Reservoirs Research Group

Our research interests lie at the intersection of sedimentary geology and geochemistry, with emphasis on sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, specifically in fluvial, paralic, shallow marine, and lacustrine systems. We seek to answer applied questions in petroleum geology and reservoir characterization, both in conventional and unconventional systems.  Much of our recent work is aimed towards an enhanced understanding of unconventional petroleum systems, such as shale gas, shale oil, and oil shale. Our main goals are to, 1) reconstruct the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic history of reservoir systems, 2) characterize their vertical and lateral facies heterogeneity, and 3) construct sequence stratigraphic models.  These models can then be extrapolated to other areas of the basin, or used as analogue models in geologically similar systems throughout the world.  We rely heavily on detailed studies of outcrop exposures, incorporating subsurface datasets, such as core and wireline logs. Examples of our key geochemical analyses include isotopic analysis, X-Ray fluorescence, QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by SCANning electron microscopy), traditional thin section analysis, and TOC-RockEval. We believe strongly in integrating our sedimentary and geochemical investigations with other disciplines; specifically 3D seismic analysis, geomechanics, and production engineering, in order to address key petroleum exploration and production challenges.