Elizabeth Petrie, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Petrie, Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology

Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology

Education
B.S., University of New Mexico, Biology, 2000
B.S., University of New Mexico, Earth & Planetary Sciences, 2000
M.S., Utah State University, Geology, 2003
Ph.D., Utah State University, Geology, 2014
Phone
970.943.2117
Email
epetrie@western.edu
Office Location
Hurst Hall 16D

Biography

Teaching

GEOL 101 & 105 - Physical Geology & Lab

GEOL 240 -Introduction to Petroleum and Mining Geology

GEOL 345 - Structural Geology

GEOL 346 - Subsurface Geology 

GEOL 450 - Field Geology

GEOL 497 - Special Topic: Career Pathways in Geology

GEOL 497 - Special Topic: Research in Structure and Tectonics

Other Courses Taught: GEOL 352 - Applied Geophysics, GEOL 455 - Petroleum Geology, GEOL 495 - Research Seminar in Geology

Research Interest

Structural geology, fracture analysis, rock mechanics and fracture development. Specifically, I study fracture development and propagation, and the history of fluid flow through permeable, subsurface fractures in and across various sedimentary rock types. My research combines quantitative observations from outcrop, laboratory experiments, and subsurface data sets to understand the formation and distribution of subsurface fractures. I focus on the role variations in rock mechanical properties have on failure across many scales of observation.

Research In Progress

Fault zone architecture and permeability development

Structural diagenesis - the creation and destruction of porosity and permeability due to deformation

Fracture distribution and morphology in fine-grained lithologies

Student Mentoring

Stefan Whiting, 2017-2018

Nathan Cote, 2015-2017, B.S. Geology - Petroleum Geology Emphasis - 2017

Mark McClernan, 2016-2017, B.S. Geology - Petroleum Geology Emphasis - 2017

Camille O'Connell, 2015-2016, B.S. Geology - Petroleum Geology Emphasis - 2017

Aric Snellstrom, 2016, B.S. Geology - Petroleum Geology Emphasis - 2016

Matthew Tello, 2015, B.S. Geology - 2015

Publications

Journal Papers

Presentations