School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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  • Adam Pellegrini

    Adam Pellegrini

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Science

    BioNOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow working on how fire-plant-nutrient interactions determine the carbon cycle in tropical savannas and forests.

  • Austin Park

    Austin Park

    Masters Student in Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWestern Interconnection Data Analytics Project (WIDAP):
    Austin uses various data analytics to analyze emissions data from the western interconnection. Recent findings suggest many coal and gas plants are no longer operating in the baseload generation paradigm for which they were designed. Austin is investigating how emissions are changing as a result, and how the thermal characteristics of power plants and policy environments affect different locales within the western interconnection.

  • Jonathan Payne

    Jonathan Payne

    Professor of Geological Sciences and, by courtesy, of Biology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy goal in research is to understand the interaction between environmental change and biological evolution using fossils and the sedimentary rock record. How does environmental change influence evolutionary and ecological processes? And conversely, how do evolutionary and ecological changes affect the physical environment? I work primarily on the marine fossil record over the past 550 million years.

  • Kenneth Peters

    Kenneth Peters

    Adjunct Professor, Geological Sciences

    BioKen Peters is Science Advisor for Schlumberger where he uses geochemistry and numerical modeling to study petroleum systems. He has >39 years of experience with Chevron, Mobil, ExxonMobil, USGS, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Schlumberger and published ~160 peer-reviewed geology, geochemistry, and basin modeling books and papers. Recently he was Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Visiting Professor at Jacobs University in Germany. He is a Schlumberger NeXT instructor, an EAGE Student Webinar Lecturer, Fellow in the Geochemical Society, AAPG Charles Taylor Fellow, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University where he co-leads the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Industrial Affiliates Program []. He was Chair of the 1998 Gordon Research Conference on Organic Geochemistry, Co-Convener of two AAPG Hedberg Research Conferences on Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (2009 and 2016), Chair of the AAPG Research Committee (2007-2010), and AAPG Distinguished Lecturer (2009 and 2010). He is principal author of The Biomarker Guide (1993, 2005), editor for the 2009 AAPG compact disk Getting Started in Basin and Petroleum System Modeling and principal editor of the 2012 AAPG Hedberg Series 4 volume on Basin Modeling: New Horizons in Research and Applications. He is co-editor for the 2012 SEPM Special Publication 103 on Analyzing the Thermal History of Sedimentary Basins: Methods and Case Studies. He is Associate Editor for AAPG Bulletin, Journal of Petroleum Geology, and Organic Geochemistry. He received the 2009 Alfred Treibs Medal presented on behalf of the Geochemical Society for major achievements over a period of years in the field of organic geochemistry. In 2013, he received the AAPG Honorary Member Award for service and devotion to the science and profession of petroleum geology, and in 2016, he received the EAGE Alfred Wegener Award for outstanding contributions to the scientific and technical advancement of petroleum geoscience. He twice shared the Schlumberger Henri Doll Prize for Innovation (2009, 2013). In 2017, he was one of 100 ‘Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist’ honorees selected by the Division of Professional Affairs of AAPG to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of AAPG. Ken has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geology from UCSB and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA.

  • Indira Phukan

    Indira Phukan

    Ph.D. Student in Education, admitted Autumn 2014
    Masters Student in Environment and Resources
    Student Employee, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

    BioIndira is a PhD candidate in science education at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and is beginning her research by exploring how diversity in culture and socioeconomic status impacts environmental decision-making behaviors. She earned a MA in special education through Teach for America and a BA with honors in history from Harvard College. She has two years experience teaching in a special education classroom in Title 1 schools in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as experience in formally training and supporting first-year teachers. Most recently, she has been spending her time working as a field science educator, diversity coordinator, and site manager in Yosemite National Park for NatureBridge, a non-profit environmental education company.

  • Davide Picchi

    Davide Picchi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioActually, I am a postdoctoral research fellow in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University in the group of Prof. Ilenia Battiato. Research is my main activity and I am interested in studying multiphase flow systems commonly encountered in industrial application (oil, energy, chemical industry) and in the emerging field of bio-fluid mechanics. During years I considered many theoretical approaches, such as stability analysis, the derivation of volume-averaged models, or uncertainty quantification, and I performed also experiments.

    Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tel Aviv University in the group of Prof. Neima Brauner and Prof. Amos Ullmann. The research activity was focused on a theoretical investigation on two-phase flows in pipes in the case one of the two phases is a non-Newtonian fluid. The biggest attention was payed on the stratified and core-annular flow regime flow regime. Stability analysis and flow characteristics were studied.

    - Ph.D. at UniBS

    The Ph.D. was in collaboration with the Italian oil company ENI and the advisor was Prof. Pietro Poesio (Università degli Studi di Brescia). The main topic consisted in the study of gas/non-Newtonian systems in pipes (particular effort is given to shear-thinning fluid), including both theoretical and experimental activities. A strong interest is given on the developing of predicting tools, like the two-fluid model: estimating pressure drop and flow pattern transitions along the pipelines have a practical relevance for industry applications. In addition, experimental investigations were performed. Some of the published results of the Ph.D. includes a pre-integrated model, the stability analysis (linear and nonlinear) of the stratified flow regime including the issue of multiple solutions; slug flow characteristics were measured (bubble velocity and frequency) and a new correlation was proposed for the slug frequency accounting for the liquid rheology. Uncertainty quantifications of Two-fluid model predictions.

    In addition, I provided support in teaching activity for the course of Thermodynamics by Prof. P. Poesio.

    At the end of the Ph.D. I was a visiting Ph.D. student at Tel Aviv University, in the group of Prof. Neima Brauner and Prof. Amos Ullmann.
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    M.Sc. thesis was developed as visiting student in collaboration with Prof. Gijs Ooms (TUDelft) and Prof. F. Toschi (Tu/e, Eindhoven) and was about carrying out numerical simulation of particle flow in pores using the Lattice-Boltzmann technique.
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    B.Sc. thesis was focused on a experimental and theoretical modelling of high-viscous-oil-in-water dispersions in pipes under the supervision of Prof. Pietro Poesio (Università degli Studi di Brescia). experiments were performed in a pipe facility including holdup measurements using an existing home made capacitance probe.
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    Communications at International Conferences

    1) 2014 Picchi, D., Manerba, Y., Correra, S., Margarone, M., Poesio, P. 2014. Experimental investigation of gas/Non-Newtonian liquid two-phase flows through horizontal and slightly inclined pipes., 13th International Conference Multiphase flow in industrial plant, Sestri Levante (Genova).
    2) 2016 Picchi, Poesio, P. 2016. Uncertainty quantification of the two-fluid model and flow pattern transition boundaries predictions for the stratified flow regime by MonteCarlo simulations and polynomial chaos expansions, 9th International Conference on Multiphase Flow (ICMF 2016), Firenze (Italy)
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  • Ahinoam Pollack

    Ahinoam Pollack

    Ph.D. Student in Energy Resources Engineering
    Masters Student in Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOptimization of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Under Uncertainity

  • David Pollard

    David Pollard

    The Barney and Estelle Morris Professor of Earth Sciences, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research aims to understand how faults and fractures initiate and evolve in Earth's brittle crust, how they affect the flow of molten rock, groundwater, and hydrocarbons, and the crucial role faults and fractures play in earthquake generation, folding of sedimentary strata, and volcanic eruption.