Graduate Students

On this project four generations of graduate and undergraduate students collaborated: Mike Swyer (MS 2012) was a member of the industry project team, Drew Spake was a recently graduated MS (2019) working as the site geologist, Morgan Sawyer (MS 2022) was a current graduate student, and Breeann Stowe (BS 2020, MS 2022) was an undergraduate researcher then later a graduate student.

PostDoctoral Research Advisor or Co-Advisor:

  • 2014-2017: Postdoctoral Research Advisor: Dr. Martin Shoenball: Research the geomechanics and seismicity of geothermal systems. (Jointly Advised with Jonathan Glen, U.S. Geological Survey)
  • 2013-2016: Postdoctoral Research Advisor: Dr. Tabrez Ali: Poroelastic Modeling of Impulse and Response in Geothermal Systems. (Jointly Advised with Dr. Kurt Feigl, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • 2009-2012: Postdoctoral Research Advisor: Dr. J. Ole Kaven; Project: Fault geometry and mechanics in the Coso geothermal field. (Jointly Advised with Dr. Steven H. Hickman of the U.S. Geological Survey)

Masters Research Advisor:

Below is a list with links to their (1) completed thesis work and (2) their early careers after graduating. A summary of featured results by graduate these students is available in my discussion of research. (Note: Only students primarily advised are listed here. For a complete list of students and their work, please refer to my CV and publications.)

Masters Research Advisor (RES)

(RES School of Renewable Energy Science, Iceland: These students spent time as visiting researchers within the Davatzes Laboratory, with the project initiated during the summer session of the corresponding 1st year. Unless otherwise noted, Davatzes was the primary research advisor.)

  • 2010-2011: Research Advisor (Co-Advisor Ragnar Asmundsson) (Masters of Science): Joseph Batir: Stress field Characterization of the Hellisheidi Geothermal field and possibilities to improve Injection Capabilities. (MS concurrent with PhD at Southern Methodist University; Postgrad 1st stop: Research Scientist SMU; 2nd stop: JeoCo Geosciences)
  • 2010-2011: Research Advisor: James Drew Fetterman, Thesis: Analysis of Porosity Generation in Geothermal Systems. (Postgrad 1st stop: ThermaSource, Inc; 2nd stop: Schlumberger)
  • 2010-2011: Research Advisor: Amelia Letvin, Thesis: Cuttings and Geophysical Log Analysis at the Newberry Geothermal Field. (Postgrad 1st stop: Ormat Technologies, Inc; 2nd stop: GeothermEx Inc (a Schlumberger company)
  • 2009-2010: Research Advisor: Tryana Garza-Cruz (student at RES School of Renewable Energy Sciences, Iceland) Thesis: Numerical Modeling of the nucleation conditions and geometry of petal-centerline fractures below a borehole, a sensitivity study and application to the Coso Geothermal Field. (graduated top-of-class) (MSc concurrent with PhD at Colorado School of Mines; Postgrad 1st stop: Itasca Inc.)

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