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Faculty

Research Groups

Quantitative Numerical Modeling of Petroleum Systems
A team of researchers has developed a science plan to train students using active research in quantitative numerical modeling of petroleum systems through an industrial affiliates program at Stanford University. The plan was developed with the cooperation and support of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, including the Department of Geological Sciences and the new Center for Computational Earth & Environmental Science (CEES) at Stanford University.

The Earth & Planetary Surface Processes group at Stanford investigates the mechanics of sedimentary and geomorphic processes that shape planetary surfaces. Specifically, we seek to decipher what landforms and rocks can tell us about a planet’s past hydrology, climate, and habitability through a variety of approaches including the analysis of data returned by space exploration missions, modeling (theoretical, numerical, and experimental), spectroscopy, and analog fieldwork.  

We comprehensively examine the evolution of the Earth's crust using highly integrated geochronologic approaches conducted in a wide spectrum of analytical facilities that are all housed within the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. Our highly collaborative research provides fundamental data to many disciplines throughout the geosciences, including tectonics, geodynamics, petrology, geochemistry, geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, and paleoclimatology.

Earth history and the evolution of life, and the interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere.

Our research combines macro-scale, field-based work on the stratigraphy and paleontology of carbonate platforms with micro-scale, laboratory-based work on the petrography and geochemistry of individual limestone samples and mineral phases. In addition to field and laboratory study, I also compile literature-based data and use theoretical models to help constrain interpretation of field-based data and to determine the extent to which local biotic patterns reflect global processes.

The Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting (SCERF) provides research in the exploration, evaluation & development of Earth Resources, whether Energy, Water or Minerals.

Our motivation

The Sedimentary Geochemistry and Paleoenvironments Project (SGP) is an open, community-oriented, database-driven research consortium that seeks to address questions of environmental evolution across Earth history through statistical analyses of the sedimentary geochemical record.

The Sedimentary Geology Research Group at Stanford University studies a variety of problems in basin analysis, deep-water systems, process sedimentology, micropaleontology, and Archean environmental conditions.

The Stanford Project on Deepwater Depositional Systems (SPODDS) is a research program focused on the study of ancient and modern coarse-clastic deep-water deposits from around the world. Affiliate members of this industrial consortium include numerous international energy companies that seek greater understanding of deep-water deposits as reservoir system for oil and gas.