Brandon Dugan

Associate Department Head
Associate Professor, Geophysics
Baker Hughes Chair in Petrophysics and Borehole Geophysics

Brandon Dugan


  • Ph.D., 2003, geosciences, Penn State University
  • B.GeoE., 1997, geoengineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research Interests

  1. Geomechanical and petrophysical properties of mud and shale
  2. Fluid flow and slope stability in sedimentary basins
  3. Fluids, faults, and megathrust earthquakes
  4. Unconventional freshwater resources
  5. Hydrologic impacts of charcoal on soil

Recent Publications (*student co-author)

  • Aharonov, E., Katz, O., Morgan, J.K., Dugan, B., 2016, Reply to comment by Chen et al. on “Controls on the size and geometry of landslides: Insights from discrete element numerical simulations”, Geomorphology, 253, 551-552, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.03.024.
  • Huffman, K.A., Saffer, D., Dugan, B., 2016, In situ stress magnitude and rock strength in the Nankai accretionary complex: a novel approach using paired constraints from downhole data in two wells, Earth, Planets and Space, 68:123, doi:10.1186/s40623-016-0491-4.
  • *Liu, Z., Dugan, B., Masiello, C.A., Barnes, R.T., Gallagher, M.E., Gonnermann, H., 2016, Impacts of biochar concentration and particle size on hydraulic conductivity and DOC leaching of biochar-sand mixtures, Journal of Hydrology, 533, 461-472, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol2015.12.007.
  • Sorrenti, G., Masiello, C.A., Dugan, B., Toselli, M., 2016, Biochar physico-chemical properties as affected by environmental exposure, Science of the Total Environment, 563-564, 237-246, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.245.
  • Hüpers, A., Ikari, M.J., Dugan, B., Underwood, M.B., Kopf, A.J., 2015, Origin of a zone of anomalously high porosity in the subduction zone inputs to Nankai Trough, Marine Geology, 361, 147-162, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2015.001.004.
  • Masiello, C.A., Dugan, B., Brewer, C.E., Spokas, K., Novak, J.M., *Liu, Z., Sorrenti, G., 2015, Biochar effects on Soil Hydrology, 543-562, in Lehmeann, J. (ed), Biochar for Environmental Management, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London.
  • Barnes, R.T., Gallagher, M.E., Masiello, C.A., *Liu, Z., Dugan, B., 2014, Biochar-induced changes in soil hydraulic conductivity and dissolved nutrient fluxes constrained by laboratory experiments, PLoS ONE, 9(9), e108340, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108340.
  • Brewer, C.E., Chuang, V.J., Masiello, C.A., Gonnermann, H., Gao, X., Dugan, B., Driver, L.E., Panzacchi, P., Zygourakis, K., Davies, C., 2014, New approaches to measuring biochar density and porosity, Biomass and Bioenergy, 66, 176-185, doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.03.059.
  • *Chatterjee, S., Bhatnagar, G., Dugan, B., Dickens, G.R., Chapman, W.G., Hirasaki, G.J., 2014, The Impact of Lithologic Heterogeneity and Focused Fluid Flow upon Gas Hydrate Distribution in Marine Sediments, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JB011236.
  • Daigle, H., Dugan, B., 2014, Pore size controls on the base of the methane hydrate stability zone in the Kumano Basin, offshore Japan, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL062135.
  • Katz, O., Morgan, J.K., Aharonov, E., Dugan, B., 2014, Controls on the size and geometry of landslides: Insights from discrete element numerical simulations, Geomorphology, 220, 104-113, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.05.021.
  • Moore, G.F., Kanagawa, K., Strasser, M., Dugan, B., Maeda, L., Toczko, S., IODP Expedition 338 Scientific Party, 2014, IODP Expedition 338: NanTroSEIZE Stage 3: NanTroSEIZE plate boundary deep riser 2, Scientific Drilling, 17, 1-12, doi:10.5194/sd-17-1-2014.
  • *Siegel, J., Lizarralde, D., Dugan, B., Person, M., 2014, Glacially generated overpressure on the New England continental shelf: Integration of full-waveform inversion and overpressure modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 3393-3409, doi:10.1002/2013JB010278.
  • *Siegel, J., Person, M., Dugan, B., Cohen, D., Lizarralde, D., Gable, C., 2014, Influence of Late Pleistocene Glaciations on the Hydrogeology of the Continental Shelf Offshore Massachusetts, USA, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, doi:10.1002/2014GC005569.