Natalia Zakharova
Assistant Professor
Applied Geophysics and Geomechanics
Brooks Hall 304

Dr. Zakharova is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University. She received her undergraduate degree from Moscow State University in Russia, and did her doctoral and postdoctoral research work at Columbia University in New York. Her research interests include environmental and energy applications of borehole geophysics and geomechanics. She is now establishing a petrophysics and geomechanics laboratory at CMU and is seeking graduate students and postdocs to join her research team.


  • Ph.D., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, New York
  • M.S., with Honors, Applied Geophysics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • B.S., with Honors, Geology and Geophysics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Research Interests

  • Induced Seismicity
  • Energy Resources
  • Geologic Carbon Sequestration
  • Environmental Protection
  • Borehole Geophysics
  • Petrophysics
  • Reservoir Geomechanics

Teaching Areas

  • GEL 280: Geomath
  • GEL 372: Intro to Geophysics
  • GEL 105: Dangerous Planet

Selected Publications

  • Zakharova, N.V., and D.S. Goldberg, 2018, Mechanical properties of Mesozoic rift basin formations, in review, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
  • McNeill, Shillington, Carter, Everest, Gawthorpe, Miller, Phillips, Collier, Cvetkoska, De Gelder, Ferreiro, Doan, Ford, Geraga, Gillespie, Hemelsdael, Herrero-Bervera, Ismaiel, Janikian, Kouli, Le Ber, Li, Maffione, Mahoney, Machlus, Michas, Casey Nixon, Oflaz, Omale, Panagiotopoulos, Pechlivanidou, Sauer, Seguin, Sergiou, Zakharova, Green, 2018, High-resolution record reveals climate-driven environmental and sedimentary changes in an active rift, in review, Nature Scientific Reports
  • Olsen, Geissman, Kent, Gehrels, Mundil, Irmis, Lepre, Rasmussen, Giesler, Parker, Zakharova, Kürschner, Miller, Baranyi, Schaller, Whiteside, Schnurrenberger, Noren, Shannon, O’Grady, Colbert, Edey, and Kinney, 2018, Colorado Plateau Coring Project, Phase I (CPCP-I): A continuously cored, globally exportable chronology of Triassic continental environmental change from Western North America, Scientific Drilling
  • Zakharova, N.V., and D.S. Goldberg, 2018, Formation strength and elastic wave velocities in rift basin mudstones: effects of stress, frequency, and lithology, ARMA 18-1422, Proceedings of the 52nd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, 17-20 June 2018, American Tock Mechanics Association.
  • Zakharova, N., and D. Goldberg, 2016, In-situ stress and geomechanical properties in the Newark Basin: Implications for induced seismicity and carbon sequestration, Dept. Earth and Planetary Sci., Rutgers University, Colloquium talk
  • Zakharova, N., D. Goldberg, D. Collins, and N. Malkewicz, 2015, Geomechanical properties of rift basin mudstones,  AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract MR41C-2664
  • Zakharova, N.V., Goldberg, D.S., Olsen, P.E., Kent, D.V., Morgan, S., Yang, Q., Stute, M., Matter, J., 2016, New insights into lithology and hydrogeology of the northern Newark Rift Basin, Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst., 17(6), 2070-2094, doi:10.1002/2015GC006240
  •  Zakharova, N.V., and D.S. Goldberg, 2015, Data report: Analysis of shear wave anisotropy in upper oceanic crust, ODP/IODP Hole 1256D, Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 335, doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.335.202.2015
  • O'Mullan, G.D., Dueker, M.E., Clauson, K., Yang, Q., Umemoto, K., Zakharova, N., Matter, J., Stute, M., Takahashi, T., Goldberg, D., 2015, Microbial stimulation and succession following a test well injection simulating CO2 leakage into a shallow Newark Basin aquifer, PLoS ONE 10(1), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117812
  • Zakharova, N., and D. Goldberg, 2014, In Situ Stress Analysis in the Northern Newark Basin: Implications for Induced Seismicity from CO2 Injection, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JB010492
  • Yang, Q., J. Matter, M. Stute, T. Takahashi, G. D. O'Mullan, K. Umemoto, K. Clauson, M. E. Dueker, N. V. Zakharova, and D. Goldberg, 2014, Groundwater hydrogeochemistry in injection experiments simulating CO2 leakage from geological storage reservoir, Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control 26, 193-203, doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.04.025
  • Zakharova, N., D. Goldberg, and D. Collins, 2013, In Situ Stress Constrains from Borehole Data in the Context of CO2-Storage Site Characterization, Paper #739 Proceedings of the 47th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, 23-26 June 2013, San Francisco, California, USA; ISBN: 978-0-9894844-0-4
  • Zakharova, N., D. Goldberg, C. Sullivan, M. Herron, and J. Grau, 2012, Petrophysical and Geochemical Properties of Columbia River Flood Basalt: Implications for Carbon Sequestration, Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst., 13(11), doi:10.1029/2012GC004305
  • Cranganu, C., M. Villa, M. Saramet, N. Zakharova, 2009, Petrophysical characteristics of source and reservoir rocks, Histria Basin, Western Black Sea, J. Petrol. Geol., 32(4), 357-371