The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Lesli J. Wood
Lesli J. Wood Senior Research Scientist Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: lesli.wood@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-0328 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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My technical expertise is in clastic sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and seismic geomorphology. I specialize in the study of land margins and the processes, deposits, and fluid systems that characterize them. This interest extends to systems on other planets, as well as on Earth. I have extensive experience in physical modeling of clastic processes and a strong interest in predictive models of complex geomorphic response to extrinisic and intrinsic changes.

In addition, I have research interests in gas hydrates, shale tectonics, and the biotic and fluid systems of deep-ocean mud volcanoes. My industry experience includes integrated study of petroleum systems, exploration prospect development and operations, and regional hydrocarbon prospectivity evaluation. I am well versed in the integration of biostratigraphic, oxygen isotopic, geochemical, seismic, and well log and production data for subregional and regional sequence stratigraphic and basin analysis.
Research Interests
Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology of clastic depositional systems

Clastic reservoir characterization and modeling through research in outcrop and modern systems

Tectonic and sedimentologic interaction in continental margins around the world

Neogene development of the world's large deltas.

Martian deltas and shoreline processes

Shale tectonics and mud volcanoes
Education
B.S., Geology, Arkansas Tech University, 1985

M.S., Geology, University of Arkansas, 1988

Ph.D., Earth Resources, Colorado State University, 1992
Professional History
Amoco Production Company: Senior Geoscientist, 1996–1997; Exploration Geologist, 1993–1996; Operations Geologist, 1992–1993

Research Assistant, Colorado State University, August 1989–December 1991

Contract Geologist, Exxon, Marathon, and Amoco, 1990–1992

Research Geophysicist, ARCO Research and Technical Services, 1990
Selected Publications
Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2006, Seismic geomorphology of mass transport deposits and controls on formation and character, eastern offshore Trinidad (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, v. 15, p. 76.

Wood, L. J., 2006, Quantitative geomorphology of the Mars Eberswalde Delta: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 118, no. 5/6, p. 557–566.

Wood, L. J., 2005, Quantitative seismic geomorphology: the future of reservoir characterization: Houston Geological Society Bulletin, v. 47, p. 13–17.

Wood, L. J., Sullivan, Sean, and Mann, Paul, 2004, Influence of mobile shales in the creation of successful hydrocarbon basins in Post, P. J., Olson, D. L., Lyons, K. T., Palmes, S. L., Harrison, P. F., and Rosen, N. C., eds., Salt-sediment interactions and hydrocarbon prospectivity: concepts, applications, and case studies for the 21st century: 24th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, p. 892–930.

Sullivan, Sean, Wood, L. J., and Mann, Paul, 2004, Distribution, nature and origin of mobile mud features offshore Trinidad in Post, P. J., Olson, D. L., Lyons, K. T., Palmes, S. L., Harrison, P. F., and Rosen, N. C., eds., Salt-sediment interactions and hydrocarbon prospectivity: concepts, applications, and case studies for the 21st century: 24th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, p. 840–867.

Wood, L. J., 2000, Chronostratigraphy and tectonostratigraphy of the Columbus Basin, eastern offshore Trinidad: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 84, no. 12, p. 1905–1921.

Wood, L. J., Pecuch, Daniel, Schulein, Ben, and Helton, Mike, 2000, Seismic attribute and sequence stratigraphic integration methods for resolving reservoir geometry in San Jorge Basin, Argentina: The Leading Edge, September, p. 952–962.
Contract Reports
Wood, L. J. and Mann, Paul, 2002, Deep Marine Depositional Margins - Trinidad annual report to Industrial Associates for 2002: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, contract report prepared for Amerada Hess, BHP Billiton, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, Talisman, Hydro Oil and Energy, Shell, and Total, CD-ROM.

Wood, L. J. and Mann, Paul, 2003, Deep Marine Depositional Margins - Trinidad annual report to Industrial Associates for 2003: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, contract report prepared for Amerada Hess, BHP Billiton, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, Talisman, Hydro Oil and Energy, Shell, and Total, CD-ROM.

Wood, L. J. and Mann, Paul, 2004, Deep Marine Depositional Margins - Trinidad annual report to Industrial Associates for 2004:: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, contract report prepared for Amerada Hess, BHP Billiton, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, Talisman, Hydro Oil and Energy, Shell, and Total, CD-ROM.

Wood, L. J. and Mann, Paul, 2005, Deep Marine Depositional Margins - Trinidad annual report to Industrial Associates for 2005:: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, contract report prepared for Amerada Hess, BHP Billiton, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, Talisman, Hydro Oil and Energy, Shell, and Total, CD-ROM.
Abstracts
Davies, R. and Wood, L.J., 2006, Hollis Hedberg's Years in Trinidad and Eastern Venezuela – Retracing His Steps Mobile Shale Basins – Genesis Evolution and Hydrocarbon Systems, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2006 Hedberg Conference Proceedings, unpaginated.
Selected Committees
AAPG Research Committee, 2005 to present

Co-Convenor, 2006 Hedberg Conference on Mobile Shale Basins, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2006–present

Member, Admissions Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004 - present

Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005 - present

Chairman, Program Committee, SEPM Annual Meeting, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 2003

Member, Committee on Conventions, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2002–present

Member, Core and Samples Preservation Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2002–present

Member, Publications Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2002–present

Member, Technical Program Committee, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 2002

Member-at-Large, Committee on Professional Development, Geological Society of America, 2002–2005

Delegate, House of Delegates, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2000–2006

Member, Margins Program Planning Group Conference, National Science Foundation, 2000
Selected Awards and Honorary Societies
President, Gulf Coast Section, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology, 2006

2005 Best Paper Presentation, Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago

Jackson Research Fellowship 2006

President-Elect, Gulf Coast Section, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology, 2005–2006

National Secretary-Treasurer, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 2004–2006

Vice President, Gulf Coast Section, SEPM, 2005–2006

Best Poster Award, Society of Sedimentary Geology Annual Meeting, 2004, 2000

Best Poster Award–XI Venezuelan Geophysical Congress, Caracas, Venezuela, 2002

Winner, Honorable Mention for Best Poster—2001 AAPG/SEPM Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2001

J. C. "Cam" Sproule Award, Best Paper by a Scientist 35 Years or Younger, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2001
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