Brandon Dugan

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

Mines Geophysics Associate Department Head  Brandon Dugan


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

Research Interests

  • Geomechanical and petrophysical properties of mud and shale
  • Fluid flow and slope stability in sedimentary basins
  • Fluids, faults, and megathrust earthquakes
  • Unconventional freshwater resources
  • Hydrologic impacts of charcoal on soil

Recent Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed Journal Papers (*student group member, **student collaborator)

  • Barnes, P.M., Wallace, L.M., Saffer, D.M., Bell, R.E., Underwood, M.B., Fagereng, A., Meneghini, F., Savage, H.M., Rabinowitz, H.S., Morgan, J.K., Kitajima, H., Kutterolf, S., Hashimoto, Y., Engelmann de Oliveira, C.H., Noda, A., Crundwell, M.P., Shepherd, C.L., Woodhouse, A.D., Harris, R.N., Wang, M., Henrys, S., Barker, D.H.N., Petronotis, K.E., Bourlange, S.M., Clennell, M.B., Cook, A.E., Dugan, B.E., Elger, J., Fulton, P.M., Gamboa, D., Greve, A., Han, S., Hüpers, A., Ikari, M.J., Ito, Y., Kim, G.Y., Koge, H., Lee, H., Li, X., Luo, M., Malie, P.R., Moore, G.F., Mountjoy, J.J., McNamara, D.D., Paganoni, M., Screaton, E.J., Shankar, U., Shreedharan, S., Solomon, E.A., Wang, X., Wu, H.-Y., Pecher, I., LeVay, L.J., IODP Expedition 372 Scientists, 2020, Slow slip source characterized by lithological and geometric heterogeneity, Science Advances, 6(13), eaay3314,
  • **Cardona, S., Wood, L.J., Dugan, B., Jobe, Z., Strachan, L.J., 2020, Characterization of the Rapanui mass‐transport deposit and the basal shear zone: Mount Messenger Formation, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, Sedimentology,
  • Lynner, C., Van Avendonk, H.J.A., Becel, A., Christeson, G.L., Dugan, B., Gaherty, J.B., Harder, S., Hornbach, M.J., Lizarralde, D., Long, M.D., Magnani, M.B., Shillington, D.J., Aderhold, K., Eilon, Z.C., Wagner, L.S., 2019, The Eastern North American Margin Community Seismic Experiment: an amphibious active- and passive-source dataset, Seismological Research Letters, 91, 533-540,
  • McNeill, L., Dugan, B., Petronotis, K., Milliken, K., Francis, J., Expedition 362 Scientists, 2020, Late Miocene wood recovered in Bengal-Nicobar submarine fan sediments by IODP Expedition 362, Scientific Drilling, 27, 49-52,
  • Pickering, K., Pouderoux, H., McNeill, L.C., Backman, J., Chemale, F., Kutterolf, S., Milliken, K.L., Mukoyoshi, H., Henstock, T.J., Stevens, D.E., Parnell, C., Dugan, B., 2020, Sedimentology, stratigraphy and architecture of the Nicobar Fan (Bengal-Nicobar fan system), Indian Ocean: Results from IODP Expedition 362, Sedimentology,
  • Screaton, E.J., Torres, M.E., Dugan, B., Keeschen, K.U., Mountjoy, J.J., Ayres, C., Rose, P.S., Pecher, I.A., Barnes, P.M., LeVay, L.J., 2020, Reply to comments by N. Sultan on “Sedimentation controls on methane-hydrate dynamics across glacial/interglacial stages: An example from International Ocean Discovery Program Site U1517, Hikurangi Margin”, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 21, e2020GC009005,
  • *Hasanov, A.K., Dugan, B., Batzle, M., 2020, Numerical simulation of oscillating pore pressure experiments and inversion for permeability, Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR025681,
  • Fagereng, A., Savage, H.M., Morgan, J.K., Wang, M., Meneghini, F., Barnes, P.M., Bell, R., Kitajima, H., McNamara, D.D., Saffer, D.M., Wallace, L.M., Petronotis, K., LeVay, L., IODP Expedition 372/375 Scientists, Mixed deformation styles observed on a shallow subduction thrust, Hikurangi margin, New Zealand, Geology,
  • *Hasanov, A.K., Dugan, B., Batzle, M.L., Prasad, M., 2019, Hydraulic and poroelastic rock properties from oscillating pore pressure experiments, Journal of Geophysical Research, 124,
  • Screaton, E.J., Torres, M.E., Dugan, B., Heeschen, K.U., Mountjoy, J.J., Ayres, C., Rose, P.S., Pecher, I.A., Barnes, P.M., LeVay, L.J., Sedimentation controls on methane-hydrate dynamics across glacial/interglacial stages: an example from International Ocean Discovery Program Site U1517, Hikurangi margin, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20,
  • *Vora, H.B., Dugan, B., 2019, Porosity-permeability relationships in mudstone from pore-scale fluid flow simulations using the lattice Boltzmann method, Water Resources Research, 55,
  • Yamada, Y., Dugan, B., Hirose, T., Saito, S., 2019, Riser drilling: Access to deep subseafloor science, Oceanography, 32(1), 95-97,
  • *Liu, Z., Dugan, B., Masiello, C.A., **Wahab, L.M., Gonnermann, H.M., Nittrouer, J.A., 2018, Effect of Freeze-Thaw Cycling on Grain Size of Biochar, PLoS ONE, 13(1), e0191246,
  • *LongJohn, T., Morgan, J.K., Dugan, B., 2018, Microstructural Evolution of Porosity and Stress During the Formation of Brittle Shear Fractures: A Discrete Element Model Study, Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, 2228-2245,
  • Gao, X., Driver, L.E., Kasin, I., Masiello, C.A., **Pyle, L.A., Dugan, B., Ohlson, M., 2017, Effect of environmental exposure on charcoal density and porosity in a boreal forest, Science of the Total Environment, 592, 316-325,
  • Hüpers, A., Torres, M.E., Owari, S., McNeill, L.C., Dugan, B., Henstock, T., Milliken, K.L., Petronotis, K.E., Backman, J., Bourlange, S., Chemale, Jr., F., Chen, W., Colson, T.A., Frederik, M.C.G., Guèrin, G., Hamahashi, M., House, B.M., Jeppson, T.N., Kachovich, S., Kenigsburg, A.R., Kuranaga, M., Kutterolf, S., Mitchison, F.L., Mukoyoshi, H., Nair, N., Pickering, K.T., Pouderoux, H.F.A., Shan, Y., Song, I., Vannucchi, P., Vrolijk, P.J., Yang, T., Zhao, X., 2017, Release of mineral-bound water prior to subduction tied to shallow seismogenic slip off Sumatra, Science, 356, 841-844,
  • McNeill, L.C., Dugan, B., Backman, J., Pickering, K.T., Pouderoux, H.F.A., Henstock, T.J., Petronotis, K.E., Carter, A., Chemale Jr., F., Milliken, K.L., Kutterolf, S., Mukoyoshi, H., Chen, W., Kachovich, S., Mitchison, F.L., Bourlange, S., Colson, T.A., Frederik, M.C.G., Guèrin, G., Hamahashi, M., House, B.M., Hüpers, A., Jeppson, T.N., Kenigsberg, A.R., Kuranaga, M., Nair, N., Owari, S., Shan, Y., Song, I., Torres, M.E., Vannucchi, P., Vrolijk, P.J., Yang, T., Zhao, X., Thomas, E., 2017, Understanding Himalayan Erosion and the Significance of the Nicobar Fan, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 475, 134-142,
  • *Liu, Z., Dugan, B., Masiello, C.A., Gonnermann, H., 2017, Biochar particle size, shape, and porosity act together to influence soil water properties, PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0179079,
  • 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,
  • **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,
  • *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,
  • 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,
  • 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,

Reviewed Reports, Chapters, and Conference Papers (*student group member, **student collaborator)

  • *Silver, M.M.W., Dugan, B., 2020, The influence of clay content on submarine slope failure: insights from laboratory experiments and numerical models, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 500, 301-309,
  • McKay, R., Exon, N., Müller, D., Gohl, K., Gurnis, M., Shevenell, A., Henrys, S., Inagaki, F., Pandey, D., Whiteside, J., van de Flierdt, T., Naish, T., Heuer, V., Morono, Y., Coffin, M., Godard, M., Wallace, L., Kodaira, S., Bijl, P., Collot, J., Dickens, G., B., Dunlea, A.G., Hackney, R., Ikehara, M., Jutzeler, M., McNeill, L., Naik, S., Noble, T., Opdyke, B., Pecher, I., Stott, L., Uenzelmann-Neben, G., Vadakkeykath, Y., Wortmann, U.G., accepted, Developing community-based scientific priorities and new drilling proposals in the southern Indian and southwestern Pacific oceans, Scientific Drilling, 24, 61-70,
  • Dugan, B., *Zhao, X., 2018, Effects of Stress on Failure Behavior of Shallow-Marine Muds from the Northern Gulf of Mexico, in Lintern, D.G., Mosher, D.C., Moscardelli, L.G., Bobrowsky, P.T., Campbell, C., Chaytor, J.D., Clague, J.J., Georgiopoulou, A., Lajeunesse, P., Normandeua, A., Piper, D.J.W., Scherwath, M., Stacey, C., Turmel, D. (eds), Subaqueous Mass Movements, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 477,
  • Dugan, B., 2015, Data report: porosity and pore size characteristics of sediments from Site C0002 of the Nankai Trough determined by mercury injection, Proceedings of the IODP, 338,
  • 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 Lehmann, J. (ed), Biochar for Environmental Management, Earthscan Publications Ltd, London