mineral Resources Program at the Bureau, as well as his work on state and federally funded mapping initiatives.
  • Andras Fall
    September 2, 2016
    Bureau Research Associate András Fall discusses his current research in fracture analysis and the interaction of geochemical and mechanical processes in sedimentary rocks
  • Seyyed Hosseini
    July 25, 2016
    Bureau Research Scientist Seyyed Hosseini discusses his development of monitoring plans for CO2 injection fields and efforts to better understand the subsurface behavior of fluids in relation to CO2 injection and hydrocarbon production.
  • Bob Hardage
    June 8, 2016
    Bob Hardage discusses EGL and his current efforts to develop technologies to acquire full-elastic seismic data with simple, low-cost, P-wave seismic sources
  • Katherine Romanak
    March 22, 2016
    Dr. Katherine Romanak talks about the key challenges of her research in geologic CO2 storage.

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