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
By Monica Kortsha The mission to recover methane hydrates has scientists set on recovering core samples of the substance from over 1,000 feet beneath the seafloor. To actually reach these samples requires the science team to live and work aboard a specialized vessel named Helix Q4000. I took the helicopter out to the Q4000 on… Continue Reading The Stuff of Life at Sea
In 2017, UT Austin geoscientists led the first U.S. university-based expedition to the Gulf of Mexico in search of methane hydrates. Today, they are at the forefront of research to understand this possible new energy source. A UT News exclusive by Tracy Zhang.
Massive natural gas reserves, trapped within methane hydrate deposits in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, have the potential to power the US with natural gas for hundreds of years. The GOM² project is a multi-disciplinary, long-term, commitment by the University of Texas at Austin in partnership with academic and governmental colleagues to drill, sample and… Continue Reading A day in the lab: Microbial life and the origin of methane hydrates