Douma, L.A.N.R.


I am a PhD candidate in the Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics group in the Department of Geoscience & Engineering. My current research focusses on the experimental rock fracturing/ rock mechanics of tight sandstones and shales. I performed my M.Sc. project partly at Utrecht University (HPT-laboratory) and Georgia Institute of Technology. The research included an experimental study to investigate the effect of evolving grain contact and pore wall area on compaction creep of granular NaCl by pressure solution. Afterwards I did an internship at TNO and studied the regional environmental footprint in subsurface soils from shale gas production in the Haynesville Shale Formation. I obtained my M.Sc. degree in Geology in 2015 at the faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University.  I am now working towards my Ph.D. degree and serve on the Young Professional board for AAPG-Europe and Petroleum Geologische Kring (PGK) in the Netherlands.


Assisting in B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses:

  • AES1520 Log evaluation
  • AES1050 GSE Student competition course
  • AESB214 Geophysical methods for subsurface characterization


My doctoral research focuses on the experimental rock fracturing/rock mechanics of tight sandstones and shales. The research is part of the basin to pore fracture networks and fluid-rock interactions in tight sands and shales (2F2S) project. The study is supervised by Dr. A. Barnhoorn (daily supervisor) and Prof. Dr. Ir. C.P.A. Wapenaar (promotor). The project is funded by the Dutch Upstream Gas top-sector initiative and industry partners: EBN, ENGIE E&P NL, and Wintershall Noordzee.


First place in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award 2016 (Europe Region)
Team members: Duaa Alshiroofi, Thore Boerboom, Lisanne Douma, Axel Sanden, and Fu Kai Yap. We would like to thank our sponsors: Deltares, EBN, Gerhard Diephuis, KIVI, Oranje-Nassau Energie, TNO and TU Delft.


  • Douma, L. A. N. R., Primarini, M. I. W., Houben, M. E., & Barnhoorn, A. (2017). The validity of generic trends on multiple scales in rock-physical and rock-mechanical properties of the Whitby Mudstone, United Kingdom. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 84, 135-147.

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  • Ter Heege, J., Zijp, M., Nelskamp, S., Douma, L., Verreussel, R., Ten Veen, J., de Bruin, G., & Peters, R. (2015). Sweet spot identification in underexplored shales using multidisciplinary reservoir characterization and key performance indicators: Example of the Posidonia Shale Formation in the Netherlands. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 27, 558-577

Lisanne Douma

PhD Candidate

  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

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