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Julia Reece
Julia Reece
Phone:
(979) 458-2728
Email:
jreece@geos.tamu.edu
Office:
Halbouty 251
Address:

Department of Geology and Geophysics
Texas A&M University
MS 3115, Halbouty Building
College Station, TX 77843-3115


Degrees:

2011             Ph.D.,
Geosciences
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA                                            

2006             Diplom (M.S.),
Geosciences
University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

2004             B.S.,
Geosciences
University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Awards:

2012             Author Achievement Award, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

2011             Best JSG Student Paper Award, The University of Texas at Austin

2011             Best Student Speaker Award, Technical Sessions, The University of Texas at Austin

2011             Ewing/Worzel Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics

2010             AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award (2010 AGU Fall Meeting)

2010             Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship Award, Consortium for Ocean Leadership ($28,000)

2010             Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, The University of Texas at Austin

2009             Hess Fellowship

2008             Ewing/Worzel Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics

2008             Chevron Excellence Award

2008             Ewing/Worzel Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics

2007             Chevron Excellence Award

2007             ConocoPhillips Distinguished GeoFluids Fellowship

Courses:

Introduction to Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (GEOL 306)

Principles of Geological Writing (GEOL 311)

Geofluids and Mudrock Characterization  (GEOL 689)


Links:

Link to ResearcherID Profile: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/H-8743-2012

Link to CV

Link to Research Group Web Page: https://www.reecesedimentmechanics.com/

Julia Reece

Assistant Professor
Sedimentology, sediment mechanics

Research Interests

My research program focuses on understanding the mechanics and flow behavior of mudstones. I am particularly interested in subsurface fluid flow and controls on permeability and compressibility in marine sediments. In addition, I also study transport behavior and diagenesis in shale reservoirs. My group uses field samples and data and employs a suite of laboratory techniques to pursue these research interests including sedimentological and geotechnical experimentation (grain size, Atterberg Limits, resedimentation, uniaxial compression tests). We also use imaging techniques like petrography and scanning electron microscopy to analyze microstructures of mudstones.

Sediment Mechanics:

Stresses and pressures in the subsurface, and hence subsurface fluid flow, are of high interest to my research group. We seek to understand how particle size, particle shape, (clay) mineralogy, microorganisms, microfossils, and organic matter affect the mechanical and transport behavior of mudstones and how these physical properties are related to each other. One ongoing project is the study of microorganisms and their role in early diagenesis and subsequent influence on reservoir development. Another new project is investigating the role of microfossils in the consolidation process of mudstones with implications in slope instability.

Mudrocks / Unconventional reservoirs:

An important aspect of my research involves studying mass transport behavior and diagenesis in tight mudrocks such as shale oil/gas reservoirs. One current project is on the effect of diagenesis on rock consolidation behavior. This information is critical for basin modeling but also for petroleum systems analyses, in which consolidation models are used to predict reservoir and seal quality through time. My group uses field samples and a suite of sedimentological laboratory techniques such as petrographical analyses and scanning electron microscopy to analyze microstructures and flow behavior of mudrocks.

 

 

Selected Publications

  1. Flemings, P.B., Reece, J.S., Ditkof, J., Atkins, C.C., Sawyer, D.E. (2015), Data Report: Particle Size Analysis of Sediments in the Nankai Trough, IODP Expedition 319 Hole C009A, In: Saffer, D., McNeill, L., Byrne, T., Araki, E., Toczko, S., Eguchi, N., Takahashi, K., and the Expedition 319 Scientist, Proc. IODP, 319: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.), doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.319.203.2015.
  2. Daigle, H. and Reece, J.S. (2015), Permeability of two-component granular materials, Transport in Porous Media, Vol. 106, p. 523-544, doi:10.1007/s11242-014-0412-6.
  3. Casey, B., Germaine, J.T., Flemings, P.B., Reece, J.S., Gao, B., and Betts, W. (2013), Liquid limit as a predictor of mudrock permeability, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vol. 44, p. 256-263, doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.04.008.
  4. Reece, J.S., Flemings, P.B., and Germaine, J.T. (2013). Data Report: Permeability, compressibility, and microstructure of resedimented mudstone from IODP Expedition 322, Site C0011, In: Saito, S., Underwood, M.B., Kubo, Y., and the Expedition 322 Scientists, Proc. IODP, 322: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.), doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.322.205.2013.
  5. Reece, J.S., Flemings, P.B., Dugan, B., Long, H., and Germaine, J.T. (2012), Permeability-porosity relationships of shallow mudstones in the Ursa Basin, northern deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B12102, doi:10.1029/2012JB009438.
  6. Day-Stirrat, R.J., Schleicher, A.M., Schneider, J., Flemings, P.B., Germaine, J.T., van der Pluijm, B.A. (2011). Preferred orientation of phyllosilicates: Effects of composition and stress on resedimented mudstone microfabrics, Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 33, No. 9, p. 1347-1358, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2011.06.007.
  7. Schneider, J., Flemings, P.B., Day-Stirrat, R.J., Germaine, J.T. (2011). Insights into pore-scale controls on mudstone permeability through resedimentation experiments, Geology, Vol. 39, No. 11, p. 1011-1014, doi:10.1130/G32475.1.
  8. Schneider, J., Flemings, P.B., Dugan, B., Long, H., and Germaine, J.T. (2009). Overpressure and consolidation near the seafloor of Brazos-Trinity Basin IV, Northwest Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Journal of Geophysical Research,114, B05102, doi:10.1029/2008JB005922.
  9. Winkelmann, D., Geissler, W., Schneider, J., Stein, R. (2008). Dynamics and timing of the Hinlopen/Yermak Megaslide north of Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean, Marine Geology, 250, 34-50, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2007.11.013.
  10. Dugan, B., Flemings, P.B., Urgeles, R., Sawyer, D., Iturrino, G.J., Moore, J.C., Schneider, J. (2007). Physical properties of mass transport complexes in the Ursa region, northern Gulf of Mexico (IODP Expedition 308) determined from lo

Additional Information

Academic Appointments:

2014 - present        Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University

2013 - 2014             Postdoctoral Scholar, Sept. of Geophysics, Stanford University

2012 - 2013             Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

 

Research Field Experience:

2005             Shipboard Sedimentologist, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 308 (Gulf of Mexico Hydrogeology), R/V JOIDES Resolution

2004             Student Assistant, Expedition ARK XX/3 (Artic Ocean, Svalbard), R/V Polarstern

2002             Student Assistant, Expedition M54/2 (Costa Rica, Nicaragua), R/V Meteor

 

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