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Geological Sciences Theses and Dissertations Index : 2013 - Present

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The Undergraduate Senior Honors Theses, Master's Theses, and PhD Dissertations shown in this table were completed at the University of Texas at Austin in the field of Geological Sciences. This index encompasses the year 2013 - Present and includes links to available abstracts. Dissertation abstracts published prior to 2001 may be found through Dissertations and Theses: Full Text.

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Alhussain, M.A. Fracture characterization of a carbonate reservoir in the Arabian Peninsula 2013 May PhD Sen
Al-waily, M.B. Depth-registration of 9-component 3-dimensional seismic data in Stephens County, Oklahoma 2014 May MS Hardage
Barghouty, L. Surface-related multiple elimination and velocity-independent imaging of a 2D seismic line from the Viking Graben Dataset 2013 December BS Fomel
Becker, L.E. Seismic response to fracture clustering : a finite element wave propagation study 2014 May MS Spikes
Berney, J. Regional variability in mid-latitude glaciers on Mars from orbital radar : implications for formation 2013 May BS Holt
Betka, P.M. Structure of the Patagonian fold-thrust belt in the Magallanes region of Chile, 53°- 55° S Lat. 2013 December PhD Mosher
Betts, W.S. Compressibility and permeability of Gulf of Mexico mudrocks, resedimented and in-situ 2014 May MS Flemings
Burroughs, R.W. Fossils, phylogeny, and anatomical regions : insights exemplified through turtles 2013 August MS Bell
Burrus, J.B. Structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Weepah Hills Area, NV - transition from Basin-and-Range extension to Miocene core complex formation 2013 May MS Stockli
Byerly, B.L. Constraints from mantle xenoliths on the geodynamic evolution of Earth's upper mantle 2014 May PhD Lassiter
Camacho, J.N. Influence of the permian syndepositional fracture network on the modern geomorphology at Slaughter Canyon, New Mexico 2013 December BS Kerans
Campbell, T.A. Correction for distortion in polarization of reflected shear-waves in isotropic and anisotropic media 2013 December PhD Tatham
Carlson, B. Basin depth control on the fluvial autogenic processes of deltaic systems 2013 December BS Kim
Chang, K.W. Carbon dioxide storage in geologically heterogeneous formations 2013 December PhD Hesse
Decker, L.A. Seismic diffraction imaging methods and applications 2014 May MS Fomel
Delbecq, K.L. Physical models of tsunami deposition : an investigation of morphodynamic controls 2013 May MS Kim
DeSanto, J.B. Evaluating transience of a potential geothermal flux anomaly beneath a tributary ice stream of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica 2013 May BS Blankenship
Ditkof, J.N. Time-lapse seismic monitoring for enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture and storage field site at the Cranfield field, Mississippi 2013 December MS Bangs
Dixon, J.F. Shelf-edge deltas : stratigraphic complexity and relationship to deep-water deposition 2013 May PhD Steel
Drummond, M.A. Relative valuations of merchant and tolling LNG Models considering alternate capital structures 2013 December MS Spence
Duncan, M.H. Northeastern Gulf of Mexico : volcanic or passive margin? seismic implications of the Gulf of Mexico Basin opening project 2013 May MS Christeson
Dunlap, D.B. Seismic geomorphology of the Safi Haute Mer exploration block, offshore Morocco's Atlantic Margin 2013 December MS Wood
Eckhart, J.L. Water use by the oil and gas industry : an assessment of two Texas regions 2013 December MS Fisher
Eljuri, A. Role of rain gardens and vegetated retention ponds in redirecting stormwater runoff into evaporation or recharge in downtown Austin, Texas 2014 May BS Moffett
Eldam, R. Petrogenesis of several serpentinites within the Franciscan Complex and Coast Range ophiolite, western California 2013 May BS Barnes
Ergene, S.M. Lithologic heterogeneity of the Eagle Ford Formation, South Texas 2014 May MS Milliken
Gao, B. Pore pressure within dipping reservoirs in overpressure basins 2013 August MS Flemings
Gawey, M.R. Implications for monitoring CO2 leakage at CCS sites 2013 May MS Breecker
Ghosh, S. Multiple suppression in the t-x-p domain 2013 December MS Fomel
Gustie, P.J. Characterization of VTI media with PSV AVO attributes 2014 December MS Tatham
Gutowski, G.R. Effect of modeled pre-industrial Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance bias on uncertainty in sea level rise projections in 2100 2013 August MS Blankenship
Hester, S.A. Engineering and economics of enhanced oil recovery in the Canadian oil sands 2014 May MS Fisher
Hiebert, S.F. High-resolution correlation framework of the Grayburg Formation-Shattuck Escarpment and Plowman Ridge : testing models of shelf-to-basin frameworks 2013 August MS Kerans
Hingst, M.C. Geochemical effects of elevated methane and carbon dioxide in near-surface sediments above an EOR/CCUS site 2013 May MS Young
Huang, L. Transport pathways of fire generated tracers to the upper troposphere as determined by A-Train satellite measurements 2013 May PhD Fu
Hudock, J.W. Barrier island associated washover fan and flood tidal delta systems : a geomorphologic analysis and proposed classification scheme for modern washover fans and examination of a flood tidal delta complex in the Cretaceous upper McMurray Formation, Alberta, Canada 2013 December MS Wood
Huerta, N.J. Time dependent leakage of CO2 saturated water along a cement fracture 2013 December PhD Hesse
Jiang, M. Seismic reservoir characterization of the Haynesville Shale : rock-physics modeling, prestack seismic inversion and grid searching 2014 May PhD Spikes
Kampa, K. Energy return on investment for a geothermal power plant on the Texas Gulf Coast 2013 May MA King
Kanarek, M.R. Understanding the effects of wildfire on soil moisture dynamics 2013 August MS Cardenas
Kim, H.K. 2500 B.P. Savanna expansion of west central Africa : humans or climate? 2013 May BS Shanahan
Kocis, T.N. Understanding surface water - groundwater interactions on the Blanco 2014 May BS Sharp
Kordi, M. Characterization and prediction of reservoir quality in chlorite-coated sandstones : evidence from the Late Cretaceous Lower Tuscaloosa Formation at Cranfield Field, Mississippi, U.S.A. 2013 May PhD Fisher
Kurka, N. Tracking the transition from aerial to aquatic flight in birds using quill markings 2014 May BS Clarke
Lake, E.T. Geochemical and thermal insights into caldera-forming "super-eruptions" 2013 May PhD Cloos
Le, D.N. Optical remote sensing of glaciers in the northern Himachal Pradesh 2014 May BS Catania
Lester, W.R. From rifting to collision : the evolution of the Taiwan Mountain Belt 2013 May PhD McIntosh
Levina, M. Cenozoic sedimentation and exhumation of the foreland basin system in the Precordillera fold-thrust belt (31-32°S), southern central Andes, Argentina 2013 May MS Horton
Li, S. Seismic imaging and velocity model building with the linearized eikonal equation and upwind finite-differences 2014 May PhD Fomel
Maleski, J.P. Direct shear wave polarization corrections at multiple offsets for anisotropy analysis in multiple layers 2014 May MS Tatham
Malin, R.A. Geoscience and decision making for geothermal energy : a case study 2013 May MA Pierce
Markez, D. Structural framework and seismic geomorphology of the Cretaceous beneath the Mad Dog Area, deep to ultradeep waters Gulf of Mexico 2013 May MS Wood
Marsh, A.D. Osteology of sarahsaurus aurifontanalis and geochemical observations of the dinosaurs from the type quarry of sarahsaurus (Kayenta Formation), Coconino County, Arizona 2013 May MS Rowe
Maxwell, J.P. Energy intensity ratios as net energy measures for selected countries 1978-2010 2013 December MS King
Moore, S.J. Crystallization of metamorphic garnet : nucleation mechanisms and yttrium and rare-earth-element uptake 2014 May PhD Carlson
Morris, Z.S. Skeletal ontogeny of Monodelphis domestica (mammalia: didelphidae) : quantifying variation, variability, and technique bias in ossification sequence reconstruction 2013 December MS Rowe
Morshed, S.M. Seismic sensitivity to variations of rock properties in the productive zone of the Marcellus Shale, WV 2013 December MS Tatham
Ned, A.M. Dynamic stratigraphy and sediment partitioning of high-supply fluvial succession in Maastrichtian source-to-sink system 2013 May MS Steel
Neely, W.R. Examination of full tensor gravity gradiometry data : linking tensor components to structural features of the Vinton salt dome, Louisiana 2014 May BS Wilson
Noll, D.J. Spatial decision support framework for web-based, multi-stakeholder engagement : case study of geothermal power project siting in Idaho 2013 December MA Pierce
Okafor, B.J. Investigating pedogenic carbonate formation by measuring the stable isotope composition of water in Vertisols 2014 May MS Breecker
O'Neill, L.C. REE-Be-U-F mineralization of the Round Top laccolith, Sierra Blanca Peaks, Trans-Pecos Texas 2014 May MS Kyle
Parker, J.A. Outcrop analysis of ooid grainstones in the Permian Grayburg Formation, Shattuck Escarpment, New Mexico 2013 May MS Kerans
Parker, W.G. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the aetosauria (archosauria: pseudosuchia) including a new species from the Upper Triassic of Arizona 2014 May PhD Rowe
Pollard, B.M. Reactivation of fractures as discrete shear zones from fluid enhanced reaction softening, Harquahala metamorphic core complex, west-central Arizona 2014 May MS Mosher
Pommer, L.E. Natural fracture cementation in the Marcellus Formation 2013 May MS Gale
Pommer, M.E. Quantitative assessment of pore types and pore size distribution across thermal maturity, Eagle Ford Formation, South Texas 2014 August MS Milliken
Porse, S.L. Using analytical and numerical modeling to assess deep groundwater monitoring parameters at carbon capture, utilization, and storage sites 2013 December MS Young
Prather, T.J. Chlorine and hydrogen isotope geochemistry of obsidian glasses : behavior during volcanic degassing at Mono Craters, CA 2013 May BS Barnes
Ramlal, K.A. Controls on late Neogene deep-water slope channel architecture in a bathymetrically complex seafloor setting : a quantitative study along the Southeastern Caribbean plate margin, Columbus Basin, Trinidad 2013 December MS Wood
Ren, T. Role of the Mexican Plateau in shaping rainfall over Texas 2013 December MS Fu
Rhatigan, C.H. Thermochronometric investigation of Paleozoic stratigraphic and thermal evolution of the Western Desert, Egypt 2013 May MS Stockli
Roberts, F.D. Identifying and mapping clay-rich intervals in the Fayetteville shale : influence of clay on natural gas production intervals 2013 December MS Tinker
Robertson, W.M. Anthropogenic impacts on recharge processes and water quality in basin aquifers of the desert southwest : a coupled field observation and modeling study 2014 May PhD Sharp
Rodriguez Sanchez, J.C. Challenges and opportunities for the development of shale resources in Colombia 2013 December MS Fisher
Sadahiro, M. Analysis of GPU-based convolution for acoustic wave propagation modeling with finite differences : Fortran to CUDA-C step-by-step 2014 May MS Stoffa
Salazar, M.B. Impact of shelf margin geometry and tectonics on shelf-to-sink sediment dynamics and resultant basin fill architectures 2014 May PhD Wood
Salin, A.Z. Quaternary slip transfer between the Banning and Mission Creek faults of the southern San Andreas fault, southern California 2014 May BS Behr
Sanguinito, S.M. Investigating the effect of high-angle normal faulting on unroofing histories of the Santa Catalina-Rincon and Harcuvar metamorphic core complexes, using apatite fission-track and apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronometry 2013 December MS Ketcham
Santillan, E.F.U. Microbial responses to CO2 during carbon sequestration : insights into an unexplored extreme environment 2014 May PhD Bennett
Schroeder, D.M. Characterizing the subglacial hydrology of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica using airborne radar sounding 2014 May PhD Blankenship
Shaw, J.B. Kinematics of distributary channels on the Wax Lake Delta, coastal Louisiana, USA 2013 May PhD Mohrig
Shi, M. Simulating and quantifying land-surface biogeochemical, hydrological, and biogeophysical processes using the community land model version 4 2014 May PhD Yang
Shin, T.A. Tectonic evolution of Aegean metamorphic core complexes, Andros and Tinos Islands, Greece 2014 May May Stockli
Sigrin, B.O. Financial modeling of consumer discount rate in residential solar photovoltaic purchasing decisionse 2013 May MA Rai
Smith, G.A. Fault and fracture systems related to reactivation of pre-existing structural elements, Devils River Uplift and Maverick Basin, Texas 2013 December MS Fisher
Smith, I.B. On the spiral troughs of Mars 2013 August PhD Holt
Speciale, P.A. Geochemistry and geochronology of the Beypazari Granitoid Pluton (North Central Turkey) : tectonic implications 2013 May BS Catlos
Sripanich, Y. Efficient algorithm for two-point seismic ray tracing in layered media 2013 May BS Fomel
Stocker, M.R. Contextualizing vertebrate faunal dynamics : new perspectives from the Triassic and Eocene of Western North America 2013 May PhD Bell
Sun, Ying Role of mesophyll CO2 diffusion and large-scale disturbances in the interactions between climate and carbon cycles 2013 May PhD Dickinson
Sydow, L.A. Cinder Pool's sulfur chemistry : implications for the origin of life in hydrothermal environments 2013 August MS Bennett
Trautman, M.C. Hidden intrusions and molybdenite mineralization beneath the Kucing Liar Skarn, Ertsberg-Grasberg Mining District, Papua, Indonesia 2013 August MS Cloos
Tudor, E.P. Facies variability in deep water channel-to-lobe transition zone : Jurassic Los Molles Formation, Neuquen Basin Argentina 2014 May MS Steel
Vann, N.K. Slope to Basin-floor evolution of channels to Lobes, Jurassic Los Molles Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina 2013 December MS Steel
Vitek, N.S. Eastern box turtle (terrapene carolina) in space and time 2013 May MS Bell
Waite, E.L. Decision support for project selection in Texas water planning 2013 December MS Webber
Wallace, K.J. Use of 3-dimensional dynamic modeling of CO2 injection for comparison to regional static capacity assessments of Miocene sandstone reservoirs in the Texas State Waters, Gulf of Mexico 2013 May MS Meckel
Wang, K. Evaluation of a land surface solar radiation partitioning scheme using remote sensing and site level FPAR datasets 2013 August MS Dickinson
Wicks, T.Z. Use of δ13C values of leporid teeth as indicators of past vegetation 2013 May MS Shanahan
Wong, C. Delineating controls on hydrologic variability and water geochemistry in central Texas 2013 August PhD Banner
Wood, S.G. Lithofacies, depositional environments, and sequence stratigraphy of the Pennsylvanian (Morrowan-Atokan) Marble Falls Formation, Central Texas 2013 August MS Ruppel
Xia, Yu Dynamics of the eastern edge of the Rio Grande Rift 2013 August MS Grand
Xue, Y. Novel stochastic inversion methods and workflow for reservoir characterization and monitoring 2013 December PhD Sen
You, Y. Dynamics of dilative slope failure 2013 December PhD Flemings
Zurbuchen, J. Imaging evidence for Hubbard Glacier advances and retreats since the last glacial maximum in Yakutat and Disenchantment Bays, Alaska 2014 May BS Gulick


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