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Jake Covault

QCL PI Dr. Jacob Covault hosted new Chevron Center of Research Excellence at the Colorado School of Mines Director Dr. Zane Jobe on April 14. Dr. Jobe presented on stratigraphic architecture of deep-water channel deposits and discussed collaboration with the QCL. Click on photo to view larger. Apr 20, 2016

Keri BelcherGraham Soto-KeransNingjie HuPaul MorrisDallas Dunlap

The QCL welcomes five new students to start their graduate studies during the summer and fall '16! From left to right: Keri Belcher (M.S.), Graham Soto-Kerans (M.S.), Ningjie Hu (Ph.D.), Paul Morris (Ph.D.), and Dallas Dunlap (Ph.D.).

Keep an eye out for progress updates and project descriptions in the next weeks and months! Apr 20, 2016

Jake Covault

QCL PI Dr. Jacob Covault chaired the 2016 meeting of the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Council on April 6. The council is tasked with advising the dean on the school's alumni programs and services. Dr. Covault also gave a talk to the Stanford Department of Geological Sciences entitled "Cyclic steps as signals of submarine-fan growth and flow transformation, Western North America." Apr 20, 2016

Glenn SharmanJake CovaultGlenn Sharman

QCL post-doc Dr. Glenn Sharman, PI Dr. Jacob Covault, and Ph.D. student Logan West traveled to southern California to study outcrops within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park during 23–31 March. Exceptional exposures of deep-marine sedimentary rocks (about 5 million years old) provide a natural laboratory to study processes of ocean basin sedimentation, including energetic sediment gravity flows and catastrophic landslide deposits. Click on images to view larger. Apr 20, 2016

Carla Sanchez Phelps

The QCL welcomes BEG Research Fellow Dr. Carla Sanchez Phelps! Dr. Sanchez Phelps received a Ph.D. from UT-Austin and worked at ConocoPhillips Subsurface Technology for four years. Dr. Sanchez Phelps specializes in play, prospect, and reservoir-scale stratigraphic analysis. At the QCL, she has initiated a project mapping the Eocene-Miocene succession in the Browse basin, Northwest Shelf of Australia. Preliminary results are exciting and suggest tectonic controls on mixed carbonate-siliciclastic shelf-margin stratigraphic architecture. Results also demonstrate significant along-strike variability in contemporaneous depositional systems. Stay tuned for more results, which will be deployed to sponsors during the QCL fall meeting. Apr 20, 2016

Glenn Sharman

The QCL welcomes new post-doctoral researcher Dr. Glenn Sharman! Glenn is an expert in deep-water depositional systems and basin analysis. Glenn earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and worked for ConocoPhillips for almost two years before joining the QCL. [Link to Glenn's GoogleScholar profile] Apr 20, 2016

Jake Covault

QCL PI Dr. Jacob Covault and colleagues published an article in the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology entitled "Stratigraphic rule-based reservoir modeling." [Abstract link] Click on image to view larger. Apr 20, 2016

Jake Covault

QCL PI Dr. Jacob Covault gave an invited talk at the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar on March 11, on submarine-fan morphodynamics and flow transformation, examples in Western North America. Dr. Covault also received the 2015 New Orleans Geological Society Best Paper Award for the presentation "Predictive Organization of Deep-Water Lobes." Apr 20, 2016

Jake Covault

QCL PI Dr. Jacob Covault hosted Dr. Vitor Abreu on February 4. Dr. Abreu presented a simplified guide to sequence stratigraphy and discussed collaboration with the QCL. We are in the process of securing data to collaborate on contrasting delta-fed and canyon-fed deep-water reservoirs. Click on photo to view larger.
Apr 20, 2016

Dolores van der KolkPeter Flaig

Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk are presenting papers this week at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Conference and Exhibition (April 3–6) to be held in Barcelona, Spain. Peter is giving a talk entitled "Comparative analysis of ancient mouth bars and subaqueous terminal distributary channels in three deltas: The Permian Mackellar Formation of Antarctica, the Cretaceous Schrader Bluff Formation of Arctic Alaska, and the Cretaceous Loyd Formation of Colorado." Dolores is giving a poster on her Ph.D. work entitled "Stratigraphic evolution of a paleopolar topset-clinoform system: Upper Cretaceous Schrader Bluff-Prince Creek formations, Arctic Alaska, U.S.A." Dolores is also chairing a poster session on "Unconventional Resources" which she is familiar with from her Master's work on the Pebble Shale Unit of northern Alaska. Click on image above to view larger. [Event web page] Mar 28, 2016

Ashlyn Murphy

Peter Flaig Just returned from a 5-day reconnaissance trip to Utah and Colorado. The purpose of the trip was to reconnoiter the study area for QCL graduate student Ashlyn Murphy's Master's work, and reinvestigate and reconnoiter select outcrops near Rangely, Colorado. Ashlyn will begin a project focused on a detailed facies and architectural analysis of the transition from the shallow marine deposits of the Upper Sego Formation into the fluvial-distributary deposits of the basal Neslen Formation. Ashlyn's goal is to quantify sandbody and shale geometries in a 2.5×2.5-mile area in order to develop both a paleoenvironmental reconstruction and a Petrel geocellular reservoir model of her field area. Click on image to view larger. Mar 10, 2016

The QCL was involved in Prospective Student Weekend 2016. Prospective Student Weekend is a 3-day event during which potential graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) from universities outside of Austin are invited to visit the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the UT-Austin campus. Students meet with faculty, researchers, current UT graduate students, and other prospective students to get a sense of what the University of Texas has to offer graduate students. Peter Flaig ran the field trip for prospective graduate students associated with the Energy Theme and Bureau of Economic Geology. The entire QCL group met with prospective students for lunch during the prospective student activities. Feb 22, 2016

Dolores van der Kolk

Dolores van der Kolk presented the bulk of her Ph.D. work at the Jackson School of Geosciences Soft Rock Seminar on the 22nd of February. Dolores' talk was entitled "Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of Late Cretaceous Deltaic Systems in Arctic Alaska and Utah." The talk was given during Prospective Student Weekend and was well attended by faculty, researchers, students, and prospective students. Feb 22, 2016

Jake Covault

QCL PI Dr. Jacob Covault gave an invited talk at the UTIG Seminar Series on January 29, on the morphodynamics of submarine fans in Western North America. Morphodynamics is the study of the adjustment of topography to overriding flows. The presentation was recorded and it is located here: [LINK]. Dr. Covault also gave a talk at the BEG Friday Seminar Series on February 12 on deepwater channel compartmentalization. Feb 19, 2016

Jake Covault

During the week of January 18–22, Dr. Jacob Covault gave two invited talks at the HGS International Dinner and HGS Northsiders' Luncheon in the Houston area of Texas. The presentations were on deepwater channel compartmentalization and early evolution. [Event web page] Jan 22, 2016

Peter Flaig

Dr. Peter Flaig is the lead author or a co-author on four manuscripts published in the January issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. This publication is a special issue containing selected papers based on 2013 Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Theme Session 241: Ancient Polar Ecosystems and Climate History in Deep Time. The manuscripts include Pete's work both in Alaska and in Antarctica.

The publications include:

Flaig, P. P., Hasiotis, S.T., and Jackson, A.M., 2016, An Early Permian, paleopolar, postglacial, river-dominated deltaic succession in the Mackellar–Fairchild formations at Turnabout Ridge, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 441, no. 2, p. 241–265, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.08.004.

Jackson, A.M., Hasiotis, S.T., and Flaig, P. P., 2016, Ichnology of a paleopolar, river-dominated, shallow marine deltaic succession in the Mackellar Sea: the Mackellar Formation (Lower Permian), Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 441, p. 266–291, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.07.010.

Suarez, C. A., Flaig, P. P., Ludvigson, G. A., Gonzalez, L. A., Tian, R., Zhou, H., McCarthy, P. J., van der Kolk, D. A., and Fiorillo, A. R., 2016, Reconstructing the paleohydrology of a Cretaceous Alaskan paleopolar coastal plain from stable isotopes of bivalves: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 441, no. 2, p. 339–351, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.07.025

Fiorillo, A.R., McCarthy, P.P., and Flaig, P. P., 2016, A multi-disciplinary perspective on habitat preferences among dinosaurs in a Cretaceous Arctic greenhouse world, North Slope, Alaska (Prince Creek Formation: lower Maastrichtian): Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 441, no. 2, p. 377–389, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.07.024. Jan 15, 2016

Jake Covault

During the week of December 14–18, Dr. Jacob Covault gave two invited talks at the AGU 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, USA. One presentation was on "Supercritical Submarine Channel Morphodynamics from Western North America," and another was on "Source-to-sink sediment budget variability in Southern California." Later in the week, modified versions of these talks were presented at an Aera Energy Lunch-and-Learn Technical Talk in Bakersfield, CA, USA. Jan 4, 2016

Dolores van der KolkPeter Flaig

On November 19th Dolores van der Kolk and Peter Flaig gave a talk at BP-Houston headquarters entitled "Sedimentology and Stratigraphic Architecture of the Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek Formations along the Colville River in Arctic Alaska." The talk was given for a BP Global presentation and was broadcast globally to the Sedimentology-Stratigraphy-Reservoir-Quality community at BP. Dec 15, 2015

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones presented a poster entitled "Paleoenvironments of Anchor Mine Tongue and Upper Sego equivalent strata in the Rangely area of Colorado: Tidally influenced deposits and variable ichnology along a complex coastline" at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. This was the first time Rebecca has analyzed, interpreted, and presented her Master's data. Great job Rebecca! Nov 9, 2015

Jake Covault

Dr. Jacob Covault and colleagues recently published an article in Earth-Science Reviews entitled "Environmental signal propagation in sedimentary systems across timescales." [abstract link]. This paper was invited for submission to a special volume of Earth-Science Reviews on source-to-sink sedimentary systems research. Nov 2, 2015

Jake Covault

Dr. Jacob Covault gave a talk at the GCAGS 2015 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, USA, on deepwater channel system evolution offshore West Africa [abstract link]. The presentation showed the stratigraphic evolution of channel systems in prospective continental margins from laterally offset, amalgamated channel deposits to vertically stacked leveed channel deposits. Internal and external controls on deepwater channel stratigraphy were considered. The presentation was a shortened version of an invited talk given at the 2015 AAPG Sixth Annual Deepwater and Shelf Reservoirs Workshop Global Technology Workshop in Houston. Click on image to view larger. Nov 2, 2015

Peter FlaigJake Covault

Dr. Peter Flaig and Dr. Jacob Covault chaired sessions at the GSA 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Peter chaired a general session on clastic sediments [link], and Jacob chaired with industry colleague Bret Dixon (Anadarko) [link]. Peter also gave a talk on Wednesday, November 4th, entitled "A Tale of Two Deltas: Comparative Analysis of Ancient, 'River-Dominated' Deltaic Systems from Outcrops of the Permian in Antarctica and the Cretaceous of Colorado" [abstract link] at 8:15 AM in Sediments, Clastic. Nov 2, 2015

From October 12th through the 13th, the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory held a Fluvial–Deltaic–Shallow-Marine workshop at the Houston Research Center (HRC) core facility. Day 1 of the workshop featured presentations by QCL students, researchers, and guest speakers. Day 2 included a half-day ichnology course taught by Dr. Stephen Hasiotis, a professor at the University of Kansas Department of Geology, and a half-day core workshop focusing on complex mixed clastic-carbonate Pennsylvanian coastlines found along the eastern shelf of the Permian–Midland Basin of west–central Texas. The workshop was well-attended by our member companies and, as always, we thank you for your continued support of the QCL! Click on photos to view larger. Oct 21, 2015

Peter FlaigStephen Hasiotis

Dr. Peter Flaig just returned from a Transantarctic Mountain Science Antarctic Deep Field Planning Meeting held in Loveland, CO. Pete discussed his research on Permo-Triassic strata of Antarctica in a talk entitled "Integrating Sedimentology and Ichnology in the Beacon Supergroup, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica to Clarify Paleoenvironmental Interpretations and Refine Basin Analysis." Pete was also a co-author on a talk by Dr. Stephen Hasiotis entitled "Hidden Diversity of High-Latitude Landscapes and Seascapes—Integrated Ichnologic and Sedimentologic Research in the Beacon Supergroup, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica." The meeting was convened to discuss the science and logistics support for an upcoming, remote deep-field camp based along the Shackleton Glacier. The camp will be active during the 2015–2016, 2016–2014, and 2017–2018 Austral summers. Click on photos to view larger. Sep 25, 2015

Dolores van der Kolk

Dolores van der Kolk presented her poster entitled "Stratigraphic Evolution of a Paleopolar Topset Clinoform System: Upper Cretaceous Lower Schrader Bluff—Prince Creek Formations, Arctic Alaska, U.S.A." at the 3rd Annual BEG Research Symposium on September 18th. Sep 21, 2015

Jake Covault

Dr. Jacob Covault joined the BEG on August 10 as Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL). Dr. Covault, a distinguished researcher in deep-water clastic depositional systems, received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2008 and previously worked as a researcher at Chevron Energy Technology Company and at the United States Geological Survey. Within QCL, Dr. Covault's deep-water systems expertise will complement the skills of Dr. Peter Flaig, who specializes in fluvial, deltaic, and shallow-marine systems, and the skills of Dallas Dunlap whose specialty is advanced seismic interpretation methods. Dr. Covault is seeking graduate students with whom to collaborate on source-to-sink sediment routing and signal propagation, deciphering the stratigraphic record of continental margins, and the impact of facies models on reservoir performance. [Google Scholar] Click on image for more information and to view larger. Sep 8, 2015

Dolores van der KolkPeter FlaigStephen Hasiotis

Dolores van der Kolk, Dr. Pete Flaig, and Dr. Stephen Hasiotis recently published an article in the Journal of Sedimentary Research entitled, "Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of a Late Cretaceous, Muddy, River-dominated Polar Deltaic System: Schrader Bluff—Prince Creek Formation Transition, Shivugak Bluffs, North Slope of Alaska, U.S.A." [abstract]. This is one of the few examples of high-latitude deltas deposited in the Cretaceous (Santonian–Campanian) Arctic Ocean and is one of only three studies in the world that document muddy, progradational shorelines. This work is part of Dolores van der Kolk's Ph.D. at QCL/JSG. Two additional papers documenting the sandier portions of this high-latitude system are currently in preparation. The study area, Shivugak Bluffs on the North Slope of Alaska, is featured on the cover of the Journal of Sedimentary Research August issue. Click on photos to view larger. Aug 24, 2015

Lorena MoscardelliLesli Wood

Drs. Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood just published an article in GSA Bulletin: "Morphometry of mass transport deposits as a predictive tool." The early online release has been flagged by GSA Bulletin as a Featured Article. This article reflects more than 10 years of research in the topic of mass wasting processes by QCL researchers. Jul 16, 2015

Migdalys SalazarLorena MoscardelliLesli Wood

Drs. Migdalys Salazar, Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood just published an article on Basin Research "Utilizing clinoform architectures to understand the drivers of basin margin evolution: a case study in the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand" [abstract]. This new publication showcases how morphological variations within continental-margin clinoforms can help improve our understanding of sediment dispersal, composition, and sediment transport mechanisms occurring along shelf margins. This work was part of a Ph.D. project by Migdalys Salazar at QCL/JSG under the supervision of Dr. Lorena Moscardelli. There is a second paper regarding forward modeling of these systems that is currently "in preparation". Jul 16, 2015

Sebastian CardonaMaria Prieto

QCL students continue to be heavily involved with the "Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences" community. Sebastian Cardona and Maria Prieto will be attending the upcoming 7th International Symposium in Wellington, New Zealand. They both got accepted chapters for the conference volume, a Springer publication that is peer-reviewed. In addition, Sebastian is one of the co-leaders of a field trip that will showcase spectacular MTDs in New Zealand . There is more! Sebastian and Maria received grants from IGCP 640, an initiative by the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and UNESCO, to help them cover cost to attend the conference in New Zealand. Jul 16, 2015

These are their peer-reviewed publications:

Cardona, S., L. Wood, R.J. Day-Stirrat, and L. Moscardelli, in press, Sealing Capacity of Mass Transport Deposits: Depositional Model for a Deepwater Reservoir in the Jubilee Gas Field, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, in Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Percher, I. and Woelz, S., eds., Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 7th International Symposium, Springer.

Prieto, M.I., L. Moscardelli, and L. Wood, in press, Exploring the influence of deepwater currents as potential triggers for slope instability, in Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Percher, I. and Woelz, S., eds., Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 7th International Symposium, Springer.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones, an M.S. student at the QCL, helped out on two GeoFORCE trips this summer (Grand Canyon and Oregon: Mt. St. Helens–Crater Lake), offering to drive a trail vehicle and provide her geologic expertise and counseling when needed. Jun 30, 2015

Peter FlaigDolores van der Kolk

Dr. Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk were both heavily involved this summer in the GeoFORCE program at UT-Austin. Dolores was the instructor for the GeoFORCE Grand Canyon trip on June 6–13. Pete instructed the GeoFORCE Grand Canyon trip for the 6th consecutive summer on June 20–27. Pete also instructed a brand new GeoFORCE trip designed as a senior level sedimentology-tectonics class in the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. Pete is a co-author on the field trip guidebook. The trip combined senior-level high school students from both the North Slope of Alaska and Texas. This was the final summer class for the first group of GeoFORCE Alaska students. Congratulations to them! Click on photos to view larger. Jun 30, 2015

Peter FlaigRon Steel

Dr. Peter Flaig recently came back from a week of co-teaching the sedimentology portion of field camp with Dr. Ron Steel of the Jackson School. Pete and Dr. Steel took the students to measure and interpret Cretaceous outcrops in the Rock Springs that preserve shallow marine to continental sediments deposited along the shorelines of the Western Cretaceous Interior Seaway of North America. The students role is to measure stratigraphic successions, interpret depositional environments, and correlate the stratigraphy in the region. Click on photos to view larger. Jun 15, 2015

QCL researcher and student presentations at the upcoming AAPG annual meeting in Denver:

Monday, June 1st Poster Sessions

Logan West: Imaging of Deepwater Channel Architectural Elements of the Jackfork Formation, Arkansas, Using Ground Penetrating Radar and Application to Reservoir Modeling [abstract .pdf]
8:30 AM-5:00 PM in AAPG Student Research Poster Session

Tuesday, June 2nd Poster Sessions

Timothy Prather: Should a "Typical" River-Dominated Delta With a High-Diversity Trace Fossil Assemblage Be Classified as River-Dominated? A Combined Stratigraphic, Architectural and Ichnologic Analysis of the Loyd Sandstone (Late Cretaceous) Near Rangely, Colorado [abstract .pdf]
8:30 AM-5:00 PM in Source-to-Sink Analyses of Sediment Dispersal Systems (AAPG/SEPM)

Wednesday, June 3rd Oral Sessions

Khushboo Arora: Influence of Storm Processes on Cross-Shelf Sediment Transport [abstract .pdf]
9:05 AM-9:25 AM in Quantitative Characterization and Modeling of Sedimentary Systems (AAPG/SEPM)

Peter Flaig: A Potential High-Latitude Signature on a Cretaceous Paleopolar Coastal Plain: Flashiness Evidenced by Recurring Facies, Sedimentary-Pedogenic Structures and Isotopic Trends in the Prince Creek Formation of Arctic Alaska During a Greenhouse [abstract .pdf]
4:25 PM-4:45 PM in Fluvial-Tidal Transition and Shallow Marine Systems (AAPG/SEPM)

Wednesday, June 3rd Poster Sessions

Maria Prieto: Influence of Bottom Currents on Gravity-Induced Deposits as Potential Triggers for Slope Instability and as Sediment-Redistribution Agents [abstract .pdf]
8:30 AM-12:00 PM in Deepwater System Architecture (AAPG/SEPM)

Sebastian Cardona: Sealing Capacity of Mass Transport Deposits: Depositional Model for a Deepwater Reservoir in the Jubilee Gas Field, Eastern Gulf of Mexico [abstract .pdf]
8:30 AM-12:00 PM in Deepwater System Architecture (AAPG/SEPM)

Logan West: Regional Analysis of Residual Oil Zone Potential in the Permian Basin [abstract .pdf]
8:30 AM-12:00 PM in CO2 Storage and EOR: Two Sides of the Same Technology (DEG)

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 3-D Modeling
8:30 AM-12:00 PM in Developments and Discoveries (AAPG)

We hope to see you in Denver! May 29, 2015

Peter FlaigDolores van der Kolk

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

Dallas Dunlap

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

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

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

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

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

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 FlaigDallas Dunlap

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

Darrin Burton

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

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

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

Tim PratherRebecca Jones

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor hail, nor sheep, nor bulls, nor no-show pilots could stop Tim Prather and Rebecca Jones from moving forward with their fieldwork last week in the Book Cliffs of Utah and equivalent stratigraphy near Rangely Colorado. Tim is working on what he interprets as a deltaic succession while Rebecca is teasing out the complex environments found in the Anchor Mine Tongue and surrounding strata. Click on photos to view larger. Apr 15, 2015

Peter Flaig

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

Tim Prather

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

Peter Flaig

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

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

Maria Prieto

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 FlaigDolores van der Kolk

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

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