Lauri Burke, Ph.D.

Lauri A. Burke is a Research Geophysicist and Principal Investigator for the Gulf Coast Geopressure and Geohazards Project with Energy Resources Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey. Her petrophysical contributions to a broad range of Federal projects provide unbiased scientific results and objective quantification on potentially controversial resource issues. 

Biography

 

Abbreviated Curriculum Vita, Oct. 18, 2019

 

(1) EDUCATION

Ph.D. Geophysics (Geology minor) from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado
B.S. Geophysics from University of California, Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California
A.S. Physics from Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California

 

(2) SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

1.      Burke, L., and Peeters, M., 2006, Modeling acoustic borehole tools supports new signal processing method for compressional and shear velocity measurements: Petroleum Engineering Summer School Conference Proceedings, Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 4 – 8, 2006, 16 p.  

2.      Burke, L., 2007, Frequency domain signal processing of sonic full waveforms generated by borehole geophysical measurements: Golden, Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Ph. D. dissertation, 346 p.

3.      Burke, L. and Moskal, B., 2008, Engineering students apply their skills to community service: Efforts in Uganda, Africa: American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 22 – 25, 2008, Paper AC 2008 – 206, 16 p.  http://soa.asee.org/paper/conference/paper-view.cfm?id=6887

------------------Hired as Research Geologist GS 1350-12 ------------------------------------------------

4.      Burke, L., 2009, Significance of overpressure and temperature on accumulation size in the deep Tuscaloosa Trend, onshore Gulf of Mexico: Houston Geological Society, Gulf Coast Workshop Course Notes, 12 p. (INVITED)

5.      Burke, L., 2010, Temperature trends and preservation rates in the deep Tuscaloosa Formation, Judge Digby Field, Louisiana: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 60, p. 77 – 86. http://archives.datapages.com/data/gcags_pdf/2010/Papers/burke.htm

6.      Dubiel, R.D., Warwick, P.D., Burke, L.A., Coleman, J.L., Dennen, K., Doolan, C., Enomoto, C., Hackley, P., Karlsen, K., Merrill, M., Pearson, K., Pearson, O., Pitman, J., Pollastro, R., Rowan, E., Swanson, S., and Valentine, B., 2010, Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in Mesozoic (Jurassic and Cretaceous) rocks of the onshore and state waters of the Gulf of Mexico region, USA: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 60, p. 207 –  216. (INVITEDhttp://archives.datapages.com/data/gcags_pdf/2010/Papers/dubietal.htm

7.      Burke, L., 2010, Comprehensive database of wellbore temperatures and drilling mud weight pressures by depth for Judge Digby field, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2010-1303, 20 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1303/

8.      Burke, L., 2010, Digital signal processing and interpretation of full waveform sonic log for well BP-3-USGS, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Alamosa County, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigative Report 2010-5258, 4 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5258/

9.      Dubiel, R.F., Warwick, P.D., Swanson, S., Burke, L.A., Biewick, L.R.H., Charpentier, R.R., Coleman, J.L., Cook, T.A., Dennen, K., Doolan, C., Enomoto, C., Hackley, P.C., Karlsen, A.W., Klett, T.R., Kinney, S.A., Lewan, M.D., Merrill, M., Pearson, K.M., Pearson, O.N., Pitman, J.K., Pollastro, R.M., Rowan, E.L., Schenk, C.J., and Valentine, B., 2011, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in Jurassic and Cretaceous strata of the Gulf Coast, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3020, 4 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2011/3020/

10.    Burke, L.A., 2011, Technical Program, Society of  Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts 52nd Annual Symposium May 14-18, 2011, Pre-registration brochure: Society of  Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts, Houston, Texas, p. 18-20.

11.    Burke, L., 2011, Natural gas production and anomalous geothermal gradients of the deep Tuscaloosa Formation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1086, 2 panels. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1086

12.    Burke, L., 2011, Carbon dioxide fluid-flow modeling and injectivity calculations: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigative Report 2011-5083, 16 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2011/5083/sir2011-5083.pdf

13.    Burke, L., 2011, Quantifying lateral migration of sequestered carbon dioxide based on rock properties and permeability classifications: 10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2 - 5, 2011, Technical Paper 1064, 15 p.

14.    Burke, L., 2011, CO2 fluid flow modeling to derive the time scales of lateral fluid migration: U.S. Geological Survey Online Publication, Energy Resources Program, Geologic CO2 Sequestration, p. 17. http://energydev.er.usgs.gov/HealththeEnvironment/EnergyProductionUse/GeologicCO2Sequestration/tabid/135/Agg920_SelectTab/5/Default.aspx

15.    Burke, L.A., Kinney, S.A., and Kola-Kehinde, T.B., 2011, Digital archive of drilling mud weight pressures and wellbore temperatures from 49 regional cross-sections of 967 well logs in Louisiana and Texas, onshore Gulf of Mexico basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1266, 14 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1266

16.    Dubiel, R.F., Pitman, J.K., Pearson, O.N., Pearson, K.M., Kinney, S.A., Lewan, M.D., Burke, L.A., Biewick, L.R.H., Charpentier, R.R., Cook, T.A., Klett, T.R., Pollastro, R.M., and Schenk, C.J., 2012, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in conventional and continuous petroleum systems in the Upper Cretaceous Eagle Ford Group, 2011, U.S. Gulf Coast Region:  U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3003, 2 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3003/

17.    Burke, L.A., 2012, Migration rates and formation injectivity to determine containment timescales of sequestered carbon dioxide: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1062, 23 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1062

18.    Burke, L.A., Kinney, S.A., Dubiel, R.F., and Pitman, J.K., 2012, Distribution of regional pressure in the onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico basin, USA: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG DataPages Digital Publications, 5 p., 10 maps, 2 digital GIS databases in ArcMap 9.3 and 10 formats. (INVITED) http://datapages.com/gis-map-publishing-program/gis-open-files/geographic/distribution-of-regional-pressure-in-the-onshore-and-offshore-gulf-of-mexico-basin-usa

(This atlas of 10 pore-pressure maps was commercialized for sale by Earth Science Associates GOM3.  Refer to http://www.earthsci.com/data.php for commercial product.)

19.    Burke, L.A., Kinney, S.A., Dubiel, R.F., and Pitman, J.K., 2012, Regional map of the 0.70 psi/ft pressure gradient and development of the regional geopressure-gradient model for the onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico basin, USA: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Journal, v. 1, p. 97 - 106. (INVITED)

(This paper was awarded 1st Place Gordon I. Atwater Award for 2012 Best Paper by the GCAGS Journal, which is the premier outlet for research in the Gulf Coast region.)

20.    Burke, L.A., Kinney, S.A., Dubiel, R.F., and Pitman, J.K., 2013, Regional maps of subsurface geopressure gradients of the onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1058, 3 panels. https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1058

----------------Promoted and Reclassified as USGS Research Geophysicist GS 1313-13-------------

21.    Burke, L.A., Kinney, S.A., Dubiel, R.F., and Pitman, J.K., 2014, Geopressure gradient maps of southern Louisiana, State, and vicinity: series of five maps characterizing geopressure gradients based on mud weight measurements covering part of southern Louisiana, State, and Federal Waters: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG DataPages Digital Publications, 6 p., 5 maps, 1 digital GIS database in ArcMap 10 format. (INVITED) [IP-60065; BA 12/1/2014] http://datapages.com/gis-map-publishing-program/gis-open-files/geographic/ geopressure-gradient-maps-of-southern-louisiana-state-and-vicinity

(This atlas of 5 pore-pressure maps was commercialized for sale by Earth Science Associates GOM3.  Refer to http://www.earthsci.com/data.php for commercial product.)

22.    Eoff, J.D., Biewick, L.R.H., Brownfield, M.E., Burke, L.A., Charpentier, R.R., Dubiel, R.F., Gaswirth, S.B., Gianoutsos, N.J., Kinney, S.A., Klett, T.R., Leathers, H.M., Mercier, T.J., Paxton, S.T., Pearson, O.N., Pitman, J.K., Schenk, C.J., Tennyson, M.E., and Whidden, K.J., 2015, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in sandstone reservoirs of the Cotton Valley Group, U.S. Gulf Coast, 2015: US Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3050, 2p. https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20153050 [IP-066205; BA 7/21/2015]

23.    Paxton, S.T., Pitman, J.K., Kinney, S.A., Gianoutsos, N.J., Pearson, O.N., Whidden, K.J., Dubiel, R.F., Schenk, C.J., Burke, L.A., Klett, T.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Mercier, T.J., Haines, S.S., Varela, B.A., Le, P.A., Finn, T.M., Gaswirth, S.B., Hawkins, S.J., Marra, K.R., and Tennyson, M.E., 2017, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Bossier Formation (Tithonian), U.S. Gulf Coast, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3015, 2 p. https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173015 [IP-81349; BA 3/1/2017]

24.    Paxton, S.T., Pitman, J.K., Kinney, S.A., Gianoutsos, N.J., Pearson, O.N., Whidden, K.J., Dubiel, R.F., Schenk, C.J., Burke, L.A., Klett, T.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Mercier, T.J., Haines, S.S., Varela, B.A., Le, P.A., Finn, T.M., Gaswirth, S.B., Hawkins, S.J., Marra, K.R., and Tennyson, M.E., 2017, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Haynesville Formation (Kimmeridgian), U.S. Gulf Coast, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3016, 2 p. https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173016U [IP-81350; BA 3/2/2017]

25.    Paxton, S.T., Pitman, J.K., Kinney, S.A., Gianoutsos, N.J., Pearson, O.N., Whidden, K.J., Dubiel, R.F., Schenk, C.J., Burke, L.A., Klett, T.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Mercier, T.J., Haines, S.S., Varela, B.A., Le, P.A., Finn, T.M., Gaswirth, S.B., Hawkins, S.J., Marra, K.R., and Tennyson, M.E., 2018, U.S. Geological Survey input-data forms for the assessment of the Upper Jurassic Haynesville Formation, U.S. Gulf Coast, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1130, 62 p. https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181130 [IP-98784; BA 8/10/2018]

26.    Paxton, S.T., Pitman, J.K., Kinney, S.A., Gianoutsos, N.J., Pearson, O.N., Whidden, K.J., Dubiel, R.F., Schenk, C.J., Burke, L.A., Klett, T.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Mercier, T.J., Haines, S.S., Varela, B.A., Le, P.A., Finn, T.M., Gaswirth, S.B., Hawkins, S.J., Marra, K.R., and Tennyson, M.E., 2018, U.S. Geological Survey input-data forms for the assessment of the Upper Jurassic Bossier Formation, U.S. Gulf Coast, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1134, 48 p. https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181134 [IP-98783; BA 8/13/2018]

27. Whidden, K.J., Pitman, J.K., Pearson, O.N., Paxton, S.T., Kinney, S.A., Gianoutsos, N.J., Schenk, C.J., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Birdwell, J.E., Brownfield, M.E., Burke, L.A., Dubiel, R.F., French, K.L., Gaswirth, S.B., Haines, S.S., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., and Woodall, C.A., 2018, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Eagle Ford Group and associated Cenomanian–Turonian Strata, U.S. Gulf Coast, Texas, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3033, 4 p. https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183033 [IP-98113; BA 6/4/2018]

28. Burke, L.A., Pearson, O.N., Kinney, S.A., and Pitman, J.M., 2018, Methodology for Correcting Bottomhole Temperatures Acquired from Wireline Logging Measurements in the Onshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico Basin to Characterize the Thermal Regime of Total Petroleum Systems, in R.K. Merrill and J.J. Willis, eds., Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Journal, Volume 7 (2018), p. 93-106.  ISBN: 978–0–9883883–7–6. [IP-88716; BA 3/20/2018]

(Awarded President’s Award by the GCAGS for best paper of 2018 GCAGS Journal, which is the leading outlet for peer-reviewed geoscience research of the Gulf Coast region.)

29. Whidden, K.J., Pitman, J.A., Leathers-Miller, H.A., Pearson, O.N., Gianoutsos, N.G., Kinney, S.A., Birdwell, J.A., Paxton, S.T., Burke, L.A., and Dubiel, R.F., 2018, Geologic Models Underpinning the 2018 U.S. Geological Survey Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in the Eagle Ford Group and Associated Cenomanian – Turonian Strata of the Gulf Coast Region, Texas: American Association of Geological Societies Bulletin, vol. no. p. [IP-097639; accepted manuscript, in revision]

 

(4) INVENTIONS AND PATENTS HELD

Burke, L., 2006, “Frequency Decomposition of Sonic Logging Waveforms,” United States of America, U.S. Provisional Patent No. 60 / 864,896.

 

(5) LECTURESHIPS AND UNIVERSITY COURSES TAUGHT

1995 - 2000 College and K-12 STEM Education and Outreach in various capacities: Kern Community College District, Kern High School District, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, Kern Environmental Education Program

University Courses Taught:

2002 -  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Colorado School of Mines. Assistant instructor for Geophysical Engineering GPGN 404 - Digital Signal Processing Course and Laboratory.

2003 -  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Colorado School of Mines. Assistant instructor for SYGN 201 - Earth Engineered Systems Science Course and Laboratory.

2004 -  Voluntary Course Supplement, University of Colorado, Boulder. I voluntarily developed, collected field data, and taught a lecture and laboratory exercise on celestial navigation for graduate level GEOL 5060 - Physical Oceanography Course and Laboratory. 

2005 -  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Colorado School of Mines. Assistant instructor for Geophysical Engineering GPGN 311 - Geophysical Field Methods Course and Laboratory.

2005 -  Formal Teaching Experience, Colorado School of Mines. Instructed and developed all aspects of the capstone senior engineering project for Petroleum, Geological, and Geophysical Engineering PEGN/GEGN/GPGN 439 - Multi-Disciplinary Project Design Course and Laboratory.

2007 -  Adjunct Faculty, Colorado School of Mines. Taught four undergraduate courses of MACS 111 - Calculus I for the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department.

2008 -  Adjunct Faculty, Colorado School of Mines. Taught one undergraduate course of MACS 111 - Calculus I for the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department.

2008 - Taught three undergraduate courses of MACS 112 - Calculus II for the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department.

2008-09 Program Director, National Science Foundation Scholarship Program, Center for Assessment of STEM Education, Colorado School of Mines using participation in meaningful humanitarian engineering work as a retention tool for STEM minority and female students. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students developed 4-year high school science curriculum and conducted ground water exploration in rural Uganda, Africa using various geophysics methods.  Paper: https://peer.asee.org/3177

 

(6) TECHNICAL TRAINING PROVIDED

2005 - Curriculum development and sole instructor for 5-day software training course on Kingdom Suite 3D Geophysical Software at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, April 11 – 15, 2005.

2008 - Co-taught a 5-day short course for Petroskills on intermediate-level Petrophysics and Well Log Interpretation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 9 - 13, 2008.

2009 - Invited speaker on mechanisms of overpressure in the deep Tuscaloosa natural gas trend at the Houston Geological Society Gulf Coast Workshop in Houston, Texas, July 13, 2009.

2016 - Invited instructor for 5-day course on petrophysics to foster international diplomacy through government-to-government technology transfer, responsible energy governance, promotion of international energy security and economic prosperity for the U.S. Department of State and the Kingdom of Jordan.  “Seismic Data Processing, Interpretation, and Well Log Analysis” Workshop, USGS National Training Center, Denver Federal Center, Denver Colorado, October 31 – November 18, 2016.

 

(7) HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITION

  1. 1997 -  Waterman’s Foundation Scholarship, Bakersfield College – Competitive award based on mathematical scholarship and overall academic performance at an institution of 22,000 students.
  2. 1997 -  Chet Heater Memorial Mathematics Scholarship, Bakersfield College – Awarded for mathematical abilities. One student per year received this award at an institution of 22,000 students.
  3. 1997 -  Mathematics Departmental Award, Bakersfield College – Highest mathematical honors at an institution of 22,000 students.
  4. 1998 -  Geology Scholarship, Geological Sciences Department, University of California, Santa Barbara – Awarded for academic achievement and service to the department.
  5. 1998 -  High Achievement Scholarship, Geological Sciences Department University of California, Santa Barbara – Recognition for my senior research project in solid earth geophysics. One student per year received this scholarship.
  6. 1999 -  Geological Sciences Department Academic Excellence Recognition, University of California, Santa Barbara – I graduated with high honors within the department. Two to three students per year are selected to receive this award.
  7. 2005 -  Foundation Scholarship, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts – This competitive scholarship was awarded for academic performance and pertinent dissertation research.
  8. 2006 -  Graduate Research Scholarship, Denver Well Logging Society – Recognition for my petrophysics doctoral research, which increases the depth resolution of sonic logs by two orders of magnitude.
  9. 2008 -  Teaching Excellence Award, Society of Women Engineers, Colorado School of Mines – Nominated by engineering students campus-wide for my high quality, undergraduate-level teaching.
  10. 2010 -  Star Award, U.S. Geological Survey – For my research contribution to the USGS Geologic Carbon Sequestration methodology, which is important to the Department, the Administration, and Congress, meeting scientific requirements and deadlines of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.
  11. 2010 -  Star Award, U.S. Geological Survey – RGE panel service.
  12. 2010 -  Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Superior Rating (4/5)
  13. 2011 -  Elected to Membership by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
  14. 2011 -  Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Exceptional Rating (5/5)
  15. 2012 -  Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Exceptional Rating (5/5)
  16. 2013 -  Gordon I. Atwater Award (1st Place) for Best Research Poster presented at the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies convention in Austin, Texas, October 2012.
  17. 2013 -  Distinguished Chapter Award bestowed by the international-level Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts to the regional-scale Denver Well Logging Society Board of Directors.  I have been elected to serve as Director on the DWLS Board of Directors for the previous 5 consecutive years.
  18. 2013 -  Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Exceptional Rating (5/5)
  19. 2014 -  Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Superior Rating (4/5)
  20. 2016 - Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Superior Rating (4/5)
  21. 2017 - Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Exceptional Rating (5/5)
  22. 2017 - Outstanding contribution award from North America Student Symposium, February 1-4, 2017.
  23. 2018 - Performance-Based Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Superior Rating (4/5)
  24. 2018 -  Star Award, U.S. Geological Survey – Awarded for scientific contributions to the Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project.
  25. 2018 - Recognition for ten years of service to the Federal Government, Nov. 5, 2018.
  26. 2018 -  EMD Lloyd Carlson Memorial Award for Best Poster at AAPG 2018. I was a co-author on this work.
  27. 2018 -  President’s Award for Best Paper by the Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies Journal, 2018, vol. 7, p. 93-106. This is the premier outlet for geoscience research in the Gulf Coast region.

 

(8) MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Denver Well Logging Society (DWLS), Active Member, 2003 - lifetime member

  • Director, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS, May 2010 - May 2011.
  • Director, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS, May 2011 - May 2012.
  • Director, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS, May 2012 - May 2013.
  • Conference Booth Volunteer, Denver Well Logging Society Exhibition Booth, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Prospect Fair, Denver, Colorado, October 2, 2012.
  • Director, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS May 2013 - May 2014.
  • Director, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS May 2014 - May 2015.
  • Director, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS May 2015 - May 2016.
  • Publications Editor and Publicity Manager, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS May 2016 - May 2017.
  • Publications Editor and Publicity Manager, Elected to Board of Directors, DWLS May 2017 - May 2018.

Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), Member, 2003 - present

  • Chair, Field Trips Organizing Committee, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts 52nd International Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO, May 13 - 19, 2011.
  • Chair, Logistics Organizing Committee, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts 52nd International Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO, May 13 - 19, 2011.
  • Chair, Transportation Committee, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts 52nd International Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO, May 13 - 19, 2011.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Member, 2005 - 2016

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Elected to Membership, 2011 - 2015

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Member, 2002 - 2014

American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member, 2002 - 2007

Denver Geophysical Society (DGS), Member, 2002 - 2007