The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
H. Scott  Hamlin
H. Scott Hamlin Research Scientist Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: scott.hamlin@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-475-9527 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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Stratigraphy, depositional systems, and sedimentology are my primary research interests and areas of expertise. I spend most of my time doing subsurface analysis using geophysical logs and drill cores. I am both an energy geologist and a hydrogeologist, because both of these areas of research require good stratigraphic frameworks. On the energy side, I recently constructed regional stratigraphies for several unconventional oil plays: the Wolfberry Play in West Texas and the Bakken Play in North Dakota and Montana. I have characterized petroleum reservoirs in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions in the U.S. as well as in Australia and Venezuela. I have mapped groundwater aquifers throughout Texas and Louisiana. I am currently developing techniques to estimate groundwater salinity from geophysical (electric) logs. Geophysical logs, when properly calibrated with cores and outcrops, provide a wealth of information on the stratigraphy, lithology, and structure of resource-rich, subsurface formations. My role as a research scientist at a state geological survey (BEG) is to map resources for the people of Texas.
Research Interests
Stratigraphy
Sedimentology
Petroleum geology
Hydrogeology
Education
B.A. Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, December 1975

M.A. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, December 1984

Ph.D. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, December 1999
Professional History
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007–Present

Texas Water Development Board, Austin, Texas, 2004–2007

Transgenomic, Inc., San Diego, California, 2001–2003

Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1983–2001
Selected Publications
Hamlin, H. S., and Baumgardner, R. W., Jr., 2012, Wolfberry (Wolfcampian-Leonardian) deep-water depositional systems in the Midland Basin: stratigraphy, lithofacies, reservoirs, and source rocks: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 277, 62 p. + 4 pls. in pocket.

Hamlin, H. S., 2009, Ozona sandstone, Val Verde Basin, Texas: synorogenic stratigraphy and depositional history in a Permian foredeep basin: AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 5, p. 573–594.

Hamlin, H. S., 2009, Gros Ventre range, in Laubach, S. E., and Tinker, S. W., eds., 2009, Earth’s art: celebrating the Centennial of the Bureau of Economic Geology, 1909–2009: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, p. 94–95.

Hamlin, H. S., 2006, Salt domes in the Gulf Coast aquifer, in Mace R. E., Davidson, S. C., Angle, E. S., and Mullican, W. F., III, eds., Aquifers of the Gulf Coast of Texas: Texas Water Development Board Report 365, p. 217–230.

Hamlin, H. S., 1996, Frontier Formation stratigraphy on the Moxa Arch, Green River Basin, Wyoming: The Mountain Geologist, v. 33, no. 2, p. 35–44.

Hamlin, H. S., Dutton, S. P., Seggie, Robert, and Tyler, Noel, 1996, Depositional controls on reservoir properties in a braid-delta sandstone, Tirrawarra oil field, South Australia: AAPG Bulletin, v. 80, no. 2, p. 139–156.

Hamlin, H. S., Clift, S. J., Dutton, S. P., Hentz, T. F., and Laubach, S. E., 1995, Canyon sandstones—a geologically complex natural gas play in slope and basin facies, Val Verde Basin, southwest Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 232, 74 p.

Hamlin, H. S., Dutton, S. P., Seggie, Robert, Tyler, Noel, and Yeh, J. S., 1995, Flow-unit characterization and recovery optimization of a braid-delta sandstone reservoir, Tirrawarra oil field, South Australia: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 231, 44 p.

Hamlin, H. S., Clift, S. J., and Dutton, S. P., 1992, Stratigraphy and diagenesis of Sonora Canyon deep-water sandstones, Val Verde Basin, Southwest Texas, in Cromwell, D. W., Moussa, M. T., and Mazzullo, L. J., eds., Transactions: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Southwest Section, Publication No. SWS 92-90, p. 209–220.

Hamlin, H. S., 1989, Hydrocarbon production and exploration potential of the distal Frio Formation, Texas Gulf Coast and offshore: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Geological Circular 89-2, 47 p.

Hamlin, H. S., 1988, Depositional and ground-water flow systems of the Carrizo–Upper Wilcox, South Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 175, 61 p.

Hamlin, H. S., Smith, D. A., and Akhter, M. S., 1988, Hydrogeology of Barbers Hill salt dome, Texas Coastal Plain: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 176, 41 p.
Awards
A. L. Cox Best Poster Award, Southwest Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2012
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