Dawid Szafranski

Dawid Szafranski

Graduate Student

Microseismicity, Induced Seismicity, Seismic Data Processing, Geomechanics, Earthquake Seismology, Machine Learning


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In my research I study mechanical behavior of faults and fractures during underground water injection, as well as the induced seismicity and microseismic activity associated with them. I use numerical modeling of fluid flow and dynamic rupture propagation in deformable porous/fractured/faulted media to analyze the registered seismicity. Another aspect of my research focuses on implementation of machine learning regression algorithms as well as Bayesian inversion techniques to learn about stress state, frictional parameters of faults/fractures and hydromechanical properties of the medium.

Selected Publications

Szafranski, D. and Duan, B. (2020) Exploring Physical Links between Fluid Injection and Nearby Earthquakes: The 2012 Mw 4.8 Timpson, Texas, Case Study, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, 1-16 (accepted).

Szafranski, D., and Duan, B. (2020) Inferring fault friction properties and background stress using fluid flow and dynamic rupture modeling, and machine learning techniques – concept case study of the M4.8 Timpson (TX) earthquake, SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2020, accepted.

Szafranski, D., and Duan, B. (2019) Studying stress state and fault zone properties of source regions of induced seismicity using dynamic rupture models, SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2019, 2099-2103.

Szafranski, D., and Duan, B. (2018) Integrating Poroelastic Effects of Wastewater Injection and Rupture Dynamics to Understand Induced Seismicity, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference 2018.

Szafranski, D., Jechumtalova, Z., and Eisner, L. (2017) Verification of Network Design for Induced Seismicity. SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2017, 2737-2740.

Jechumtalova, Z., and Szafranski, D. (2016) Determination of the Stress State – An Additional Benefit of Background Seismicity Monitoring. CSEG Recorder, 41(9), 20-22.


2021 (expected), Ph.D., Geophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station (TX)

2014, M.Eng., Applied Geophysics, AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow

2013, B.Eng., Geophysics, AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow


  • Granted with Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Awarded with Charlie and Jean Smith/SEG Scholarship (2020)
  • Awarded with Anadarko/SEG Scholarship (2019)
  • Awarded with Texas A&M College of Geoscience and Berg-Hughes Center Scholarships (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium Travel Grant (San Antonio, 2019)
  • Leader of Texas A&M SEG EVOLVE 2018 Team (Recognition for The Best Investment Opportunity)
  • 1st Prize in Student Oral Presentation Contest Sponsored by PGNIG (Krosno, 2014)
  • 3rd Prize in EnergyBee Competition (Doha, 2014)
  • 7th IPTC International Education Week Travel Grant (Doha, 2014)
  • SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program Travel Grant (Berlin, 2013)

Additional Information

Work experience:

2015-2016: Analyst at Seismik s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic

2014-2015: Junior Analyst at Seimik s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic

2013: Student Trainee at KGHM International Ltd., Sudbury, Canada


Courses (as Teaching Assistant):

GEOP 421: Seismology

GEOL 250/308: Geologic Field Methods

GEOL 300: Geologic Field Camp

GEOL 102: Principles of Geology Lab


Advisor: Dr. Benchun Duan

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