Mailing address: PO Box 208109, New Haven CT 06520-8109
Street address: 210 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT 06511
Executive director, Yale Climate & Energy Institute. Director, YCEI Energy Studies Undergraduate Scholars program. Research areas include seismic & electromagnetic wave propagation in the Earth, exploration seismology & inverse scattering, well-logging & rock physics, geophysical inverse theory & large-scale simulation. Other areas of interest include geophysical remote sensing for archaeology and for mapping civil infrastructure beneath city streets.
Since 2010, I have worked on a project at Yale West Campus that is studying ways of mitigating climate change by capturing carbon dioxide at coal-fired or natural-gas fired power plants and sequestering it underground, instead of releasing it to the atmosphere where it contributes to the greenhouse effect that drives global warming. This project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, is doing lab and computer experiments on a natural process called mineral carbonation. In this process, carbon dioxide dissolved in water reacts with rocks such as basalt and turns into solid form as calcium or magnesium carbonate minerals. If it can be made to work on a large scale, mineral carbonation would provide the surest form of storing carbon dioxide underground.
For the last five years, I have been working with the startup Canadian company Gedex on development of a new generation of airborne geophysical sensors for mapping and monitoring of Earth’s near surface. One of the new sensors is a sensitive gravity measurement that can detect, among other things, tiny changes in groundwater levels from place to place and season to season.
I am currently project manager for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) advanced modeling project called SEAM Phase II. This project is a collaboration of oil and geophysical services companies from around the world to build large-scale Earth models, including models of unconventional shale reservoirs, for use in simulation of land-seismic exploration and seismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing.
From 1982 to 2009, I worked for oilfield services company Schlumberger in a variety of positions, including director of research technical communities for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, manager of the Schlumberger research innovation fund, and portfolio manager and technology advisor for Schlumberger Mergers & Acquisitions.
Courses: G&G 274, Fossil Fuels & Energy Transitions