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Adrian V Garcia, PhD

Methane hydrates represent a vital energy resource for the future; however, many mysteries remain regarding the complex behavior of hydrate-bearing sediments during production. With support from the NETL-NAS Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship, I collaborate closely with Dr. William Waite and the other team members at the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.

We aim to develop and deploy the High-Stress Triaxial Permeameter (HSTP) to measure hydrate pressure core permeability and compressibility while under 30MPa of effective stress. State-of-the-art geotechnical studies of the depressurized sediments will help to constrain the fundamental processes governing the formation and production behavior of methane hydrate systems.


Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. (2020) Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA; Advisor: J. Carlos Santamarina

  • M.S. (2015) Geotechnical Engineering, Georgia Institute of technology, Atlanta

    B.S. (2014) Civil Engineering (Honors), Georgia Institute of technology, Atlanta

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Novel Experimental Devices and Numerical Codes

    High Stress Triaxial Permeameter (HSTP) for measurements of compressibility, permeability and relative permeability on hydrate-bearing sediments.

  • KAUST True Triaxial Load Frame (KTT) for geophysical studies on fractured rock masses.

    High Pressure Fluid Injection System for hydraulic fracture experiments.

  • Thermal Resistance Measurement System for simultaneous measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal contact resistance in fractured rocks.

  • Hele-Shaw Cell for the visualization of reactive flow in fracture apertures.

    3D DEM Algorithms for the study rock failure under isotropic and triaxial stress conditions.

Honors and Awards

  • Awards

    NETL-NAS Methane Hydrate Research Fellowship (2020-Present)

    KAUST Fellowship Award (2015-2020)

    Dakin B. Ferris Scholarship (2012-2014)

    General Motors Endowed Scholarship (2012-2014)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government