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International Advisory Panel

These scholars will assist with portions of the conference

including mentoring, and will provide keynote addresses.

. . . 

Erik Eberhardt,  Stephen Laubach,  Jill Marshall,  Phil Meredith,

Seulgi Moon,   Laura Pyrak-Nolte,   Heather Viles

  • Professor Erik Eberhardt Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Colombia, Canada

Prof. Eberhardt is a renowned mid-career engineering geologist with research expertise in the recognition, prediction and mitigation of complex rock engineering problems, unexpected rock mass responses and/or failures. His research focuses on the integration and advancement of field geology, innovative monitoring, experimental rock mechanics, and state-of-the-art numerical modelling applied to deep mining, tunnelling, and rock slope engineering projects. His research is driven by a recognition that the tools frequently used in assessing risk are often descriptive and qualitative, and that there is a need to better understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for complex rock mass responses to engineering activities. Prof. Eberhardt was the recipient of the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s 2013 John A. Franklin Award for outstanding technical contributions to rock mechanics and rock engineering, and 2017 Thomas Roy Award for outstanding contributions to engineering geology.

  • Dr. Stephen Laubach Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, United States

Dr. Laubach is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, where he leads the fracture and structural diagenesis programs. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for AAPG (2010-2011) and SPE (2003-2004), and is a GSA Fellow (2016). He has a long record of service in AAPG and has served on the AAPG Executive Committee (2010-2013), has founded new journals at AAPG, and currently Editor of the Journal of Structural Geology. His research has focused on chemically dependent and progressive rock fracture processes, structural diagenesis, and mechanical and fracture stratigraphy. Dr. Laubach is a distinguished mid-career structural geologist who helped pioneer the interpretation of progressive rock failure/fracture and diagenesis in reservoir settings.

  • Dr Jill Marshall Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas, United States

Dr. Marshall was the winner of the 2018 American Geophysical Union’s Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist award that recognizes an early career researcher for their significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and Planetary Surface Process, Dr. Marshall is a female early-career geomorphologist whose research focuses on how climate (e.g., warm and wet vs. cold and dry), rock properties, and trees combine to control near-surface bedrock damage, bedrock to soil conversion, and ultimately the evolution of landscapes and rivers.

  • Professor Phil Meredith Earth Sciences, University College London, United Kingdom

Prof. Meredith was winner of the 2016 European Geophysical Union’s Louis Néel Medal for his many contributions in rock physics and geomechanics, which are of a fundamental and profound nature, and for his role in stimulating international collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Prof. Meredith is a renowned late-career experimental rock physicist who has been studying PRF in rocks for around 40 years. For the past 20 years he has focused on brittle creep of rocks and the acceleration of fracturing that leads to dynamic failure such as earthquake rupture and volcanic eruptions. Most recently he has become interested in how slow, low-stress cracking controls mechanical weathering and landscape evolution.

  • Dr Seulgi Moon Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, United States

Dr. Moon holds a PhD from Stanford in 2013 where she received the prestigious Gabilan Stanford Graduate Fellowship. She already has over 20 peer-reviewed publications, the most recent of which is related to Critical Zone fracture (Geophysical Research Letters, 2020), as well as a coveted NSF CAREER Award for her work on fractures and landslides. Dr. Moon is a female early-career geologist with a research focus on Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, Geology and Tectonics and Planetary Science.  

  • Professor Laura Pyrak-Nolte Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, United States

Prof. Pyrak-Nolte is currently the President of the International Society of Porous Media (InterPore; 2019-2021), served as the President of the American Rock Mechanics Association (2017-2019), was awarded the SEG Reginald Fessenden Award, and is a fellow of AAAS, AGU and ARMA. She is a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue University. Prof. Pyrak-Nolte is a senior female scientist who has studied fracture propagation, characterization, and flow in fractures. She has recently focused on using seismic wave propagation to characterize the development of and flow in rock fractures in a broad range of settings, from reservoirs to 3D printed materials to basic studies focused on scaling of stiffness in fractured media.

  • Professor Heather Viles School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Prof. Viles is the currently president of the British Society for Geomorphology, Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation; Oxford lead and Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Art, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA); and Honorary Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Heritage, University College London. She leads the Oxford University Heritage Network. Prof. Viles is a senior female scientist whose research is highly interdisciplinary and involves studies at the interface of geomorphology with ecology, engineering geology, environmental chemistry and materials conservation.

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