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Jim is a Research Scientist at the Bureau, where he has conducted research on mathematical modeling aspects of heterogeneity and flow in carbonate reservoirs and outcrops since 1995. Since joining the BEG he has authored or co-authored more than 15 publications on carbonate reservoir characterization and modeling and is the editor of an upcoming Society of Petroleum Engineers reprint volume on Advances in Reservoir Characterization. Jim recently completed a sabbatical year at the Shell Research Center in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, as a Visiting Professor with their Carbonate Development Team. He has three degrees in petroleum engineering-one degree from the University of Wyoming (1978) and two from Texas A&M University (1981 and 1983), and 12 years of previous industry research experience.



Sergey is a Research Scientist at the Bureau, specializing in computational and exploration geophysics, seismic imaging, and geophysical estimation. He has authored and co-authored 25 papers in geophysical journals and contributed text and software to Jon F. Claerbout's book Image Estimation by Example. His industry experience includes 6 months at Schlumberger Geco-Prakla in England. After earning a Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University in 2001, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and taught numerical analysis at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2001, he was honored with the J. Clarence Karcher award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists "for numerous contributions to seismology."



Mrinal is a Senior Research Scientist and a Jackson Fellow at the Institute for Geophysics, where he conducts research on seismic wave propagation, inverse problems, seismic imaging, and computational methods. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and a book titled Global Optimization Methods in Geophysical Inversion. He has supervised several graduate students and taught courses on seismic wave propagation and inverse theory at UT and industry short courses on seismic modeling, migration, and inversion.



David has been a Project Manager at the Bureau since 2000. His areas of interest include clastic facies analysis (deepwater reservoir focus), sequence stratigraphy, 3-D seismic interpretation and 3-D visualization, basin analysis and hydrocarbon systems characterization. He has developed LASR, a new multiclient Industrial Associate program to investigate channelized turbidite reservoirs using the BEG's laser ranging system. David came to the Bureau after 15 years at Exxon Production Research Company, where he participated in the exploration, production, and research activities from the U.S. West Interior Basin, the Tertiary Gulf of Mexico, deepwater plays off West Africa (Angola and Nigeria), the Campos Basin in Brazil, and the Mesozoic and Tertiary of the North Sea Basin.