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Maria Prieto

Maria Prieto (Ph.D. Candidate) has received a grant from the Geological Society of America for $1,500 to go toward her work on the role of deep ocean currents in mobilizing, transporting and depositing sediments in ultra-deepwater environments. Maria will be presenting some of her observations at the upcoming OTC meeting in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, May 7th, at a session hosted by Jim Thomson (BP) on collaboration between industry and academia. Apr 23, 2014

Dolores van der Kolk

Dolores van der Kolk gave a well-received and well-attended Tech Talk at the Jackson School Tech Sessions on April 15th entitled "High-Latitude, Greenhouse Fluvial-Marine Transitions: Reconstructing the Late Cretaceous Arctic Shorelines of Northern Alaska." The talk focused on the transitional stratigraphy of a deltaic succession on the North Slope of Alaska and the reconstruction of shoreline paleoenvironments over time. Apr 23, 2014

Peter FlaigTim PratherLesli Wood

Peter Flaig, Tim Prather, and Lesli Wood participated in Industry Day here at the BEG by discussing their ongoing work in the Sego and Loyd Sandstone of Utah and Colorado. Representatives from 30 companies attended this year's festivities.
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Apr 17, 2014

Peter FlaigTim Prather

Peter Flaig and Tim Prather presented a multimedia poster entitled "Identifying the nature and extent of the Loyd Sandstone Member of the Buck Tongue of the Mancos Shale in outcrop and subsurface data in the Rangley area of Colorado" at the American Association of Petroleum Geologist Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston Texas on April 8th. The poster included projections of ultra-high resolution GigaPan photomosaics, drew many people, and sparked many excellent conversations. Pete and Tim head out to the Rangley area on April 23rd for a 10-day field season to continue work for Tim Prather's master's thesis. The field season will also include Dr. Stephen Hasiotis from the University of Kansas and Darrin Burton (a former Ph.D. student at the QCL) of Newfield Energy. Apr 16, 2014


Pete Flaig standing by his multimedia poster on the Loyd Sandstone Member
of the Mancos Shale at AAPG ACE in Houston, Texas

The Deepwater Systems Meeting is now a wrap for QCL. We enjoyed a great field trip, meeting, and core workshop, hosting reps from the majority of the 17 consortium companies in the IA. Click on photos below to view larger. Apr 10, 2014

BurtonWood

Dr. Darrin Burton (QCL Research Fellow) and Dr. Lesli Wood will receive the 2014 Norman Falcon Award for their paper "Geologically-based permeability anisotropy estimates for tidally-influenced reservoirs using quantitative shale data", published in Petroleum Geoscience, volume 19, issue 1, February 2013, pp. 3–20. The Norman Falcon Award is granted to the author(s) of the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience in the calendar year preceding the award. It is presented by the European Association of Geologists and Engineers (EAGE). Apr 3, 2014

Field trippers from corporate sponsor INPEX and their partner PETRONAS, all geared up for safety in Baumgartner Quarry. Jackfork slabs were checked for stability. Click on photo below to view larger. Mar 19, 2014

WoodTim Prather

Dr. Lesli Wood and Tim Prather are in the field this week in Arkansas, through the rain and snow, looking at deepwater Jackfork and Atoka with geoscientists and engineers from INPEX and PETRONAS. INPEX has been a member of QCL IA for multiple years. Click on photos to view larger. Mar 18, 2014

 

Here are the QCL IA upcoming presentations at the AAPG Meeting in Houston, Texas, April 6–9, 2014.
Mar 17, 2014

Monday, April 7th

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Exhibition Hall—Alluvial, Eolian, Fluvial and Deltaic Systems and Architectures I (SEPM/AAPG)
Stephen T. Hasiotis, Adam Jackson, Peter P. Flaig, John Isbell
“Ichnocoenoses and Ichnofacies of Marine and Continental Deposits in Permian–Triassic Strata of the Beacon Supergroup, Beardmore Glacier Area, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctic”

10:10 to 10:30 AM, Room 360—Integrated Source to Sink Sedimentary Systems and Applications to Stratigraphic Prediction (SEPM/AAPG)
Tricia Alvarez, Lesli Wood, Paul Mann
“Along-Strike Sediment Transport is an Underappreciated Control on the Pleistocene Sedimentary Record Offshore East Coast Trinidad”

11:30 to 11:50 AM, Room 360—Integrated Source to Sink Sedimentary Systems and Applications to Stratigraphic Prediction (SEPM/AAPG)
Migdalys Salazar, Lorena Moscardelli, Lesli Wood
“Utilizing Clinoform Architecture and Stratigraphic Forward Modeling to Understand the Drivers of Basin Margin Evolution”

Tuesday, April 8th

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Exhibition Hall—Shallow Marine and Nearshore Systems: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Characterization and Controls (SEPM/AAPG)
Jessica Hudock, Peter Flaig, Lesli Wood
"Complex Cretaceous Shorelines Existed during Deposition of the McMurray Formation of Alberta, Canada as Evidenced by Bedrock-Controlled Estuaries and Associated Flood Tidal Deltas in the Upper McMurray"

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Exhibition Hall—Shallow Marine and Nearshore Systems: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Characterization and Controls (SEPM/AAPG)
Peter Flaig, Darrin Burton, Lesli Wood
“Identifying the Nature and Extent of the Loyd Sandstone Member of the Buck Tongue of the Mancos Shale in Outcrop and Subsurface Data in the Rangley Area of Colorado”

2:20 to 2:40 PM, General Assembly C—Contractional Tectonics and Foreland Basin Evolution (PSGD/AAPG)
Tricia Alvarez, Paul Mann, Lesli Wood
“Tectonics, Basin Evolution and Sediment Distribution within the Collision to Subduction Transition of the Southeastern Caribbean Plate Boundary Zone in Offshore Trinidad”

Wednesday, April 9th

8:25 to 8:45 AM, Room 360—Shallow Marine and Nearshore Systems: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Characterization and Controls I (SEPM/AAPG)
Khushboo Arora and Lesli Wood
“Revisiting the Utility of Hummocky Cross-stratification in paleohydrologic study of ancient shelves and sand distribution processes”

2:20 to 2:40 PM, Room 320—Sedimentology, Architecture and Process Controls of Deepwater Siliciclastic Systems: Field and Analog Studies (SEPM/AAPG)
Lesli Wood and Lorena Moscardelli
“Healing-Phase, Top-fill Traps associated with Mass Transport Complexes and Components: an under-explored opportunity in deepwater systems”

2:20 to 2:40 PM, General Assembly B—Space and Energy Frontiers (AAPG/DPA)
Lorena Moscardelli
"Relevance of Oil and Gas Exploration Activities for Planetary Science: The Martian Ocean Hypothesis Case Study"

Hudock

Jessica Hudock, former QCL Graduate Student and current BHP Billiton associate visited the QCL in early March to discuss her work on 1) a new classification scheme for washover fans and 2) ancient flood tidal deltas in the McMurray Formation. Jessica Hudock, Peter Flaig, and Lesli Wood recently had a paper entitled "Washover fans: a modern geomorphologic analysis and proposed classification scheme to improve reservoir models" accepted for publication in the Journal of Sedimentary Research. Jessica will also be presenting a poster at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, Texas entitled "Complex Cretaceous Shorelines Existed during Deposition of the McMurray Formation of Alberta, Canada as Evidenced by Bedrock-Controlled Estuaries and Associated Flood Tidal Deltas in the Upper McMurray" detailing her graduate thesis work in the McMurray. Mar 17, 2014

Peter FlaigDolores van der KolkTim Prather

Dr. Peter Flaig, Dolores van der Kolk, and Tim Prather volunteered to help coordinate the Energy Theme activities for Prospective Student Weekend here at the BEG on February 23rd. During Prospective Student Weekend, select students from around the county are invited to visit the Jackson School of Geosciences, Bureau of Economic Geology, and University of Texas Institute for Geophysics to help them decide if they would like to pursue a graduate degree here at UT-Austin. Activities organized by QCL staff and students included a trip to Mount Bonnell; a demonstration of 3D visualization techniques; tours of the BEG, UTIG, and Core Facility; a series of presentations by graduate students on their research and life as a graduate student in Austin; and dinner at the Oasis restaurant. Mar 17, 2014

Tim Prather

Tim Prather recently graduated with a B.S. from the Jackson School of Geosciences geology program at UT-Austin. Tim is currently working with the QCL on a number of different projects that will prepare him to begin his masters in geology here at UT-Austin in the Fall. Tim will work with Dr. Peter Flaig, Dr. Darrin Burton, and Dr. Lesli Wood on an outcrop to subsurface project on the Loyd Sandstone in the Rangley area of Colorado. Some of Tim's goals will be to identify the Loyd in outcrop and in the subsurface, clarify how it differs from the overlying Sego Formation and underlying Mancos Shale, and provide paleoenvironmental interpretations for the Loyd in the region. Click on photo to view larger. Feb 12, 2014

Peter FlaigDolores van der Kolk

Dr. Stephen Hasiotis, a visiting scientist (ichnologist/sedimentologist) from the University of Kansas, spent four days at the QCL discussing current research with Dr. Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk. Steve and Pete are collaborating on Antarctic Research investigating Permo-Trassic strata in the Central Transantarctic Mountains. Steve was also here to discuss Dolores' research on shallow-marine to continental transitional strata located along the the Cretaceous Arctic Ocean shoreline of Alaska. While he was here Steve visited outcrops of the Bull Creek Member of the Walnut Formation and the Wilcox Formation to look at the ichnology and stratigraphy of both formations.
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Feb 11, 2014

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