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)

  • 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
  • Durán EL, van Wijk, K., Adam, L., & Wallis, I. C. (2018). Separating intrinsic and scattering attenuation in full waveform sonic logging with radiative transfer theory. Geophysical Journal International, 213 (2), 757-769. 10.1093/gji/ggy015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Irene Wallis, Kasper van Wijk
  • Saxena, V., Krief, M., & Adam, L. (2018). Handbook of Borehole Acoustics and Rock Physics for Reservoir Characterization Introduction. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. Pages: 17. 10.1016/B978-0-12-812204-4.00001-0
  • Kanakiya, S., Adam, L., Esteban, L., Rowe, M., & Shane, P. (2017). Dissolution and secondary mineral precipitation in basalts due to reactions with carbonic acid. Journal of Geophysical Research, 122 (6), 4312-4327. 10.1002/2017JB014019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shreya Kanakiya, Michael Rowe, Phil Shane
  • van Wijk, K., Simpson, J., & Adam Dvalishvili, L. (2017). Teaching hands-on geophysics: examples from the Rū seismic network in New Zealand. European Journal of Physics, 38 (2)10.1088/1361-6404/aa5395
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk
  • van wijk, Simpson J., & Adam Dvalishvili, L. (2017). Teaching hands-on geophysics: examples from the Rū seismic network in New Zealand. European Journal of Physics, 38 (2), 023001-023001. 10.1088/1361-6404/aa5395
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kasper van Wijk
  • Sim, C. Y., & Adam, L. (2016). Are changes in time-lapse seismic data due to fluid substitution or rock dissolution? A CO2 sequestration feasibility study at the Pohokura Field, New Zealand. Geophysical Prospecting, 64 (4), 967-986. 10.1111/1365-2478.12405

Contact details

Alternative contact

Building 301, Room 427b


Primary office location

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