Lisa Stright, Assistant Professor in Hydrocarbon Geosciences


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011
    Interdisciplinary Geosciences
  • M.S.,  Stanford University, 2006
    Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.S.,  Michigan Technological University, 1999
    Geological Engineering
  • B.S.,  University of Colorado, 1995
    Civil/Environmental Engineering


  • Summer Institute of Entrepreneurship (SIE), Stanford Graduate School of Business,  2006
  • Courses in Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines and University of Leoben, Austria, 2000-2001

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Petroleum geology, reservoir modeling, reservoir characterization using outcrop data, interdisciplinary research and teaching in the geosciences, including: geostatistics, deep-water sedimentology, reservoir engineering and statistical rock physics modeling


  • ExxonMobil, Geosciences Intern, Summer 2007
  • Malkewicz, Hueni and Associates, Reservoir Engineer, 2003-2004
  • VeritasDGC, Inc., Reservoir Engineer, 1999-2003
  • Adrian Brown Consultants., Environmental Engineer, EIT, 1996-1997
  • Department of Commerce, NOAA, PC/UNIX System Administrator, 1995-1996


8 years of Ph.D. and M.S. Research experience in geostatistical and geological modeling, flow and transport modeling, including code design, testing and calibration


  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah (2014)
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award in the School of Earth Sciences (2008)
  • W.F. Detert Fellowship (2008), Mannon Family Fellowship (2006)
  • Top 10 Oral Presentations of AAPG (2007)
  • First Place in the Western Region and International SPE Student Paper Contests (2006)
  • VeritasDGC Leadership Program (2001-2003), Executive Mentoring Program (2003)


Multiscale modeling of deep-water channel deposits: An interdisciplinary study integrating geostatistics, geology and geophysics; The Cretaceous Cerro Toro Formation, Southern Chile, the Eocene Ardath & Scripps Formations, Southern California, and the Oligocene Puchkirchen Formation, Upper Austria

Chapter 1: Subseismic scale lithology prediction for enhanced reservoir-quality interpretation from seismic attributes, Puchkirchen Field, Molasse Basin, Austria
Chapter 2: Geostatistically modeling topographically-controlled deposition of subseismic scale sandstone packages within a mass transport dominated deep-water channel belt
Chapter 3: Geologic and seismic modeling of a coarse-grained, confined, deep-water-channel reservoir analog (Black’s Beach, La Jolla, CA.)
Chapter 4: Modeling uncertainty in the three-dimensional structure and stratigraphy of a submarine channel in outcrop


  1. Szwarcz, T. S., Johnson, C.L., Stright, L. E., and McFarlane, C. M., in press, Interactions between axial and transverse drainage systems in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran foreland basin: evidence from detrital zircons in the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah, USA, GSA Bulletin.
  2. Stright, L, J. Stewart, K. Campion, and M. Farrell, 2013, Geologic and Seismic Modeling of a West African Deep-water Reservoir Analog (Black's Beach, La Jolla, CA.), AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, no. 4, p. 695-728. DOI:10.1306/09121312211
  3. Stright, L., Bernhardt, A., and Boucher, A., 2013, Geostatistically modeling topographically-controlled deposition of sub-seismic scale sandstone packages within a mass transport dominated deep-water channel belt, Mathematical Geosciences, v. 45, n. 3, pp 277-296. DOI: 10.1007/s11004-013-9444-7
  4. Bernhardt, A., Lowe, D. L., and Stright, L, 2012 Debris Flow and Turbidity Current Interactions in a Large Submarine Axial Channel Belt, Tertiary Molasse Basin, Austria, Sedimentology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01334.x.
  5. Armitage, D. A., and L. Stright, 2009, Modeling and interpreting the seismic-reflection expression of sandstone in an ancient mass-transport deposit dominated deep-water slope environment, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 27, p. 1-12.
  6. Stright, L., A. Boucher, T. Mukerji, A. Bernhardt, 2009, Revisiting the use of seismic attributes as soft data for subseismic facies prediction: Proportions versus probabilities, The Leading Edge, v. 28, p. 1460-1468. Invited paper.
  7. Stright, L., 2006, Modeling, Upscaling and History Matching Thin, Irregularly-Shaped Flow Barriers; A Comprehensive Approach for Predicting Reservoir Connectivity, SPE Paper 106528. First Place in the SPE Western Region and SPE International Student Paper Contests


PUBLCIATIONS (in review or in preparation)
  1. Turner, A. T., Stright, L., and Johnson, C. L., in prep, Temporal variability in fluvial deposition and the implications for static reservoir connectivity: John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation (Cretaceous, Utah), AAPG Bulletin.
  2. Jackson, A., Stright, L., Hubbard, S., and Romans, B. R., in prep, Characterizing static and dynamic reservoir connectivity of deep-water slope deposits using detailed outcrop-based facies models, Tres Pasos Formation, Magallanes Basin, Chile.
  3. Dworsky, K., Stright, L., Johnson, C., Vanorio, T., Bruno, P. P. B., in prep, Tying Rock Properties to Seismic Reflectivity in the Kaiparowits Plateau, Utah.
  4. Benhallam, W., Stright, L., Johnson, C., in prep, Point pattern analysis of channel organization from the Cretaceous John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, Kaiparowits Plateau, Southern Utah.
  5. Welker, C., Stright, L., and Anderson, T., in prep, Geologic controls on oil production from the Niobrara Formation, Silo Field, Laramie County, Wyoming.