Quantitative Clastics Laboratory
On November 29th Dolores van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Flaig attended the Donor Celebration at the grand opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas Texas. Dolores and Peter were invited to the celebration because they were an integral part of the Alaska field team led by Tony Fiorillo (chief curator and director of research at the Perot Museum) that helped excavate a new species of the ceratopsid dinosaur Pachyrhinosaurus from the Prince Creek Formation in bluffs along the Colville River on the North Slope of Alaska. The collection of bone from that excavation is on display at the Perot Museum. Dolores and Pete helped remove several skulls and partial skeletons of the new species Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum, named in recognition of the Perot family. Peter's Ph.D. dissertation focused on the sediments that the dinosaurs were buried in, and helped place the animals in a paleoenvironmental context. Over the course of the evening Dolores and Peter spent time discussing the nuances of the Alaska dinosaur exhibit to invited guests. Dec 7, 2012
Congratulations to Vishal Maharaj for successfully defending his dissertation research titled "The Effects of Confining Minibasin Topography on Turbidity Current Dynamics and Deposit Architecture." Dr. Maharaj will graduate on December 8 and will be presenting the Graduate Student key note address the JSG Graduation Ceremony. Preliminary work for Maharaj's dissertation is available in the Sedimentary Analogs Database for QCL IA members. Nov 26, 2012
Congratulations to Kurtus Woolf for successfully defending his dissertation research titled "Regional Character of the Lower Tuscaloosa Formation Depositional Systems and Trends in Reservoir Quality." Kurtus is currently employed with Newfield Energy in Denver. A preliminary copy of his work, the first comprehensive examination of late Cretaceous age coarse clastics in the Gulf of Mexico, is available in the Sedimentary Analogs Database for QCL IA members. Nov 26, 2012
Congratulations to Dolores van der Kolk for successfully defending her dissertation proposal to her committee. In addition, she recently traveled to Charlotte North Carolina to GSA as one of 14 students chosen for a specialized award among 636 student applicants who applied for a GSA research grant. Dolores received the 2012 Alexander Sisson Award ($2500) for her Ph.D. project entitled "Nature and Evolution of Topset Facies in Santonian-Maastrichtian Clastic Wedges of the Arctic Ocean, Northern Alaska." Nov 26, 2012
Brian Kiel, will be presenting a poster titled "A model of river morphology, slope, and grain size elucidates downstream hydraulics and groundwater interaction" at AGU in San Francisco the week of December 3–7, 2012. Brian presented some of his Ph.D. research at our Fluvial-Deltaic–Shallow-Marine meeting in Grand Junction in September. That work is available for download on the Sedimentary Analogs Database for QCL IA members. Nov 26, 2012
QCL Ph.D. candidate Migdalys Salazar has been awarded the Jesse L. Brundrett Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship by the Jackson School Graduate Support Committee. Migdalys is pursuing research on the Giant Foresets Formation in the Taranaki Basin under the supervision of Drs. Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood. Migdalys is studying shelf-edge architectures and shelf-to-sink dynamics in complex tectonic margins. The late Jesse R. Brundrett attended The University of Texas at Austin on the GI Bill and earned a B.S. and M.S. in geology in 1953 and 1955, respectively. He spent most of his career as a geologist with Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon). His widow, Mrs. Ina R. Brundrett, who attended the University's College of Education in 1950, established this scholarship in the Department of Geological Sciences in his honor after his passing. Nov 15, 2012
Dr. Peter Flaig, Dolores van der Kolk, Dr. Stephen Hasiotis, Annie Miller, and Doug Hissom returned from the North Slope of Alaska on September 2. As part of Dolores van der Kolk's dissertation the group investigated Shivugak Bluffs and Ocean Point along the Colville River. The group stayed in remote camps in order to investigate the stratigraphy, ichnofacies, stacking pattern, geometries, and key surfaces of these outcrop analogues for nearby subsurface reservoirs. A GigaPan EPIC Pro System was used to photo document the sedimentary structures, sedimentary architecture, and stacking patterns.
Read more about their field adventure: Digging up dirt in Northern Alaska: What happens when geologists take over the North Slope. Click on the images below to view larger. Oct 26, 2012
On September 15, the QCL held its annual Fluvial-Deltaic–Shallow-Marine Meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado. This meeting was followed by a 3-day field trip that focused on the sequence stratigraphy and architecture of strike-oriented shorelines in the Upper Cretaceous Buck Tongue, Sego, and Neslen Formation, as well as examination of the highly heterolithic tidal-deltaic deposits of the Blair Sandstone in southwest Wyoming, a major gas-producing unit in the subsurface. All the meeting presentations and the Field Guide have been made available for download on the 2012 member's page (login is required). Sep 21, 2012
Dr. Maria Antonieta Lorente arrived on August 27th for a two-week stay as a Visiting Researcher at QCL. Dr. Lorente is a professor of stratigraphy and biostratigraphy at Universidad Central de Venezuela. She also worked for more than 20 years in the National Oil Company of Venezuela playing an important role in the development of exploration projects on Cretaceous and Tertiary intervals. Dr. Lorente gave a talk at BEG entitled "High Impact Paleontology—The use of microfossils in industry and research." You can view the archived video of the presentation at this link. Dr. Lorente also spent some time during her visit advising QCL students in the proper use and interpretation of biostratigraphic data and on how to integrate this information with seismic studies. We are looking forward to our continued collaboration with Dr. Lorente in the near future.
Sep 12, 2012
Dr. Lesli Wood spent four days, August 20–23, with ExxonMobil geoscientists and guests to exchange research ideas at their annual TRIPOD meeting. Lesli led two days in the field for the group to visit the complex tidal deposits of the Sego Sandstone. Aug 27, 2012
QCL IA Research Scientist Associate Dallas Dunlap is attending the Third Conjugate Margins conference held next week in Dublin, Ireland. He will be presenting a talk entitled "Seismic imaging of sedimentary features relative to a buried paleo-volcano, offshore Morocco" A copy of the confirmed Oral and Poster Presenters list is available for download in PDF format here. Aug 9, 2012
Dr. Peter Flaig recently co-taught the first GeoFORCE Alaska 9th grade academy. The course took 9th graders from small villages on the North Slope of Alaska on a 7 day geological tour of central and southern Alaska. A good time was had by all. An article describing the inaugural program appeared in the Fairbanks Alaska newspaper: "GeoFORCE program introduces students to Alaska geology." Aug 6, 2012
Dr. Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk headed out to the North Slope of Alaska on August 5th for the third year of Dolores' investigations of the Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek Formations along the Colville River for her Ph.D. dissertation. Dolores and Peter will spend almost a month in remote camps investigating the stratigraphy, ichnofacies, stacking pattern, geometries, and key surfaces of these outcrop analogues for nearby subsurface reservoirs.
Pictured in the image are Dolores, Peter, and their river guide and field assistant Doug Hissom. Aug 6, 2012
UPDATE Sep 14, 2012: Read more in the Baltimore Post-Examiner in this column written by Doug Hissom: "Dino diggers: Searching for dinosaur fossils in Alaska"
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli is published in the most recent GSA Today magazine regarding her analysis of polygons on Mars as supporting an interpretation of significant past oceans on the planet. This publication, "Deep-water polygonal fault systems as terrestrial analogs for large-scale Martian polygonal terrains," has been noted by International Business Times. Aug 3, 2012
QCL Research Scientist Dr. Lorena Moscardelli is a member of the scientific crew taking part in the first cruise utilizing the new high resolution seismic acquisition system acquired by the BEG. This first cruise is an opportunity to test the equipment and work out bugs associated with acquisition. BEG researchers Tip Meckel and Ramón Treviño spearheaded efforts to acquire the system and we hope for a long collaboration in the future acquiring great data over a variety of consortium target. Jul 19, 2012
QCL Senior Scientist Dr. Lesli Wood taught a short sequence stratigraphy course for Devon and shared information regarding the consortium to both Houston and Oklahoma geoscientists.
Jul 19, 2012
Several QCL IA Student Researchers are working in internships this summer in industry. These include Maria Prieto (ExxonMobil), Migdalys Salazar (Shell) and Jessica Hudock (ExxonMobil).
Jul 19, 2012
Dr. Peter Flaig is leading multiple GeoForce Field Courses this summer. He recently completed the trip through the Grand Canyon region for 10th Grade Geoforce and will lead the very first Alaska GeoForce Field Course during the last week of July.
Jul 19, 2012
Dolores van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Flaig are returning to the North Slope of Alaska for a third season of research in the remote but spectacular outcrops of the late Cretaceous to Tertiary transition deposits. These coastal plain to shoreface deposits are exposed in incredible laterally continuous exposure along some of the major rivers of northern Alaska. A new GigaPan Camera will be utilized to photodocument these outcrops and new sections will be measured in exposures currently under study as well as new exposures at Ocean Point. They will be joined in the field by ichnology specialist, Dr. Steve Hasiotis of University of Kansas. Peter will report on this work at the QCL IA Fall FDSM Module meeting in Grand Junction beginning on September 15th. Jul 19, 2012
Dr. Peter Flaig recently returned from leading his third GeoFORCE 10th Grade Academy trip to the Southwestern United States and the Grand Canyon. Jun 18, 2012
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli has been invited as a delegate to attend the "Meeting of Young Researchers in Earth Sciences," August 7–13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here is the Web page for the meeting. MYRES is a community building effort dedicated to young scientists in Earth Sciences. This effort is centered on a biannual meeting during which attendees present various interdisciplinary approaches to a common geological or geophysical problem. The MYRES is an initiative funded by several European Science organizations to encourage the brightest young minds in Earth Science to collaborate and support their development. [More about MYRES] Jun 8, 2012
Dr. Lesli Wood gave a talk on Thursday night to the Association of Colombian Geologists in Bogota, Colombia. The title of the talk was "Source-to-Sink Deposition in Structurally Complex Margins along the Caribbean Plate Boundary." Approximately 30 geoscientists were in attendance.
May 18, 2012
Dolores van der Kolk gave an invited webinar entitled "Reconstructing the Late Cretaceous Arctic Ocean paleoshoreline: A geologic investigation on the North Slope of Alaska." The webinar series is a collaborative effort between the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists and the North Slope Early Career Scientists. The talk is available online here: http://vimeo.com/40906468 May 18, 2012
Jessica Hudock was recently awarded a 2012–2013 GCSSEPM Ed Picou Fellowship. The funds will be used to continue her Master's research looking at low net:gross reservoir systems, specifically toward the examination of washover fans. May 18, 2012
Vishal Maharaj recently received a 2012–2013 grant for research from SEPM. The funds come with a free one-year membership to SEPM (Society of Sedimentary Geology), the premier society for sedimentary research.
May 18, 2012
In early March, Dr. Lorena Moscardelli visited with BP geoscientists in their Houston office to explore their possible interest in joining the QCL IA research group. She presented two talks regarding the research program and spent some time with their GOM geoscientists, specifically discussing mass transport processes and deposits in the Mad Dog area of the Gulf of Mexico. BP has graciously provided data from the Mad Dog area for student research.
May 18, 2012
Damian Markez, Master's student with QCL, has been named a prestigious Statoil Fellow in the first round of a 5-year support program between Statoil and the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Department of Petroleum Engineering. This announcement comes with financial support for Damian's research into the nature of deepwater pre-Neogene deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. May 18, 2012
Dolores van der Kolk will be recognized at the GSA 2012 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC, and in the July issue of GSA Today as one of 14 students chosen for a specialized award among 636 student applicants who applied for a GSA research grant. Dolores received the 2012 Alexander Sisson Award ($2500) for her Ph.D. project entitled "Nature and Evolution of Topset Facies in Santonian-Maastrichtian Clastic Wedges of the Arctic Ocean, Northern Alaska." May 18, 2012
On May 9th Dr. Peter Flaig gave an invited talk to Lakeway Men's Breakfast Club entitled "Transantarctic Tales: Extraordinary Geology and Complex Logistics in the Central Transantarctic Mountains of Antarctica."
May 18, 2012
QCL students were rocking this year at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California. Maria Prieto presented a poster on the AAPG Student Session entitled "Sedimentary and Erosional Processes in a Deepwater Setting: An Ultra-High Resolution Study of Multiple Regions in the Ultra-Deep Water of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico." Maria Prieto is from Colombia and she is pursuing her doctoral degree at QCL studying ultra-deep water processes using data donated by BP in the Green Canyon and Mississippi Canyon areas. Here, Maria visits with AAPG Past President John Lorenz.
Apr 30, 2012
The Gulf Coast Section of SEPM has granted one of the Ed Picou Fellowship Grants for graduate studies to Migdalys Salazar for her work on "Morphological Variability of Clinoforms within the Giant Foresets Formation of the Northern Taranaki Basin, New Zealand." Migdalys is advancing on her research project and recently passed her qualifying exams at the Jackson School of Geosciences under the supervision of Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood. This week, Migdalys presented her work as a poster at the AAPG Student session during the AAPG Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California. Apr 30, 2012
QCL IA researchers attended AAPG in Long Beach, California and presented several posters and talks in association with the meeting. Those posters and talks are available for download on the QCL IA website. Vishal Maharaj (shown here) and Dallas Dunlap also presented work from offshore Morocco at the Halliburton seminar series on the exhibit floor. Apr 27, 2012
On February 16–17 the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory consortium held the second of its two annual meetings at the Bureau's Houston Research Center. This second meeting focused on those components of the research program involving shelf-edge and deep-water depositional systems. The 2-day meeting involved a day of talks ranging in topics from physical modeling of minibasin sedimentary fills to regional studies of sediment and structure interaction at shelf margins to regional Cretaceous studies of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, a half-day workshop made use of core from the Tuscaloosa Sandstone (Lower Cretaceous, Gulf of Mexico). Talks and core-workshop materials are available for members in the SANDatabase and in the 2012 member archive. The meeting was attended by 30 company representatives, and technical talks were given by 3 Bureau researchers plus 6 graduate students working on their M.S. and Ph.D. projects as part of the QCL research program. Feb 28, 2012
Dr. Peter Flaig just returned from Anchorage, Alaska where he gave an invited talk entitled "The application of LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology to outcrop geology with an example from Sagwon Bluffs on the North Slope of Alaska." The talk was presented at the February 2012 monthly Alaska Geological Society luncheon, which was well attended by members of industry, the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, and the USGS. The presentation was also simulcast at the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical surveys in Fairbanks, Alaska. Afterward Peter visited with BP-Alaska to discuss the ongoing PhD research of Dolores van der Kolk which focuses on the "Nature and evolution of topset facies in Santonian-Maastrichtian clastic wedges of the Arctic Ocean, northern Alaska." There is more information on Dr. Flaig's talk in the Alaska Geological Society (AGS) February 2012 newsletter (.pdf).
Feb 22, 2012