Areas of Expertise
- Petroleum Geology
- Soil Mechanics
- Methane Hydrates
- Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin 2010
- M.S., Penn State University, 2006
- B.S., Eckerd College, 2002
Derek Sawyer and his research group have 4 primary research themes to investigate:
- The feedback between dynamic sedimentary systems and subsurface fluid pressure and stress
- Seismicity and its role in tsunami and underwater landslides
- Modern deepwater settings with underwater landslides, salt tectonics, and fluid expulsion
- Energy resources in unconventional hydrocarbon systems of marine methane hydrates and onshore black shales
Dr. Sawyer’s lab combines computational facilities to interpret and process geophysical seismic data to map geology in three dimensions, to integrate petrophysical logs, conduct numerical simulations of geological processes, and a sedimentology lab to characterize fundamental rock and sediment properties. For field explorations, Dr. Sawyer works closely with the International Ocean Discovery Program on marine research expeditions. Current projects include Gulf of Mexico to characterize methane hydrates, offshore North Carolina to study hydrates/salt/landslides, offshore Japan to study relationships between earthquakes and landslides, and onshore Ohio for characterizing the Utica shale.
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