Brian McPherson

Associate Professor

Phone: (801) 585-7961
Fax: (801) 587-9148

In addition to directing the Carbon Science and Engineering Research group at EGI, Dr. McPherson is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. For the past 10 years, Dr. McPherson has conducted carbon management and engineering research, especially geological sequestration studies, but including other modes of carbon management as well, such as biomimetic and other approaches. Technical focus areas include groundwater and reservoir simulation, multiphase flow analysis and simulation, rock deformation, and subsurface chemically reactive transport analysis and simulation. McPherson and his research group maintain a high pressure/high temperature laboratory capable of combined multiphase flow and rock mechanical response experimentation, and are currently conducting flow tests to quantify diagenetic changes on rocks during CO2 sequestration. Other research that Dr. McPherson continues to pursue includes coupled heat and fluid processes in sedimentary basins and geothermal systems, and petroleum generation and migration processes.

Regional & Basin Experience

  • Paradox Basin

  • Sacramento Basin

  • Piceance Creek Basin

  • Uinta Basin

  • Powder River Basin

  • San Juan Basin

  • Permian Basin

1996 Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Utah

1992 M.Sc. in Geophysics, University of Utah

1989 B.Sc. in Geophysics, University of Oklahoma


B.J. McPherson and D.F. Boutt, 2007, Analysis of the role of fluids in causing fractures in the Spraberry Trend, Midland Basin, Geofluids, v.7, p. 415-426, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-8123.2007.00195.x

Liu, N., L. Li, B.J. McPherson, and R. Lee, 2008, Removal of organics from produced water by reverse osmosis using MFI-type zeolite membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 325, Issue 1, p. 357-361, ISSN 0376-7388,

Li, L., N. Liu, B.J. McPherson, and R. Lee, 2008, Influence of Counter Ions on the Reverse Osmosis Permeation of NaCl Solution through MFI Zeolite Membranes, Desalination, Volume 228, Issues 1-3, Pages 217-225.

Weon Shik Han and Brian J. McPherson, 2008, Comparison of Two Different Equations of State for Application of Carbon Dioxide Sequestration, Advances in Water Resources, v. 31, p. 877 890,

Sam Earman, Brian J.O.L. McPherson, Fred M. Phillips, Steve Ralser, James M. Herrin, James Broska, 2008, Tectonic Influences on Ground Water Quality: Insight from Complementary Methods , Ground Water, Vol. 46, No. 3, p. 354 371,

McPherson, B. J. O. L. and Sundquist, E. T., 2009, editors, The Science and Technology of Carbon Sequestration, AGU Monograph Series, Publisher: American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., scheduled publication and print date: May, 2009.

Brian J.O.L. McPherson, Weon Shik Han and Barret S. Cole, 2008, Two equations of state assembled for basic analysis of multiphase CO2 flow and in deep sedimentary basin conditions, Computers & Geosciences, v. 34, p. 427 444,

David F. Boutt, Benjamin K. Cook, Brian J. O. L. McPherson, and J. R. Williams, 2007, Direct simulation of fluid-solid mechanics in porous media using the discrete element and lattice-Boltzmann methods, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 112, B10209, doi:10.1029/2004JB003213.

L. Li, N. Liu, B.J. McPherson, and R. Lee, 2007, “Enhanced Water Permeation of Reverse Osmosis through MFI-type Zeolite Membranes with high Aluminum Contents,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 46, 1584-1589.