Tracey Vaitekaitis

PhD student – Mudstone and Shale Gas research

Tracey Vaitekaitis

I hope my research will inform shale gas exploration in the future, either directly or indirectly by providing a platform to be built upon by future researchers.

Background

I was attracted to this role and the University because the advertised PhD topic fit with my past experiences and the future direction I plan to take. I have the opportunity to be part of new research in to a relatively unexplored area with increasing national and global significance, and to pursue research that is both academically challenging and industrially relevant.

Research

I am looking at variability in mudstone systems at kilometre to micron scales. My work includes collection of data and samples through field work leading to large scale correlations and the analysis of samples using XRF/XRD and thin section study. 

Fieldwork is always fun and at times a challenge. I enjoy seeing the results of the fieldwork coming together to begin to form my thesis. I very much enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate to undergraduates, passing on what I have learned from others, in the classroom but again especially in the field. I have presented posters at various conferences to showcase my research, this is also useful for getting feedback from people with an interest in the area.

Future

I hope my research will inform shale gas exploration in the future, either directly or indirectly by providing a platform to be built upon by future researchers.

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