University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Shirley P. Dutton

Dr. Shirley P. Dutton

Dr. Shirley P. Dutton

Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924

Dr. Shirley Dutton’s technical expertise lies in sandstone petrography and diagenesis, particularly the relationship between diagenesis and porosity, permeability, and other petrophysical properties of oil and gas reservoirs. She has experience in genetic stratigraphy and basin analysis as well, including core studies and subsurface analysis for interpreting clastic depositional environments and using organic geochemistry to assess hydrocarbon source-rock quality and thermal maturity.

Dr. Dutton's current research involves diagenesis and reservoir quality of Tertiary and Mesozoic sandstones in the Gulf of Mexico buried to depths greater than 4.5 km. Dr. Dutton has broad experience in geologic characterization of low-permeability sandstone gas reservoirs. Other recent projects include preparation of a portfolio of oil plays in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico, studies of well-exposed outcrop analogs of deltaic reservoirs for characterizing interwell-scale heterogeneity, including reservoir-scale diagenetic heterogeneity, and reservoir characterization of a mature oil field producing from a Permian deepwater turbidite deposit in West Texas.

  • Research Interests

    Sandstone petrography and diagenesis

    Relationship between diagenesis and reservoir quality

    Clastic depositional environments

    Basin analysis

    Hydrocarbon maturation with respect to basin thermal and subsidence history

  • Education

    B.A. Geology, University of Rochester, 1975

    M.A. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1977

    Ph.D. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1986

  • Licensure

    Texas Association of Professional Geoscientists, License No. 385

  • Selected Publications

    Dutton, S. P., Kim, E. M., Broadhead, R. F., Raatz, W. D., Breton, C. L., Ruppel, S. C., and Kerans , Charles, 2005, Play analysis and leading-edge oil-reservoir development methods in the Permian basin: increased recovery through advanced technologies: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 89, no. 5, p. 553–576. 

    Dutton, S. P., Flanders, W. A., and Barton, M. D., 2003, Reservoir characterization of a Permian deep-water sandstone, East Ford field, Delaware basin, Texas: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 87, no. 12, p. 609–627. 

    Dutton, S. P., White, C. D., Willis, B. J., and Novakovic, D., 2002,Calcite cement distribution and its effect on fluid flow in a deltaic sandstone, Frontier Formation, Wyoming, USA: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 86, no. 12, p. 2007–2021. 

    Dutton, S. P., Willis, B. J., White, C. D., and Bhattacharya, J. P., 2000, Outcrop characterization of reservoir quality and interwell-scale cement distribution in a tide-influenced delta, Frontier Formation, Wyoming, USA:Clay Minerals, v. 35, p. 95–105. 

    Dutton, S. P., and Willis, B. J., 1998, Comparison of outcrop and subsurface sandstone permeability distribution, Lower Cretaceous Fall River Formation, South Dakota and Wyoming: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 68, no. 5, p. 890–900. 

    Dutton, S. P, 1997, Timing of compaction and quartz cementation from integrated petrographic and burial history analyses, Lower Cretaceous Fall River Formation, Wyoming and South Dakota: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 67, no. 1, p. 186–196. 

    Dutton, S. P., Hamlin, H. S., Folk, R. L., and Clift, S. J., 1996, Early siderite cementation as a control on reservoir quality in submarine fan sandstones, Sonora Canyon Gas Play, Val Verde Basin, Texas, in Siliciclastic diagenesis and fluid flow--concepts and applications: SEPM Special Publication No. 55, p. 115–127.

    Dutton, S. P., 1993, Influence of provenance and burial history on diagenesis of Upper Cretaceous Frontier Formation sandstones, Green River Basin, Wyoming:Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 63, no. 4, p. 665–677.

  • Selected Committees

    Co-Editor, Transactions, 52nd Annual Meeting, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 2000–2002

    Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Research, 1993–2000

    Program Chairman, 44th Annual Meeting, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 1992–1994

    Co-convenor, technical sessions, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meetings, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002

    Member, representing Sedimentary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, Joint Technical Program Committee, 1992–1994

  • Awards

    A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award for Best Paper, 2000 AAPG Southwest Section Annual Meeting

    First Place Best Paper and A. I. Levorsen Memorial Awards, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 1986 and 1987

    Distinguished Lecture Tour, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1986–1987

    Phi Beta Kappa