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Petroleum Geosciences

The School of Geosciences has been a leader in petroleum research and education since its founding. We conduct basic and applied research that involves integrated studies of petroleum systems through basin analysis, reservoir characterization and modeling, and 3-D seismic interpretation. 

We integrate geological, geochemical, and geophysical data and methods to evaluate the tectonic evolution, thermal maturity, and petroleum potential of sedimentary basins.  Faculty and students are interested in the controls that structure, stratigraphy, and sedimentology play in regard to reservoir architecture, lithological and petrophysical-property heterogeneity, and reservoir performance.  Our research employs a wide range of interpretation tools and workflows from multiattribute seismic analysis, geostatistics, machine learning, and seismic geomorphology to rock physics modeling.    

Below are some of the specific sub-disciplines we are focused on. Please visit the linked faculty pages for specific projects and contact them for more information.

Exploration and Reservoir Geophysics 

Petroleum Systems and Basin Analysis

Reservoir Characterization and Modeling

Seismic and Sequence Stratigraphy