Former UTIG researcher looks back on her time as a graduate student at the Jackson School of Geosciences By Freja Cini Ever since she was little, Abby Varona knew that she wanted to work in oil and gas. Growing up in Houston with parents who both worked in the industry, a career in oil and… Continue Reading Mapping New Horizons: Graduate Research Sets Abby Varona on Career in Seismic Interpretation
News from the GOM² project and related methane hydrates research at UT.
Today is my last day on the Helix Q4000, the offshore platform where The University of Texas at Austin-led science team is sampling and studying the methane hydrate reservoir system below. I’ve been out here a week – and it’s gone by fast! This blog isn’t the last of my writing about the methane hydrate… Continue Reading Exploring One of the Largest Carbon Caches on Earth
By Monica Kortsha Last night, Peter Flemings, the mission’s lead scientist and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, called the science team together. He wanted to make sure everyone was up to speed on the science and the mission progress – which had picked up momentum during the… Continue Reading Holding Tight
By Monica Kortsha Earlier this week, I watched a core sample slide into the processing lab for the first time, the drill crew pushing it through a hole cut into the side of the shipping container that houses the lab. Surrounded by a clear plastic tube, the core offered a first look at sediment about… Continue Reading Cutting Core, Seeing Signposts
By Monica Kortsha Over the past four days at sea, the science team has faced the following issues: Thankfully, each obstacle has been overcome to different degrees. Pressure readings aren’t available but a probe on the coring tool is taking temperatures. The pressure-valve sealed on the second attempt, capturing a beautiful pressurized core sample, which… Continue Reading Progress from Delay