Dr. Xavier Janson

Research Interests

Carbonates sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy

Petrophysics of carbonate

Seismic signature of carbonate rock

Seismic modeling

Carbonate modern depositional environment


M.S. Geology, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, IFP School, I.P.G.P, Paris Universities and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 1997

Ph.D. Geology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 2002

Professional History

Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
(December 2010–present)

Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
(December 2002–Present)

Researcher, Sedimentology Department, Elf Exploration Production, Pau (1997–1998)

Intern, Gold Fields of South Africa, 2-month internship-Westdriefontain Gold Mine Geology Department, Carltonville (1994)

Selected Publications

Playton, T. E., Janson, X., and Kerans, C., 2011, Chapter 18. Carbonate slopes, in James, N. P., and Dalrymple, R. W., eds., Facies models 4: St. Johns, Newfoundland, Geological Association of Canada, p. 449–476.

Janson, X., Eberli, G. P., Lomando, A. J., and Bonnaffe, F., 2011, Seismic characterization of large-scale platform-margin collapse along the Zhujiang carbonate platform (Miocene) of the South China Sea, based on Miocene outcrop analogs from Mut Basin, Turkey: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication No. 95, p. 79-98.

Zeng, H., Wang, G., Janson, X., Loucks, R. G., Xia, Y., Xu, L., and Yuan, B., 2011, Characterizing seismic bright spots in deeply buried, Ordovician paleokarst strata, Central Tabei Uplift, Tarim Basin, western China: Geophysics, v. 76, no. 4, p. B127-B137.

Janson, X., and Fomel, S. B., 2011, 3-D forward seismic model of an outcrop-based geocellular model: SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology No. 10, p. 87-106.

Loucks, R. G., Kerans, C., Janson, X., and Marhx Romano, M. A., 2011, Lithofacies analysis and stratigraphic architecture of a deep-water carbonate debris apron: Lower Cretaceous (latest Aptian to latest Albian) Tamabra Formation, Poza Rica field area, Mexico: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Special Publication No. 96, p. 367-389.

Janson, X., Kerans, C., Loucks, R. G., Marhx, A., Reyes, C., and Murguia, F., 2011, Seismic architecture of a Lower Cretaceous platform-to-slope system, Santa Agueda and Poza Rica fields, Mexico: AAPG Bulletin, v. 95, no. 1, p. 105-146.

Janson, X., Van Buchem, F., Dromart, G., Eichenseer, H. T., Boichard, R., Dellamonica, X., Bonnaffe, F., and Eberli, G., 2010, Architecture and facies differentiation within a middle Miocene platform, Ermenek, Mut Basin, southern Turkey, in Van Buchem, F. S. P., Gerdes, K., and Esteban, M., eds., Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate systems of the Mediterranean and the Middle East: stratigraphic and diagenetic reference models: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 329, p. 265–290.

Kurtzman, Daniel, El-Azzi, J. A., Lucia, F. J., Bellian, J. A., Zahm, C., and Janson, Xavier, 2009, Improving fractured carbonate-reservoir characterization with remote sensing of beds, fractures, and vugs: Geosphere, v. 5, no. 2, p. 126–139.

Phelps, R. M., Kerans, Charles, Scott, S. Z., Janson, Xavier, and Bellian, J. A., 2008, Three-dimensional modelling and sequence stratigraphy of a carbonate ramp-to-shelf transition, Permian Upper San Andres Formation: Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2008.00967.x.

Janson, Xavier, Kerans, Charles, Bellian, J. A., and Fitchen, William, 2007, Three-dimensional geological and synthetic seismic model of Early Permian redeposited basinal carbonate deposits, Victorio Canyon, west Texas: AAPG Bulletin, v. 91, p. 1405–1436.

Janson, X., Eberli, G., Bonnaffe, Florence, Gaumet, F., and De Casanove, V., 2007, Seismic expression of a Miocene prograding carbonate margin, Mut Basin, Turkey: AAPG Bulletin, v. 91, no. 5, p. 685–713.

Selected Committees

Editor, SEPM Sedimentary Record, 2009 - 2012

Associate Editor, Sedimentology, International Association of Sedimentologists, 2008 - present

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