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.
Naiara holds a BSc in Geology from the University of the Basque Country, an MSc from the University of Barcelona and a PhD from the University of Mainz. Before her PhD, she spent four years working at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (Barcelona) involved in industry funded research projects in the Zagros and La Popa Basin. During her PhD, finished in October 2014, she used numerical modelling to study the dynamics of multilayer detachment folding and diapirism.
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.
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.