Adam J. Hawkins, Ph. D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University


I use tracers to study heat and mass transfer in Earth’s subsurface. My research funding supports applications in geothermal reservoir engineering with additional applications to nuclear waste disposal, groundwater contamination, carbon sequestration, and subsurface energy storage. Novel tracers that I study include: adsorbing tracers, thermally-degrading tracers, nanoparticle tracers, and DNA/microbial tracers. Most recently, I’ve led a ten-person team in the development of an “active” tracer that enables hydraulic control of cooled “short circuits” in enhanced geothermal systems. My work is motivated by a desire to help solve the global energy problem by advancing low-carbon subsurface energy resources.
Research Areas:
  • Tracers
  • Heat and mass transfer in fractured rock
  • Field experiments
  • Geophysical imaging
  • Geochemistry of fluid-rock interactions
  • Predictive inverse/numerical models
  • Machine learning

Ph. D., Geological Sciences, Cornell University, 2017
M. S., Geology, California State University, Long Beach, 2013
B. S. Geology, University of California, Davis, 2009

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