Room Number: 320
Room Number: 210
CT scanning, Carbonates, Sedimentology,
Jacob's research into the Upper Cambrian Microbial reefs outcropping in Mason county Texas, has utilized CT scanning technology to generate mineralogical trends from whole core in the dominate facies. He has additionally pioneered a method that tracks the extent of diagenetic alteration in log form.
Room Number: 210 KWG Labs
discrete element model, fractures, microstructural evolution
My research focus is on numerical simulations of biaxial experiments using a discrete element model. I hope to understand the microstructural evolution in rocks from fracture initiation to failure and beyond.
Room Number: KWG 305
geophysics, seismology, Galicia, tectonics, extension, passive margins
The W coast of the Iberian Peninsula is a classic magma-poor rifted margin, where slow crustal hyperextension allowed rising mantle to cool/harden instead of melting. A long, margin-parallel Peridotite Ridge (PR) separates the final prerift material from this trans. zone of exhumed mantle. The PR has been dredged, drilled, and imaged in 2D for over 40 years, but new 3D seismic finally reveals its inner structure and evolution.
Sedimentology, Upper Cambrian, Microbial Bioherm, Andre Droxler
My current research focuses on the characterization of Upper Cambrian microbial reefs of Mason County, central Texas exposed along certain bodies of water. This project is part of a Microbial Research Consortium consisting of Rice and Trinity University with funding and interaction from Stat Oil, Shell, Exxon, and Conoco Phillips. This research consists of reservoir analysis of the microbial reef complex acting as an analog to large offshore discoveries of pre-salt hydrocarbon deposits of Angola and Brazil.
Room Number: RM212
Structural geology; Geomechanics; Offshore Margins; Forearc evolution; Seismotectonics; Marine geology & geophysics
I use numerical simulations to study the deformation a seamount can levy on a forearc, and its influence on the seismic potential of subduction zones. I explore how differing mechanical properties, and seamount geometries can control the extent of deformation.
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Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
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Houston, TX 77005 USA