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Peter Flemings, UTIG Research Scientist and DGS Professor

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Peter Flemings

Research Scientist, UTIG
Professor, DGS
Jackson Chair in Geosystems

Ph.D., Cornell, 1990
M.S. Geology, Cornell University, 1987
B.A. Geology, Dartmouth College, 1984

Telephone 512-475-8738

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Peter Flemings' Research Interests
Stratigraphy, basin analysis, basin-scale fluid flow.

Dr. Flemings couples observation with theoretical analysis to study crustal fluid flow at human and geologic timescales. He asks classical questions such as: 1) what is the relationship between faulting, pressure, and stress? 2) What is the shallow crust's permeability and how does it vary with stress and pore pressure? 3) How is continental margin morphology controlled by fluid flow? 4) How do hydrocarbons move at both geological and production time scales? 5) What is the mechanism by which gas and oil vents form? How are methane hydrate deposits generated? He also explore practical questions such as: 1) How do we predict pore pressure in basins? 2) Under what conditions will blowouts form? 3) How can we design and drill safe and economic wells?

Dr. Flemings works closely with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), studies fluid pressure in the Nankai Accretionary Prism and helped develop a pore pressure penetrometer for ocean drilling. He leads an industry-supported research consortium (UT GeoFluids) to study pore pressure and fluid flow in basins combines geomechanical modeling, experimental analysis, and field study. He is fascinated by methane hydrates, his research group simulates them in the lab and model their formation. Most recently, Dr. Flemings is leading a new initiative to drill methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, his team studies the permeability and deformation of mudstones in the GeoMechanics laboratory.

Flemings' Research Group In the News (more)

EnergyMakers episode Interview with Peter Flemings JSG Newsletter image Image of professor writing on chalkboard Image from Crustal GeoFluids Field Trip

The Energy Makers Episode 159: Dr. Peter Flemings (2014)

Russ Capper reports in from the J.J. Pickle Research Center in Austin, Texas where he visits with Dr. Peter Flemings...

Jackson School to Lead $58 Million Effort to Study Potential New Energy Source
JSG Website 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane...

Unchartered Waters: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Struggle to Kill the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
JSG Newsletter 2013

Peter Flemings was on a family vacation hiking in the White Mountains
in New Hampshire when his cell phone rang...

Scientists Investigate Mysteries of Methane Hydrates
Cockrell School of Engineering Newsletter 2013

Piece on Peter Flemings and Steven Bryants work on Methan Hydrates.

Crustal GeoFluids Field Trip 2013
Flinker/Sanford Presentation

A quantitative exploration of how fluid pressures drive geologic processes and fluid migration in sedimentary basins.