The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Shirley P. Dutton
Shirley P. Dutton Senior Research Scientist Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: shirley.dutton@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-0329 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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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 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. [PDF file]

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. [PDF file]

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. [PDF file]

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. [PDF file]

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. [PDF file]

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. [PDF file]

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. [PDF file]
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
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