Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Invited Professor, Center for Carbonate System and Reservoir Geology, Université de Provence Aix Marseille, France (2010 - 2010)
  • Senior Research Scientist, Geophysics Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2013)
  • Research Associate, Geophysics Department, Stanford University (2005 - 2008)
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow, UMR Géosciences Azur,, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France (2002 - 2005)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Geophysics Department, Stanford University (1999 - 2001)

Honors & Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2015)
  • SPE Innovative Teaching Award, Society of Petroleum Engineering (2014)
  • Editors' Citation for the Brightspots of Geophysics, Society of Exploration Geophysics (2011)
  • Best Paper of SEG and E&P Forum, Society of Exploration Geophysics (2010)
  • EURY program, ranked among the top 5 outstanding young researchers in France, European Science Foundation (2005)
  • Marie Curie Fellow, European Community, Marie Curie Grant (2002-2005)
  • NATO Fellowship, Italian National Research Council (2000)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Invited Seminar Speaker (Dec), USGS Pacific Region Colloquium, Menlo Park, CA (2016 - 2016)
  • Invited Seminar Speaker (Nov), San Jose State University Geology Club (2016 - 2016)
  • Keynote Speaker (Sept), 88th Congress Italian Geological Society, Naples, Italy (2016 - 2016)
  • Invited Speaker (July), SEG-AGU Summer Workshop, Upper Crust Physics of Rocks, Hilo, Hawaii (2016 - 2016)
  • Invited Speaker (April), EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (2016 - 2016)
  • Invited Speaker (March), PGS - Peninsula Geological Society (2016 - 2016)
  • Invited Seminar Speaker, USGS, Menlo Park, USA (2015 - 2015)
  • Invited Seminar Speaker, University of Pisa, Italy (2015 - 2015)
  • Invited Seminar Speaker, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (2015 - 2015)
  • Member, Outreach Committee, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Member, Undergraduate Committee, Stanford University (2015 - 2015)
  • Member, Admission Committee, Stanford University (2015 - 2015)
  • Invited Seminar Speaker, Georgia Tech (2014 - 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, Evolving Rock Structure: From Grain-Scale to Planet-Scale, Gordon Research Conference (2014 - 2014)
  • Member, Advisory PhD Committees, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Teaching Task Force Committee, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Keynote speaker, Advanced Carbonate Reservoir Characterization, SPE Applied Technology Workshop (2013 - 2013)
  • Symposium Chair, Measuring, Imaging, and Computing to Probe Multi-scale Rock Processes, AGU Fall Meeting (2013 - 2013)
  • Invited Speaker, New Developments in Carbonate Rock Physics Characterization, AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop (2012 - 2012)
  • SEG D&P Summer Forum Committee, “Are We Ready for Megatonne-Scale CO2 Sequestration and EOR?”, SEG (2010 - 2010)
  • Chair and Organizer, EAGE Workshop, “Carbonate Rock Physics: the Good, the Bad, and the Unknown”, EAGE (2009 - 2009)
  • Member, Space Committee, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (2009 - 2009)
  • Convener, AGU Session, “Monitoring Techniques and Interpretation Methods for Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Processes in the Earth Crust”, AGU (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Scientific Program Review Panel, Agence National de la Recherche, France (2008 - 2008)
  • Session Chair and Technical Committee Member, SEG Summer Research Workshop, “Emergent and Challenging Issues in Rock Physics: Rock This House!” Galway, SEG (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Committee for the Best Student Award, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, AGU (2007 - Present)
  • Member, Scientific Program Review Panel, DOE - BES (2007 - Present)
  • Member, Lab Consolidation Committee, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Judge, School of Earth Science Research Review, Oral Presentation, School of Earth Science, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, Scientific Program Review Panel, European Community, Marie Curie Program (2005 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Other, Habilitation à diriger des recherches and Qualification aux Fonctions de Professeur des Universités, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
  • Ph.D, University of Naples Federico II (Italy), Geophysics and Volcanology,
  • M.S. (Honors), University of Naples Federico II (Italy), Geological Science
  • B.S., University of Naples Federico II (Italy), Geological Science

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

I study the effect of rock-fluid interactions on rock properties. When monitoring many geophysical processes—for example, fluid disposal or storage, thermal and chemical stimulation of reservoirs, or naturally occurring thermo-chemical processes—the likelihood of fluid-rock chemical interactions raises numerous concerns. Unpredicted rock alteration can cause leaks leading to ground and surface contamination, can undermine the efficacy of certain stimulation practices, and can lower the rock strength exposing the area to seismic activity. To prevent unexpected outcomes in these situations, we must address an important scientific question: how to geophysically characterize, with more accuracy than is currently available, the effect of rock-fluid interactions on rock properties?

My research focuses on deciphering the geophysical response of rock-fluid interactions. My group and I are using a sophisticated experimental approach that includes multi-physics, multi-scale imaging, and time-dependence to understand the effects on the observed geophysical parameters of the wide spectrum of changes that a rock experiences as a result of coupled thermo-chemo-mechanical processes.

Practical applications of my research include the geophysical characterization of the chemical and physical changes that a rock formation experiences upon the injection of fluids for the purpose of storage (i.e., CO2) and enhancement of the production of fossil energy (i.e., unconventional reservoirs and formation damage).

My undergraduate teaching focuses on introducing students to the topic of energy and the challenges surrounding it so they can get prepared to become environmentally aware members of society. As part of this objective, I developed a new course, The Water-Energy Nexus. Students learn about the basic concepts of the conjoined management of the water and energy resources and gain a practical knowledge of how research is done. Under the instructor's guidance, the students choose a question of interest for a short, literature-based research project related to the course theme. At the graduate level, I offer classes and seminars on experimental rock physics (GP162- Laboratory Methods In Geophysics). The class combines theoretical lectures and hands-on demonstrations of laboratory procedures. Students learn the underpinning knowledge for experimental rock physics and develop laboratory skills –e.g., making deductions from measurements, familiarizing with apparatus and measurement techniques, acquiring critical awareness, bridging theory and practice.

To adapt knowledge and skills to the high-tech student’s lifestyle and inspire and engage the next generation of experimental scientists, I am leading a project that is designed to complement lectures on laboratory techniques and analytical methods with an online repository of visualized experiments. The repository is composed of interactive, 3-D animated renderings that show how to assemble and operate laboratory set-ups for conducting experiments, and measure rock properties that are central to the characterization of the Earth sub-surface.
The tools provide a virtual laboratory to facilitate teaching of introductory laboratory classes and expose students from other institutions to techniques that might be unavailable to them due to the lack of a rock-physics laboratory in their Geosciences. facilities.


  • Experimental Investigation For the Characterization of the Geophysical Response of Rock-Fluid Interactions (1/15/2015 - 12/31/2019)




  • Evolution of the Elastic and Transport Properties of Barnett Shales Upon Natural and Induced Maturation



  • A Repository of Visualized and Interactive Experiments in Geophysics - VPOL Seed Grant & SES Support



  • Shale Rock Properties for Sweet Spot Identification: Measuring, Imaging, and Computing


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  • Advanced Technologies for Monitoring CO2 Saturation and Pore Pressure in Geologic Formations: linking the Chemical and Physical Effects to Elastic and Transport Properties.



  • Linking Chemical and Physical Effects of CO2 injection to Geophysical Parameters



2016-17 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • IN PREPARATION - Evolution of Permeability due to Rock-Fluid Interaction: Numerically Simulated and Experimentally Measured Dissolution JGR Miller, K., Vanorio, T., Keem, Y. 2017
  • IN PREPARATION - Can Rock Microstructures Exhibit An Auxetic Behavior? JGR Wollner, U., Vanorio, T., Kiss, A. 2017
  • IN PREPARATION - Estimation of Rock Properties From P- and S- wave Velocity Structures Through Deterministic Rock Physics Models JGR Vanorio, T., Virieux, J., Latorre, D. 2017
  • IN PREPARATION - Estimating Micrite and Macroporosity Content in Carbonate Reservoir Rocks for Porosity-Permeability Analysis Geophysical Prospecting El Husseiny, A., Vanorio, T. 2017
  • Effects of changes in rock microstructures on permeability: 3-D printing investigation GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Head, D., Vanorio, T. 2016; 43 (14): 7494-7502
  • On the evolution of the elastic properties of organic-rich shale upon pyrolysis-induced thermal maturation GEOPHYSICS Allan, A. M., Clark, A. C., Vanorio, T., Kanitpanyacharoen, W., Wenk, H. 2016; 81 (3): D263-D281
  • The rock physics and geochemistry of carbonates exposed to reactive brines JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Clark, A. C., Vanorio, T. 2016; 121 (3): 1497-1513
  • The rock physics and geochemistry of carbonates exposed to reactive brines JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Clark, A., Vanorio, T. 2016; 121 (3)

    View details for DOI 10.1002/2015JB012445

  • Porosity-Permeability Relationship in Dual Porosity Carbonate Analogs GEOPHYSICS El Husseiny, A., Vanorio, T. 2016
  • Effects of changes in rock microstructures on permeability: 3-D printing investigation Geophysical Research Letters. Selected as an Editor’s Choice by the journal Science Head, D., Vanorio, T. 2016: 1-9

    View details for DOI 10.1002/2016GL069334

  • On the Evolution of the Elastic Properties of Organic-Rich Shale upon Pyrolysis-Induced Thermal Maturation GEOPHYSICS Allan, A., Clark, A., Vanorio, T., Kanitpanyacharoen, J., Wenk, R. 2016; 81 (3): D263 – D281

    View details for DOI 10.1190/GEO2015-0514.1

  • Chemomechanical evolution of pore space in carbonate microstructures upon dissolution: Linking pore geometry to bulk elasticity JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Arson, C., Vanorio, T. 2015; 120 (10): 6878-6894
  • Rock physics of fibrous rocks akin to Roman concrete explains uplifts at Campi Flegrei Caldera SCIENCE Vanorio, T., Kanitpanyacharoen, W. 2015; 349 (6248): 617-621
  • ROCK PHYSICS. Rock physics of fibrous rocks akin to Roman concrete explains uplifts at Campi Flegrei Caldera. Science Vanorio, T., Kanitpanyacharoen, W. 2015; 349 (6248): 617-621


    Uplifts in the Campi Flegrei caldera reach values unsurpassed anywhere in the world (~2 meters). Despite the marked deformation, the release of strain appears delayed. The rock physics analysis of well cores highlights the presence of two horizons, above and below the seismogenic area, underlying a coupled process. The basement is a calc-silicate rock housing hydrothermal decarbonation reactions, which provide lime-rich fluids. The caprock above the seismogenic area has a pozzolanic composition and a fibril-rich matrix that results from lime-pozzolanic reactions. These findings provide evidence for a natural process reflecting that characterizing the cementitious pastes in modern and Roman concrete. The formation of fibrous minerals by intertwining filaments confers shear and tensile strength to the caprock, contributing to its ductility and increased resistance to fracture.

    View details for DOI 10.1126/science.aab1292

    View details for PubMedID 26160377

  • The effect of micrite content on the acoustic velocity of carbonate rocks GEOPHYSICS El Husseiny, A., Vanorio, T. 2015; 80 (4): L45-L55
  • A multiscale methodology for the analysis of velocity anisotropy in organic-rich shale GEOPHYSICS Allan, A. M., Kanitpanyacharoen, W., Vanorio, T. 2015; 80 (4): C73-C88
  • Recent advances in time-lapse, laboratory rock physics for the characterization and monitoring of fluid-rock interactions GEOPHYSICS Vanorio, T. 2015; 80 (2): WA49-WA59
  • What Laboratory-Induced Dissolution Tell us About Natural Diagenetic Trends of Carbonate Rocks in Agar, S. M. & Geiger, S. (eds), Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON, Special Publications Vanorio, T., Ebert, Y., Grombacher, D. 2015; 406 (v.4): 311-329

    View details for DOI 10.1144/SP406.4

  • Pyrolysis-induced P-wave velocity anisotropy in organic-rich shales GEOPHYSICS Allan, A. M., Vanorio, T., Dahl, J. E. 2014; 79 (2): D41-D53
  • Time-lapse acoustic, transport, and NMR measurements to characterize microstructural changes of carbonate rocks during injection of CO2-rich water GEOPHYSICS Grombacher, D., Vanorio, T., Ebert, Y. 2012; 77 (3): WA169-WA179
  • The Campi Flegrei Blind Test: evaluating the imaging capability of local earthquake tomography in a volcanic area International Journal of Geophysics Priolo, E., et al 2012: 1-37

    View details for DOI 10.1155/2012/505286

  • Laboratory measurements of the acoustic and transport properties of carbonate rocks and their link with the amount of microcrystalline matrix GEOPHYSICS Vanorio, T., Mavko, G. 2011; 76 (4): E105-E115

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3580632

    View details for Web of Science ID 000292156200004

  • Modeling of elasticity effects of sandstone compaction using coated inclusions GEOPHYSICS Agersborg, R., Johansen, T. A., Mavko, G., Vanorio, T. 2011; 76 (3): E69-E79

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3565050

    View details for Web of Science ID 000293522500012

  • Laboratory measurements of elastic properties of carbonate rocks during injection of reactive CO2-saturated water GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Vialle, S., Vanorio, T. 2011; 38
  • Rock Physics Analysis and Time-Lapse Imaging of Geochemical effects Due to the Injection of CO2 into Reservoir Rocks Geophysics and Highlighted in the Brightspots of Geophysics Vanorio, T., Ebert, Y., Nur, A. 2011; 76: 23-33
  • Laboratory measurements of porosity, permeability, resistivity, and velocity on Fontainebleau sandstones GEOPHYSICS Gomez, C. T., Dvorkin, J., Vanorio, T. 2010; 75 (6): E191-E204

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3493633

    View details for Web of Science ID 000285767900011

  • Texture analysis of a turbostratically disordered Ca-montmorillonite AMERICAN MINERALOGIST Lutterotti, L., Voltolini, M., Wenk, H., Bandyopadhyay, K., Vanorio, T. 2010; 95 (1): 98-103
  • The influence of pore fluids and frequency on apparent effective stress behavior of seismic velocities GEOPHYSICS Mavko, G., Vanorio, T. 2010; 75 (1): N1-N7

    View details for DOI 10.1190/1.3277251

    View details for Web of Science ID 000275247900024

  • Seismic images and rock properties of the very shallow structure of Campi Flegrei caldera (southern Italy) BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY Dello Iacono, D., Zollo, A., Vassallo, M., Vanorio, T., Judenherc, S. 2009; 71 (3): 275-284
  • Three-dimensional tomography and rock properties of the Larderello-Travale geothermal area, Italy PHYSICS OF THE EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS De Matteis, R., Vanorio, T., Zollo, A., Ciuffi, S., Fiordelisi, A., Spinelli, E. 2008; 168 (1-2): 37-48
  • The deep structure of the Larderello-Travale geothermal field from 3D microearthquake traveltime tomography GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Vanorio, T., De Matteis, R., Zollo, A., Batini, F., Fiordelisi, A., Ciulli, B. 2004; 31 (7)
  • 3-D Seismic Tomography from P- and S- Microearthquake Traveltimes and Rock Physics Characterization in the Campi Flegrei Caldera JGR Vanorio, T., et al 2004; 110 (B03201)
  • A new seismic tomography of Aigion area (Gulf of Corinth - Greece) from 1991 dataset Geophysical Journal International La Torre, D., Virieux, J., Monfret, T., Montailler, V., Vanorio, T., Got, J., Lyon-Caen, H. 2004; 159: 1013–1031
  • Elastic properties of dry clay mineral aggregates, suspensions and sandstones GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Vanorio, T., Prasad, M., Nur, A. 2003; 155 (1): 319-326
  • Ultrasonic velocity measurements in volcanic rocks: correlation with microtexture GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Vanorio, T., Prasad, M., Patella, D., Nur, A. 2002; 149 (1): 22-36
  • Evaluation of Porosity and Saturation Degree by Laboratory Joint Measurements of Velocity and Resistivity: a Model Improvement PAGEOPH Carrara, E., Mazzacca, A., Roberti, N., Vanorio, T. 1999; 154 (2): 211-255