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Nik Huerta

Nik Huerta

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Nicolas Huerta has over 10 years of experience in geologic sciences and petroleum engineering. Since joining PNNL in 2019, his work has focused primarily on geologic carbon storage, with emphasis on risk assessment. Prior to his employment at PNNL, Dr. Huerta was a research scientist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory for 10 years where he used a combination of laboratory experiments and numerical modeling to study subsurface reactive transport processes and materials performance in subsurface systems.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S.E., Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., Geology, The University of California at Davis
  • B.S., Geology, The University of California at Davis

PNNL Publications


  • Lackey G., V.S. Vasylkivska, N.J. Huerta, S.J. King, and R. Dilmore. 2019. "Managing Well Leakage Risks at a Geologic Carbon Storage Site with Many Wells." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 88. PNNL-SA-144526. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.06.011

Subsurface Science & Technology