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Research Interests:

Hydrogeophysics concerns the development of non-invasive methods to determine the geometry of water flow and the quality of water in the ground. I have been especially interested by the development of geoelectrical methods (including self-potential, electrical resistivity, and induced polarization) combining my expertise in petrophysics and the development of new algorithms.

I have been also interested by the application of these methods to a variety of problems including the contamination of aquifers, the determination of the hydraulic transmissivity of the ground, and applications of these geoelectrical properties to active volcanoes. The originality of my work lies in the understanding of macro (measurable) processes using a mecanistic approach and upscaling fundamental properties and equations known to apply to each phase or interface of the porous medium to the representative elementary volume of interest. I have devoted a large part of my research effort to the development of a quantitative approach of self-potential signals that are electrical signals, passively recorded, that affect any Earth system in a situation of non-equilibrium thermodynamics.


Career/Employment:
2015-present
Direction de Recherche 1rst class (DR1) CNRS at Université Savoie Mont-Blanc ISTERRE, in Chambéry (France).
2007-2015
Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, Geophysic dept., Golden, Colorado (United-States). Directeur de Recherche 2nd class (DR2) CNRS
2003-2007
Leader of the scientific research team "Hydrogeophysics and Porous Media" (HMP) at CEREGE
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2004
June, 3rd. Obtention of the HDR diploma (Habilitation à diriger des Recherches) from the University Paul Cézanne (University Aix-Marseille 3)
Oct. 2001
« Chargé de Recherche » CNRS First level (CR1) at CEREGE in Aix-en-Provence
1998-2001
« Chargé de Recherche » CNRS second level (CR2) at Centre Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement des Géosciences de l'Environnement (CEREGE), in Aix-en-Provence
1998
Engineer position, working in the analysis of downhole measurements at "Laboratoire de Mesures en Forage" (LMF in Aix-en-Provence) in the international Oceanic Drilling Program ODP.

Education:
1996-1997
Postdoc at Cornell University with Pr. L. M. Cathles (Ithaca), and Dr. O. Brévart (Elf Aquitaine, CSTJF, Pau). Research activity: analysis of downhole measurements and modeling of transport of gas and oil along the growing fault system of the block 330 of Pennzoil, offshore Louisiane. Use of a numerical finite element code (BasinLab). This work has been realized inside the "Global Basin Research Network" (GBRN) and financed by the oil company Elf Aquitaine.
1994-1995
Ph-D thesis at EPGS (Ecole de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg, ex-IPG of Strasbourg): “Electrical conductivity and self-potential in Porous Media: From the theory to the analysis of downhole measurements”. Supervisors : Dr. M. Darot (EOPGS-ex IPGS), Dr. P. Pezard. President of the jury : Pr. Y. Bernabé. Obtained with honors. Study of the oceanic crust using the downhole measurements from the borehole 504B on the ride of the Costa-Rica.
1988-1993 - Ingeneer diploma at the IPG of Strabourg, (1990-1993) : Grade B.
- Master degree in Geosciences (1991-1993) : Grade B.
- Licence in Geosciences (1990-1991) : Grade B.
- Diploma in Mathematics and Physics (1988-1990) in Chambéry (University of Savoie) : Mention A.B (first and second year).
- Bachelor in Mathematic and physics (1988) : Grade A.B.

Professional activities and memberships:
2009-2017 Editor for JGR-Solid Earth (AGU). AGU EGU
2004-2009 Associate Editor for JGR-Solid Earth (AGU).
1994-present Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
1994-present Member of the European Geophysical Union (EGU).

Honours, Awards, Fellowships:
2016
Elected AGU Fellow.
2015
Honorable Mention in the category of Best Paper in “Geophysics” from SEG for the paper entitled “Pore-Scale Modeling of Electrical Resistivity and Permeability in FIB-SEM Images of Organic Mudrock”, coauthored with Vahid Shabro, Shaina Kelly, Carlos Torres-Verdín, and Kamy Sepehrnoori, Published in Volume 79, No. 5, May, 2014. Award in the 1st Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geoscience from the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) with the entry "Theoretical studies on coupled hydromechanical and electromagnetic phenomena in porous media and their applications to the geosciences".
2014
Best paper award in Water Ressources Research (Editor Choice) for the paper “Revil, A., and H. Mahardika (2013), Coupled hydromechanical and electromagnetic disturbances in unsaturated porous materials, Water Resour. Res., 49, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20092 ».
2013
Best paper award ("Editors’ Choice article, "Manuscript Number: HJ-2010-1847.R2), Review: Some low-frequency electrical methods for subsurface characterization and monitoring in hydrogeology, by Revil, A.; Karaoulis, M.; Johnson, T.; Kemna, A., Hydrogeology Journal, 2012.
2012
Best Associate Editor award for the journal Vadose Zone Journal.
2010
Best reviewer award for the journal “Geophysics” (SEG). Mintrop Award: The Ludger Mintrop Award is presented at EAGE (2010 Meeting, Barcelona, Spain) to the authors of the best paper published in Near Surface Geophysics (or in First Break in a related topic) in the calendar year preceding the award. Co-winner of EAGE 2010 Mintrop Award for the paper " Bolève A., A. Revil, F. Janod, J. L. Mattiuzzo, and J.-J. Fry, Preferential fluid flow pathways in embankment dams imaged by self-potential tomography, Near Surface Geophysics, 7(5), 447-462, doi: 10.3997/1873-0604.2009012, 2009. AGU NSFG Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) Fall 2010 AGU Meeting to Ali Araji from Colorado School of Mines, for the poster “A Numerical Investigation of Cross-Hole Seismoelectric Conversion” co-authored by A. Revil, B. J. Minsley and A. Jardani.
2009
SEG best paper. The SEG 2009 Annual convention entitled "Stochastic joint inversion of 2D seismic and seismoelectric signals for reservoir characterization" presented at the 2009 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas was judged ranking in the top 30 papers presented at the Houston meeting.
2004
Award of excellence from ARMA (American Rock Mechanics Association) for the paper "Pervasive Pressure Solution Transfer in a Quartz Sand", JGR-Solid Earth, 106 (B5), 8665-8686, May 10th, 2001.
2003
Bronze Medal from the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France) for outstanding research activity.
1999
Young scientist award (ACI-Jeune) in France by the Minister of Research and Education.