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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, August 2015, UT Austin. Dissertation: Bedform interaction and preservation. Advisor: Dr. David MohrigCo-Advisor: Dr. Gary Kocurek

M.S., Geological Sciences, May 2010, UT Austin. Thesis: Heat Transport and Tracing within the Hyporheic Zone of a Pool-Riffle-Pool Sequence. Advisor: Dr. Bayani Cardenas

B.S., Geological Sciences, August 2007, UT Austin

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Rice University, Department of Earth Sciences, Oct 2016-Present

  • Barrier island response to climate change
  • Field surveys of sediment transport, coastal topography and bathymetry, and sub-bottom acoustic profiling

Research Geologist, Shell Exploration and Production International Inc., Clastics research, 2015-2016

  • Modern depositional environment and subsurface data analytics
  • Aeolian reservoir property prediction and static modeling

Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2014-2015

  • Numerical modeling of bedform dynamics and preservation

Intern, Shell Exploration and Production International Inc., Clastics research, Summer 2014

  • Sector scale static reservoir property modeling
  • Software development

Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2010-2014

  • Aeolian dune alignment theory from time lapse airborne LiDAR
  • Bedform scaling relationships from remotely sensed river bathymetry
  • Designed and executed successful field campaigns

Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2008-2010

  • Instructional leader in lab, field, and supplemental sessions with groups of 5 to 30 students
  • Courses: hydrogeology field camp, groundwater hydrology, aquifer testing, Introduction to hydrogeology, sustaining a planet, Earth’s climate: past, future and present

Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, 2006-2007

  • Acquired, logged and processed soil core for chemical and physical analysis

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

Shell outstanding researcher. 2014

Nestle Waters Inc. “Every Drop Counts” Scholarship. 2012

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholar. 2009

Information Technology Services’ Commitment, Attitude, Service, Teamwork Award. 2006

EXTERNAL FUNDING

Predicting morphodynamic variability for the Texas coast.  Submitted to Texas SeaGrant Spring 2017

Geological Society of America Student Grant, 2009

PEER REVIEWS

Water Resources Research, Geophysical Research Letters

COURSE INSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

Teaching assistant: Introduction to hydrogeology. UT Austin, Spring 2010

Field instructor: Hydrogeology Field Camp. UT Austin, Summer 2009

Teaching assistant: Introduction to hydrogeology. UT Austin, Spring 2009

Lab instructor: Groundwater Hydrology. UT Austin, Fall 2008

Field instructor: Hydrogeology Field Camp. UT Austin, Summer 2008

Lab instructor: Earth’s climate: past, future, and present. UT Austin, Spring 2008

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

Sea level change and the Texas coast. Presented at The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Summer 2017

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (*undergraduate author)

in preparation

*Palermo, R., Mohrig, D., Piliouras, A., and Swanson, T., in preparation for Sedimentology, Variability in Rates and Styles of Shoreline Retreat Generating a Sea Cliff and Wave-Cut Platform at Sargent Beach, Texas

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, in preparation for Sedimentology, Long wavelengths in bedform topography and the influence on cross-set thickness.

published 

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, M. Perillo, J. Venditti, 2017, Bedform spurs: a result of a trailing helical vortex wake, Sedimentology.

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, L. Man, 2016, A surface model for aeolian dune topography, Mathematical Geosciences.

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, and G. Kocurek, 2016, Aeolian dune sediment flux variability over an annual cycle of wind, Sedimentology.

Eastwood, E. N., G. Kocurek, D. Mohrig, and T. Swanson, 2012, Methodology for reconstructing wind direction, wind speed and duration of wind events from aeolian cross-strata: J. Geophys. Res., v. 117, p. F03035.

Nowinski, J., M. Bayani Cardenas, A. Lightbody, T. Swanson, and A. H. Sawyer, 2012, Hydraulic and thermal response of groundwater-surface water exchange to flooding in an experimental aquifer: Journal of Hydrology.

*Gerecht, K., M Cardenas, A. Guswa, A. Sawyer, J. Nowinski, and T. Swanson, 2011, Dynamics of hyporheic flow and heat transport across a bed‐to‐bank continuum in a large regulated river: Water Resources Research, v. 47.

Swanson, T., and M. Cardenas, 2011, Ex-Stream: A MATLAB program for calculating fluid flux through sediment–water interfaces based on steady and transient temperature profiles: Computers & Geosciences, v. 37, p. 1664-1669.     

Swanson, T., and M. Cardenas, 2010, Diel heat transport within the hyporheic zone of a pool-riffle-pool sequence of a losing stream and evaluation of models for fluid flux estimation using heat: Limnology and oceanography, v. 55, p. 1741-1754.

INVITED TALKS AND LECTURES

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, M. Wolinsky, and C. Hern, Surface-based aeolian stratigraphy, Invited talk, AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA. Fall 2014

Swanson, T. Exploring a surface model of bedform topography and stratigraphy, guest lecturer in Dynamics of Depositional Systems I, The Jackson School of Geosciences. Fall 2014

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS (*undergraduate presenter)

2017

Swanson, T., Katherine, A., Chris, O., John, S., Nittrouer, J., Anderson, J., 2017, Connecting morphodynamic depth of closure to shoreline change along the Texas coast. Presented at Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposium (IRESS), Rice University, Houston, Texas, February 23-24, 2017.

2016

*Palermo, R., Mohrig, D., Piliouras, A., and Swanson, T., 2016, Spatial and Temporal Variability in Erosion Generating a Sea Cliff and Wave-Cut Platform that make up the Holocene Transgressive Ravinement Surface at Sargent Beach, Texas, USA: 32th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Marrakech, Morocco, May 23 – 25, 2016.

*Palermo, R., Mohrig, D., Piliouras, A., and Swanson, T., 2016, Variability in retreat rates and roughness of a sea-cliff at Sargent Beach, Texas: Abstract EP23A-0954, presented at AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA

2015

*Palermo, R., Mohrig, D., Piliouras, A., and Swanson, T., 2015, Rates and Mechanisms of Erosion Generating a Wave-Cut Platform at Sargent Beach, Texas, USA, Abstract EP21D-07 presented at AGU 2015 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2013

Zamora, P. B., M. B. Cardenas, T. E. Swanson, D. Tait, I. R. Santos, and D. Erler, 2013, Thermal dynamics of intertidal sediment affected by diffuse groundwater discharge, ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cardenas, M. B., K. E. Gerecht, M. S. Markowski, J. D. Nowinski, A. H. Sawyer, T. E. Swanson, and A. J. Guswa, 2013, How the pulse of a river affects its liver, ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

2012

Swanson T., Mohrig, D., Kocurek, G., Pedersen, A., 2012, Geometric Aeolian dune crest migration model. Poster presented at 2012 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Cardenas, M. B., A. H. Sawyer, K. E. Gerecht, M. S. Markowski, B. A. Francis, L. K. Francis, T. E. Swanson, J. D. Nowinski, and A. J. Guswa, 2012, Groundwater-surface water interactions in a regulated river, ASLO Summer Meeting, Lake Biwa, Japan.

2011

Swanson T. and D. Mohrig, 2011, Incidence angle dependent sediment routing: A proposed mechanism for fluvial bedform interactions. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 374

Befus, K. M., M. B. Cardenas, T. E. Swanson, D. V. Erler, I. R. Santos, D. R. Tait, 2011, Groundwater flow and heat transport dynamics across an intertidal zone, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Befus, K. M., M. B. Cardenas, T. E. Swanson, D. V. Erler, I. R. Santos, and D. Tait, Fluid and heatfluxes across the intertidal zone, Water Resource Sustainability Issues on Tropical Islands, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2011.

K.M. Befus, M.B. Cardenas, T.E. Swanson, D. Erler, I. Santos; D. Tait. Fluid and heat fluxes across the intertidal zone. Water Resource Sustainability Issues on Tropical Islands Conference, 2011.

2010

*Gerecht, K., M. B. Cardenas, A. J. Guswa, A. H. Sawyer, T. E. Swanson, J. D. Nowinski, Hyporheic flow and heat transport within a bed-to-bank transect of a large regulated river: Colorado River, Austin, TX, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2010.

Cardenas, M. B., P. L. Cook, K. E. Gerecht, H. S. Jiang, M. S. Markowski, J. D. Nowinski, A. H. Sawyer, T. E. Swanson, J. L. Wilson, Fluid dynamic interactions near sediment-water interfaces in aquatic and coastal environments, ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, June 2010

2009

Swanson, T. E., M. B. Cardenas, A. H. Sawyer, and J. D. Nowinski, 2009, Evaluation of models for heat tracing in streambeds (hyporheic zones) along a pool-riffle-ppol sequence: Jaramillo Creek, Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Portland, Oregon

Cardenas, M. B., K. E. Gerecht, M. Markowski, J. D. Nowinski. A. H. Sawyer, B. A. Stanley, and T. E. Swanson, 2009, The familiar as a frontier: persistent transient stream-groundwater interactions, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Portland, Oregon

Nowinski, J., Cardenas, M., Swanson, T., Lightbody, A., 2009, Response of intra-meander hyporheic exchange to flooding and permeability change in a losing artificial stream. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Portland, Oregon,

*Gerecht, K., Markowski, m., Nowinski, J., Sawyer, A., Swanson, T., Cardenas, M., 2009, Fluid flow and heat transport within the hyporheic and riparian zones of a regulated river: Colorado River, Austin, TX. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Portland, Oregon

Chaudhary, K., Sharp, J M., Holt, J.2, Al-Johar, M., Swanson, T., Greenbaum, J., Nowinski, J., Smith, V., Brothers, T., 2009, Multiple geophysical methods for identifying and mapping caves in the recharge zone of the Edwards aquifer, Texas. Poster presented at GSA South-Central Section – 43rd Annual Meeting. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 2, p. 8

2008

Swanson T., Nowinski J., Sawyer A., Marr J., Lightbody, A., Cardenas B, 2008, 3D Surface Water – Groundwater interactions in a large experimental channel. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Houston, Texas

Stanley, B., Swanson T., Cardenas, B. Effects of Dam-Induced Daily River Stage Fluctuations and Sedimentary Architecture of a Large Gravel Bar on Groundwater Flow Paths, 2008, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Houston, Texas

*Harlow, J., Stanley, B., Cox, S., Vyas, R., Linhoff, B., Sawyer, A., Swanson, T., Groffman, A., Rearick, M., Cardenas, B, 2008, Groundwater – Surface water interactions and geochemistry along a high-sinuosity meander in a mountain meadow. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Houston, Texas

REFERENCES

Email Telephone Relationship
David Mohrig mohrig@jsg.utexas.edu 512 471 2282 PhD Advisor
Ru Smith ru.smith@shell.com 832 491 3837 Team lead at Shell
John Anderson johna@rice.edu 713 348 4884 Postdoc Advisor
Jeff Nittrouer nittrouer@rice.edu 713 348 4886 Postdoc Advisor
Jim Buttles buttles@jsg.utexas.edu 512 475 9539 Mentor
Bayani Cardenas cardenas@jsg.utexas.edu 512 471 6897 MS Advisor