The Science of CO2 Storage: What We Have Learned by X-Raying Rocks

Sally M.  Benson

Sally M. Benson

Director, Global Climate & Energy Program

Stanford University

ally M. Benson is a Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering (ERE) in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, Benson has been a member of Stanford?s faculty since 2007. Her research group in ERE investigates fundamental characteristics of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations as a means of climate change mitigation. She teaches courses on carbon dioxide capture and storage and greenhouse gas mitigation technologies.

Prior to joining GCEP, Benson worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), serving in a number of capacities, including Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, and Deputy Director for Operations.

A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. For the past 10 years, she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration. Benson was a coordinating lead author on the influential 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. Her research interests also include technologies and energy systems for a low-carbon future, groundwater quality and remediation, biogeochemistry of selenium, and geotechnical instrumentation for subsurface characterization and monitoring.

Benson graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in 1977 with a bachelor?s degree in geology. She completed her graduate education in 1988 at the University of California, Berkeley, after receiving master?s and doctoral degrees, both in materials science and mineral engineering.

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