Peter Flemings, UTIG Research Scientist - Opportunities

Peter Flemings - Opportunities for Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Scientists

The GeoFluids Research Group has opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral study. If you join our group, you will couple geological observation with quantitative modeling to gain a process understanding of geological processes. I am particularly fascinated with how fluid flow impacts active geological processes (e.g. faulting, gas venting, submarine landslides) and I think that combining the study of geology and fluid flow is a ripe interface for research.  I am most enthused by students who have a commitment to a doctoral program because that allows you time to delve deeply into research. However, I also regularly accept exceptional M.S. students. If you are interested, please please e-mail me, Peter Flemings, (

Current Research Opportunities:

1. Impact of Methane Hydrates on Energy and Climate:

2. Mass Transport in Shales:

3. Overpressure and Fluid Flow in Basins:

4. Mudrock Geomechanics:


Predicting methane venting due to climate change (Darnell and Flemings, in review).

We have two DOE-funded efforts exploring methane hydrates. We are examining how climate change is impacting gas venting through the melting of hydrates. We are also leading a very large project that will explore and drill methane hydrates in sand reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico. We are looking for students and post-doctoral scientists with a fascination for marine geology and a yen for quantitative analysis of fluid flow and hydrate formation. The project descriptions are found here. We are measuring permeability of oil and gas shales with nanometer scale pores (e.g. the Barnett, the Marcellus…) and we are developing numerical models to describe mass transport within these systems. We study how overpressure is generated and how fluids flow in sedimentary basins. Students will study overpressured systems and develop models to describe pressure and stress in basins. Study the geomechanics of mudrocks through experimental analysis. We analyze both intact samples (from industry and the ocean drilling program) and we synthetically create mudrocks. We ask fundamental questions such as, how to mudrocks compact?, what is the permeability of mudrocks and how does it evolve?, and what is the strength of mudrocks?

Contributors to this research:
Kris Darnell
Kehua You
Dylan Meyer

Contributors to this research:
Michael Cronin
Athma Bhandari

Contributors to this research:
Baiyuan Gao

Contributors to this research:
Brendan Casey

Related publication by Flemings' group: Related publication by Flemings' group:
  • Bhandari, A., Flemings, P.B., Polito, LP., Cronin, M.B., Bryant, S.L., submitted, Anisotropy and Stress Dependence of Permeability in the Barnett Shale, Transport in Porous Media
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