University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Michael R. Hudec

Dr. Michael R. Hudec

Dr. Michael R. Hudec

Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Telephone
512-471-1428
Fax
512-471-0140

The main focus of my research is salt tectonics, particularly kinematic models for evolution and growth of salt structures. This interest began upon my arrival at Exxon Production Research in 1989, when I was informed that I would be the company’s new expert on salt tectonics despite the fact that I was almost completely unfamiliar with the topic. The learning curve was quite steep at first, but as time passed I became progressively more enamored with salt deformation. After a 3-year stint teaching structural geology at Baylor University, I moved to Austin in 2000 to join the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory, an industry-funded research consortium studying salt tectonics. I have been co-director of the consortium since 2002.

My current research is focused on three topics. First, I am investigating the influence of rifting and basin formation on salt tectonics, especially on passive margins in Brazil, West Africa, and the Gulf of Mexico. Second, I am interested in the emplacement and deformation of allochthonous salt sheets and canopies, mostly in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, Martin Jackson and I are in the process of writing a book entitled The Theory and Practice of Salt Tectonics, which is intended to be a full-length monograph on salt tectonics and the seismic interpretation of salt structures.

  • Research Interests

    Salt tectonics
    Passive-margin basement structure
    Structural restoration

  • Researcher ID
  • Education

    B.A. Geology, Amherst College, 1983 

    M.S. Geology, University of Southern California, 1987 

    Ph.D. Geology, University of Wyoming, 1990

  • Professional History

    Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000–present

    Assistant Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1997–2000

    Research Scientist, Exxon Production Research, Houston, TX, 1989–1997

  • Selected Publications

    Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., and Peel, Frank, 2013, Influence of deep Louann structure on the evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico: AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, no. 10, p. 1711–1735.

    Hudec, M. R., Norton, Ian, Jackson, M. P. A., and Peel, Frank, 2013, Jurassic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico salt basin: AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, no. 10, p. 1683–1710.

    Hudec, M. R., and Jackson, M. P. A., 2011, The salt mine: a digital atlas of salt tectonics: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Udden Book Series No. 5; AAPG Memoir 99, 305 p.

    Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., and Schultz-Ela, D., 2009, The paradox of minibasin subsidence into salt: clues to the evolution of crustal basins: GSA Bulletin, v. 121, no. 1/2, p. 201–221.

    Hudec, M. R., and Jackson, M. P. A., 2007, Terra infirma: understanding salt tectonics: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 82, p. 1–24.

  • Awards

    AAPG A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award for Best Paper Presented, 2012 GCAGS Convention, Austin, Texas, 2012

    Publication Award, Bureau of Economic Geology, in Special Recognition by the Director for Landmark Publication, “The Salt Mine: A Digital Atlas of Salt Tectonics”, 2012

    First Place Thomas A. Philpott Excellence of Presentation Award, 2012 GCAGS Convention, Austin, Texas, 2012

    Award of Excellence, “Top 10” Poster Presentation at AAPG Annual Convention, Is There a Subsalt Foldbelt in the Central U.S. Gulf of Mexico?, 2010

    Award of Excellence, “Top 10” Poster Presentation at AAPG Annual Convention, Deformation Styles and Linkage of Salt Walls during Oblique Shortening, 2009

    Jules Braunstein Memorial Award for best poster at AAPG Annual Convention, Dismembered Sutures Formed during Asymmetric Salt-Sheet Collision, 2008

    Publication Award, Bureau of Economic Geology (exemplary publication of scientific or economic impact), 2008

    A. I. Levorsen Award as co-author of Best Paper presented at Gulf Coast Section, AAPG Annual Meeting, Importance of Allochthonous Salt in Texas State Waters: Paleo-Canopy Presence and New Exploration Paradigms, 2007

    American Association of Petroleum Geologists George C. Matson Award for "A Compressional Origin for Minibasins near the Sigsbee Escarpment, Gulf of Mexico", 2005 - 2006

    Outstanding Instructor Award, Exxon Production Research Company, 1993