Energy and Mineral Resources

GGE faculty is engaged in research pertaining to exploration and production of energy resources including petroleum, natural gas, and geothermal resources. Research activities also include management of water resources associated with the production of hydrocarbons and investigations of rock properties that affect hydraulic fracturing performance and results.

  • Hydrocarbon resource evaluations
    -- Carbon dioxide sequestration in geologic formations
    -- Methane hydrate-bearing sediments
  • Reservoir rock characterization
    -- Lithologic controls on stress-strain and creep
    -- Petrophysical and geomechanical characterization
    -- Reservoir geo-modeling using geostatistics
    -- Production data history matching in reservoir simulation
  • Geothermal resources
    -- Evaluation of geothermal anomalies in south central South Dakota
    -- Enhanced geothermal system
  • Water management
    -- Monitoring subsidence induced by fluid extraction using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)
    -- Source and migration of stray gas in shallow aquifers
    -- Wastewater-injection-induced seismicity

    -- Natural attenuation of hydraulic fracturing additives in groundwater

Faculty Expertise

  • Kurt Katzenstein
    InSAR, Geohazards, Geomechanics
  • Liangping Li
    Groundwater, Geostatistics, Data assimilation
  • Larry Stetler
    Geological Engineering, Site characterization, 3D imaging
  • Nuri Uzunlar
    Field geology, Energy resources (petroleum and geothermal), Economic geology

Emeritus Faculty

  • James Fox
    Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Petroleum geology
  • Colin Paterson
    Economic geology, Mineral resources, Petrology
  • William Roggenthen
    Engineering geophysics
  • Foster Sawyer
    Groundwater, Petroleum, Sedimentation


Research Focus Areas