Daniel B. Brunson

Daniel B. Brunson

Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Dakota

Biography

Daniel Burke Brunson is a doctoral student in Geology at the University of North Dakota Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering in Grand Forks, ND with research advisor Dr. William Gosnold. His subdisciplines of focus are geophysics, structural geology, and geodynamics. His research interests include geothermics and computational modeling.

Burke assists in management of the UND Geothermal Lab, which specializes in techniques to characterize geothermal resources. These techniques include divided bar and portable divided bar thermal conductivity measurement devices, borehole temperature logging equipment, and a gamma ray spectrometer for rock material uranium, thorium, and potassium radioactivity measurements. The lab also contains various applied geophysics field and lab equipment. He also works as a Core Library Technician for the North Dakota Geological Survey’s Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library.

A Master’s thesis project involving creation of a computational 2-D thermal model and geothermal gradient assessment of the Williston Basin was undertaken in 2016-2017 and completed in December 2017. Prior to re-entering school, he worked for Schlumberger as a Geoservices Offshore Drilling Data Analyst out of Lafayette, LA. Burke holds a M.S. degree in Geology and GISc in Geography from University of North Dakota and two B.S. degrees from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and enjoys the outdoors for adventure and exercise activities.

Interests

  • General & Practical Geothermics
  • Geodynamics
  • Computational Modeling
  • Data Science
  • Physical Geography
  • Geostatistics
  • Remote Sensing

Education

  • Ph.D. in Geology, (current)

    University of North Dakota

  • GISc in Geography, 2019

    University of North Dakota

  • M.S. in Geology, 2017

    University of North Dakota

  • B.S.G. in Geology, 2013

    University of Alabama

  • B.S. in Biology and Chemistry (Dual Major), 2006

    University of Alabama

Projects

General and Practical Geothermics

Understanding the thermal state of our Earth as a whole.

Computational Modeling

Demonstrating the use of computers to simulate and study complex systems using mathematics, physics and computer science.

Geostatistics

Utilization of geostatistics in the creation of heat flow maps as a tool for geothermal resources exploration.

Most Recent Publications

(2017). Concept for a Distributed Baseload Binary Power Network. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions.

PDF Project

(2008). Phylogeographical structure and temporal complexity in American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua; Altingiaceae). Molecular Ecology.

PDF DOI

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Spatiotemporal Analysis of Urban Expansion in the Greater Grand Forks Area, ND

This project seeks to perform such spatiotemporal analysis of Landsat 4-5 TM data made available from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for the Greater Grand Forks Area in order to better demonstrate the increase in urbanization taking place in one of North Dakota’s largest population centers.

Untapped Unconventional Potential: Heat Flow & Source Bed Thermal Maturation

Speech highlighting the importance of crustal heat flow to kerogen kinetics and thermal maturation of hydrocarbons.

Sedimentary Geothermal Energy

The characteristics of natural geothermal reservoirs cover a wide spectrum in terms of temperature, depth, geometry, geology, and fluid chemistry.

Geophysical Analysis of the Paleogeothermal Gradient and Heat Flow in the Williston Basin, ND

The present work attempts to address the different positions taken by updating geophysical modeling evidence concerning heat flow in the Williston Basin in which paleogeothermal conditions are variable over geologic time.

Geophysical Analysis Of The Paleogeothermal Gradient And Heat Flow In The Williston Basin, ND

The present work attempts to address the different positions taken by updating geophysical modeling evidence concerning heat flow in the Williston Basin in which paleogeothermal conditions are variable over geologic time.

Contact

  • 81 Cornell St. Stop 8358, Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • Enter Leonard Hall and take the stairs or elevator down to Rm. 11 (Geothermal Lab) in the building basement.
  • Fall 2020 Hours
    Monday 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Tuesday 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Wednesday 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Friday 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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