Latin America
front page

Why Latin America?

Bureau scientists have a history of leading-edge research in the development of concepts and models for sediment deposition. Their scientific contributions have been of great importance to the worldwide search for and production of fossil energy. As the energy industry is the major employer of geoscientists, many industry-bound graduate students from Latin America choose to study with the team of scientists at the Bureau and the Department of Geological Sciences.

Latin American research enables the Bureau to fulfill many research and educational objectives. One such benefit provides Bureau scientists access to large sedimentary basin datasets. These datasets, usually owned by major oil companies, provide an integrated team of researchers and students with the data they need for continuing forefront research. An integrated team may include experts in disciplines such as geophysics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, petrophysics, petrology, geochemistry, and petroleum engineering. Technical experts from the host country commonly work with Bureau teams on various aspects of each study.

Environmental–Applying Texas Coastal Lessons to Latin America
The Bureau was a pioneer in the 1960’s and 1970’s in recognizing the importance of geology and geologic processes to development of natural resources and land use, especially in coastal areas. Knowing the location of areas with a high potential for erosion or flooding, for example, or the distribution of wetlands, should be major considerations for decisions about land use and/or the conservation of critical environments. Bureau studies conducted during this time, which resulted in a series of major reports covering the entire Texas coast, are still primary sources of information for the region. In the 1990’s, Bureau scientists began applying the principles developed in Texas to regions in Latin America.

Collaboration Benefits Everyone
Since the mid-1990’s, Bureau scientists have enjoyed collaborative environmental studies in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela. These studies included scientists and professionals from the host countries, many of whom have years of invaluable experience. Bureau researchers have been afforded exciting opportunities to apply advanced technologies and modern concepts to areas that have had relatively little study. The value of collaboration and research is significant to everyone in South, Central, and North America.