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Mary Kang
Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University

Our main research areas are groundwater hydrology and environmental impacts of subsurface-based energy development. Application areas include groundwater impacts and greenhouse gas emissions related to oil and gas development and geologic storage of carbon dioxide. 

Current projects involve (1) the development of analytical, numerical, and combined analytical-numerical multi-scale models of multi-phase flow through porous media, (2) field measurements of gas fluxes, and (3) geospatial and statistical data analysis. Fluids of interest include carbon dioxide, methane and other hydrocarbons, and water.

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Graduate student opportunities are available! 
Please email mary.kang@mcgill.ca for more information.

Position 1. Deep groundwater database development and analysis
Deep groundwater aquifers may be a valuable resource, especially during severe droughts and in arid regions, in decades and centuries to come. It is now increasingly common to find groundwater wells drilled to several kilometer depths in California, Texas, the Middle East, and other arid regions. Therefore, we aim to characterize deep groundwater aquifers to answer questions about their quantity, quality, and availability to manage and protect these resources.

Position 2. Methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and reducing its emissions can substantially combat global warming in the short term. Recent measurements have shown that abandoned oil and gas wells are sources of methane to the atmosphere. Therefore, through field sampling and laboratory analysis, we aim to provide quantitative data for evaluating and designing mitigation solutions for the millions of abandoned oil and gas wells around the world.