Mike Hudec is a Senior Research Scientist at the BEG and directs AGL. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1990, and spent the next eight years at Exxon Production Research, where he specialized in salt tectonics, extensional tectonics, and seismic interpretation. His current research interests include palinspastic restoration of salt structures, deepwater structural styles, and 3D visualization.
Tim Dooley received his BSc from the Trinity College University of Dublin, Ireland, in 1988 and his PhD from the University of London, UK, in 1994. His specialty is physical modeling of a wide variety of tectonic processes. Tim joined the BEG in 2003 to run and manage the modeling facilities and was promoted to Research Scientist in 2005, and to Senior Research Scientist in 2018.
Maria is a Civil/Geotechnical Engineer. She earned her ScD from MIT in 2008, her MSc from MIT and her Diploma from NTUA, Greece. She specializes in theoretical soil mechanics and the constitutive modeling of earth materials. She is interested in understanding the stress state within and around salt bodies. Before joining the Bureau, Maria worked as a postdoc for Shell in the Depleted Drilling Group.
Oliver earned a BSc in Geology (2007) and a PhD in Basin Analysis (2012) at the University of Manchester. This was followed by over two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Basins Research Group at Imperial College London. His research centres on using seismic interpretation methods to understand: i) salt tectonic processes; ii) the structural styles and modes of tectono-stratigraphic evolution in rift basins, and; iii) the geometry and evolution of fault networks.
Mahdi earned his PhD in Civil-Geotechnical Engineering from UT at Austin in 2013 and his MSc degrees from SUT and UT, Iran. He specializes in reservoir geomechanics, finite element modeling, and mathematical modeling of geomaterials behavior. His current research focuses on the estimation of the stress and pore pressure fields around salt bodies.
Frank is a Senior Research Fellow at the BEG. He holds a MA from the University of Cambridge UK, MSc from Imperial College London, and PhD from The University of Oxford, and holds an honorary professorship at Imperial College London. He worked over 30 years in the oil and gas industry; his roles included Structural Geologist at BP and Chief Geologist at BHP Billiton Petroleum. He is interested in all aspects of salt tectonics and structure, and his current interests at AGL include the deposition of giant salt bodies and the interaction between salt and stratigraphy. Outside AGL he studies the science of prospect risk and fluid flow in low-permeability sediments, and is co-director of Appeel Geosciences Ltd.
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Gillian is a Research Fellow at the BEG. She holds an MA in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences) from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool, where she studied with Professor Trevor Elliott. During 33 years in the oil and gas industry, she worked for Shell, BP and BHPB, and her career spanned basin analysis through exploration to production geophysics. She is a clastic sedimentologist and stratigrapher, with expertise in deepwater reservoirs, salt-sediment interactions, and deepwater fold and thrust belts. Her current research interests focus on deepwater turbidite stratigraphy and reservoir variability in structurally active basins. Outside her work with AGL, Gillian is co-director of Appeel Geosciences Ltd, and she teaches field classes in Haute Provence, France.
Juan I. Soto received his BSc from the Granada University, Spain, in 1986 and his PhD from the Granada University, Spain, in 1991. Since 1989 he taught different undergraduated and master courses in this university, achieving in 2008 a Full Professor position in Structural Geology and Tectonics. He specializes in structural geology, seismic interpretation, salt and shale tectonic processes, both in orogenic settings and continental margins.
Kurt is a Research Affiliate – Research Fellow at the BEG. He hold a BA in Geology from the University of California – San Diego, and a PhD from the University of Wyoming. His 44-year career has included exploration, appraisal and development of sedimentary hosted energy minerals including uranium, coal and oil & gas that were deposited in a variety of tectonic settings. He has worked with Anglovaal in South Africa and Total, Amoco, Unocal and BP in the USA. During the last 25 years as a geophysicist, he has gained deep experience in seismic interpretation and seismic processing QC for numerous 3D-seismic, depth-imaging projects that have focused on hydrocarbon prospect identification located across large portions of deepwater and subsalt terrain in Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. His current interests at AGL include investigation of hard-to-identify deep salt structures and their control of ancient depositional fairways leading to the abyssal plains.
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The University of Texas at Austin, Sedimentology and stratigraphy of deepwater depositional systems, source-to-sink sediment dispersal
The University of Texas at Austin, Movement of crustal fluids
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Imperial College, London, Basin analysis, structural geology, stratigraphy
The University of Texas at Austin, Stratigraphic response to sediment-transport processes
The University of Texas at Austin, Application of sedimentary deposits and transport processes to landscape evolution
The University of Colorado, Boulder, Analysis of actively deforming structures and seismicity in compressive mountain belts
The University of Texas at Austin, Sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, reservoir development and connectivity, source to sink processes
Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Structural geology and tectonics, structure and dynamics of the earth