Israa Abu-Mahfouz

Israa Abu-Mahfouz


I am working on characterization of naturally fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs. My research focuses on understanding the causal links among interacting stratigraphic architecture, diagenesis, fluid migration, and fracturing. The main aim is to set natural fractures in a structural and basin evolutional context in order to evaluate their effects on hydrocarbon migration and the potential for economic production. A variety of analytical techniques are used to constrain the timing and mechanisms of fracture formation including geostatistical analyses, organic and inorganic geochemistry, Petrographic investigation.

Supervisors: Prof Joe Cartwright (Oxford), Michael Gross (Nautilus World) and Dr John Hooker (Pennsylvania State University)

College: St Peters College

Grants and Awards:

  • Excellence Award from Hashemite University (MSc Degree), 2008.
  • Shell-Oxford Fully-Funded Scholarship (4-year PhD project in Earth Sciences at Oxford University), 2014-2018.
  • The 2016 St Peter’s College Graduate Award.
  • The 2017 St Peter’s College Graduate Award.
  • The 2017 AAPG Graduate Award (Donald F. Towse Memorial Grant).

J.N. Hooker, I.S. Abu-Mahfouz, Q. Meng, J. Cartwright. 2018. Fractures in mudrocks: Advances in constraining timing and understanding mechanisms. Journal of Structural Geology,

Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Al-Malabeh, A.A., and Rababeh, S.M. 2016. Geo-engineering evaluation of Harrat Irbid Basaltic Rocks, Irbid District – North Jordan. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9(5), 1-11.


Abu-Mahfouz, I. S. Abu-Mahfouz, M., Rababeh, S. Al-Malabeh, A. Genesis of Irbid District Basaltic Rocks, North Jordan: Geochemical and Petrographic Characteristics. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. (under revision)