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BPSM Scientists and Graduate Students work on a variety of problems in basin and petroleum system modeling. These problems are organized here by research topic and by geographic area. A research topic covers themes both broad and specific in scope that can be applied to many modeling scenarios in different geographic areas. Most of these research topics are placed in their sedimentary basin and petroleum system context in the geographic area section to determine their applicability to other settings. A geographic area is a sedimentary basin or tectonic setting where a research topic is applied to a basin and petroleum system modeling case study.

Student Research

Testing the Sediment Organic Contents Required for Biogenic Gas Hydrate Formation

Testing the Sediment Organic Contents Required for Biogenic Gas Hydrate Formation: Insights from Synthetic 3-D Basin and Hydrocarbon System Modelling

Sediment Organic Contents Required for Gas Hydrate Formation

Sediment Organic Contents Required for Gas Hydrate Formation: A Survey of Published Basin and Hydrocarbon System Models: Fuels

Fault Seal


Natural Hydrogen

BPSM participants are exploring the potential of natural hydrogen and its relationship to rock-fluid system modeling.  Important issues include the relative importance of various natural mechanisms for generation, migration, and trapping.  More specifically: (1) what are the contributions of radiolysis and high-temperature decomposition of residual organic matter relative to serpentinization, and (2) what are the conditions that could effectively trap hydrogen given its substantially lower solubility in water and higher diffusion constant relative to methane?  In fact, are observed seeps of highly concentrated hydrogen a reflection of currently active generation?   Are high concentrations in some natural gasses a reflection of organic decomposition or an indication of mixed sourcing?  Read More

Geomechanical basin modeling for stress and pore pressure prediction by constraining evolving properties of seal rocks through stress-induced permeability

Synthetic models design and construction diagram

Prediction of off-fault deformation from experimental fault structure using convolutional neural networks


Interdisciplinary approaches with geological and physical constraints to assess Earth properties


Machine learning for geological image analysis

Graph Diagram

Validating Compositional Chemical Kinetics for Basin Modeling of the Vaca Muerta Formation in the Neuquen Basin

Cross section of our study area extracted from the 3D basin model Vaca Muerta sequences show a general progradation pattern in the upper Vaca Muerta (the associated general lithofacies.

Modeling the Chemical Origin of CO2 

Modeling Chemical Origin Scatter Plot Chart

Forward modeling of carbonate platforms 

Flow Diagram

The role of tectonics in the evolution of petroleum systems in the sedimentary basins - BPSM Group


Gas Hydrates Studies 


Principal Scientist Research

Chemical kinetic models


Integrated workflows for improved understanding of the subsurface

Integrated Workflows Subsurface Flow Chart

Studies in Alaska North Slope

Stratigraphic and geometric relationships graph
Stratigraphic and geometric relationships between Put River State-1, X-19 PB1 pilot hole, and X-19B L1 lateral within the Shublik Formation. Correlations between wells are based on gamma ray (GR). MD, measured depth; TVDss, Total vertical depth subsea.

Hosford Scheirer, A., and K. J. Bird, 2020, A lateral well in the Shublik Formation, Alaska North Slope, with implications for development of unconventional resource potential: Interpretation, v. 8, p. SJ36-SJ49,

Quantitative Evaluation Rules for Programmed Pyrolysis Data Greatly Improve Their Reliability

Alaska North Slope Graph

Petroleum System Investigative Research


Quantifying multiple source rock contributions to petroleum fluids: bias in using compound ratios and neglecting the gas fraction