Quantitative Clastics Laboratory
Dr. Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk attended the 111th Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America held in Anchorage from May 11th–13th. They presented two talks and two posters on the Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek Formations, two viscous to heavy oil-bearing formations on the North Slope of Alaska. Peter and Dolores also visited with representatives from several petroleum companies as well as researchers from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas (DOG), the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS), and the University of Alaska—Fairbanks (UAF). May 21, 2015
Student internships and permanent job offers accepted this summer
- Khushboo Arora: Statoil (internship)
- Tim Prather: BHP Billiton (internship)
- Katherine Shover: Exxon Mobil (internship)
- Stevenson Bunn: Apache Corporation (permanent position)
May 21, 2015
The Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies' Board of Directors awarded Dallas Dunlap a Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to the GCAGS and specifically his role as the General Chair of the 2012 Convention and exemplary service as Chair of the Continuity Committee. Congratulations Dallas on this prestigious and well-earned award! May 21, 2015
The following QCL graduate students recently received grants from the 2015 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program, the Geologic Society of America Student Research Grants, or other funding sources.
Tim Prather, an M.S. student at the QCL received a $2000 general grant from the AAPG Grants in Aid Program and a $2500 GSA Student Research Grant for his proposal entitled "Understanding the Influence of Tide and Wave Energy on a River-Dominated Delta: The Expression of Ichnology, Sedimentary Structures, and Sand Body Geometries in the Late Cretaceous Loyd Formation, CO." Tim also received $1000 in matching funds from the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin.
Sebastian Cardona, an M.S. student at the QCL received $2000 from the Norman H. Foster Memorial Grant Fund for his proposal entitled "Sealing Capacity of Mass-transport Deposits: Depositional Model for a Deepwater Reservoir Worldwide."
Khushboo Arora, a Ph.D. student at the QCL received an $1800 general grant from the GSA Student Research Grants for her proposal entitled "Influence of Storm Processes on Cross-Shelf Sediment Transport."
Stevenson Bunn, an M.S. student at the QCL received a $1000 fellowship from the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin and an additional $750 Professional Development Award from the Office of Graduate Studies for his proposal entitled "Toward an Accurate Reservoir Model of Heterolithic, Tidally-influenced Deposits: An Ongoing Case Study in the Sego Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale Through Second-generation Outcrop to Subsurface 3D Modeling."
Dolores van der Kolk, a Ph.D. student at the QCL received a $770 travel grant from the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America to present her work on the "The Late Cretaceous Schrader Bluff-Prince Creek Formation Transitional Stratigraphy, Colville River, North Slope of Alaska" at the 2015 Cordilleran Section GSA meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Dolores is either a first author or co-author on 4 papers to be presented at that meeting.
May 4, 2015
Peter Flaig and Dallas Dunlap participated in the BEG Industry Day, held this year at the Houston Core Research Center. Dallas discussed "High resolution 3D Imaging of Quaternary Channelization Offshore San Luis Pass, Texas" while Peter had core pulled from the Pennsylvanian Strawn Formation of west Texas. The core contains an outstanding example of a mixed carbonate-clastic system deposited along a complex, embayed shoreline. Click on photos to view larger. May 4, 2015
Dr. Darrin Burton, currently with QCL member company Anadarko (and a former Ph.D. student and graduate of the QCL) stopped by the QCL to discuss our recent work on the outcrop geology and flow modelling of the Sego Sandstone in the Book Cliffs of Utah. It was great to see Darrin and visit with him! Darrin recently moved to Houston with Anadarko, which will hopefully make collaboration between Darrin and QCL students even easier. Thanks for stopping by, Darrin! May 4, 2015
Congratulations to Stevenson Bunn and Sebastian Cardona for successfully presenting their research at Master's Saturday here at the Jackson School! The titles of their projects are:
Stevenson Bunn: "Toward an accurate reservoir model of heterolithic, tidally-influenced deposits: An ongoing case study in the Sego Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale through second-generation, outcrop-to-subsurface 3D modeling"
Sebastian Cardona: "Fabric Development and Pore Throat Reduction in a Mass-Transport Deposit in the Jubilee Gas Field, Eastern Gulf of Mexico: Consequences to the Sealing Capacity of MTDs"
April 25, 2015
Dr. Peter Flaig gave an invited talk at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage Alaska. The talk entitled "A tale of three deltas: Comparative analysis of ancient, river-dominated deltaic systems from outcrops of the Permian in Antarctica and the Cretaceous in Arctic Alaska and Colorado" was given at the February meeting of the Alaska Geological Society. Pete also met with industry representative from BP, ENI, Hillcorp, and Great Bear Petroleum to discuss the work that the QCL and BEG is involved in on the North Slope of Alaska. Click on photo to view larger.
Feb 25, 2015
Graduate student Tim Prather was awarded 2nd Place in the "Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award" category of the 4th Annual Jackson School Research Symposium, held this past Saturday. The title of his poster was "A Combined Stratigraphic, Architectural, and Ichnologic Analysis of the Loyd Sandstone (Late Cretaceous) Near Rangely, Colorado." Feb 10, 2015
Dr. Peter Flaig gave an invited talk at the University of Kansas (KU) Department of Geology 2015 Colloquium Series entitled "A tale of three deltas: Comparative analysis of ancient, river-dominated deltaic systems from outcrops of the Permian in Antarctica and the Cretaceous in Arctic Alaska and Colorado". Pete also spent a couple of days meeting with KU students to discuss their ongoing research and potential careers in geology. Pete met with several researchers during his visit to discuss their current research and potential future collaborations. Jan 27, 2015
Brian Kiel successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Measurements of U.S. rivers clarify river-shaping factors and interaction with groundwater," and will graduate at the end of this semester. Congratulations, Brian! Brian already has a manuscript published in nature Geosciences entitled: "Lateral hyporheic exchange throughout the Mississippi River network." Jan 22, 2015
Sebastian Cardona recently performed fieldwork and collected samples in well-exposed outcrops of mass transport deposits (MTDs) on the western shore of New Zealand near Mokau, New Plymouth. He documented about 1 kilometer of exposure and collected nearly 50 samples to study the different styles of deformation and microfabrics within a single MTD. His research hopes to reveal styles of deformation in MTDs and how they transmit fluids in the subsurface to better predict their seal potential.
Click on photos below to view larger. Jan 15, 2015
Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk recently visited Repsol in The Woodlands of Houston, Texas. They discussed their investigations into the facies, ichnology, depositional environments, and stratal architectures in the Late Cretaceous Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek formations of northern Alaska. Jan 15, 2015