burns@mit.edu
Dan Burns
 Research Scientist
 PhD, Geophysics, MIT, 1986
Biographical Overview
Dan Burns received his PhD in geophysics from MIT in 1986. He spent his early career at Unocal in both operations and research capacities. His years in the energy industry were followed by faculty positions at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Bentley College. He also performed work as a consultant in environmental, energy, and medical imaging industries.
Burns returned to MIT and ERL as a Research Scientist in 1996, where he also served as an Associate Director for two years and an Executive Director for ten years. He is currently fully dedicated to research.
Publications

X. Feng, M. Fehler, S. Brown, T.L. Szabo, D. Burns, 2018, "ShortPeriod Nonlinear Viscoelastic Memory of Rocks Revealed by Copropagating Longitudinal Acoustic Waves", Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

P.K. Kang, Y. Zheng, X. Fang, R. Wojcik, D. McLaughlin, S. Brown, M. Fehler, D. Burns, N.H. Jung, 2016, "Sequential approach to joint flowseismic inversion for improved characterization of fractured media", Water Resources Research, 52, 903  919

X. Feng, M. Fehler, S. Brown, D. Burns, J. Tencate, T.L. Szabo, C. Liu, 2016, "Using copropagating P waves to extract nonlinear elastic characteristics of rock", SEG

T. Gallot, A. Malcolm, T.L. Szabo, S. Brown, D. Burns, M. Fehler, 2015, "Characterizing the nonlinear interaction of S and Pwaves in a rock sample"

Z. Zhu, D. Burns, S. Brown, M. Fehler, 2015, "Laboratory experimental studies of seismic scattering from fractures", Geophysical Journal International, 201, 291  303

A. Zamanian, M. Fehler, X. Fang, D. Burns, 2014, "A Bayesian framework for fracture characterization from surface seismic data"

S.K. Bakku, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2014, "Fracture compliance estimation using borehole tube waves"

A. Malcolm, T.L. Szabo, D. Burns, S. Brown, M. Fehler, 2014, "Nonlinear Interaction of Seismic Waves in the Lab: A potential Tool for Characterizing Pore Structure and Fluids"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, Y. Zheng, D. Burns, 2014, "Reservoir fracture characterization from seismic scattered waves"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2014, "Seismic characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs by double focusing Gaussian beams with limited seismic acquisition"

P.K. Kang, Y. Zheng, X. Fang, R. Wojcik, D. McLaughlin, S. Brown, M. Fehler, D. Burns, R. Juanes, 2013, "Joint flowseismic inversion for characterizing fractured reservoirs: theoretical approach and numerical modeling"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2013, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2013, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 4; P. A23ñA28

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2013, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, T. Chen, D. Burns, Z. Zhu, 2013, "Sensitivity analysis of fracture scattering", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 1; P. T1T10

H. Wang, G. Tao, X.F. Shang, X.D. Fang, D. Burns, 2013, "Stability of finite difference numerical simulations of acoustic loggingwhiledrilling with different perfectly matched layer schemes", Applied Geophysics, 62, 384  396

H. Wang, G. Tao, X. Shang, X. Fang, D. Burns, 2013, "The stability of Finite Difference numerical simulations of acoustic LoggingWhileDrilling with different perfectly matched layer schemes", Applied Geophysics, 10

A. Zamanian, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "A Bayesian framework for fracture characterization from surface seismic data"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "Efficient DoubleBeam Characterization for Fractured Reservoir"

S.K. Bakku, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "Fracture characterization from attenuation of Stoneley waves across a fracture"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, Y. Zheng, D. Burns, 2012, "Reservoir fracture characterizations from seismic scattered waves"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2012, "Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs using 3D double beams"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, Z. Zhu, T. Chen, D. Burns, 2011, "A robust method for fracture orientation and density detection from seismic scattered energy"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Doublebeam stacking to infer seismic properties of fractured reservoirs"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Doublebeam stacking to infer seismic properties of fractured reservoirs"

Y. Zheng, X. Fang, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Doublebeam stacking to infer seismic properties of fractured reservoirs", SEG Annual Meeting, Expanded Abstracts

S.K. Bakku, M. Fehler, D. Burns, 2011, "Estimation of fracture compliance from tubewaves generated at a fracture intersecting a borehole"

Z. Zhu, D. Burns, M. Fehler, S. Brown, 2011, "Experimental Studies of Reflections from Single and MultipleF ractures Using Lucite Models"

T. Chen, M. Fehler, X. Fang, X. Shang, D. Burns, 2011, "SH Wave Scattering from Fractures using Boundary Element Method with Linear Slip Boundary Condition"

T. Chen, B. Wang, Z. Zhu, D. Burns, 2010, "Asymmetric source acoustic LWD for improved formation shear velocity estimation", SEG Expanded Abstracts 29: 548

Z. Zhu, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2010, "Experimental studies of reflected acoustic waves received in a borehole", SEG Expanded Abstracts 29: 578

T. Chen, M. Fehler, S. Brown, Y. Zhang, X. Fang, D. Burns, P. Wang, 2010, "Modeling of acoustic wave scattering from a twodimensional fracture"

X. Fang, M. Fehler, T. Chen, D. Burns, Z. Zhu, X. Fang, 2010, "Sensitivity Analysis of Fracture Scattering", GEOPHYSICS, VOL. 78, NO. 1; P. T1ñT10

T. Chen, B. Wang, Z. Zhu, D. Burns, 2009, "Asymmetric source acoustic LWD for the improved formation shear velocity estimation"

M.E. Willis, K.M. Willis, D. Burns, J. Shemeta, N.J. House, 2009, "Fracture quality images from 4D VSP and microseismic data at Jonah Field, WY"

Z. Zhu, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2008, "Electroseismic and seismoelectric measurements of rock samples in a water tank", Geophysics, 73(5): E153E164

Z. Zhu, M.N. Toksoz, R. Rao, D. Burns, 2008, "Experimental studies of monopole, dipole, and quadrupole acoustic logging while drilling with scaled borehole models", Geophysics, 73(4): E133ñE143

Z. Zhu, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2008, "Experimental studies of reflected nearborehole acoustic waves received in borehole models"

M.E. Willis, K.M. Willis, D. Burns, 2008, "Hydraulic fracture quality from time lapse VSP and microseismic data"

S. Grandi, M.E. Willis, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2007, "Analysis of scattered signal to estimate reservoir fracture parameters"

Z. Zhu, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2007, "Electroseismic and seismoelectric measurements of rock samples in a water tank"

D. Burns, M.E. Willis, M.N. Toksoz, L. Vetri, 2007, "Fracture properties from seismic scattering", The Leading Edge, 26(9): 11861196

M.E. Willis, D. Burns, R. Lu, M.N. Toksoz, N.J. House, 2007, "Fracture quality from integrating timelapse VSP and microseismic data", The Leading Edge, 26(9): 11981202

F. Pearce, M.E. Willis, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, P. Johnson, 2007, "Nonlinear soil response in the nearfield of a vibrator truck: application to land seismic surveys"

X. Zhan, Z. Zhu, S. Chi, R. Rao, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2006, "Elimination of LWD (loggingwhiledrilling) tool modes using seismoelectric data"

Y. Zhang, X. Campman, S. Grandi, S. Chi, M.N. Toksoz, M.E. Willis, D. Burns, L. Vetri, 2006, "FK characteristics of the seismic response to a set of discrete parallel fractures"

Y. Zhang, S. Chi, M.E. Willis, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2006, "Orientation estimation for multiple large fractures by scattering energy"

M.E. Willis, D. Burns, R. Rao, B. Minsley, M.N. Toksoz, L. Vetri, 2006, "Spatial orientation and distribution of reservoir fractures from scattered seismic energy", Geophysics, 71(5): O43ñO51

M.E. Willis, R. Lu, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, X. Campman, M.V. De Hoop, 2005, "A novel application of time reversed acoustics: salt dome flank imaging from walk away VSP surveys"

E. Sze, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2005, "Characterization of induced seismicity in a petroleum reservoir: a case study"

Y. Zhang, S. Chi, M.E. Willis, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2005, "Comparison of discrete fracture and effective media representation of fractures on azimuthal AVO"

M.E. Willis, R. Rao, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, L. Vetri, 2005, "Fracture spacing and orientation estimation from spectral analyses of azimuth stacks"

M.E. Willis, D. Burns, R. Rao, B. Minsley, M.N. Toksoz, L. Vetri, 2005, "Spatial orientation and distribution of reservoir fractures from scattered seismic energy"

M. Krasovec, D. Burns, M.E. Willis, S. Chi, M.N. Toksoz, 2004, "3D finite difference modeling for borehole and reservoir applications"

V. Briggs, R. Rao, S. Grandi, D. Burns, S. Chi, 2004, "A comparison of LWD and wireline dipole sonic data"

M.E. Willis, Y. Zhang, D. Burns, 2004, "Comparison of scattered energy using point scatterers versus full 3D finite difference modeling"

Z. Zhu, R. Rao, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2004, "Experimental studies of multipole logging with scaled borehole models"

S. Sarkar, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2004, "Fluid flow modeling in fractures"

B. Minsley, M.E. Willis, M. Krasovec, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2004, "Fracture detection using amplitude versus offset and azimuth analysis of a 3D Pwave seismic data set and synthetic examples"

X. Li, E. Sze, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2004, "Swave splitting analysis: covariance matrix method and preliminary application"

M.E. Willis, R. Rao, D. Burns, J. Byun, 2004, "Spatial orientation and distribution of reservoir fractures from scattered seismic energy"

M.E. Willis, D. Burns, R. Rao, B. Minsley, 2003, "Characterization of scattered waves from fractures by estimating the transfer function between reflected events above and below each interval"

M. Krasovec, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2003, "Finite difference modeling of attenuation and anisotropy"

F. Pearce, D. Burns, R. Rao, M.E. Willis, J. Byun, 2003, "Fracture density estimation using spectral analysis of reservoir reflections: A numerical modeling approach"

B. Minsley, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2003, "Fractured reservoir characterization using azimuthal AVO"

Y. Zheng, R. Burridge, D. Burns, 2003, "Reservoir simulation with the finite element method using a Biot poroelastic approach"

V. Briggs, R. Rao, D. Burns, 2003, "Simultaneous inversion of crossdipole acoustic waveforms in anisotropic media for azimuthal angle and dispersion of fast and slow shear waves"

X. Huang, Y. Zheng, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2002, "A stretched grid finitedifference timedomain scheme implemented with anisotropic perfectly matched layers"

R. Rao, Z. Zhu, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2002, "Acoustic logging while drilling (LWD): experimental studies with anisotropic models"

F. Shen, J. Sierra, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2002, "Azimuthal offsetdependent attributes applied to fracture detection in a carbonate reservoir", Geophysics, 67(2): 355364

V. Briggs, R. Rao, D. Burns, 2002, "Simultaneous inversion for fast azimuth and dispersion of borehole flexural waves using crossdipole data"

K. Hayashi, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2001, "Discontinuousgrid finitedifference seismic modeling including surface topography", Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 91(6)

X. Huang, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2001, "The effect of stresses on the sound velocity in rocks: theory of acoustoelasticity and experimental measurements"

A. AlDajani, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2000, "Aeolian and fluvial depositional systems discrimination in wireline logs: Unayzah formation, Central Saudi Arabia"

X. Huang, Z. Zhu, M.N. Toksoz, D. Burns, 2000, "Effects of formation stress on logging measurements"

M. Edie, J.F. Olson, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 2000, "The effect of image resolution on fluid flow simulations in porous media"

F. Shen, J. Sierra, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 1999, "Azimuthal offsetdependent attributes (AVO and FVO) applied to fracture detection"

M. Krasovec, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 1999, "Frequency dependence of seismic data from Nigeria: preliminary results"

W. Chen, D. Burns, X. Tang, 1999, "In situ permeability estimation: a comparison between acoustic and NMR logs"

R. Rao, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 1999, "Models in LWD applications"

X. Huang, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 1998, "Dispersion analysis of crossdipole data"

O. Mikhailov, D. Burns, M.N. Toksoz, 1998, "Electroseismic logging for the detection and characterization of permeable zones: field measurements and theory"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, 1996, "Free pipe effects on guided wave propagation"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, 1996, "Free pipe effects on guided wave propagation"

K.J. Ellefsen, D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, 1991, "Homomorphic processing of acoustic logging data"

D. Burns, D.R. Thompson, C.H. Cheng, 1990, "Lithologic cycles and paleo fluid flow channels in old oceanic crust from geophysical logs at ODP Site 418A"

D.R. Thompson, D. Burns, 1989, "Multishot processing for better velocity determination"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, 1987, "Inversion of borehole guided wave amplitudes for formation shear wave attenuation values"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, D.P. Schmitt, M.N. Toksoz, 1987, "Permeability estimation from field data"

D. Burns, 1987, "Viscous fluid effects on guided wave propagation in a borehole"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, 1986, "Determination of insitu permeability from tube wave velocity and attenuation"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, 1986, "Determination of insitu permeability from tube wave velocity and attenuation"

D. Burns, 1986, "Formation property estimation from guided waves in a borehole"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, M.N. Toksoz, 1985, "Energy partitioning and attenuation of guided waves in a radially layered borehole"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, M.N. Toksoz, 1985, "Energy partitioning and attenuation of guided waves in a radially layered borehole"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, R.H. Wilkens, 1985, "Sandstone pore aspect ratio spectra from direct observations and velocity inversion"

D. Burns, C.H. Cheng, R.H. Wilkens, 1985, "Sandstone pore aspect ratio spectra from direct observations and velocity inversion"