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Dr. Jennifer Aschoff

Jennifer Aschoff, Ph.D.

Professor
Geological Sciences
CPSB 301N
907.786.1442
jaschoff@alaska.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • M.S., Geological Sciences, New Mexico State University, 2003
  • B.S., Earth Sciences, Montana State University, 2000

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GEOL A310 Professional Practices in Geology
  • GEOL A431 Stratigraphy
  • GEOL A432 Sedimentary Petrology Laboratory
  • GEOL A490/690 Advanced Topics in Geology

Research Interests

The formation, fill and economic resource potential of ancient sedimentary basins is the primary focus of my academic research. To understand the linkages between tectonics, sedimentary process and basin dynamics, I use an integrated approach using a range of datasets. Typically, I use a mixture of outcrop, seismic, well-log and core in my research. The methods I use include detailed sedimentology, regional-scale outcrop-to-subsurface sequence stratigraphy, geologic mapping, provenance analysis, and paleocurrent analysis. Geographically, my research is centered in the Rocky Mountain Region. Because much of my work is mega-regional (hundreds to thousands of kilometers), I'm currently investigating stratigraphic problems in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, northern Arizona and eastern California. Stratigraphically, I'm interested in the Mesozoic with considerable past and current research in the Cretaceous, and recent interests developing in the Permo-Triassic. 

Core research themes that I am currently pursuing:

1. Understanding basin dynamics and their fill- especially the role of dynamic subsidence,
2. Applied stratigraphy and sedimentology as it pertains to the oil and gas industry,
3. Unconventional resources such as shale, tight-gas and tight-oil.

Current Funded Projects

*2018   Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Research Grant Enhanced 3D Seismic Imaging and Geologic Modeling in the Permafrost-bearing Reservoirs on the North Slope, Alaska”

*2018   National Science Foundation Research Grant, “Collaborative Research: Linking sediment dispersal, stratal architecture, and tectonic subsidence mechanisms in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran Foreland Basin”

*2018   ConocoPhillips Joint Industry Research Grant Linking Brookian Outcrops to the Subsurface to Understand Reservoir Distribution, Connectivity and Heterogeneity, North Slope, AK”

*2018  ENI Research Subcontract Evaluating Depositional Process Change and Associated Reservoir Quality in Beaufortian Deposits, North Slope, AK”  

*2017     Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Research Grant “Reinvigorating Arctic Oil/Gas Exploration With New Shelf-edge Exploration Concepts”

*2015     PRF of the American Chemical Society Research Grant “Megaregional Correlation and Sequence Architecture of the Fox Hills Sandstone: Implications for Unconventional and Conventional Reservoir Prediction”

 

Grants, Awards and Recognition (Last 5yrs)

  • 2018 National Science Foundation Research Grant, Tectonics (Co-PI) ($1.05 Million; $357,000 for
  • Aschoff)
  • 2018 ConocoPhillips Joint Industry Research Grant (Lead PI) ($165,000)
  • 2018 ENI Research Subcontract with UT-Austin (Sole PI) ($20,000)
  • 2017 IHS In-kind Software Donation- UAA (Sole PI) ($1.2 Million)
  • 2017 Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Research Grant (Lead PI) ($100,000) “Reinvigorating Arctic Oil/Gas Exploration With New Shelf-edge Exploration Concepts”
  • 2016 Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Research Grant (Co-PI) ($100,000) “Training UAA Students in Subsurface Data Analysis Lab”
  • 2015 PRF of the American Chemical Society Research Grant (Sole PI) ($70,000) “Megaregional Correlation and Sequence Architecture of the Fox Hills Sandstone: Implications for Unconventional and Conventional Reservoir Prediction”
  • 2015 Schlumberger In-kind Software Donation-UAA (Sole PI) ($33 Million)
  • 2014 IHS In-kind Software Donation-UAA (Sole PI) ($144,500)
  • 2014 Advanced Logic Technology In-kind Software Donation-UAA (Sole PI) ($90,000)

Publications

Recent Publications

Complete List of Publications

(1)  Aschoff, J.L., Olariou, C. and Steel, R.J., 2018, Recognition and significance of bayhead delta deposits in the rock record: Sedimentology, v.65, p.62-95 

(2)  Schmitt, J.G., Fisher, J.W., Pac, D.F., Jackson, F.D, Patterson, S.J., Aschoff, J.L. and Challender, S., 2017, Geoecology of the Marias River Canyon, Montana, USA:  Landscape Influence on Human Use and Preservation of Late Holocene Archaeological and Vertebrate Remains: GSA Special Paper #528, 51 pp. 

(3)  Aschoff, J.L., Plink-Bjorklund, P. and Trudgill, B.D., 2016, Predicting higher-than-average permeability zones in tight-gas sands, Piceance Basin, CO: An integrated stratigraphic and structural analysis, RPSEA- Department of Energy RPSEA Final Report 112 p.

(4)  Aschoff, J.L., Plink-Bjorklund, P. and Trudgill, B.D., 2015, Predicting higher-than-average permeability zones in tight-gas sands, Piceance Basin, CO- Department of Energy Fact-sheet #08122-40, 2 p. 

(8) Aschoff, J.L. and Edwards, S.A.,2013, Stratigraphic controls on tight-gas sandstones: Insight from regional sequence-stratigraphic outcrop-to-subsurface correlation of the Upper Williams Fork Formation, Piceance Basin, CO, RPSEA-Department of Energy Report  #08122.4