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April 2005

Sean Sullivan

Ph.D. candidate Sean Sullivan has been awarded the 2005 Gulf Coast Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Foundation Ed Picou Fellowship Grant for Graduate Studies in the Earth Sciences for his proposed research on the formation of authigenic minerals in marine sediments. Sean, who is involved in the BEG's Deep Marine Depositional Margins Industrial

Associates Program under the direction of Dr. Lesli J. Wood, received $2,500—the maximum amount of this fellowship grant. 4/25/05

One of the stars of the Bureau's STARR Team, Ursula Hammes, spoke on Friday, April 29, at the weekly seminar. Uschi's topic: �Sequence Architecture and Structural Setting of a Growth-Faulted Subbasin, Frio Formation, South Texas.� [Abstract] As always, the talk was held in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. 4/26/05

Ursula Hammes
Rebecca Smyth (left) and Jean-Philippe Nicot (right)

Bureau researchers Jean-Philippe Nicot and Rebecca Smyth recently presented posters at the National Ground Water Association's new technical conference, the 2005 Ground Water Summit, held April 17–20 in San Antonio. J.P.'s

poster was titled �Please Pass the Salt: Using Oil Fields for the Disposal of Concentrate from Desalination Plants� [Abstract]. Rebecca's poster was titled �Use of Lidar to Improve Estimates of Hydrologic Modeling Parameters.� [Abstract] 4/25/05

Keeping track of 40 airplane trips, 16 venues, 12 states, and 3 provinces—such can be the schedule for an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and, in fact, was the schedule for BEG researcher Dave Jennette, who recently completed his spring tour as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. Dave visited universities and geological societies across the United States and Canada to present one of two talks: Making Sense of Turbidite Reservoirs: A

  Dave Jennette

Multi-Basin Perspective on What Drives Architecture and Rock Properties; and Merging Rocks and Lasers: Bringing 3-D Outcrop Geology to the Workstation. Please contact Dave (david.jennette@beg.utexas.edu) for further information.4/25/05

Stacy Atchley

On Friday, April 23, guest speaker Dr. Stacy C. Atchley, Associate Professor at Baylor University, presented �Stacking Pattern Analysis, Alluvial Sequence Stratigraphy, and the Reconstruction of Composite Mechanisms for Terrestrial Environmental Variability: the K/T Succession in

West Texas and Western Alberta.� The talk began at 8:30 a.m. and was held in the Main Conference Room. 4/20/05

The Bureau welcomes new Postdoctoral Fellow Francisco Miranda, holder of a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Houston (2004). Francisco also has a B.S.-M.S. degree in physics from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain (1999), and a B.S-M.S. degree in industrial engineering from Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (1999), Madrid. Francisco's research

Francisco Miranda

interests include seismic imaging and inversion, inverse scattering theory, and wave theory.4/20/05

 

The 2005 Southwest Section AAPG Convention was held April 10�13 in Fredericksburg, Texas. Bureau researcher Jean-Philippe Nicot coauthored a paper presented there titled �Desalination Reject Water, Boon or Bust for Secondary Flooding?� UT student and Fracture Research and Application Consortium research assistant Meghan Ward presented �Opening

History and Porosity Evolution of Fractures in Sandstone beneath an Evaporate Detachment, Gulf of Mexico Basin.4/20/05

On April 19, the Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL) Industrial Associates held their first sponsor meeting for 2005 at Bureau headquarters in Austin. The meeting featured 11 technical presentations by

  Bob Hardage - meeting

EGL researchers on multicomponent seismic research topics. Twenty-eight people attended�representatives from small independents, major international companies, equipment manufacturers, and service providers. 4/20/05

Angela McDonnell

The Bureau welcomes Angela McDonnell, Research Associate, who holds a B.S. degree from University College Cork, Ireland (1995), and M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees from University College Dublin. Angela's principal interests include seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy and seismic facies analysis. She has worked on projects in regions that span the globe, including

NE Atlantic margin basins, the U.S east coast, offshore Brazil, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Nile Delta, and the Niger Delta. 4/13/05

Marie Cassens is the Houston Research Center's new Professional Librarian. Marie has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston and an M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas. She has more than 12 years of professional librarian experience from a variety of libraries—oil and gas, community college, high school, law firm, and the Public Utility Commission. 4/13/05

Marie Cassens
John Hooker  

John Hooker has joined the Bureau as a Research Scientist Associate II, and he will be working on the Jackson School of Geosciences Structural Diagenesis initiative. Fresh from a Graduate Research Assistantship for the Fracture Research and Application Consortium, John received his M.S. in geology from UT Austin in 2004 and his B.A. in 2000. Research interests

include microfracture scaling in sedimentary rocks and using cathodoluminescence to study provenance and deformation history of quartz grains.

A search is under way for a Research Scientist to join the Jackson School Structural Diagenesis initiative. Click here for a detailed job description. 4/11/05

On Friday, April 15, Bureau Research Scientist Hongliu Zeng offered the third in a series of talks concerning the Bureau's research on Fullerton field. Hongliu spoke on �Inversion for High-Resolution Reservoir Modeling: a Progressive Approach.� [Abstract] The talk was held in the Bureau's Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. 4/13/05

  Hongliu Zeng

On April 4, 2005, F. Jerry Lucia, Bureau Senior Research Scientist, presented a summary of his current carbonate research to the technical staff of Anadarko Petroleum Company in The Woodands. The title of his talk was �Characterization of Touching-Vug Pore Systems,� which focused on relationships

between fracturing, dissolution, and collapse for producing vug-to-vug connections. 4/11/05

The 2005 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention will be held June 19-22 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. More than 15 Bureau researchers will chair technical sessions and present papers and poster sessions. Click here for a list of presenters, titles, and abstracts. 4/5/05

Meallan type klippe

Type basement klippe, Meallan an Laoigh, on tilted foreland Cambrian strata in Kira Diaz Tushman's Master's thesis field area in NW Scotland.

Several Bureau researchers participated in the 39th Annual Meeting of the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, which was held in San Antonio April 1–2. Director Scott Tinker was the invited keynote speaker for the Friday evening banquet and the first stop of his AAPG Distinguished Ethics Lecture Tour titled �The �I' in BusIness EthIcs.

Other Bureau participants were Eddie Collins, who presented �Structural Characteristics of the Balcones Fault Zone and Edwards Aquifer within the Austin-San Antonio-Del Rio Region of Central Texas� [Abstract]; Rob Reed, who presented �Occurrence of Mineral-Filled Microfractures in Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks as Determined by SEM-Based Cathodoluminescence Imaging� [Abstract]; and Kira Diaz Tushman, who presented �Fracture Arrays in a Subthrust Setting: Cambrian Eriboll Group Sandstones, NW Scotland.� [Abstract] Rob and Kira study structural diagenesis (linked mechanical and chemical processes) with the Fracture Research and Application Consortium. 4/5/05

On Friday, April 8, part 2 of the series of talks on Fullerton field was presented in BEG's Main Conference Room. Rebecca Jones followed up Steve Ruppel's April 1 talk with �Distribution of Reservoir Rock Fabrics and Petrophysical Classes: Fullerton Clear Fork Field, West Texas.� [Abstract] 4/5/05

  Rebecca Jones

   

 

 
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