Energy and Mineral Resources

GGE faculty and the Energy Resources Initiative (ERI) are 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
    -- 3D subsurface structural and isochore mapping (Niobrara, Three Forks, and Tyler formations) with industry standard software such as Petrel and Arc-GIS
    -- Well log correlations with Petrel and Techlog
    -- Resistivity, porosity, structural, and facies mapping with Petrel and GIS
    -- Regional investigations for new sources and techniques to produce hydrocarbons and
    geothermal energy; includes evaluation of abundant organic-rich shales in South Dakota and adjacent areas
    -- Biostimulation for sustainable methane production
    -- Carbon dioxide sequestration in geologic formations
  • 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
  • Water management
    -- Monitoring subsidence induced by fluid extraction using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)
    -- Source and migration of stray gas in shallow aquifers

    -- Natural attenuation of hydraulic fracturing additives in groundwater

Faculty Expertise

  • Zeynep Baran
    Basin analysis, Structural geology and tectonics, Extensional deformation
  • Kurt Katzenstein
    InSAR, Geohazards, Geomechanics
  • Liangping Li
    Groundwater, Geostatistics, Data assimilation
  • William Roggenthen
    Engineering geophysics
  • Foster Sawyer
    Groundwater, Petroleum, Sedimentation
  • Daniel J. Soeder
    Conventional and unconventional oil and gas, Geothermal energy, Energy and Environment
  • 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
  • Alvis Lisenbee
    Structural geology, Tectonics, Geologic mapping

Research Focus Areas