Dr Ludmila Adam

PhD, MSc, Colorado School of Mines, USA. BSc, Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela.

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

At the PORO (Physics Of ROcks) Lab we study how the physical properties of rocks are reflected in geophysical signatures by combining laboratory experiments, geophysical well logs and field data.  We investigate how elastic waves and electrical resisitivity can decifer the micro- to macro-structure and physical properties of rocks. For more information please check our (in progress) webpage here.

We closely collaborate with the Physical Acoustics Lab and you can learn more about them by following this link.

Postgraduate supervision

Current students:

Advisor: Evert Duran (PhD in Earth Science/Geophysics)

Advisor: Stephen Brennan (PhD in Earth Science/Geophysics)

Co-advisor: James Clarke (PhD in Physics)

Past students:

Cheng Yii Sim (MSc in Geophysics)

Shreya Jagdish Kanakiya (MSc in Geology)

Marcus Trimble (MSc in Geology)

Co-advisor: Shannon Hawkins (MSc in Geology). Primary Advisor: Lorna Strachan

Simon Guerin-Marthe (MSc visiting student from Université Joseph Fourier, France)

Fiona Nagy (2015): MSc in Geology (Co-advisor, Primary Advisor: Lorna Strachan)

Jackson MacFarlane (2014): Hns in Geophysics

Kyle Meffan (2014): Hns in Geology

Matthew Lawrence (2014): MSc in Geology (Co-advisor, Primary Advisor: Julie Rowland)

Stephen Bai (2014): MSc in Geophysics. (Co-advisor, Primary Advisor: Ingo Pecher)

Thomas Otheim (2012): MSc in Geophysics

Areas of expertise

Geophysical methods to quantify rock and fluid properties over time in the laboratory and in the field (time-lapse geophysical data). I am interested in studying geophysical ways to monitor fluid movement and rock fluid interactions in all kinds of geological environments.

Laboratory geophysical analysis of oil and gas and geothermal reservoirs. The study of rock petrography, fluid storage and transport properties and their relation to geophysical signatures in cores, well logs and seismic.

Carbon dioxide interaction with rocks, from natural occurrence, geologic sequestration of this anthropogenic gas and for enhanced oil recovery and its signature on seismic properties.

Linking fundamental subsurface processes to the observed geophysical properties in volcanoes and at the Alpine Fault.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sim, C. Y., & Adam, L. (2016). Are changes in time-lapse seismic data due to fluid substitution or rock dissolution? A CO 2 sequestration feasibility study at the Pohokura Field, New Zealand. Geophysical Prospecting, 64 (4), 967-986. 10.1111/1365-2478.12405
  • Bai, H., Pecher, I. A., Adam, L., & Field, B. (2016). Possible link between weak bottom simulating reflections and gas hydrate systems in fractures and macropores of fine-grained sediments: Results from the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 71, 225-237. 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.12.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ingo Pecher
  • Shragge, J., Blum, T. E., van Wijk, K., & Adam, L. (2015). Full-wavefield modeling and reverse time migration of laser ultrasound data: A feasibility study. GEOPHYSICS, 80 (6), D553-D563. 10.1190/geo2015-0020.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk
  • Hitchman, S., Wijk, K. V., Broderick, N., & Adam, L. (2015). Heterodyne interferometry for the detection of elastic waves: a tutorial and open-hardware project. European Journal of Physics, 36 (3), 035011-035011. 10.1088/0143-0807/36/3/035011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk
  • Adam, L., & van Wijk, K. (2014). Introduction to this special section: Attenuation dispersion. The Leading Edge, 33 (6), 604-605. 10.1190/tle33060604.1
  • Batzle, M. L., Kumar, G., Hofmann, R., Duranti, L., & Adam, L. (2014). Seismic-frequency loss mechanisms: Direct observation. The Leading Edge, 33 (6), 656-662. 10.1190/tle33060656.1
  • Adam, L., Van Wijk, K., Otheim, T., & Batzle, M. (2013). Changes in elastic wave velocity and rock microstructure due to basalt-CO<inf>2</inf>-water reactions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118 (8), 4039-4047. 10.1002/jgrb.50302
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk
  • Adam, L., & Otheim, T. (2013). Elastic laboratory measurements and modeling of saturated basalts. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118 (3), 840-851. 10.1002/jgrb.50090

Contact details

Alternative contact

Building 301, Room 427b


Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 6, Room 620
New Zealand