In the fall of 2018 Marcelo Brasil Silka started his PhD at Stanford's Geological Sciences Department. He has a BS in Mathematics Education and Physics and an MSc in Theoretical Physics. He is sponsored by Petrobras, the national oil company of Brazil, where Marcelo has been employed for the last 13 years as a geophysicist in exploration. His work was most related to seismic and well-bore data integration, as well as pore pressure modeling. His advisors are Jef Caers and Allegra Hosford Scheirer.
Marcelo runs Monte Carlo simulations of a portion of Campos basin, offshore Brazil, to analyze sensitivity of model parameters on the overall spacial distribution of oil saturation as well as CO2 saturation. The sensitivity analysis is performed with a distance-based generalized algorithm in order to consider complex interactions among the diverse parameters.
Marcelo is researching the uncertainty of migration paths on hydrocarbon/CO2 saturation models.