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Danica Dralus

Title:Graduate Student, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Primary Affiliation:Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences
Office Location:Mitchell Bldg  B65


The focus of Danica's research is quantifying how chemical interactions between rocks and their pore fluids change the physical properties of the rocks. In the laboratory, she explores swelling and changes in acoustic velocities of zeolites when they are saturated with carbon dioxide. She is also testing the dependence on pore fluid chemistry of the kinetics of the opal-CT to quartz phase transition. At the computer, she uses density functional theory to explore the interaction of carbon dioxide molecules with a zeolite framework; and she hopes to take up some basin modeling in the near future. In addition to her primary affiliation of SRB, she also has ties to the Clean Energy Conversions Laboratory and the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Group.


Danica has been a TA for GP 113 (Earthquakes and Volcanoes), GP 180/281 (Geophysical Inverse Problems), and GP 262 (Rock Physics). Before coming to Stanford, she was a lab instructor for an introductory physics course at the University of Texas and taught at Sylvan Learning Center.

Professional Activities

Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU); Member, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); Member, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG)


  • 2007 | M.S., Geophysics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 2002 | B.A., Physics & Mathematics, Lawrence University

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