KICC Primary Researchers

Principal Investigators:

Evan Franseen – Professor and Senior Scientist, carbonate sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, reservoir characterization.  Email: evanf@kgs.ku.edu

Robert Goldstein – Distinguished Professor, carbonate stratigraphy, diagenesis, fluid inclusions.  Email: gold@ku.edu

• Gene Rankey – Associate Professor, carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, seismic attributes.  Email: grankey@ku.edu

Co-Principal Investigators (Department of Geology)

The Department of Geology educates undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of theoretical and applied geological sciences so that they will have the knowledge and skills to adapt as the science and their personal and professional situations change. The Department houses approximately 100 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students, and teaches geological sciences to approximately 4000 students each year. Its students and its 23 faculty conduct exemplary basic and applied research in the geological sciences resulting in more than 80 peer-reviewed publications each year. It produces the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology and has contributed to the production of the Journal of Sedimentary Research and PALAIOS.

  • Luis González – Professor, Chair, carbonate geochemistry, diagenesis, stable isotopes
  • George Tsoflias – Associate Professor, Geophysics, ground penetrating radar, and high resolution seismic imaging of carbonates
  • Jennifer Roberts – Associate Professor, Geobiology of carbonates, dolomitization,diagenesis, microbial CO2 sequestration
  • David Fowle – Associate Professor, Geobiology of carbonates, microbial CO2 sequestration
  • Steve Hasiotis – Professor, trace fossils in carbonates
  • Paul Enos – Emeritus Distinguished Professor, carbonate stratigraphy and diagenesis
  • Alison Olcott Marshall – Assistant Professor, Organic geochemistry of carbonates and oil shales, microbial carbonates
  • Craig Marshall – Assistant Professor, geospectroscopy in carbonate systems
  • Randy Stotler – Assistant Professor, fluid flow, water-rock interactions, stable isotopes, lacustrine interface carbonates
  • Hassan Eltom – Post-doc, Characterizing and 3D modeling of hydrocarbon reservoirs using outcrop analog
  • Christopher Omelon Research Associate, carbonate microbialite formation, rock-water interactions related to microbial diversity and activity

Co-Principal Investigators

(Tertiary Oil Recovery Project – TORP):

The Tertiary Oil Recovery Project was created to conduct research to explore tertiary methods to obtain additional oil from reservoirs. TORP’s primary source of funding comes from the State of Kansas. Funding from the State is supplemented by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and industry. The DOE supplies funding for research contracts, technology transfer to assist independent oil and gas operators and field demonstration projects to demonstrate how technology applications can improve oil and gas production. Industry funding comes in the form of fellowships and participation in field demonstration projects. TORP collaborates with oil and gas producers to submit proposals to DOE for field demonstration projects when requests for proposals (RFPs) are released by the DOE.

Jyun-Syung Tsau – Associate Scientist, CO2 Miscible Flooding, CO2 Sequestration, Near Miscible Flooding, Phase behavior, CO2-Foam Mobility Control, Fluid Flow in Porous Media, Numerical Simulation

Co-Principal Investigators (Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering)

• Reza Barati – Assistant Professor, oilfield nanoparticles, characterization and simulation of conventional and tight shale reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling of unconventional shale plays, enhanced waterflooding through modification of injection-brine and CO2 EOR methods

Co-Principal Investigators (Kansas Geological Survey)

The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) conducts geological studies and research on the geology of Kansas and elsewhere. It specializes in emphasizing natural resources of economic value, water quality and quantity, and geologic hazards. The KGS has been providing research and service since 1889, and annually publishes extensively on subjects of economic interest. The Survey also produces computer programs and databases derived from geologic investigations. It has approximately 100 employees focused on research and service.

John Doveton – Senior Scientific Fellow, petrophysics
W. Lynn Watney – Senior Scientific fellow, subsurface stratigraphy, CO2 sequestration
Jason Rush – Research Associate, reservoir geology

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