New paper!

I need to update this site more frequently! I have a new paper out with my collaborators Andrea Orellana Abreu, Joule Bergerson and Heather MacLean in Environmental Science and Technology entitled “Statistically Enhanced Model of In Situ Oil Sands Extraction Operations: An Evaluation of Variability in Greenhouse Gas Emissions”. Joule and I worked on the Bakken LCA back in 2016. Both she and Heather are wonderful collaborators and I’ve been truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with them both.

The paper itself addresses the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with oil sands production (although not the refining of the crude oil or the combustion of fuels or chemicals manufactured from the oil). Specifically, it addresses in situ oil sands extraction, i.e. the extraction technologies that are used to extract the crude oil via oil wells. Extraction of oil sands technologies via mining is not addressed in this paper.

If you’d like to learn more about oil sands, I recommend the following site. The Wiki (as of March 1st, 2018 when I wrote this) is pretty good too. The sands constitute one of the world’s largest petroleum reserves, but the oil (or bitumen, as it’s called) is very thick, which makes its extraction different than many other crude oils. Technologies used to extract oil sands are also used to extract “heavy” oil in California and Venezuela.

Although unrelated to my paper, this Lego build is the type of excavator used to mine the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Absolutely amazing work!

LCA of Bakken in press!

It’s been a couple of weeks now, but I’m pleased to announce that I have a new paper out with my collaborators Joule Bergerson and Kavan Motazedi in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): “Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater consumption associated with Bakken tight oil”. It was such an exciting project to work on! If you have questions, please e-mail me at the address in the paper.

In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck

Wonderful article

“My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”

Read the whole thing!

Don’t teach with Powerpoint!

Hey early career faculty: You’ll spend an additional 3 hours per lecture, and the students won’t learn. Anyone with teaching experience can tell you this, because we’ve all tried it. This article spell it out in more detail. Short version: Passive learning is non-learning. Make ’em write it down!