Maria Ardila Sanchez

Masters Students

​MS Student - Vahrenkamp Group


Research Interests

​I am especially interested in unconventional source rock sequences. The aim of my research is to describe and analyze the lateral and vertical heterogeneities in unconventional reservoirs through outcrop analog investigations to provide an assessment of possible variations in the production behavior of unconventional reservoirs in rocks of similar origin.


  • ​B.Sc., Geology, Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), Bucaramanga, Colombia, 2019.

Professional Profile

  • 2020: VSRP, Carbonate Reservoir Studies (CaResS Geology), KAUST, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • ​2019-2020: Geologist, Colombian Geological Survey (SGC), Bucaramanga, Colombia. 
  • 2017-2018: Exploration and Joint Opportunities Intern, Equion Energy Limited, Bogota, Colombia.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Carbonate Rocks Sequence Stratigraphy Conventional and Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs