Bio


Catherine Callas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Benson Lab in Energy Resources Engineering. She is an ExxonMobil Emerging Energy Fellow, and her research is focused on offshore carbon capture and sequestration in the Gulf Coast. She obtained her M.S. degree in the Atmosphere and Energy program within Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University. Before attending Stanford, she worked as a Financial Analyst within the Fixed Income group at Goldman Sachs in New York City for three years. She was a Schneider Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco where she analyzed the impact of the 2017 Northern California wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire on retail rates within PG&E’s service territory.

Honors & Awards


  • Schneider Fellow, NRDC (2019)
  • Emerging Energy Fellow, Exxon Mobil (2020)
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford University (2021)

Education & Certifications


  • M.S., Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2020)
  • B.S., Brown University, Chemical Engineering (2015)

All Publications


  • Criteria and workflow for selecting depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs for carbon storage APPLIED ENERGY Callas, C., Saltzer, S. D., Davis, J., Hashemi, S. S., Kovscek, A. R., Okoroafor, E. R., Wen, G., Zoback, M. D., Benson, S. M. 2022; 324
  • Assessment of oil and gas fields in California as potential CO2 storage sites INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Kim, T., Callas, C., Saltzer, S. D., Kovscek, A. R. 2022; 114
  • CCSNet: A deep learning modeling suite for CO2 storage ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Wen, G., Hay, C., Benson, S. M. 2021; 155
  • The impact of wildfires and beneficial electrification on electricity rates in PG&E’s service territory The Electricity Journal Hay, C., Chhabra, M. 2020; 33 (3)
  • Impacts of Green New Deal energy plans on grid stability, costs, jobs, health, and climate in 143 countries ONE EARTH Jacobson, M. Z., Delucchi, M. A., Cameron, M. A., Coughlin, S. J., Hay, C., Manogaran, I. P., Shu, Y., von Krauland, A. 2019; 1: 449-463