Jackson School of Geosciences Experts


Nathan L Bangs

Nathan L Bangs

Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
nathan@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0424

Expertise: Structural development and tectonic processes along convergent margins; MCS methods to acquire 3-D images of structure and stratigraphy within subduction zones; processing, inversion, and modeling of seismic reflection data

Jay L Banner

Jay L Banner

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
banner@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5016, +1 512 471 6854

Expertise: Isotopic methods, sustainability, groundwater, oceans, ancient oceans, climate change, aquifers, caves, environmental science, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, urbanization

Donald D Blankenship

Donald D Blankenship

Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
blank@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0489, +1 512 471 6156

Expertise: Antarctic ice sheets, robotic space missions to Europa, airborne and ground-based geophysical techniques (including laser altimetry, radar sounding, seismic reflection and refraction), West Antarctic rift system, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, climate change, global warming, remote sensing, Thwaites glacier, East Antarctica, Europa Clipper

Matthew A Brown

Matthew A Brown

Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
matthewbrown@utexas.edu
+1 512 232 5515

Expertise: Brown's primary research goal is to develop a more thorough understanding of how past and future treatments affect specimens as sources of data, and the impact these treatments have on the science of paleontology. This approach examines the interplay of historic and current practices in the field, laboratory, and collections, and how the scientific community interprets these results in the literature. He also studies how such events foster an evolution of best practices, policy, and law, and he advocates for fossils on public lands. Brown is an active member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and is the founder of the Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology.

M Bayani Cardenas

M Bayani Cardenas

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
cardenas@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 6897

Expertise: Hydrology and Hydrogeology

William D Carlson

William D Carlson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
wcarlson@jsg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Field, analytical, and experimental studies of metamorphic petrogenesis, with emphasis on the rates and mechanisms of metamorphic reactions. Geological applications of high-resolution X-ray computed tomography. Analytical and computational studies of intracrystalline and intergranular diffusion.

Ginny Catania

Ginny Catania

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
gcatania@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0403

Expertise: Ice sheet mass balance, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology, ice sheet stratigraphy, radar, GPS methods, uncertainty in ice sheet response to climate, satellite observations, remote-sensing observations, outlet glaciers, Greenland, glaciology.

Elizabeth J Catlos

Elizabeth J Catlos

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
ejcatlos@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4762

Expertise: Can also see https://www.catlos.work/ My primary research focus is <strong>geochemistry</strong>, and how the fundamentals of chemistry (mineral reactions, radiogenic and stable isotopes, major and trace elements) can be and are used to understand what the Earth was like in the past. In this, I have interests that span a broad range of range of plate boundary processes and laboratory approaches. Many ancient fault systems are clues to determine the evolution and migration of Earth's continents in the past, identify important economic resources that formed during specific times in Earth's history, and/or to assess geological hazards that result due to reactivation of older faults or mass movement of rocks. They are used to understand how plate tectonics operates today and how it operated in the past. I am interested in constraining the evolution of a number of fault systems and mountain ranges that formed during the closure of ancient ocean systems primarily across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. <br> <br>For example, a major portion of my <strong>Himalayan research </strong> agenda involves constraining past motion on the Main Central Thrust, a large-scale shear zone that worked to create the highest mountains on the planet. I currently use novel geochemical and geochronological approaches that take advantage of modern-day technology to understand how <strong> garnet-bearing rocks </strong> moved at a high-resolution scale within that structure. Garnets are chemical tape recorders, and their chemical elements can be used to ascertain the pressures and temperatures they experienced. They also enclose radioactive minerals, such as monazite, that can be dated to time their history. Data from numerous garnet-bearing rocks across the Main Central Thrust can be used to inform us regarding how and when the Himalayas uplifted in the past, and lend insight into the motion that affects it today. To this end, I collaborate and learn from other researchers, such as geophysicists and modelers. <br> <br>I apply similar approaches to garnet-bearing rocks found in extensional systems in western <strong>Turkey</strong>. In this region, the plate boundary experienced a major switch in the geological past from compression to extension. Again, I apply new approaches in the thermodynamic modeling and geochronology to garnets in this locale to understand why and how this plate tectonic transition occurred. <br> <br>In this portion of my research, I also include the study of <strong>granites</strong>, as these igneous bodies emplaced during the extensional phase. The timing of their formation is key pieces of information regarding how extension occurred in western Turkey, both in time and space. To this end, I pioneered new imaging approaches to their study, and collaborate with economic geologists in Turkey who are interested in how heat and fluid flow around these granite bodies are intricately involved in the formation of ore resources. Their research sparked my interest in granite petrology, and I also study this rock type in China and Slovakia. Some of these granites formed at ancient plate boundaries as continents collided, and their ages and chemistry constrain when and what types of geological processes operated during their formation. <br> <br>The approaches I apply (geochemistry and geochronology) are of interest to a wide variety of researchers, so I collaborate and involve students in projects that include other geologists. An example of this is the dating of radioactive minerals from <strong>ancient meteorite impact craters and massive volcanic eruptions</strong>, events that are key for shaping how life evolved in Earth's history. These projects involve the use of modern and ever-evolving <strong>technological advances in geochemistry</strong>, such as the laser ablation of tiny zircon crystals, or the use of instruments that do not require minerals to be separated from rocks, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). <br> <br>I am interested in <strong>accessory minerals</strong>, such as zircon and monazite, and what controls their appearance in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Monazite, in particular, has been a focus of my research and I have key expertise in its formation, composition, geochronology, and its use as a rare earth resource. <br> <br>Although my research primarily involves compressional and extensional plate boundaries and igneous and metamorphic rocks, I recently delved into understanding sedimentary rocks from along the North Anatolian Fault, a major strike-slip system in north-central Turkey. In this research, we obtained oxygen isotopes across transects along calcite-filled fractures in limestones using SIMS. These calcite-filled fractures have the potential to record their source and provide key insight into the history of the limestones as well as their use for recording modern day fluid flow driven by seismic activity along the active fault system. <br> <br>Fundamentally, my research is <strong>field-based</strong> and involves the mapping and collection of rocks and understanding their importance in addressing research questions regarding what the Earth was like in the past. The research is <strong>laboratory-based</strong>, and I take advantage of modern advances in technology applied to geosciences, including numerous facilities at UT Austin and elsewhere.

Richard J Chuchla

Richard J Chuchla

Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program Director, Jackson School of Geosciences
richard.chuchla@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 9510
Spanish Speaker

Expertise: Graduate studies were focused on igneous processes, magmatism and related formation of ore deposits. Professional career included exploration for base and precious metal ore deposits, coal assessment and development, and research, exploration and development in the upstream sector of the oil and gas business. Managerial positions led to development of skills in commercial analysis, strategic planning and valuation. Concurrently, led numerous teams negotiating new contracts which led to a strong grounding in analysis of fiscal regimes and petroleum contracts. Familiar with many of the world's basins and experienced in both conventional deepwater and unconventional resources. Remain very interested in the technology of extractive industries and related commercial and policy issues. As Director of the Energy and Earth Resources graduate program, my personal learning objective is to broaden and deepen my understanding of renewable resources. Have a personal passion regarding the workings of the creative process and how it is impeded. Wrote a widely read internal company newsletter called Creative Contemplations.

Julia A Clarke

Julia A Clarke

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
julia_clarke@jsg.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

Expertise: Evolution of morphology, vertebrate paleontology, systematic biology, avian anatomy and the evolution of flight, fossil birds. Dinosaurs.

Kerry H Cook

Kerry H Cook

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
kc@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 7931

Expertise: Climate dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, global climate change, paleoclimate, climate and weather of Africa and South America, climate system modeling, climate change in Texas

Ian W Dalziel

Ian W Dalziel

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
ian@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0431, +1 512 471 6156

Expertise: Tectonics, geodynamics, geography of ancient times, plate reconstructions, structural geology

Ian J Duncan

Ian J Duncan

Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
ian.duncan@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5117

Expertise: Expertise in geomechanic and geochemistry applied to: risks associated with CO2 sequestration; hydraulic fracturing for shale gas production; environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing; and the water-energy nexus. Current research focuses on the scientific, environmental and public policy aspects of unconventional natural gas production, the water-energy nexus, and carbon capture and storage. He has a particular interest in risk analysis, decision making, and legal/regulatory issues related to fracing, CO2 sequestration, CO2-EOR, and energy production.

William L Fisher

William L Fisher

Professor and Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair Emeritus in Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
wfisher@jsg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems, petroleum geology, resource assessment, energy policy

Peter B Flemings

Peter B Flemings

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
pflemings@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 475 8738, +1 512 475 9520

Expertise: Stratigraphy, basin analysis, basin-scale fluid flow, pore pressures in seafloor sediments, submarine landslides, oil and gas migration, methane hydrates, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)

Omar  Ghattas

Omar Ghattas

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
omar@ices.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 4304

Expertise: Computational geoscience and engineering, simulation and optimization of complex solid, fluid, and biomechanical systems, inverse problems, optimal design, and optimal control

John A Goff

John A Goff

Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
goff@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0476

Expertise: Seafloor morphology and bathymetry, swath sonar mapping, stratigraphy of the shallow seabed, ultra-high resolution seismic reflection (chrip) systems, sedimentary horizons, sea ice draft, crustal heterogeneity, canyon morphology on continental slopes, abyssal hills

EMERY GOODMAN

Project Manager, Jackson School of Geosciences
emery.goodman@beg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Project Manager and PI of TORA (Tight Oil Resource Assessment. The program is recognized as the premier entity researching U.S. unconventional resource plays and their production capabilities, developing a basin-wide and granular-scale understanding of key factors controlling current and future developments.

Sean S Gulick

Sean S Gulick

Research Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
sean@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0483

Expertise: – Marine and planetary geophysical imaging at nested resolutions and ground truth through drilling, coring, logging, and sampling.<br> – Tectonic processes, tectonic-climate interactions, and geohazards of convergent margins and transitional tectonic environments.<br> – Role of catastrophism in the geologic record including impact cratering, hurricanes, and tectonic events.<br> – Planetary habitability, impact generated ecosystems, biotic crises.

Mark A Helper

Mark A Helper

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
helper@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1009

Expertise: Dr. Helper is a field geologist, a generalist whose interests span igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, tectonics, mineralogy and planetary field geology. His current research explores geochemical and isotopic similarities of Proterozoic and Archean crust in East Antarctica and the southwestern U.S., the Precambrian geology of Texas, and the origin of epidote blueschists in the Klamath Mountains of northern California. Recent senior honors theses under his supervision have examined the mineralogy of Texas topaz, hydration and textural patterns in Balmorhea blue agate, and the distribution and origin of joints in the Hueco Tanks syenite. Working with NASA colleagues, he is also involved in analog planetary field research that examines the utility and efficacy of robotically gathering field data, both as a prelude to and follow-on to human geologic field work on the Moon and Mars. As co-chair of FEAT (Field Exploration and Analysis Team), he helped develop a new curriculum for the geological field training of astronauts and currently co-leads NASA's astronaut field geology training exercises. He also teaches field mapping techniques to NASA engineers and scientists who are developing capabilities for exploring the surface of asteroids, the Moon and Mars.

Peter H Hennings

Peter H Hennings

Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
peter.hennings@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0156
Spanish Speaker

Expertise: Field and subsurface structural geology; seismic structural interpretation and analysis; characterization and hydraulic modeling of fractured and compartmentalized reservoirs; reservoir geomechanics; induced seismicity; fault seal analysis; thrust belt kinematics; hydrocarbon exploration and production; geology of Trans-Pecos Texas, Wyoming, and western Montana.

Brian K Horton

Brian K Horton

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
horton@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1869

Expertise: Tectonics of sedimentary basins, evolution of orogenic systems, sediment provenance and routing systems, nonmarine depositional processes.

Susan D Hovorka

Susan D Hovorka

Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
susan.hovorka@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4863

Expertise: Geologic carbon sequestration in deep sedimentary environments as part of carbon capture and storage. PI of the Gulf Coast Caron Center (www.gulfcoastcarbon.org) focused on research relevant to commercial development of geologic sequestration in regions where it is both needed and possible. Monitoring field projects. Petrography and sedimentology supporting hydrogeology in karst and contaminated systems. K-12 and public outreach and education.

Charles S Jackson

Charles S Jackson

Research Associate Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
charles@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0401

Expertise: global warming, abrupt climate change, sea level rise, ocean mixing, Bayesian Inference, inverse modeling, simulation, climate projections, uncertainty quantification

Joel P Johnson

Joel P Johnson

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
joelj@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 5288

Expertise: Process geomorphology, feedbacks between channel morphology and hydrology and sediment transport, landscape sensitivity to climate and lithology, bedrock river erosion, flash floods, arroyo erosion, canyon formation, environmental monitoring and sensor networks, laboratory flume experimentation, numerical modeling, tsunami sediment transport and deposition.

Charles  Kerans

Charles Kerans

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
ckerans@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3519, +1 512 471 4282

Expertise: Carbonate sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems, reservoir characterization, basin analysis, seismic interpretation, seismic stratigraphy, paleokarst analysis, carbonate diagenesis

Carey W King

Carey W King

Research Scientist, Energy Institute
careyking@mail.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5468

Expertise: Energy and renewable energy generation, usage, conservation, policy, and education; energy systems approaches; energy return on energy invested, net energy; carbon capture and sequestration; nexus of water and energy; renewable energy and electricity integration

Gary A Kocurek

Gary A Kocurek

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
garyk@jsg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Sedimentology, geomorphology and stratigraphy of aeolian systems; fluid flow and grain transport; bedform dynamics and pattern evolution of dune fields; the stratigraphic record of aeolian and related systems on Earth and Mars.

J. Richard Kyle

J. Richard Kyle

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
rkyle@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 4351

Expertise: Ore deposits geology, strata-controlled mineral resources, metals & industrial minerals exploration, ore petrology, characterization of ore-forming fluids, high resolution X-ray computed tomography applications to ore genesis & processing, geology of critical minerals, resources & society, geology & mineral resources of Texas

Stephen E Laubach

Stephen E Laubach

Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
steve.laubach@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1534, +1 512 471 6303

Expertise: Structural diagenesis, structural geology, fracture analysis, fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence studies, rock mechanics, mechanical and fracture stratigraphy, hydrocarbon exploration and development in deep and/or structurally complex areas, tight gas sandstone, coalbed methane, shale gas; geothermal, geologic aspects of hydraulic fracturing, application of borehole-imaging geophysical logs to stress and fracture evaluation, structural evolution of North American Cordillera, fracture history of NW Scotland, regional fracture studies Argentina.

Jessica A Maisano

Jessica A Maisano

Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate V (4207), Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
maisano@utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0260

Expertise: Vertebrate paleontology, herpetology, morphology, developmental biology, high-resolution x-ray computed tomography, digital morphology, DigiMorph.org

Ashley M Matheny

Ashley M Matheny

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
ashley.matheny@jsg.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

Expertise: Ecohydrology, Bio- and Micro-meteorology, Vegetation Hydrodynamics, Watershed Hydrology, Land-Atmosphere Interactions, Biogeochemistry, Water and Carbon Cycles, and Modeling

Linda R McCall

Linda R McCall

Public Information Geologist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
linda.mccall@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0320

David  Mohrig

David Mohrig

Associate Dean for Research, Jackson School of Geosciences
mohrig@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 2282

Expertise: Sedimentary Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Rivers, Deltas, Coastlines, Submarine Channels, Geohazards, Sediment-Gravity Currents, Sediment Transport, Seismic Interpretation, Basin Analysis

Sharon  Mosher

Sharon Mosher

Dean Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
smosher@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 8018

Expertise: Structural petrology, field-oriented structural geology, the evolution of complexly deformed terranes, strain analysis, deformation mechanisms, the interaction between chemical and physical processes during deformation

Dev  Niyogi

Dev Niyogi

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
dev.niyogi@jsg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Research Group: The University of Texas Extreme weather and Urban Sustainability "TExUS" Lab. Research seeks to significantly contribute to our understanding of the Earth system, particularly the urban and agricultural landscapes, and the dynamic role of coupled land surface processes on regional hydroclimatic and environmental extremes. An important ongoing and emerging focus of the group's research is to translate the scientific work undertaken into decision tools and portals with a particular focus on sustainable climate-ready/resilient coastal, cities, and agricultural systems. Examples of current research questions studied in Niyogi's group include: How to represent the land surface changes and feedbacks into predictive environmental models? How to best use the myriad of new datasets to develop efficient tools for agricultural and urban regions? What is a City in a complex network framework, and how to help design next-generation climate-resilient agriculture landscapes and cities? How can we develop predictive models, decision tools, and next-generation scientists and thinkers that can help manage resources and complex feedbacks in the Earth system, especially under extreme conditions? How can we use Machine Learning and other data-driven approaches to improve process-scale models for land-atmosphere interactions? Thus the research questions are both fundamental and process study based as well as highly applied and driven by issues and problems to be solved. Dr. Niyogi has coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed papers for international journals, 18 book chapters, and over 150 conference proceedings or abstracts for professional conferences such as the AMS and AGU annual meetings. According to Google Scholar, his research has been cited over 12,200 times (h-index > 55; i-index >175), and his work has been read over 52,000 times per Research Gate statistics. His work has been highlighted in various media outlets including in the popular press such as Yahoo!, MSNBC, Wired, CNN, LiveScience, National Geographic, Tedx Talk, NASA press releases, and recently for NPR following urbanization impacts on Hurricane Harvey rainfall. Dr. Niyogi's research is funded through a variety of competitive federal grants- NSF (Atmospheric and Geosciences, Hydrology, Cyberinfrastructure, Computer Sciences, Geoscience Education, International Programs, RAPID, and CAREER), NASA (Hydrology, Interdisciplinary Sciences), Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, DOE, NOAA, and USDA/NIFA. He has developed over 30 successful research projects, which have led to a total award of more than $100 million to Purdue ($ 6 million as an individual share) through grants. At Purdue, Dr. Niyogi received Purdue Seeds for Success award, Million Dollar research award, and the University Faculty Scholar recognition, the NSF CAREER award, the USDA NIFA Partnership Award, and has been part of the 2018 Indiana Governor Award for Environmental Excellence- amongst other. <strong>At University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Niyogi is also part of the Theme Organizing Committee of the Planet Texas 2050 </strong> <a href="https://bridgingbarriers.utexas.edu/planet-texas-2050/" target="_blank"> </a>

Jon E Olson

Jon E Olson

Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering
jolson@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 3161, +1 512 471 7375

Expertise: Naturally fractured reservoirs; Rock mechanics; Hydraulic fracturing; Structural geology

Jeffrey G Paine

Jeffrey G Paine

Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1260, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Near-surface geophysics in hydrogeology and environmental and Quaternary geology; coastal geology; Quaternary geology and geomorphology; computer applications in the geological sciences

Camille  Parmesan

Camille Parmesan

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
parmesan@austin.utexas.edu

Expertise: Global warming, climate change, insect ecology, butterfly biology

Judson W Partin

Judson W Partin

Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
jpartin@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 418 6676
Spanish Speaker

Expertise: Paleoclimate, Stable and Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, climate change

Geeta  Persad

Geeta Persad

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
geeta.persad@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 632 9152

Expertise: Atmospheric Aerosols, Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Air Pollution, Global Hydrologic Cycle, Monsoon Systems, Western U.S. Climate Impacts, Climate Policy and Decision-Making

Jorge R Pinon

Jorge R Pinon

Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Jackson School of Geosciences
jrpinon@austin.utexas.edu
+1 305 926 6910, +1 512 232 4988

Expertise: Latin American and Caribbean energy, Energy, energy policy, Latin America,

Terrence M Quinn

Terrence M Quinn

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
terryquinn@austin.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0464

Expertise: Paleoclimate, climate, climate change, climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, sedimentary geology and geochemistry

Daniella M Rempe

Daniella M Rempe

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
rempe@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5290

Expertise: Hydrology, Geomorphology, Ecohydrology, Catchment Hydrology, Near-surface Geophysics, Hydrogeology

Timothy B Rowe

Timothy B Rowe

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
rowe@utexas.edu
+1 512 232 5512, +1 512 471 1725

Expertise: Vertebrate paleontology, evolution and development of the vertebrate skeleton, phylogenetic systematics, the early history of mammals and their extinct relatives among Synapsida, the history of birds and their extinct relatives among Dinosauria, the history of other amniotes, high-resolution X-ray computed tomography, CT scanner, DigiMorph, informatics

Bridget R Scanlon

Bridget R Scanlon

Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
bridget.scanlon@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1534, +1 512 471 8241

Expertise: Evaluation of the impact of climate variability and land use change on groundwater recharge, application of numerical models for simulating variably saturated flow and transport, controls on nitrate contamination in aquifers

Timothy M Shanahan

Timothy M Shanahan

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
tshanahan@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 232 7051

Expertise: The Shanahan research group uses a combination of geochemical and stable isotopic proxy reconstructions of past climate, in combination with climate model simulations, to understand past and future climate change. Our primary focus is the use of organic geochemical and stable isotopic techniques applied to marine, lacustrine and terrestrial sediment records to understand changes on timescales ranging from interannual to millennial, and orbital to tectonic. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our research website.

John M Sharp

John M Sharp

Dave P. Carlton Centennial Professor Emeritus in Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
jmsharp@jsg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Hyrdogeology; flow in fractured rocks; thermohaline free convection; fracture skin effects; regional flow in carbonate rocks; hydrology of arid and semi-arid zones; subsidence and coastal land loss; effects of urbanization; alluvial aquifers; hydrogeology of sedimentary basins;hydrological processes in ore deposit formation; and hydrogeophysics.

Mark Shuster

Deputy Director, Jackson School of Geosciences
mark.shuster@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 1534, +1 512 471 7090

Expertise: Mark Shuster is responsible for managing energy-related research at the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Krista M Soderlund

Krista M Soderlund

Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
krista@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0449

Expertise: Astrobiology, Cryosphere, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Magnetohydrodynamics, Planetary Science

James T Sprinkle

James T Sprinkle

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
echino@jsg.utexas.edu

Expertise: Invertebrate paleontology; evolutionary biology; fossil and living echinoderms; echinoderm systematics; Paleozoic marine communities and ecosystems; paleoecology; crinoids; blastoids; rhombiferans; eocrinoids; parablastoids; blastozoans; edrioasteroids; edrioblastoids; starfish; stylophorans; ctenocystoids; helicoplacoids; Cambrian evolutionary fauna; Paleozoic evolutionary fauna; Ordovician radiation; Cambrian explosion; environment & earth science

Frederick W Taylor

Frederick W Taylor

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
fred@ig.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0453

Expertise: Tectonic geomorphology, stratigraphy, and paleogeodesy/paleoseismology at convergent plate margins Paleoclimate, fossil corals as a proxy for past sea-surface temperatures. Corals as recorders of relative sea level for vertical tectonics and sea-level history.

Scott W Tinker

Scott W Tinker

Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
scott.tinker@beg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 0209, +1 512 471 1534

Expertise: Global energy supply and demand, Technology Administration, Multidisciplinary reservoir characterization, Carbonate sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, 3-D reservoir modeling, Resource assessment.

Clark R Wilson

Clark R Wilson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
crwilson@jsg.utexas.edu
+1 512 471 5008

Expertise: Geophysics, including gravity, space geodesy, and applied seismology

Kenneth W Wisian

Kenneth W Wisian

Program Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
kenneth.wisian@utexas.edu
+1 512 471 2003

Expertise: Geothermal Geophysics, SETI, Exoplanets, Space Exploration, Disaster Response, Recovery & Resiliency, Military Technology Applications, International Affairs, Innovation, Curriculum Development