Quantitative Clastics Laboratory
Vishal Maharaj and Lesli Wood won Third Place in the Thomas A. Philpot Excellence in Presentation Award competition at the recent 2009 GCAGS convention in Louisiana. The paper presented was titled "A Quantitative Paleo-Geomorphic Study of the Fluvio-deltaic Reservoirs in the Atoka Interval, Fort Worth Basin, Texas, U.S.A." and represented a portion of Mr. Maharaj's master's thesis research. The research was partially supported by a grant from GCAGS. Vishal is currently working on his doctoral research in the QCL IA research group under the supervision of Dr. Lesli J. Wood. 12/4/09
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli was invited to participate in at panel discussion regarding "Cultural Difference: People who have been successful at Leveraging Cultural Differences" at the 6th Annual Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology being held in Houston November 3rd and 4th. The topic of discussion deals with dealing with and overcoming stereotypes. Other panel members include Ms. Christina Ioannidis, Founder & CEO (Chief Engagement Officer), Aquitude, Dr. Tauseef Salma, Chief Engineer, Baker Hughes and Ms. JoEllen Helmer, Ernst & Young LLP. Web page: http://www.wglnetwork.com/ 11/03/09
Lesli Wood accepts an award from 2008 SEPM President Driese at the SEPM President's Reception for Honorable Mention Best Paper in the 2008 Journal of Sedimentary Research for her paper on "Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology of Pliocene- and Pliestocene Fluvial systems in the northern Gulf of Mexico." 08/12/09
Darrin Burton recently received a $3000 Grants-in-Aid award from AAPG for his research in fluid flow through tidal architectures. Congratulations to Darrin! 08/12/09
Thanks to Dallas Dunlap, joined new QCL PostDoc Peter Flaig, Ph.D. candidate Dolores van der Kolk, and Justin Gunderson for their 2009 field season this June and July. The team shot more than 50 ilris scans of the Prince Creek and Sagavanirktok outcrops along the Sagavanirktok River 70 km south of Prudhoe Bay, on the North Slope of Alaska. Once merged, the dataset will give us three continuous kilometers of high res 3D data of exposed Paleocene strata containing numerous channel fills, coals, and thick lacustrine deposits. Click on photos below to view larger.
Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood visited bg's office in Port of Spain in July to spend several days in discussion regarding student research projects on the northern shelf and eastern shelf, as well as data that might be available to integrate into several shallow analog projects underway in offshore shelf and delta systems. 07/23/09
Lesli Wood taught ER 660 Undergraduate Field Course in eastern Utah again this summer. Nearly 40 students were involved in detailed correlation and interpretation projects in the tidally influenced shelf deposits of the Sego Sandstone in San Arroyo and in Jim Canyons. 07/23/09
Lesli Wood taught the 10th Grade GeoFORCE Field Trip for 2009. They visited sites in Zion National Park and around the Grand Canyon. GeoFORCE is a 9-12 grade earth science initiative supported by the Jackson School of Geoscience and private company donations. It is the largest high school earth science education program in the nation. Click on photos below to view larger 07/20/09
QCL IA was well represented at the recent 2009 Annual AAPG meeting held June 7–10 in Denver, Colorado. Thanks for all the corporate support that enabled completion of so much research by scientists and research students. In addition, Dr. Lesli Wood accepted an award at the SEPM President's Reception for Honorable Mention Best Paper in the Journal of Sedimentary Research for her paper on "Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology of Pliocene- and Pliestocene Fluvial systems in the northern Gulf of Mexico."
[Abstracts in MSWord format]
R. Day-Stirrat, A. McDonald, L. Wood, 2009, Characteristics of "mobile" shale in the deep stratigraphic subsurface. AAPG Abstracts with Program, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
D. Dunlap, L. Moscardelli, M. Hornbach and L.Wood, Potential causal mechanism for MTC generation of the Northwest African Shelf, AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
J. Huang, L. Wood and W. Ruan, 2009, Fill, strip and spill model of minibasin sedimentation, Mad Dog area, Gulf of Mexico Booth. AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
J. Morgan and L. Wood, 2009, Quantitative seismic geomorphologic analysis of early Pleistocene-age fans outboard fo the Sigsbee Escarpment, Mad Dog area, northern Gulf of Mexico. AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
K. Singh, L. Wood and L. Moscardelli, 2009, Geometry and nature of modern and ancient mass transport deposits. AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
L. Wood and T. Hedayati, 2009, Variable controlling reservoir trends and exploration potential of the El Vado Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale, northwestern New Mexico, AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
L. Wood and T. Brothers, 2009, Deltas and turbidites in Martian lake settings: implications for the occurrence of organic matter, water body distribution and sediment dispersal. AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
R. Shew, J. Studlick, L. Wood and G. Fiedler. 2009, Deep water outcrops: basins and architectural elements and statistics, AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
V. Maharaj and L. Wood, 2009, A quantitative paleo-geomorphic study of the fluvio-deltaic reservoirs in the Atoka interval, Fort Worth Basin, Texas, U.S.A AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
W. Ruan, L. Wood and J. Huang, 2009, Mass-transport deposits in distal confined mini-basin settings, Mad Dog area, Gulf of Mexico Strat and Sed session. AAPG Annual Meeting Abstracts with Program, Denver, Colorado. [abstract]
Vishal Maharaj, Ph.D. Candidate with QCL IA, was selected as one of only 15 individuals from over 100 entries to present his research at the 2009 AAPG Student Oral Awards Competition at the upcoming AAPG Meeting in Denver, Colorado July 7–10, 2009. The awards are sponsored by Shell Oil and the AAPG Student Chapters Committee. Vishal's selections provides a $250 stipend to attend the meeting and an opportunity to compete among his peers for between $500-$2000 in prize money, as well as for the annual AAPG Mattson Best Paper Award. Vishal's selection attests to the high quality of his submission and his research. Congratulations Vishal! 04/07/09
Darrin Burton, Ph.D. Candidate with QCL IA, participated on the award winning UT AAPG Imperial Barrel Team in competition in Houston April 2nd. The team placed second overall among teams from Texas and Louisiana. The Team presented a complete portfolio evaluation of a select study area in offshore Australia. Data generated represented the full cycle exploration opportunities from identification to economics. Congratulations Darrin! 04/07/09
Jessica Morgan, M.S. Candidate with QCL IA, and Vishal Maharaj, Ph.D. Candidate with QCL IA, have both received the 2009 ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship award. ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars Program which recruits outstanding students and provides them leadership and public service opportunities throughout their college careers. The program's objective is to prepare students for success in the modern business world. SPIRIT Scholars receive scholarship awards, the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities such as academic and professional development, cultural events and community service, and industry mentoring. For more information on the program see http://giving.utexas.edu/supportut/corporate/spiritscholars/
Congratulations Jessica and Vishal for recognized excellence! 04/07/09
Bill Ambrose attended the 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held March 23–27 in The Woodlands and presented his poster "Distribution and Chronostratigraphy of Asymmetric Secondary Craters in the Nectaris Basin" [abstract:PDF]. Bill's presentation was based on an article that Mardi Clark had written in The Lunar Observer about asymmetrical secondary craters. A photograph of Bill presenting the poster is posted on Charles Wood's website "Lunar Photo of the Day." Bill moonlights by researching the Moon as a hobby. 03/31/09
QCL IA Spring 2009 Newsletter, in PDF format. Topics covered include:
- The additions to the SANDatabase and the new search structure we are implementing.
- Plans for work in the North Slope of Alaska this summer.
- A focus on several Gulf of Mexico projects.
- The November date for our annual meeting to be held in Austin, immediately preceding a three day International Conference on Submarine Failures and their Consequences, Chaired by Lorena Moscardelli. 03/30/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood traveled to Denver, Colorado in mid-December to present a series of talks to Anadarko's Denver office geoscientists regarding the work the QCL IA group does in shelf sands and shoreline processes in the El Vado, Sego, Tocito and various margins around the world. She also had an opportunity to visit with several of their geoscientists regarding work they were involved in in the basins of the Rocky Mountains. 03/02/09
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli is busy organizing the 5th International Conference on Mass Transport Deposits and their Consequences to be held this coming Nov. 7 through 10th in Austin, Texas. Over 100 abstracts were received for the conference which will also host a Core Workshop examining mass transport deposits in core from repositories in the U.S. and Canada, a Visual Field Trip held in the BEG's Visualization Center and a Field Trip to the Geology of the Texas Wine Country led by distinguished former AAPG President and renown geologist Dr. Pete Rose. 03/02/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood recently traveled to Norway to visit with the DEEP Systems Group at StatoilHydro. She presented talks on deep water research being undertaken by the QCL IA. NorskHydro is a seven year supporter of the QCL IA research group. 03/02/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood and Ph.D. candidate Vishal Maharaj visited Encana's Dallas office to discuss Vishal's recent work in the Atoka Formation within the Fort Worth Basin, as well as opportunities for Encana to join QCL IA program and collaborative research. 03/02/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood visited at Anadarko's Woodland Offices February 10th to present an overview of the research being done by QCL IA scientists. Anadarko is a three year supporter of the QCL IA research group. 03/02/09
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli and Dr. Lesli Wood are currently in Mexico City, visiting with QCL IA member IMP and conveying research results to the larger company. 03/02/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood visited Stanford University on February 25th for a meeting with the members of the TETRIS research team including Dr. Jef Caers and his students from Stanford and geoscientists from ENI_AGIP, Giuseppe Serafini, Sergio Nardon and Marco Pontiggia. TETRIS is a project designed to build a much improved clastic reservoir modeling program employing significant quantitative data on element morphology with multipoint statistical analysis. 03/02/09
On February 26, Dr. Lesli J. Wood gave her first of many lectures as a 2009 BEG Centennial Visiting Lecturer at the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson. Her topic: "Mars: A History of Flowing Water and Moving Sediments." UA is a center for much of the recent research on Mars. Approximately 20 graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from the UA Geology Department attended the afternoon talk, after which Dr. Wood spent time with students answering questions and discussing possible analogs in the study of Martian deltas. 03/02/09
Tricia Alvarez, Darrin Burton, Tiffany Hedayati and Vishal Maharaj all graduated in December with their Master's Degree, having worked on their research under the auspices of the QCL IA research group. Tiffany has taken a job with ExxonMobil. Tricia Alvarez will be working on her Ph.D. at UT under the guidance of Dr. Paul Mann. Darrin and Vishal will both be working on their PhD at UT and remain under the guidance of Dr. Lesli Wood. Darrin will be conducting a field based study of the Tocito and Sego Sandstones in the Western Interior of the United States. Vishal will be developing a new tectono-sequence stratigraphic framework for mini-basin development over various types of substrates. Congratulations to all our graduates. 02/02/09
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli has received a significant research grant from Shell to examine the detailed nature of shelf edge deltas and depositional systems. She will be focused on this project through much of 2009 as well as continuing to work in other areas of the world. 02/02/09
Dr. Lesli Wood has received a recognition of Honorable Mention in Publishing from the Journal of Sedimentary Research for her 2008 publication on "The quantitative seismic geomorphology of Pliocene and Pleistocene fluvial systems in the northern Gulf of Mexico." 02/02/09
Dr. Lesli Wood and former master’s graduate student, now Encana employee, Kristine Mize-Spanzsky have published a paper in the January 2009 issue of AAPG Bulletin titled "Quantitative seismic geomorphology of a Quaternary-age channel levee complex, offshore Trinidad, West Indies." 02/02/09
Dallas Dunlap presented a research talk on November 20 to the Abilene Geological Society titled "Mass Transport Complexes, Offshore Morocco" 02/02/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood traveled to Denver, Colorado in mid-December to present a series of talks to Anadarko's Denver office geoscientists regarding the work the QCL IA group does in shelf sands and shoreline processes in the El Vado, Sego, Tocito and various margins around the world. She also had an opportunity to visit with several of their geoscientist regarding work they were involved in in the basins of the Rocky Mountains. 02/02/09
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli is busy organizing the 5th International Conference on Mass Transport Deposits and their Consequences to be held this coming Nov. 7 through 10th, in Austin, Texas. Over 100 abstracts were received for the conference which will also host a Core Workshop examining mass transport deposits in core from repositories in the U.S. and Canada, a Visual Field Trip held in the BEG’s Visualization Center and a Field Trip to the Geology of the Texas Wine Country led by distinguished former AAPG President and renown geologist Dr. Pete Rose. 02/02/09
Dr. Lesli J. Wood recently traveled to Norway to visit with the DEEP Systems Group at NorskHydro. She presented talks on deep water research being undertaken by the QCL IA. NorskHydro is a seven-year supporter of the QCLIA research group. 02/02/09