A Geoscientist and A Big Data Fan

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute of the Pennsylvania State University. My research interests span a broad range of topics focusing mainly on hydrogeology, geochemistry, environmental sciences, and data mining. In my research, I have blended field geology, state-of-the-art geochemical analyses, as well as emerging data mining (big data) tools to study energy resources (e.g., shale gas and geothermal) across the North America.

Research Questions

  • What are the sources of hydrocarbon in conventional and unconventional reservoirs?
  • How do the subsurface fluids (e.g., natural gas, oil, and groundwater) migrate within and across formations?
  • What might be the environmental impact of energy recovery activities (both above ground and subsurface)?
  • What is the best practice in managing and utilizing big geoscience datasets?

Research Keywords

Noble gas geochemistry
Data mining
Shale gas
Stray gas
Subsurface fluid migration
Geothermal energy

Contact Me

tzw138 (at) psu.edu

217F EES Building
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-6813