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David Ferrill

Institute Scientist, Space Science & Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute

David is a structural geologist with experience in contractional, extensional, and strike-slip tectonic regimes. He has extensive experience characterizing reservoirs and aquifers, interpreting tectonic stress fields, and analyzing rock deformation and fracture mechanisms for the oil and gas industry. Study areas have included the Appalachians; the Basin and Range Province and Colorado Plateau of the western United States; the Rocky Mountains (U.S. and Canada); the Permian Basin; the Gulf of Mexico Basin; offshore Newfoundland; the Northern Range of Trinidad; the French Alps; offshore Vietnam; offshore Turkey; the Arabian Gulf; and the Zagros Belt. He led SwRI’s Eagle Ford structural geology and geomechanics joint industry project and now leads SwRI’s Permian Basin Consortium, and performs contract consulting and structural geology training for the oil. Before joining SwRI he was an exploration geologist at Shell and an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University.


Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Alabama, 1991
M.S. in Geology from West Virginia University, 1987
B.S. in Geology from Georgia State University, 1984