Participant Bio: Nicholas C. Davatzes
Nicholas C. Davatzes is an Assistant Professor of Geology at Temple University in Philadelpha, PA and is a structural geologist investigating the stress state and fracture population in Newberry volcano using observations from boreholes.
What exactly does his job entail?
Nick is involved in the acquisition and synthesis of the borehole data including the Acoustic image log used to detect fractures intersecting the borehole and deformation of the borehole used to infer the stress state (forces in the earth). He is the primary author of the analysis of geomechanical model, in collaboration with Steve Hickman of the U.S. Geological Survey and members of the AltaRock team, including Trenton Cladouhos.
Nick also works on a parallel study with Ahmad Ghassemi that explores the geology and mechanics of micro earthquakes through the analysis of fractures, fracture slip, and dilation in core samples from Newberry.
What’s on Nick’s resume?
Nick holds a B.A degree with Honors in Geology and Philosophy from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University focused on the mechanics and structure of fault zones. He studied the geomechanics of geothermal systems as a Mendenhall PostDoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. He has worked on a variety of EGS projects throughout the United States as well as on the mechanics and structure of fault zones more generally. Nick currently continues this research and also teaches structural geology at Temple University and advises undergraduate and graduate research projects.
Science for understanding and impact
Nick is excited to work on a project that addresses fundamental questions about the nature of fractures and the state of stress in the Earth, but also has more immediate practical ramifications for developing a clean, sustainable energy resource. It is something he can “show his son and daughter” that he is doing.