Alena Grechishnikova

Alena Grechishnikova


Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Degree Program: PhD Geophysics/Geophysical Engineering




Prior to joining the School of Mines, Alena obtained her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Geophysical Engineering from Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia.  Her undergraduate research focused on velocity models, ray tracing and illumination studies.  As she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 2008, Alena continued her research on the velocity models, incorporating them into seismic inversion. Seismic interpretation and inversion became the area of her expertise after Alena earned a Master's Degree in 2010 and proceeded with her professional career in the oil and gas industry.

Alena's industry experience includes 8 years with Gasprom, Schlumberger, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Ursus E&P Services, and Colorado School of Mines. The types of geological environments and basins that she has been exposed to include salt tectonics, fluvial-deltaic reservoirs, turbidite reservoirs and carbonates. Alena's most recent industry experience is exploration, well planning and placement for the unconventional reservoirs.


Alena is involved in the reservoir characterization of the unconventional plays in Wattenberg Field, Denver Basin. The project is designed to support the integration of multi-disciplinary research teams in the areas of geology, geophysics and engineering.

Alena’s research deals with the creation of the Shared Earth Model in order to identify the “sweet spots” for the Wattenberg Field. Her major interest is focused on the Facies and Fracture Models, incorporating petrophysics, rock physics, Discrete Fracture Networks (DFN), production data, seismic inversion results, and outcrop analysis along with the core interpretation.


Alena is a big fan of traveling and outdoor activities, such as hiking, hunting, snowboarding, kite surfing, climbing, and kayaking. The Rocky Mountains provide an ideal opportunity for all mentioned above, along with the perfect sites for photography.


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