Fateme Hormozzade, Ph.D. Student, Carleton University


Fateme is a Ph.D. candidate in geophysics at Carleton University. She received her B.Sc. in mining exploration engineering in 2014 and her M.Sc. in petroleum exploration engineering in 2016 from the University of Tehran. She graduated as the department’s top-ranked student in both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. After her M.Sc. studies, she gained over two years of work experience as a petrophysicist in a consulting company, studying well logs and petrophysical data of different reservoirs. She is currently funded by the Geological Survey of Canada (RAP scholarship) for her Ph.D. research and is a teacher and research assistant at Carleton University. Fateme is working under the supervision of geophysicist Mr. Jim Craven, Dr. Dariush Motazedian, and Dr. Steve Grasby.

Project: Influence of Fracture and Fault Systems on Fluid Flow in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, BC

Fateme’s Ph.D. thesis focuses on the use of audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data to explore for shallow geothermal resources in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt in BC’s Southwest Region. This research project aims to identify the influence of fault and fracture networks on permeability and shallow fluid circulation at the Mount Meager Volcanic Complex (MMVC). Combining new AMT data with legacy magnetotelluric (MT) and 3-D inversion techniques, this project will generate a new electrical resistivity model which provides information about the hydrothermal system and fluid flow in the subsurface of MMVC. Fateme will incorporate well logs and petrophysical and fluid properties into the model to examine the influence of fracture and fault networks on rock physical properties. Subsequently, reservoir characteristics and petrophysical trends will be estimated and optimized for the survey area, using machine learning algorithms. Furthermore, this project will contribute to the development of conceptual models of the hydrothermal system flow regime, which could be used to reduce the risk of future development of geothermal resources.