Fellowships & Scholarships


Krishna Borhara, Utah State University

Microphase transformations in carbonaceous faults: Proxies for dynamic-weakening during fluid-rock interaction and diagenesis.

Briana Hill, Utah State University

Decoding fault reactivation and fluid interaction in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado, via hematite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry.

John Hooker, The Pennsylvania State University

The Devonian in the Appalachian Basin: A natural laboratory for structural diagenesis.

Victoria Igoe, University of Wisconsin - Madison

The effect of meniscus geometry hematite cement on mechanical and hydrologic properties of quartz arenite.

Ashley Provow, Utah State University

Reconstructing regional paleofluid-rock interactions.

Sarah Wigginton, Utah State University

Deformation at the ramps of thrusts: Influence of mechanical stratigraphy on earthquake propagation and seismic hazards, Southern California.


Laura Cuccio, Utah State University

The Precambrian-sedimentary rock nonconformity: hydromechanical implications for injection-induced seismicity in the midcontinent United States.

Garth Hesseltine, Utah State University

Structure and permeability architecture of the basal sedimentary rock - crystalline rock basement interface.

Casey Duncan, The Pennsylvania State University

The effects of fault composition and microstructures on fault weakness: a study of synthetic and natural clay-rich fault gouges.


Isabel Fay Barton, University of Arizona

Reconnaissance mapping of regional alteration on the Colorado Plateau.

William Defliese, University of California, Los Angeles

Fault controlled fluid and heat transport in the Cascadia accretionary prism.

Casey Duncan, University of Utah

Iron-oxide diagenesis of the Cretaceous Baseline Sandstone, Southern Nevada: implications of structural and sedimentologic controls on fluid flow pathways in arkosic reservoirs.

Anne Gardulski, Tufts University

Structural and mineral paragenesis of the Tufts Fault Zone, New England.

Amy Moser, University of Utah

Structure, geochemistry, and thermochronology of Neogene faults in the San Andreas Fault Zone, Mecca Hills, Southern California. She presented her work in a poster entitled “Structural, Geochemical, and Thermal Evolution of the Southern San Andreas and Parallel Subsidiary Faults in the Mecca Hills, Southern California”: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Abstract T41A-2862.

Richard Schultz, University of Texas at Austin

Diagenetic alteration of compaction bands.

Estibalitz Ukar, University of Texas at Austin  

Slip behavior of a subduction zone: inferences from quartz-filled veins (hydrofractures) in an exhumed accretionary wedge, Shimanto Belt, Japan.

Veerle Vandeginste, Imperial College London

Multidisciplinary study of the interplay between earthquake-triggered fluid migration and fault healing processes.


Kelly Bradbury, Utah State University

Fluid-rock reactions related to deformation within organic- and vanadium-rich Upper Meade Peak Member of the Phosphoria Formation, southeast Idaho.

Caroline Burberry, University of Nebraska

Characterizing natural fracture networks in the Mississippian Madison Limestone using fracture and mechanical stratigraphies.

Peter Eichhubl, University of Texas at Austin

Field seminar in structural diagenesis

Peter Laciano, University of Texas at Austin

Quantitative strain analysis of the Carmel Formation in the San Rafael Swell, eastern Utah, and its implications for fold related deformation and the fold’s tectonic history.

Peter Miller, The Pennsylvania State University

Experimental investigation of permeability evolution and time dependent creep deformation of cataclastic shear bands under varying effective stresses

Abiola Olabode, Louisiana State University

Diagenesis and formation stress in fracture conductivity of shaly rock; experimental-modelling approach in CO2-rock interactions.

Reza Rahimi, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Development of hydro-mechanical properties in shales.

Ahmad Sakhaee-Pour, University of Oklahoma

Importance of structural diagenesis analysis for re-fracturing of shales.


Milad Ahmadi, Louisiana State University

Investigating the likelihood of reactiviation of cemented natural fractures and its contribution on efficiency of hydraulic fracturing treatments

Owen Callahan, University of Texas at Austin

Interactions between chemical alteration, brittle deformation, and fluid flow in geothermal systems

Lauren Copley, University of Texas at Austin

Effects of quartz precipitation during fracture opening on size and spacial distribution of fractures

Brady Lubenow, University of Idaho

Determining fault tip translation rate by dating hydrothermal sinters with radiocarbon and diagenesis techniques

Joel Main, The Ohio State University

Using travertine-cemented fault breccias to understand the architecture and history of the Gunnison Fault Zone, eastern Basin and Range, Utah

Abiola Olabode, Louisiana State University

Scholarship.  His work is reported in Diagenetic Influence of Aqueous CO2 on Fracture Conductivity of Shaly Rock, a paper prepared for presentation at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27-29 October, 2014

David Wheatley, University of Utah

Structural diagenesis of clastic pipes in the Jurassic Carmel Formation, southern Utah


Houman Bedayat, Louisiana State University

Scholarship.  His work is reported in The Equivalent Inclusion Method for Poroelasticity Problems, Poromechanics V: pp. 1279-1288.

Jackson Crews, University of Nevada, Reno

Seismically triggered bubble nucleation in groundwater

Scott Hynek, University of Utah

The hydrological significance of a basin segmenting fault for the communication between lithium-brine aquifers; Clayton Valley, NV

Harold E. Johnson, Texas A&M University

Fluid/rock interactions during the structural evolution of fold and thrust belts

John Leeman, Pennsylvania State University

Evaluation of fluid core electrical conductivity during deformation as a proxy for porosity and borehole logging data

This work is reported in On the origin and evolution of electrical signals during frictional stick slip in sheared granular material in the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH

Harmon Maher, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Investigating shallow structural diagenesis in the Niobrara Chalk and Pierre Shale of the Central Great Plains

Katelynn Olcutt, Pennsylvania State University

From deposition to exhumation; how mechanical properties evolve with diagenesis in natural mudstones over a range of pressure and temperature conditions

Estibalitz Ukar, University of Texas at Austin

Evaluation of crystallographic orientation control on the growth of quartz cement in partially open fractures

Randy Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Basin-scale controls on fault-zone cementation; observations from the Rio Grande rift, New Mexico


John R. Farver, Bowling Green State University

Experimental investigation of quartz cementation at diagenetic conditions using a hydrothermal flow-through cell

Julia Gale, University of Texas at Austin

Timing and mechanisms of fractures in shale-gas reservoirs

This work was presented at AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division (EMD) session in Houston in 2011 and won the President’s Certificate for Excellence in Presentation (Best Oral Presentation) for the EMD

Steven Gohlke, University of Vermont

Using cement stratigraphy to constrain the timing of structural even on Sinn el-Kaddab plateau, Egypt

Martin Larsen, Montana State University

Structural analysis of normal faults in SW Montana

Timothy O’Brien, University of Michigan

Illite to muscovite transition:  indicator of a westward enroaching Acadian deformational front

Tobias Weisenberger, University of Texas at Austin

Diagenetic controls on carbonate fracture cementation, Mesaverde Gr


William Dunlap, University of Minnesota

Structural diagenesis at the sediment/rock interface:  Tidal and secular deformation and the production of mechanical surface anisotropy

Peter Eichhubl, University of Texas at Austin

Conduct research and present lectures at the University of Vienna, Austria

Andras Fall, University of Texas at Austin

Fluid inclusion mapping of spatial and temporal variations in gas saturation in fractured sandstone reservoirs, Piceance Basin, Colorado

Hiroko Kitajima, The Pennsylvania State University

Effects of stress states and cementation on physical properties of mudstones in the Nankai subduction zone

Elizabeth Petrie, Utah State University

Evaluation of discontinuities and diagenesis in cap-rock lithologies; and implications for secure storage of CO2


Daniel Bulger, University of Georgia

Mg-clay mineral diagenesis in late Mississippian carbonates within a sequence stratigraphic framework: Evidence from the Appalachian Basin

Jennie Cook, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Effect of progressive diagenesis on the mechanical behavior of compositionally variable sandstones

Peter Eichhubl, University of Texas at Austin

Present results of research in the interdisciplinary field of structural geology and diagenesis at the Euroconference of Rock Physics and Geomechanics (Ascona, Switzerland) and at the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (Montpellier, France)

Jennifer Goyette, University of Wyoming

Fault rock analysis in the Chemehuevi-Sacramento low-angle normal fault system:  evidence of low angle normal fault slip mechanisms

John Hooker, University of Texas at Austin

Fracture scaling in sedimentary rocks

This work is reported in  Fracture size, frequency, and strain in the Cambrian Eriboll in the SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY

Autumn Kaylor, University of Texas at Austin

Diagenesis of Cretaceous sandstones in the foreland fold and thrust belt of the Canadian Rockies

Jon Olson, University of Texas at Austin

Fractured reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing and petroleum rock mechanics


Jung Byeongju, Tufts University

Geohydrology of structurally-controlled fluid migration and fault diagenesis in the Los Angeles Basin, CA

This work has been reported in Effects of episodic fluid flow on hydrocarbon migration in the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone, Southern California, in GEOFLUIDS, 2014

Julia Gale,  University of Texas at Austin

Structural diagenesis in shale-gas reservoirs:  implications for fracturing

Samuel Haines, Penn State University

Clay growth in brittle fault rocks:  understanding the relative roles of wallrock lithology and fluid flux

Bernard Housen, Western Washington University

Evaluation of syndeformational fluid flow/remagnetization in fold and thrust belts

Edward Meyer, Dartmouth College

The Alberta Tar Sands Deposits:  a novel approach to correlate source shale diagenesis and maturation with reservoir sandstone diagenesis and petroleum migration in a classic thrust belt

Alexander Urquhart, University of Texas at Austin

Structural and chemical interactions of CO2-rich fluids in the fault and fracture systems of siliciclastic reservoirs


Ramil Ahmadov, Stanford University

Develop new tools for remote resource assessment, specifically using rock physics and organic geochemistry to evaluate oil shales

Magdalena Ellis, University of Texas at Austin

Fracture spatial distribution along a fault zone in the Torridonian sandstones, northwestern Scotland

This work is reported in Fracture development and diagenesis of Torridon Group in the JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGOCAL SOCIETY

Juraj Farkas, Harvard University

The application of calcium isotopes to study diagenetic processes in carbonate sedimentary systems

Juan Francisco Inigo, University of Texas at Austin

Bolivian and Argentinean Devonian basin:  structural model and fracture analysis in a major gas emplacement

This work is reported in Fracture abundance and patterns in MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY

Peter Hargrove, University of Texas at Austin

Fault related fracture permeability in a tight-gas sandstone analog

Deb Jaisi, Yale University

Determination of extent of sediment reworking during diagenesis using oxygen isotopes in phosphates


Scott Brinton, University of Idaho

The relationship between faulting, fluid flow, and mineral alteration in an active hydrothermal system in the Basin and Range province of southeast Oregon, USA

Jon Olson, University of Texas at Austin

Effects of moisture content on sub-critical crack propagation and simulation of time-dependent wellbore stability

Aysen Ozkan, University of Texas at Austin

Preservation of fracture porosity in sandstones

This work is reported in Prediction of lithofacies and reservoir quality using well logs, Late Cretaceous Williams Fork Formation, Mamm Creek field, Piceance Basin, Colorado in the AAPG BULLETIN

Arash Dahi Taleghani, University of Texas at Austin

Fracture characterization in multi-layer folds:  mechanical and diagenesis effects