|The Bureau is delighted to welcome Dr. Jake Covault, who joined the BEG on August 10 as Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL). Dr. Covault, a distinguished researcher in deepwater clastic depositional systems, received his PhD from Stanford University in 2008 and previously worked as a researcher at Chevron Energy Technology Company and at the United States Geological Survey. Dr. Covault is working with the QCL team to maintain a research program that addresses key challenges in the exploration and development of natural resources, namely the evaluation of reservoir presence and quality in data-limited, frontier basins, and the characterization of connectivity and heterogeneity of reservoirs.
QCL researchers will continue to use subsurface, outcrop, geomorphology, and marine geology datasets to evaluate predictive, source-to-sink relationships between hinterland, fluvial, shoreline, shelf, slope, and deep-basin environments. Researchers will also develop concepts for the prediction of stratigraphic architecture and controls on the evolution of fluvial, shallow-marine, and deepwater depositional systems, and they aim to demonstrate the impact of facies modeling on reservoir performance of these systems.