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February 2005

Lorena Moscardelli  

Lorena Moscardelli, Ph.D. candidate, has been given an Outstanding Student Paper Award by the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Lorena received the award for �Debris Flow Architecture and Processes in Offshore Trinidad: Implications for Basin Fill in

Tectonically Active Margins,� which she presented at the 2004 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Lorena is involved in BEG's Deep Marine Depositional Margins Industrial Associates Program, under the direction of Dr. Lesli J. Wood. 2/23/05

On February 18, Frank Brown and Ursula Hammes visited the Department of Geology at Baylor University in Waco to present talks at a weekly seminar. They also met with some of Associate Professor Dr. Stacy Atchley's petroleum geology students.

 

Brown and Hammes

Frank spoke on "Understanding Growth-Faulted, Intraslope Subbasins by Applying Sequence-Stratigraphic Principles: Examples from the South Texas Oligocene Frio Formation." [Abstract] Ursula's presentation was titled "Gas Reservoir Compartmentalization in Lowstand Prograding-Wedge Deltaic Systems: Oligocene Upper Lower Frio Formation, South Texas." [Abstract] 2/23/05

Mark Cloos  

On Friday, February 25 th, at 8:30 a.m., the Bureau welcomed Dr. Mark Cloos of UT's Department of Geological Sciences as its seminar speaker. Dr. Cloos spoke on "Collisional Delamination in New Guinea." The seminar was held in the Main Conference Room. 2/23/05

Steve Ruppel was guest speaker at the February 15 luncheon meeting of the Permian Basin Section of SEPM. His talk was titled "Key Issues and Questions in Paleozoic Carbonate Reservoir Plays of the Permian Basin." Later, during the luncheon, Steve was awarded a plaque for PBS-SEPM Best Luncheon Paper, 2003-2004. 2/21/05

  Steve Ruppel
Maria Dingley  

The Bureau welcomes new employee Maria Dingley to its contracts management group. Maria has worked for UT for 3 years, the past two at the newly established University of Texas Elementary School, where she helped start the program by helping with administrative, graphics/publishing/ Web needs, registration, student records, and TEA reporting. 2/21/05

On February 1, several Bureau scientists volunteered to judge science fair projects at Spicewood Elementary School. Scientists Roberto Gutierrez, Ursula Hammes, Shinichi Sakurai, and Hongliu Zeng all served as judges, and Director Scott Tinker awarded poster ribbons at the fair. Fun was had by all. Click here for more on the Science Fair event. 02/16/05

  Science Fair 2005

Roberto Gutierrez is fascinated by a Spicewood Elementary student's explanation of how a car's steering mechanism works.

Maps Exhibit  

"Drawn from Experience: Landmark Maps of Texas" is the name of a new exhibit opening February 19 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Scott Rodgers, Sue Hovorka, Tiffany Hepner, and John Andrews, with assistance from David Stephens and Becky

Smyth, produced two short movies for the exhibit that introduce visitors to the modern mapping tools lidar (light detecting and ranging) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The exhibit, which closes on June 5, traces the evolution of the shape of Texas through 500 years of mapmaking, from the sixteenth century to the present day. 2/14/05

Sandstone Architecture of Upper Miocene and Pliocene Shoreface, Deltaic, and Valley-Fill Complexes, Macuspana Basin, Southeastern Mexico, by W. A. Ambrose et al. (37 p., 24 figs., 2004. RI0270, $17.50). The goal of this study, completed in 2004, was to provide a framework for delineating upper Miocene and Pliocene gas plays in the Macuspana Basin of Mexico. Support was provided by Landmark Graphics Corporation via the Landmark University Grant Program.

 

This investigation was part of a regional play analysis conducted jointly by the Bureau and Pemex Exploración y Producción (Pemex). Order online at TxShop or through the Bureau’s Publication Sales office (1-512-471-7144). Click here to order online.2/2/05

Bill Ambrose

 

On February 18 Bureau scientist and moon man, Bill Ambrose, spoke at the Friday seminar on �Moon Crater Morphology and Styles of Degradation.� The talk was held in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. [ Abstract] 2/16/05

F. Jerry Lucia was the guest lecturer to the hydrology group at the UT Department of Geological Sciences on Friday, February 11. His topic, �Hypersaline Reflux: A Density Driven Flow Model for Dolomitization,� focused on the need to integrate hydrodynamics and carbonate diagenetic studies to move forward with understanding dolomitization. 2/14/05

  Jerry Lucia
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Senior Research Scientist Shirley Dutton addresses sponsors.

 

On February 2, 2005, the first meeting of the Deep Shelf Gas Consortium was held at BEG’s Houston Research Center. Shirley Dutton and Bob Loucks, co-principal investigators, addressed 30 attendees (representing 10 of the 12 member companies) on the status of the program and

initial results, including rock databases that are being prepared. The project already has 1,000+ thin sections from the Upper Texas Coastal GOM area available for study, 500+ of which have been point counted. Preliminary concepts of deep pore networks at >20,000 ft were also presented. 2/10/05

Dr. L. Frank Brown was one of eleven distinguished researchers from across the UT campus nominated for the University Cooperative Society’s Research Excellence Award, which is given yearly to a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program over the years. Frank was nominated by BEG Director Scott Tinker.

Frank Brown

Although Frank did not win this year’s award, as a nominee he will be honored at the University Cooperative Society awards banquet in March. 2/8/05

Bob Loucks

On January 11, Bureau scientist Bob Loucks was the monthly luncheon speaker for the Dallas Geological Society. Eighty society members attended and heard Bob’s presentation titled "Three-Dimensional Architecture of a Coalesced, Collapsed Paleocave System in the Lower Ordovician Ellenburger Group, Central Texas." 2/8/05

Bureau scientist Martin Jackson presented �An Allochthonous Salt Canopy in the Sverdrup Basin , Arctic Canada,� on Friday, February 11, in the Main Conference Room. The talk begins promptly at 8:30. Dr. Jackson will presented an informal, general-interest slide show of the same area from 12:00 to 1:00.[Abstract] 2/8/05

 

Martin Jackson

Richard Ketcham  

Dr. Richard Ketchum from the UT Department of Geological Sciences was the Bureau’s Friday morning seminar speaker on February 4. The title of his talk was “Current methods for extracting measurements from CT data volumes for the geosciences.” 2/4/05

James Gibeaut traveled to Houston January 25 to present recent BEG research on the status, trends, and modeling of future change of barrier island wetlands at the seventh biennial State of the Bay Symposium. Jim was also an invited panel member at a discussion of the state of Galveston Bay research. This symposium was sponsored by the Galveston Bay Estuary

 

Program, a program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 2/1/05

   

 

 
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