Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2010
M.S., University of Kentucky, 2007
B.S., University of Wyoming, 1997
Organic petrology/petrography, coal chemistry, black shale chemistry, geochemistry related to geological carbon sequestration, isotope geochemistry, paleoclimatolgy, paleoecology.
I am currently working as a postdoctoral research associate on two federally funded (U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE) projects examining the effects geological carbon sequestration on deep saline reservoir brine chemistry and reservoir/cap rock mineralogy. I design benchtop experiments to simulate reservoir conditions during CO2 sequestration using Parr pressure vessel batch reactors, synthetic and natural brines, and rock obtained from the research area, as well proxy samples.
The U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE grants I am currently performing research under have allowed the ISGS geochemistry labs to obtain 20 Parr 4506 Series high pressure vessels rated for 5000 PSI and 350°C. We are well equipped to perform a range of high PT fluid/rock/gas research, well beyond that of CO2 based experiments. Please feel free to contact me regarding interest in any potential collaboration.
The scope of my research interests are broad, however I consider myself to be primarily an organic petrologist. Coal and natural gas are likely to remain an integral part of Illinois’s energy portfolio, even as concerns over emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise. In order to maintain a balance between the states energy demands, economic vitality, and environmental concerns it is necessary to develop technologies to mitigate the environmental impact, two examples being geologic sequestration of CO2 and the development of more efficient coal powered energy production. I am committed to contributing my knowledge of geochemistry and petrology toward these initiatives and I feel that as a scientist in the public sector I can make a difference.