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shika sharma

Shika Sharma

Associate Professor


  • 304-293-6717

  • G-31 Brooks Hall

Professional Preparation


2010 to Present – Associate/Assistant Professor

2005 to 2010 – Associate Director, UW Isotope Facility

2002 to 2005 – Postdoctoral Associate

2000 to 2002 – German Academic Exchange Fellow

1998 to 2000 – C.S.I.R. Research Fellow, Department of Geology 


  1. Sharma, S. Agrawal, V., Akondi R. 2020. Role of Biogeochemistry in efficient shale oil and gas production. Fuel, 259, 116207
  2.  Phan T., Hakala A., Sharma S. 2020. Application of geochemical signals in unconventional oil and gas reservoir produced waters towards characterizing in situ geochemical fluid-shale reactions. Science of Total Environment, 714, 136867
  3. * Agrawal, V. and Sharma, S. 2020. Are we modelling properties of unconventional shales correctly? Fuel, 267- 117316
  4.  Pilewski, J., Sharma, S., Agrawal, V., Hakala, J. A., & Stuckman, M. Y. 2019. Effect of maturity and mineralogy on fluid-rock reactions in the Marcellus Shale. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 21(5), 845-855.
  5.  * Akondi R, Sharma S, Trexler R, Mouser PJ, Pfiffner SM 2019. Microbial Lipid Biomarkers Detected in Deep Subsurface Black Shales Env. Sci. Processes and Impacts DOI: 10.1039/c8em00444g
  6.  Phan T., Hakala A., Lopano C. and Sharma S. 2019. Rare earth elements and radiogenic Sr isotopes in carbonate minerals reveal diagenetic influence in shales and limestones in the Appalachian Basin. Chemical Geology 509: 194-212
  7. * Agrawal, V. and Sharma, S. 2018. Improved Kerogen models for determining hydrocarbon potential and thermal maturity of shales. Nature Scientific Reports DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35560-8
  8.  * Agrawal V and Sharma S, 2018. Molecular Characterization of Kerogen from Mature Marcellus Shale and its Implications for Determining Hydrocarbon Potential and Thermal Maturity. Fuel 228: 429–437
  9. * Agrawal V and Sharma S, 2018. Testing utility of organogeochemical proxies to assess sources of organic matter, paleoredox conditions and thermal maturity in mature Marcellus Shale. Frontiers in Energy Research 6:42
  10.  Borton, M. A., et. al., 2018. Coupled laboratory and field investigations resolve microbial interactions that underpin persistence in hydraulically fractured shales. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115.28 (2018): E6585-E6594
  11.  Borton, M. A., et. al., 2018. Comparative genomics and physiology of the genus Methanohalophilus, a prevalent methanogen in hydraulically fractured shale. Environmental Microbiology, 20 (12)-4596-4511
  12.  Moore, J., Xiong, W., Lopano, C., Phan, T., Vankeuren, A., Sharma, S. …..& Hakala, A. 2018. Bench-Top Experiments Evaluating Simulated Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid
  13. Interactions with Marcellus Shale Core. Proceedings URTeC 2018; 852-862. DOI: 10.15530/urtec-2018-2901634 

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