Dr. Zoltan Sylvester

Dr. Zoltan Sylvester
Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
  • Research Interests

    Sedimentology and stratigraphy of clastic sedimentary systems

    Stratigraphic forward modeling and its applications in reservoir modeling

    Seismic stratigraphy and interpretation of three-dimensional seismic data

    Sediment gravity flows and their deposits

    Reproducible scientific computing in geology

  • Education

    Ph.D., Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2001

    M.Sc., Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1995

    B.Sc., Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1994

  • Professional History

    Research Scientist, Quantitative Clastics Laboratory, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2017-present

    Senior Clastic Stratigrapher, Clastic Stratigraphy Team, Chevron Energy Technology Company, 2014-2016

    Research Scientist, Clastics Research Team, Shell Technology Center Houston, TX, 2005-2014

    Geologist, Volume Interpretation Team, Shell Research, Houston, TX, 2001-2005

    Lecturer, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1995-1996

  • Selected Publications

    Jobe, Z., Z. Sylvester, M. B. Pittaluga, A. Frascati, C. Pirmez, D. Minisini, N. Howes, and A. Cantelli (2017), Facies Architecture of Submarine Channel Deposits on the Western Niger Delta Slope: Implications for Grain-size and Density Stratification in Turbidity Currents, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf. 122, doi:10.1002/2016JF003903

    Sylvester, Z., Covault, J. (2016) Development of cutoff-related knickpoints during early evolution of submarine channels, Geology 44: 835-838, doi:10.1130/G38397.1

    Jobe, Z. R., Sylvester, Z., Howes, N., Pirmez, C., Parker, A., Cantelli, A., Smith, R., Wolinsky, M., O’Byrne, C., Slowey, N., Prather, B. (2016) High Resolution, Millennial-Scale Patterns of Bed Compensation on a Sand-Rich Intraslope Submarine Fan, Western Niger Delta Slope, Geological Society of America Bulletin 128: 23-37, doi:10.1130/B31440.1

    Prather, B., O’Byrne, C., Pirmez, C., Sylvester, Z. (2016) Sediment partitioning, continental slopes and base-of-slope systems, Basin Research, doi:10.1111/bre.12190

    Jobe, Z. R., Sylvester, Z., Parker, A. O., Howes, N., Slowey, N., Pirmez, C. (2015), Rapid Adjustment of Submarine Channel Architecture to Changes in Sediment Supply, Journal of Sedimentary Research 85: 729-753

    Sylvester, Z., Cantelli, A., and Pirmez, C. (2015), Stratigraphic evolution of intraslope mini- basins: Insights from surface-based model, AAPG Bulletin 99: 1099-1129

    Sylvester, Z., Deptuck, M. E., Prather, B. E., Pirmez, C., and O’Byrne, C. (2012), Seismic Stratigraphy of a shelf-edge delta and linked submarine channels in the North-Eastern Gulf of Mexico, SEPM Special Publication 99: 31–59

    Deptuck, M. E., Sylvester, Z., and O’Byrne, C. (2012), Pleistocene seascape evolution above a “simple” stepped slope - Western Niger Delta, SEPM Special Publication 99: 199–222

    Abd El-Gawad, S., Cantelli, A., Pirmez, C., Minisini, D., Sylvester, Z., and Imran, J. (2012), Three-dimensional numerical simulation of turbidity currents in a submarine channel on the sea oor of the Niger Delta slope, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117(C5): C05026

    Sylvester, Z., Pirmez, C., Cantelli, A. (2011), A model of submarine channel-levee evolution based on channel trajectories: Implications for stratigraphic architecture, Marine and Petroleum Geology 28: 716-727

    Sylvester, Z. (2007), Turbidite bed thickness distributions: methods and pitfalls of analysis and modelling, Sedimentology 54(4): 847–870

    Deptuck, M. E., Sylvester, Z., Pirmez, C., and O Byrne, C. (2007), Migration-aggradation history and 3-D seismic geomorphology of submarine channels in the Pleistocene Benin-major Canyon, western Niger Delta slope, Marine and Petroleum Geology 24: 406–433

    Sylvester, Z. and Lowe, D. R. (2004), Textural trends in turbidites and slurry beds from the Oligocene flysch of the East Carpathians, Romania, Sedimentology 51: 945–972