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.

Teaching | Current

EARTHSCI 120 (course director) Planet Earth

EARTHSCI 305 Tectonics and Geodynamics

EARTHSCI 303 Sedimentary Systems

EARTHSCI 361 Exploration Geophysics

GEOHYS 310 Physics of the Earth

GEOPHYS/EARTSCI 761/763 Subsurface imaging with seismic and radar waves

Postgraduate supervision

Current students:

Advisor: Shreya Kanakiya (PhD in Geology)

Advisor: Stephen Brennan (PhD in Geology)

Co-advisor: James Clarke (PhD in Physics)

Advisor: Jirapat Charoensawan  (MSc in Geophysics)

Advisor: Stephanie Kirkman (MS in Engineering Geology)

Advisor: Yifan Huang (MSc in Geology)

Advisor: Gina Swanney(Hns in Earth Science)

Past students:

Evert Duran (PhD in Geology)

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

My research is centred on understanding and quantifying the physical properties in rocks and how we can geophysical image these in the subsurface with applications to geological hazards and energy. The current  research programme at the PORO lab aims to answer  long-standing questions regarding rock and fluid processes that drive volcano seismicity, identifying from seismic data fractured geological units in geothermal reservoirs, how rocks respond to the injection of carbon dioxide and what drives rock strength in the Alpine Fault.  Most of our work is experimental geophysics which we support with numerical models and borehole data.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Clarke, J., Adam, L., van Wijk, K., & Sarout, J. (2020). The influence of fluid type on elastic wave velocity and attenuation in volcanic rocks. JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH, 40310.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.107004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk
  • Adam, L., Frehner, M., Sauer, K., Toy, V., & Guerin-Marthe, S. (2020). Seismic Anisotropy and Its Impact on Imaging the Shallow Alpine Fault: An Experimental and Modeling Perspective. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125 (8).10.1029/2019JB019029
  • Fleetwood, B., Brook, M. S., Brink, G., Richards, N. R., Adam, L., & Black, P. M. (2020). Characterization of a highly heterogeneous flysch deposit and excavation implications: case study from Auckland, New Zealand. BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 79 (9), 4565-4578. 10.1007/s10064-020-01873-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Brook
  • Simpson, J., Adam, L., van Wijk, K., & Charoensawan, J. (2020). Constraining Microfractures in Foliated Alpine Fault Rocks With Laser Ultrasonics. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 47 (8)10.1029/2020GL087378
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jonathan Simpson, Kasper van Wijk
  • Simpson, J., van Wijk, K., Adam, L., & Smith, C. (2019). Laser ultrasonic measurements to estimate the elastic properties of rock samples under in situ conditions. The Review of scientific instruments, 90 (11)10.1063/1.5120078
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk, Jonathan Simpson
  • Duran, E. L., Adam, L., Wallis, I. C., & Barnhoorn, A. (2019). Mineral Alteration and Fracture Influence on the Elastic Properties of Volcaniclastic Rocks. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH, 124 (5), 4576-4600. 10.1029/2018JB016617
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene Wallis
  • Duran, E. L., Adam, L., & Wallis, I. C. (2019). A robust methodology for time picking and error analysis of ultrasonic waveforms and rock densities in the laboratory. GEOPHYSICS, 84 (2), MR85-MR97. 10.1190/GEO2018-0331.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene Wallis
  • Clarke, J., Adam, L., Sarout, J., van Wijk, K., Kennedy, B., & Dautriat, J. (2019). The relation between viscosity and acoustic emissions as a laboratory analogue for volcano seismicity. Geology10.1130/G45446.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk

Contact details

Alternative contact

Building 301, Room 427b


Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 4, Room 427B
New Zealand