Ella María Llanos completed her BSc and MSc in Petroleum Engineering at Colombian National and Oklahoma Universities respectively. She obtained her PhD with emphasis on Fracture Mechanics, at the University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO Energy. Ella has considerable experience in the geothermal industry having worked as a reservoir engineer for pioneering Australian geothermal companies Petratherm and Geodynamics. Her research and work experience is based around designing and building hydraulic fracturing experiments and field treatments as well as geothermal reservoir simulation models using TOUGH2. She has interest in renewable energy and research projects that assist in mitigating the effects of climate change.
In August 2016, Ella María joined the Environmental Geochemistry Group within the Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research at the University of Melbourne. In this role, her main task is to develop reactive-transport models with a software called TOUGHREACT and to run simulations as part of a small team working on sub-surface barrier formation as a CO2 leakage mitigation and remediation technology