JOCELYN L.H. GROZICPh.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Geotechnical
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Calgary
ENF 262, 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4
Biography: Jocelyn Grozic is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada. She joined the UofC in 2001, following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo, Norway. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (1994) and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering (1999) from the University of Alberta. Dr. Grozic spent two years in industry and has consulted on various projects during her career. Her achievements have lead to a numerous awards commending her research, teaching, and service, including the 2008 Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium.
Research Outline: Dr. Grozic’s research is focused on the geotechnical aspects of exploiting gas hydrates as an unconventional source of natural gas. This topic has international appeal, as such reserves are found in submarine deposits and underlying permafrost regions around the world. Perturbations to the thermodynamic equilibrium of hydrate bearing strata can induce dissociation (melting) of the hydrates resulting in water and large amounts of methane gas. Dissociation of hydrates can be beneficial (potential supply of methane gas) or detrimental (causing submarine failures or influencing climate change). Geomechanics plays an essential, and previously somewhat disregarded, role in gas hydrate investigations. The hydrate-sediment interaction cannot be overlooked; understanding strength, deformation, and permeability are integral in both production and hazard scenarios. Dr. Grozic has established one of only a handful of internationally recognized laboratories dedicated to investigating the geotechnical behaviors of gas hydrate deposits.