Elena Konstantinovskaya, PhD, PGeo

Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin


Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin


Area of Study / Keywords

fault reactivation seismic interpretation reservoir geomechanics


I investigate the fault architecture and influence of natural and hydraulic fractures and faults on the distribution and state of stresses, pressure regimes, and permeability of flow units in subsurface reservoirs. My research focuses on predictive models of faults hydraulic behavior and fault shear reactivation potential and topseal breaching under the in situ stress and pore pressure changes caused by depletion or injection operations. My work integrates structural studies of outcrops, interpretation of seismic reflection data, analysis of vertical anisotropy and brittleness in shales, and coupled reservoir geomechanical numerical simulations with implications for petroleum exploration, geothermal energy, and environmental studies. 


  • 2002 Doctor of Science, Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Science: Margins of East Asia: Tectonics, Structural Evolution and Geodynamic Modeling
  • 1992 PhD, Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Science: Eastern Kamchatka during the Cretaceous time
  • 1986 Honor’s in Geology (cum laude), the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow


  • 2016 Eureka activist, award from Eureka Schlumberger community, SIG geology.
  • 2012 David Elliott Award for Best Paper of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada: Konstantinovskaya E., and Malavieille J., 2011. Thrust wedges with décollement levels and syntectonic erosion: A view from analogue models. Tectonophysics, 502: 336–350
  • 2008 David Elliott Award for Best Paper of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada: Konstantinovskaya E. A., L.B. Harris, J. Poulin, G.M. Ivanov. 2007. Transfer zones and fault reactivation in inverted rift basins: Insights from physical modeling. Tectonophysics. 441: 1-26.
  • 2008 Best Abstract of the 2008 CSPG CSEG CWLS Convention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2007 CGC-Québec Prime au mérite locale en reconnaissance de participation à l’activité du jour de la Terre du CGQ dans le cadre de la journée internationale du jour de la Terre 2007.
  • 2004-2005 Laureate of the competition for Doctors of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999 Medal of Russian Academy of Sciences, Laureate of the competition for young scientists, Russian Academy of Sciences 

Personal interests:

  • outdoor sports, gardening, movie making


Skills / Research interests: 

  • 1D-3D coupled reservoir geomechanics modeling, in-situ pore pressure and stress analysis in conventional and unconventional reservoirs, areas of salt tectonics 
  • core description and sampling, mechanical properties of rocks, mechanical stratigraphy
  • structural geology and tectonics of sedimentary basins and orogenic belts 
  • structural interpretation of 2D and 3D reflection seismic survey data, well log correlation
  • analysis of natural fractures, fault instability and fault seal capacity, caprock integrity
  • analogue modeling at upper crustal and lithospheric scale
  • paleogeographic and paleotectonic reconstructions, terrane analysis 

Fieldwork areas: 

  • Canada: St. Lawrence Platform, Quebec Appalachians, Gaspesie, Labrador trough
  • Russia: Kamchatka Peninsula, Sea of Okhotsk area, Western Siberia, Russian Platform
  • Asia: Taiwan, Tibet, Tien-Shan 
  • Europe: Ligurian Sea, Corsica


  • Petrel RG, VISAGE, IX, TECHLOG, Python, IHS Kingdom Suite, FLAC3D-TOUGH2
  • GOCAD, ArcGIS, Geodatabase, MapInfo, Stereostat, GMT (Linux) 
  • Microsoft Office, graphic and digital video software


Teaching areas: EAS422/522 Advanced seismic interpretation, Fundamentals of Petroleum Geomechanics

Supervising: IPG Program capstone project 


Lateral fluid propagation and strike slip fault reactivation related to hydraulic fracturing and induced seismicity in the Duvernay Formation, Fox Creek area, Alberta
Author(s): Elena Konstantinovskaya, Qiuguo Li, Alexey Zhmodik, Charles Ibelegbu, Ryan Schultz, Todd Shipman
Publication Date: 6/16/2021
Publication: Geophysical Journal International
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggab234
Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous siliceous rocks and black shales from allochthonous complexes of the Koryak-Western Kamchatka orogenic belt, East Asia
Author(s): Filatova, N.I., Konstantinovskaya, E., Vishnevskaya V
Publication Date: 12/31/2020
Publication: International Geology Review
Issue: doi: 10.1080/00206814.2020.1848649
Page Numbers: 1-20
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2020.1848649
Strike-slip reactivation of a high-angle normal fault induced by increase of reservoir pore pressure: insight from 3D coupled reservoir-geomechanical modeling
Author(s): Elena Konstantinovskaya, Qiuguo Li, Michel Malo, Jose A. Rivero, Majid M. Faskhoodi, Bradley Campbell
Publication Date: 9/4/2020
Publication: IJGGC
Volume: 102
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2020.103159
Deformation partitioning in mountain belts: insights from analogue modelling experiments and the Taiwan collisional orogen
Author(s): Malavieille, J., Dominguez, S., Lu, C.-Y., Chen, C.-T., Konstantinovskaya, E.
Publication Date: 5/14/2019
Publication: Geological Magazine
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0016756819000645
Structural Features of the Central Labrador Trough: A Model for Strain Partitioning, Differential Exhumation and Late Normal Faulting in a Thrust Wedge under Oblique Shortening
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Ivanov, G., Feybesse, J.L., and Lescuyer, J.L.
Publication Date: 4/2/2019
Publication: Geoscience Canada
Volume: 46
Page Numbers: 5-30
External Link: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.12789/geocanj.2019.46.143
Vertical Anisotropy of the Lower Jurassic Gordondale Shales (Alberta) and Geomechanical Modeling for Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing
Author(s): Ourishian, L., Konstantinovskaya, E, Harris, N.B.
Publication Date: 5/7/2018
Publication: GeoConvention2018
External Link: https://geoconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/abstracts/2018/047_GC2018_Vertical_Anisotropy_of_the_Lower_Jurassic_Gordondale_Shales_Alberta.pdf
3D geomechanics modeling and shale anisotropy for wellbore stability and horizontal well optimization, Middle Nazym field, Western Siberia, Russia
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Grachev, O., Petrakov, Yu., Sobolev, A., et al.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: SPE182019
Volume: 182019

CO2 storage and induced fault instability in the St. Lawrence Lowlands sedimentary basin (Québec, Canada): insight from coupled reservoir-geomechanical modeling.
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Rutqvist, J., Malo, M.
Publication Date: 1/21/2014
Publication: IJGGC
Volume: 22
Page Numbers: 88-110
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.12.008
Effects of irregular basement structure on the geometry and emplacement of frontal thrusts and duplexes in the Quebec Appalachians: Interpretations from well and seismic reflection data
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya, E., Malo M., Badina F.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 637
Page Numbers: 268-288
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2014.10.012
Workflow using sparse vintage data for building a first geological and reservoir model for CO2 geological storage in deep saline aquifer. A case study in the St. Lawrence Platform, Canada
Author(s): Claprood, M., Gloaguen, E., Giroux, B., Konstantinovskaya, E., Malo, M., Duchesne, M. J.
Publication Date: 4/23/2012
Publication: GHG Science and Technology
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 260-278
External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ghg.1292/full
Present-day stress analysis of the St. Lawrence Lowlands sedimentary basin and implications for caprock integrity during CO2 injection operation.
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E., Malo M., Castillo D.A.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 518-521
Page Numbers: 119-137
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2011.11.022
Thrust wedges with décollement levels and syntectonic erosion: A view from analogue models
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E., and Malavieille J.
Publication Date: 2/15/2011
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 502
Page Numbers: 336-350
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2011.01.020
Effects of basement structure, sedimentation and erosion on thrust wedge geometry: an example from the Quebec Appalachians and analogue models
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E.A., D. Rodriguez, D. Kirkwood, L.B. Harris, and R. Thériault.
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Publication: Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology
Volume: 57
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 34-62
External Link: http://bcpg.geoscienceworld.org/content/57/1/34.full.pdf+html
Transfer zones and fault reactivation in inverted rift basins: Insights from physical modeling
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E. A., L.B. Harris, J. Poulin, G.M. Ivanov
Publication Date: 6/21/2007
Publication: Tectonophysics
Volume: 441
Page Numbers: 1-26
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2007.06.002
Erosion and Exhumation in Accretionary Orogens: Experimental and Geological Approaches
Author(s): Konstantinovskaya E.A. and Malavieille J.
Publication Date: 2/26/2005
Publication: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: Q02006
External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2004GC000794/pdf