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September 2012


The Bureau kicked off its Fall Seminar Series August 31 with a presentation by  Stanford University’s Jonathan R. Rotzien—“Processes of Sedimentation and Depositional Architecture of a Deepwater Local Base-of-Slope Channel and Levee Oberbank Apron.” Hosted by Ned Frost, the 2012 Fall Series promises to be another excellent run of informative presentations. The list of scheduled speakers includes Bob Loucks, Qinhong Hu, Greg Frebourg, David Ferrill, Gurcan Gulen, Michael Hofmann, Bruce Yardley, Laura Zahm, David Pyles, Brad Wolaver, Jim Markello, and Chris Ogiesoba. Presentations are each Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Bureau’s Main Conference Room, and many of the talks will be simulcast.


Dr. Harold Rowe recently joined the Bureau as a Research Scientist in the Energy Division. Dr. Rowe’s research will focus on the Bureau’s programs concerning paleo-oceanography and the geochemistry of sedimentary systems—shale systems in particular. He received his Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2002 and his Master’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico in 1995. Dr. Rowe earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Ohio at Miami in 1993. He has diverse field experience and an extensive record of publication and citation and comes to the Bureau from The University of Texas at Arlington, where he was an assistant professor. Welcome to the Bureau, Harry!

Mr. Kutalmis Saylam recently joined the Bureau as a Research Engineering/Scientist Associate IV in the Environment Division. Mr. Saylam’s research will focus on leading and managing the Bureau’s Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) program, including planning and conducting survey missions and developing quality-control procedures and processes. He received his Master of Engineering degree in 2000 from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Ankara in 1997. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. Mr. Saylam brings to the Bureau substantial experience in ground-based and airborne surveys, as well as skill with field deployments and managing teams. We welcome him to the Bureau!


In July, the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's Dr. Tip Meckel led a team of five UT scientists on a 15-day 3D seismic data-collection cruise off the Texas coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Participants included Dr. Lorena Moscardelli, Dr. Nathan Bangs (Institute for Geophysics), and two Jackson School graduate students (Dan Eakin and Mark Duncan). This activity was funded through the DOE-NETL (Department of Energy–National Energy Technology Lab) carbon sequestration research program and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) as part of a multiyear characterization of potential CO2 storage sites in the near-offshore Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The survey is the first to be collected using the Bureau's new P-Cable seismic acquisition system, which is designed to provide extremely high resolution 3D data for relatively shallow stratigraphic depths (<1500 m). Approximately 1,100 line km was shot in an area offshore southern Galveston Island adjacent to and including parts of the San Luis Pass shallow salt dome. Survey goals were to image subsurface stratigraphy and structure above a Miocene-age CO2-storage prospect at about a 2,000-m depth for a better understanding of geologic seal and fluid systems. Data processing is ongoing, and two more GOM cruises are anticipated through 2014.

Dr. Todd Caldwell recently joined the Bureau as a Research Associate–Geomorphologist in the Environment Division. Dr. Caldwell's broad background in earth sciences and sponsored research will significantly impact expansion of the Bureau's capacity in geomorphic-, soil-, and hydrologic-related processes by utilizing new airborne and ground-based digital-mapping instruments, field measurements, and numerical modeling. He received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada at Reno in 2011 and 1999, respectively, and his Bachelor's degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico in 1997. Dr. Caldwell brings with him more than 10 years' experience in water and soil research, an excellent publication record, and teaching and supervisory experience. We welcome Todd to the Bureau!

Mr. Rodolfo Hernandez recently joined the Bureau as a Research Engineering/Scientist Associate IV in the Energy Division. The focus of Mr. Hernandez’s research will be to evaluate three-dimensional seismic surveys in Texas for hydrocarbon and geothermal potential. He will be developing the seismic interpretation program for the State of Texas Advanced Oil and Gas Resource Recovery (STARR) project. Mr. Hernandez received his Master’s degree in Geological Sciences in 2008 from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2001. He brings to the Bureau extensive experience in international and domestic seismic interpretation. Welcome to the Bureau, Rodolfo!


Dr. Brent Elliott recently joined the Bureau as a Research Associate–Economic Geologist in the Environment Division. Dr. Elliott’s research will focus on the Bureau’s economic geology/minerals program and expansion of STATEMAP activities. He received his Master’s degree in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2001 in Geology and Mineralogy from the University of Helsinki. Dr. Elliott earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Russian Language from Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1995. He has extensive student-training experience as a professor at two universities, and, with the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, he gained experience in mapping and assessing the value of rare-earth element (REE) deposits—a resource vital to U.S. industries. We welcome him to the Bureau!



Scott Hamlin and Robert Baumgardner are winners of the 2012 A.L. Cox Poster Award from the Southwest Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for their poster on the Wolfberry Play, Midland Basin, West Texas. Covering regional stratigraphy, lithofacies, and production, the poster was judged to be "exceptional, thorough, and very understandable." The work covers Wolfberry research from 2010 to 2012 for multiple programs including the Permian Basin Synthesis Project, State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR), and Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL).


Sara Clough joins the Bureau's Contracts and Grants team as Reporting Specialist. Among other tasks, Sara will prepare and submit post-award reports including Prepare cost share reports and other financial reports for all active projects, gather and compile information for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and handle the administration for BEG's eleven Industrial Affiliates projects. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Carleton College and already has a substantial resume at the Bureau, including project work for AGL and the media and admin groups. Welcome, Sara!

 

 

 
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