Lansing Taylor

Senior Research Scientist & Advisor to the Director

Phone: (801) 581-8430
Fax: (801) 585-3540

Hydrocarbon Exploration:

Integration of seismic and well data, surface mapping, and potential fields to build the structural and stratigraphic framework required for basin-scale petroleum system evaluation.

Structural Geology:

Researching the effects of mechanical stratigraphy on subsurface stress to understand natural and hydraulic fractures; documenting patterns, scales, and temporal evolution of rotational deformation within solid material.

Training Instructor:

Field- and classroom-based courses in structural geology addressing the morphology and evolution of hydrocarbon traps.

Regional & Basin Experience

  • Hydrocarbon systems: Western Cordillera of the Americas (Alaska, Canada, the US Rockies, West Texas, the Gulf Coast, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina); Tethyan Margins (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Iraq, UAE, Oman, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, PNG, and Australia)
  • Field Areas: Basin and Range in Southern Nevada, the Northern Rockies in Montana, the Paradox Basin in Utah, the Cretaceous Platform of central Texas, the Pedernal uplift in New Mexico, the Canadian Cordillera in Alberta, and the Spanish Pyrenees.

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1999 “Fluid flow and chemical alteration in fractured sandstone”, Rock Fracture Project

B.A. Skidmore College, 1993 double-major Mathematics and Geology, minor in Physics

Language Skills

  • Limited proficiency in Spanish


  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • Houston Geological Society (HGS)

HGS Committee Chairman, Geomechanics for Unconventionals


Taylor, W. L. (1999). Fluid Flow and Chemical Alteration in Fractured Sandstone. Thesis. Stanford University.

Taylor, W. L., Pollard, D. D., & Aydin, A. (1999). Fluid flow in discrete joint sets; field observations and numerical simulations. JGR, 104, 6-29.

Taylor, W. L., & Pollard, D. D. (2000). Estimation of in situ permeability of deformation bands in porous sandstone, Valley of Fire, Nevada. Water Resources Research, 36(9), 2595-2606.

Pachell, M. A., Evans, J. P., & Taylor, W. L. (2003). Kilometer-scale kinking of crystalline rocks in a transpressive convergent setting, central Sierra Nevada, California. GSA Bull, 115(7), 817-831.

Eichhubl, P., Taylor, W. L., Pollard, D. D., & Aydin, A. (2004). Paleo-fluid flow and deformation in the Aztec sandstone at the valley of fire, Nevada; evidence for the coupling of hydrogeologic, diagenetic, and tectonic processes. GSA Bull, 116(9-10), 1120-1136.


Taylor, W. L. (2013). Geomechanics, from mantle plume to molecular cohesion, what is the scale of the problem? HGS AGC.

Taylor, W. L., & McClay, K. (2010). How the pieces all fit together; a structural interpretation of the central basin and range. GSA, 42(5), 366.

Taylor, W. L. (2002). Structural analysis of recent hydrocarbon discoveries in the Berkine Basin; characterization and process-based predictive modeling. AAPG International Conference, 353.

Taylor, W. L., Gauthier, Francois (2000) Enhancing structural analysis with the Fourier Transform – An Example from the Berkine Basin, Algeria. EAGE, October 2000

Taylor, W. L., Myers, R., Aydin, A., & Pollard, D. D. (1999). Hydraulic characterization of fractures and faults in sandstone. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 311.

Taylor, W. L., & Pollard, D. D. (1998). Influence of aperture and rock permeability on the spatial distribution of flow in fractured sandstone. AGU, 79(45), 813.

Taylor, W. L. (1998). Using wall rock alteration and aeromagnetic data to infer the subsurface morphology of post-Acadian intrusions, Nashoba formation, East-central Mass. GSA, 30(1), 77-78.

Taylor, W. L., & Pollard, D. D. (1997). Reactive solute tracing of flow paths; comparison of FEM simulations to outcrop observations in fractured sandstone, valley of fire, Nevada. AGU, 78(46).

Taylor, W. L., & Pollard, D. D. (1996). A method for documenting in-situ fluid flow pathways at the outcrop scale; results from fractured sandstone at the valley of fire, southeastern Nevada. GSA, 28(7), 137.