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Suzanne Michelle Bourret

Suzanne Bourret

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Phone (505) 667-2165

Capabilities

  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Coupled multi-physics simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Subsurface flow simulation
  • Multiscale-multiphase-multicomponent subsurface reactive flows
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Subsurface flow and transport
  • Hydrology
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Field studies and process experiments
  • Inverse modeling
  • Model calibration
  • Multi-scale, multi-phase subsurface flow simulations
  • FEHM: Finite-Element Heat and Mass-Transfer

Expertise

Multiphase Fluid Flow Modeling

Projects: Underground Nuclear Explosion Signatures Experiment (UNESE), Underground Test Area (UGTA), thermochemical, hydrological, geomechanical modeling of salt for underground nuclear waste disposal (SALT), Low Yield Nuclear Monitoring (LYNM) Hydrogeologic modeling of White Sands National Monument

  • Use FEHM to perform multiphase fluid flow modeling for complex hydrologic systems including: radionuclide transport via groundwater at NNSS, gas migration in unsaturated fractured rock, and alterations to granular salt following waste emplacement
  • Perform calibration and inverse modeling using PEST parameter optimization software
  • Use MODFLOW to perform basin-scale groundwater modeling in the Tularosa Basin, NM
  • Perform heat and fluid flow simulations using VS2DH and analytical solutions to estimate groundwater fluxes based on temperature fluctuations

 

Laboratory Work

Projects: Organic Carbon Migration in an Aquatic Environment and Yukon River Basin Studies

  • Perform complex analyses of organic matter in ground and surface water samples using multiple spectrophotometry and low-pressure liquid chromatography techniques, in addition to other standard water quality analyses
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of procedures, experimental design, data and sample information
  • Train interns and peers to operate laboratory instruments and follow proper procedures
  • Maintain and repair analytical instruments, prepare and update SOPs

 

Field Work

Projects: Yukon River Basin Studies and Hydrogeologic modeling of White Sands National Monument

  • Collect water quality data and samples for analysis of tracers, dissolved organic matter, and a suite of water quality analyses
  • Perform hydrologic field experiments, including aquifer tests
  • Collect and analyze electrical resistivity geophysical data to determine geological structure location

Education

  • M.S. Hydrology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2015
  • B.S. Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz, 2008
 

LANL Positions

  • Research Technologist I, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Computation Earth Science Group (EES-16), January 2017 to present
  • Post-Masters Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Computation Earth Science Group (EES-16), June 2015 to January 2017
 

Professional Societies

  • Member (2013 - present), American Geophysical Union (AGU, sites.agu.org)
  • Member (2013 - present), New Mexico Geologic Society (NMGS, nmgs.nmt.edu)
 

Awards

  • Beverly Wellnitz Memorial Scholarship, New Mexico Geologic Society, 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2014
  • US Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award, 2009

 

 

Publications

  • Bourret, S.M., P.J. Johnson, G.A. Zyvoloski, S.P. Chu, D.J. Weaver, S. Otto, H. Boukhalfa, F.A. Caporuscio, A.B. Jordan, P.H. Stauffer (2016). Experiments and Modeling in Support of Generic Salt Repository Science. Los Alamos National Laboratory, USDOE Used Fuel Disposition Campaign. Final Report. LA-UR-16-27329.
  • Bourret, S.M., S. Otto, P.J. Johnson, D.J. Weaver, H. Boukhalfa, P.H. Stauffer (2016). High Level Waste in Salt Repositories:  Experiments and Simulations of Evaporation in the Underground. Paper in preparation.
  • Bourret, S.M. (2015) Stabilization of the White Sands gypsum dune field, New Mexico, by groundwater seepage: a hydrological modeling study. Masters Thesis. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Oral Presentations:

  • Bourret S.M., S. Otto, P.J. Johnson,  D.J. Weaver, H. Boukalfa, P.H. Stauffer (2017). High-Level Waste in Salt Repositories: Experiments and Simulations of Evaporation in the Underground. Presented at 2017 Waste Management Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Stauffer, P.H., D.J. Weaver, H. Boukalfa, S. Otto, F.A. Caporuscio, G.A. Zyvoloski, S.M. Bourret,  P.J. Johnson (2016). Updates on Salt Repository Experiments and Modeling. Presented at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. Paper No. 131-7.
  • Bourret, S.M., P.H. Stauffer, S.P. Chu, G.A. Zyvoloski, P.J. Johnson (2016). Thermal-hydrologic-chemical modeling for experiment comparison. Presented at the UFD 2016 Working Group Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Bourret, S.M., B.T. Newton (2014). Multi-scale hydrologic modeling of the White Sands dune field, New Mexico. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco. Abstract H41H-01.
  • Bourret, S.M., B.T. Newton, M.A. Person (2014). Hydrologic modeling of the White Sands dune field, New Mexico. Presented at the New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting, pp. 15. Socorro, NM.

Poster Presentations:

  • Bustos, D., S.M. Bourret, B.T. Newton (2015). Hydrologic modeling of the largest gypsum dune field on Earth, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Presented at Science for Parks, Parks for Science. Berkeley, CA. 
  • Bourret, S.M., B.T. Newton, M.A. Person (2013). Hydrologic modeling of the White Sands dune field, New Mexico. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA. Abstract H11H-1233.