Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposia


Whole Earth Carbon Cycling – bridging academia and industry

IRESS: February 22-23, 2018 – Rice University, Houston, TX

Location: Baker Institute of Public Policy

IRESS Keynote Dinner, 22 Feb, 6-8 PM

Location: Dore Commons at the Baker Institute of Public Policy

pre-IRESS workshop: Feb 21, 2018 – Rice University, Houston, TX

Location: 115 Anderson-Clarke Building (Glasscock School of Continuing Studies)

sponsored by:

Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University
Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, Rice University
National Science Foundation
Schuepbach Energy
Deep Carbon Observatory
Energy and Environment Initiative, Rice

22-23 FEB, IRESS VENUE LOCATION:  Baker Institute of Public Policy

Visitor parking is available in the underground garage at the Jones Business School or next to entrance 20 from Rice Blvd.
22 Feb, Thursday, Keynote Dinner at Dore Commons, Baker Institute of Public Policy, 6-8 PM
21 Feb, pre-IRESS workshop at 115 Anderson Clarke Building (Glasscock School of Continuing Studies)

IRESS 2018 – Unconventional views of whole Earth carbon cycling: from formation to production

(IRESS 2017 – Building a passive margin)

This workshop will bring together a diverse set of experts from academia and industry to follow carbon from its geology to its biology to its use as the energy that sustaints 7 billion people on our planet.  How has carbon cycling evolved on Earth? How do these long term geologic processes lead to the formation of hydrocarbon source rocks.

We will also discuss carbon in the context of energy, from the origin of hydrocarbon source rocks to the generation of reservoirs to new technologies for rock characterization, hydrocarbon exploration, and enhancing production.  Finally, we will discuss carbon economics and policy in terms of energy, environment and society.  IRESS 2018 represents a unique opportunity to have a vigorous discussion about carbon in the context of economic growth and the habitability of our planet.

Center for a Sustainable Earth

To sustain 7 billion people in the world, it is necessary to consider energy, natural resources and the environment as one continuous spectrum, all part of a highly complex and interconnected system. We must worry about our impacts to the environment, but we also need reliable energy resources to sustain our economies and bring the world out of poverty. There are no simple solutions.  As a community, however, we may not be well prepared to tackle the complexity of the energy-environment nexus because we are more polarized and specialized than ever.  To find economically sustainable ways forward will require a new generation of leaders who can understand how our planet, from its deep interior to the oceans and atmospheres, from the ecology of the biosphere to the ecology of the human landscape, interact with one another.  We are at a crossroads, where further progress requires an interdisciplinary approach, where we bring industry and academia together, and where we bring physicists, geologists, chemists, engineers and biologists together with economists, artists, writers, politicians and more. Houston, through the IRESS initiative launched in 2014 and sponsored by Rice University’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (EEPS), offers a unique opportunity to bring together leaders in Earth and environmental science from both industry and academia.  The Rice EEPS department is one of the world’s leading innovators of generating new frameworks for understanding complex system dynamics from the Earth perspective.   To learn more, click here.


IRESS DAY 1 – 22 Feb 2018

Location: Baker Institute of Public Policy

Theme 1: Whole Earth Carbon Cycling

Session Leaders (Rajdeep Dasgupta, Cin-Ty Lee, Gerald Dickens, Francis Albarede)

8:15 AM Opening remarks (Cin-Ty Lee)

8:25 AM Lee Kump (Penn State) – long term carbon cycling

8:55 AM Mark Torres (Rice) – The life and times of carbon in surface environments

9:25 AM break

9:40 AM Introduction (Rajdeep Dasgupta)

9:50 AM Chris Reinhard (Georgia Tech) – The importance of nutrients for the Earth’s carbon cycle

10:20 AM Marie Edmonds (Cambridge University) – Volcanic CO2 flux into the atmosphere

10:50 AM Panel Discussion chaired by Dasgupta, Dickens, Albarede

11:20 AM – 1:05 Lunch at Baker Institute

Theme 2: Unconventional Science

1:05 PM Introduction by Mitch Harris and Jimmy Bent (Chevron)

1:15 PM Lori Summa and Kurt Rudolph (ExxonMobil) – sedimentary basins

1:45 PM Daniel Minisini (Shell) – Carbon Cycling, from Volcanoes to Source Rocks, a sedimentary perspective

2:15 PM break

2:30 PM Taras Bryndzia (Shell) – Organic Matter, Porosity and Gas Production in the Marcellus Shale

3:00 PM Andrew Madof (Chevron) – Gas hydrates in sandy reservoirs interpreted from velocity pull up: Are Mississippi-fan turbidites diffusively charged?

3:30 PM Discussion chaired by Mitch Harris and Jimmy Bent

4:00 PM Poster Session and reception (at Dept of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, KWGL)

6:00-8:00 PM Dinner at Baker Institute

6:00 PM begin seating and dinner

6:45 – 7:00 PM Launch of building a more habitable planet

Cin-Ty Lee and William Dingus

7:00 – 7:45 PM Keynote dinner talk

Hugh Daigle (UT Austin) – Multiphase flow in the subsurface carbon cycle from source to sink

IRESS DAY TWO – 23 Feb 2018

Location: Baker Institute of Public Policy

Theme 3: Energy, economics and environment

8:15 AM opening remarks by Cal Cooper (Apache Coroporation)

8:30 AM Ken Medlock (Rice) – energy economics and policy – shale gas

9:00 AM Alex Archila (President, North American Shale, BHP Billiton)

9:30 AM Discussion chaired by Cal Cooper

9:45 AM break

Theme 4: Unconventional technologies

10:00 AM Melodie French (Rice U) – rock mechanics frontiers

10:30 AM Yingcai Zheng (U Houston) – Seismic imaging of fractures in reservoirs

11:00-11:30 AM Panel Discussion led by Ken Abdulah and Fenglin Niu

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch and posters at Dept. of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (KWGL)

1:30 PM Priyank Jaiswal (Oklahoma State) – geophysical imaging of biocementation

2:00 PM Tobias Hoink (Baker Hughes) – The quest for permeability

2:30 PM Panel Discussion led by Ken Abdulah and Fenglin Niu

2:45 PM break

3:00 PM Discussion on where we are going next (Cin-Ty Lee)

3:30 – 5:00 PM reception at Dept of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

pre-IRESS Day 0 – 21 Feb 2018

115 Anderson Clarke Center (Glasscock School of Continuing Studies)


The frontiers of Whole Earth Systems

Francis Albarede (ENS, France)

Jaime Barnes (UT Austin)

Laura Carter (Rice) – Magma/crust interaction and volatile fluxing

Rajdeep Dasgupta (Rice) – Planetary evolution and carbon

Gerald Dickens (Rice)

Marie Edmonds (Cambridge University)

James Eguchi (Rice)

Vanessa Eni (UC Berkeley)

Michelle Gevedon (UT Austin)

Emma Harrison (UC San Diego)

Helge Gonnermann (Rice)

Hehe Jiang (Rice) – Long term climate, tectonics and weathering

Jade Star Lackey (Pomona) – Volatile fluxing through skarns

Cin-Ty Lee (Rice)

Adrian Lenardic (Rice) – Planetary dynamics and habitability

Caroline Masiello (Rice)

Emily Mason (Cambridge, UK)

Kirsten Siebach (Rice)

Robert Stern (UT Dallas)

Mark Torres (Rice)

Laurence Yeung (Rice)

Richard Zeebe (U Hawaii) – Orbital dynamics through time

Steering Committee

Ken Abdulah (Subsurface Clarity)

Dorothy Ballentine (Sneider Exploration)

Kevin Biddle

Ed Biegert (Shell)

Martha Lou Broussard

Cal Cooper (Apache)

Rajdeep Dasgupta

Gerald Dickens

André Droxler

Bryn Dugre

John Jeffers (Southwestern)

Mitch Harris (Chevron)

Cin-Ty Lee (committee chair)

Kenneth Medlock III (Baker Institute, Center for Energy Studies)

Jeff Nittrouer

Martin Schuepbach (Schuepbach Energy)

John Sneider (Sneider Exploration)

Samuel Stubbs (Pillsbury)

Manik Talwani

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