Areas of Expertise

Seismic stratigraphy interpretation; reservoir characterization; acquiring, processing, and interpreting downhole and surface seismic data; multicomponent seismic technology


Research Locations



Honorary Membership - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2007)

President's Certificate for Excellence in Oral Presentation - Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2007)

Certificate of Merit - AAPG Explorer, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2007)

Keynote Speaker - 13th Annual 3D Seismic Symposium, Denver, Colorado (2007)

President's Certificate for Excellence - Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2006)

Certificate of Appreciation - Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (2005)

Life Membership Award - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2003)

Multicomponent Technology Pioneer Award - Input/Output, Inc. (2002)

A. I. Levorsen Award - Southwest Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2001)

Certificate of Achievement: Best New Technology - World's Best of the Permian Basin Contest, Hart's Oil and Gas (1999)

Special Commendation Award (3-D Seismic Technology) - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1998)

Honorable Mention for Best Paper - Geophysics (1997)

External Examiner in Geophysics - Memorial University of Newfoundland (1996 - 1997)

External Examiner in Petroleum Geology - Imperial College, London (1985 - 1986)

President, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2011 - 2012)

President Elect, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2010 - 2011)

First Vice President, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2008 - 2009)

Chairman, Promotions Advisory Committee, Bureau of Economic Geology (2005)

Judge, Meritorious Engineering Awards Judging Team, E&P Magazine (2005)

Member, Promotions Advisory Committee, Bureau of Economic Geology (2004)

Member, Jackson School of Geosciences, Graduate Support Committee, The University of Texas at Austin (2004)

Member, The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, Geophysics Curriculum Committee (2004)

Member, Geophysics License Exam Committee, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (2003)

Chairman, Distinguished Lecture Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2002 - 2003)

Chairman, Technical Program Committee, 71st Annual International Meeting, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2001)

Chairman Technical Program Committee, 68th Annual Internatioinal Meeeting, Society of Explorartion Geophysicists (1998)

Organizing Committee, Borehole Profile Workshop, Stavanger, Norway, (1997)

Chairman, Publications Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1995 - 1997)

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (1995 - 1996)

Editor, Geophysics, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1993 - 1995)

Chairman, DOE/BES Geoscience Research Review Panel, Cambridge, MA (1993)

Executive Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1993 - 1995)

Member, Organizing Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists Research Forum (1992 - 1993)

Member , Editorial Board, Journal of Seismic Exploration (1992 - 2001)

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering (1992 - 2001)

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Seismic Exploration (1992 - 2003)

Assistant Editor, Geophysics, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1991 - 1993)

Member, Publications Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1991 - 1995)

Member, Visiting Committee, Department of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (1991 - 1994)

Member, Organizing Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists Development and Production Forum (1990)

Member, Development and Production Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1990 - 1993)

Graduate Students

Menal Gupta, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)
My current research is about using multi-component seismology to understand the angle dependent reflectivity of different pure and converted wave modes and its linkage to the rock anisotropy. My interests also include seismic wave propagation in orthorhombic media to characterize fractured stratified formations. Previously, I have been working as a development geophysicist for an independent hydrocarbon exploration and production company. Some of the key projects I delivered include: 3D structural and stratigraphic interpretation, 3D Velocity modeling, pre-stack / post-stack seismic inversion, time lapse inversion, quantitative 4D interpretation, pressure and saturation decoupling.

Mustafa Al-Waily (Supervisor)


Detailed imaging of deepwater hydrate geology with horizontal arrays of seafloor sensors, presented at Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas (2006)

3-D seismic evidence of karst collapse and karst-related fracturing, invited lecture presented at the inaugural Dallas Geological and Geophysical Societies Expo, Grapevine, Texas (2005)

P and S image registration: the challenge confronting all who use multicomponent seismic technology, invited lecture presented at the Sercel Technical Forum, Improved Land/Reservoir Imaging through High Density and Multi-Component Acquisition, Houston, Texas (2005)

Distinguishing fizz-gas and commercial-gas reservoirs with multicomponent seismic technology: why interpret with seismic attributes?, presented at The Sipes-Houston 2005 Continuing Education Symposium, Houston, Texas (2005)

Assessing deep water gas hydrate systems and seafloor stability, invited lecture presented at AGU, NABS, SEG, SPD/AAS Joint Assembly, New Orleans, Louisiana (2005)

Vertical seismic profiling, presented at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, 3-hour-credit graduate course, Mexico (2004)

Imaging super-deep geology with multicomponent seismic technology, presented as a public workshop, Houston, Texas (2004)

Multicomponent seismic technology-some basic principles, misuses, and misunderstandings, presented to Permian Basin Geophysical Society, Midland, Texas (2004)

Applications of 4-C OBC seismic data to deep-water gas hydrates, presented to Mississippi Minerals Research Institute Conference, Oxford, Mississippi (2004)

Multicomponent Seismic Technology Short Course, presented to Statoil, Stavanger, Norway (2004)

Multicomponent seismic technology: principles and applications, presented at BEG technical seminar, Austin, Texas (2003)

Status report and overview of multicomponent seismic research at the Exploration Geophysics Laboratory, presented at Sponsors Meeting, Austin, Texas (2003)

Multicomponent seismic research, presented to ExxonMobil management team, Austin, Texas (2003)

Multicomponent seismic data-an emerging technology that will affect small independents, presented to Society of Independent Professional Engineers and Scientists, Austin, Texas (2003)

VSP Short Course, presented to industry, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2003)

Integration of VSP and multicomponent seismic data, presented at VSFusion Seminar, Calgary, Canada (2003)

Status report and overview of Exploration Geophysics Laboratory research program, presented to Sponsors, Dallas, Texas (2003)

Applications of S-wave splitting in evaluation of a fractured carbonate reservoir, presented at Veritas Workshop, Houston, Texas (2003)

Vertical profiling and multicomponent imaging-two important seismic technologies in reservoir management, presented to Society of Professional Economic Engineers, Houston, Texas (2003)

Integrating multicomponent VSP with surface-recorded multicomponent seismic data, presented at Baker Atlas Workshop, Houston, Texas (2003)

Integration of VSP and multicomponent seismic data, presented at VSFusion Seminar, Houston, Texas (2003)

Multicomponent seismic technology workshop, presented jointly with WesternGeco, Houston, Texas (2003)

Applications of time-warped P and S seismic data, presented at Oklahoma Geologic Survey Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2003)

Applications of 4-C seismic technology to deep-water gas hydrates, presented to Mississippi Minerals Research Institute, Oxford, Mississippi (2003)

VSP Short Course, presented to Petrobras, Salvador, Brazil (2003)

Multicomponent seismic technology for small independents, presented at Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas (2003)

Multicomponent seismic applications to rock physics-think vectors, keynote presentation to European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Stavanger, Norway (2003)

Integration of borehole and surface multicomponent seismic data, presented at VSFusion Seminar, Stavanger, Norway (2003)

Multicomponent seismic technology for small independents, presented at Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners workshop, Tyler, Texas (2003)

Vertical seismic profiling, presented at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, 3-hour-credit graduate course, Mexico (2002)

Evaluating marine gas hydrates with 4-C OBC seismic data, presented at DOE Gas Hydrates workshop, Houston, Texas (2002)

S-wave evaluation of fractured reservoirs, presented at the AAPG Southwest Section Meeting, Ruidoso, New Mexico (2002)

Applications of multicomponent seismic data, presented to Petroleum Technology Transfer Council workshop, Tyler, Texas (2002)

Evaluating marine gas hydrates with 4-C OBC seismic data, presented at DOE Gas Hydrates workshop, Washington, D.C. (2002)

3-D seismic evidence of the effects of carbonate karst collapse on overlying clastic stratigraphy and reservoir compartmentalization, presented at American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Southwest Section, meeting, Dallas, Texas (2001)

Multi-component seismic technology, presented at Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Technology Transfer Workshop, Midland, Texas (2000)

State Lands and University Lands programs at the Bureau of Economic Geology, presented at Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Technology Transfer Workshop, Midland, Texas (2000)

Exploration geophysics and reservoirs (GEO 391, Unique No. 50284, 3-credit-hours), The University of Texas at Austin, (1999)

3-hour-credit graduate course, Field techniques in exploration geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin, (1999)

Using petrophysics and cross-section balancing to interpret complex structure in a limited-quality 3-D seismic image, presented to Abilene Geological Society, Abilene, Texas, (1999)

Using petrophysics and cross-section balancing to interpret complex structure in a limited-quality 3-D seismic image, presented at AMGP/AAPG Tercera Conferencia Internacional Conjunta, Veracruz, Mexico, (1999)

3-D seismic stratal-surface concepts applied to the interpretation of a fluvial channel system deposited in a high-accommodation environment, presented at 6th International Congress of the Brazilian Geophysical Society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (1999)

Seismic data explained, presented at National Association of Royalty Owners Convention, San Angelo, Texas, (1999)

Interpretation of deep complex structure in a limited-quality 3-D seismic image, presented at U.S. Department of Energy 1999 Oil and Gas Conference, Dallas, Texas, (1999)

Applications of seismic technology for independent operators, presented at AAPG Eastern Section Meeting, (1998)

Co-lecturer, Integrated strategies for carbonate reservoir reserve growth-an example from the Ellenburger Group, Permian Basin, West Texas, (1998)

Co-lecturer, Integrated strategies for carbonate reservoir reserve growth-an example from the Ellenburger Group, Permian Basin, West Texas, (1998)

Recording VSP data with shaped explosives, presented at PTTC Workshop, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1998)

Overview of seismic vector-wavefield applications, presented at Geology Seminar Series, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, (1998)

Vector-wavefield seismic stratigraphy, presented at Flagship Geoscience Software Seminar, Houston, Texas, (1998)

Detecting thin-bed reservoirs in a low-accommodation setting with 3-D seismic attributes, presented to Landmark Users Group, Dallas, Texas, (1998)

Field test results of seismic shear-wave imaging in the Appalachian Basin, presented to U.S. Department of Energy Project Review Panel, Morgantown, W. Virginia, (1998)

3-D seismic evidence of carbonate karst collapse, presented at Railroad Commission Technology Transfer Conference, Midland, Texas, (1998)

3-D seismic examples of karst-dependent reservoir compartmentalization, presented at Railroad Commission Technology Transfer Conference, Dallas, Texas, (1998)

Emerging 3-D seismic technologies, presented at Railroad Commission State of Industry Seminar, Austin, Texas, (1998)

Seismic vector-wavefield applications in prospect evaluation, presented at Luncheon Speaker Series, Midland College, Midland, Texas, (1998)

3-D seismic evidence of the effect of carbonate karst collapse on overlying clastic stratigraphy, presented at Landmark Worldwide Technology Forum, (1998)

Effect of Ellenburger karsting and collapse structure on reservoir compartmentalization in overlying Bend Conglomerate (Atoka Group), Boonsville field, Jack and Wise Counties, Texas, presented to PTTC Focused Technology Workshop, (1997)

3-D seismic imaging and interpretation of complex reservoir systems, presented on behalf of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (1997)

3-D seismic technology applications in slope and basin thin-bed reservoirs, presented on behalf of the DOE Class III Reservoir Characterization Program, (1997)

3-D seismic methods, presented to Central Mining Section, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., (1997)

Seismic imaging of Ellenburger karsted reservoirs, presented to Austin SIPES chapter, Austin, Texas, (1997)

Visualization requirements for 3-D seismic interpretation of reservoirs, presented at Virtual Environment Technology Conference, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, (1997)

Applications of seismic P and S in prospect evaluation, presented to annual TIPRO meeting, San Antonio, Texas, (1997)

Seismic imaging of thin-bed reservoirs in the Fort Worth Basin, presented to AIPG conference, Houston, Texas, (1997)

Seismic vector-wavefield technology, presented at IPWA meeting, Houston, Texas, (1997)

3-D seismic imaging and interpretation of complex reservoir systems, SEG short course, (1996)

3-D seismic technology, DOE-sponsored short course, (1996)

Reservoir geophysics, SEG short course, (1996)

3-D seismic technology, DOE-sponsored short course, (1996)

Demonstrations of new concepts and modern technologies for evaluating heterogeneous reservoirs in low-accommodation settings, (1996)

Amplitude mapping, presented at Geophysical Society of Houston workshop, Houston, Texas, (1996)

Seismic interpretation of low-accommodation sequences, presented at Gulf Coast SEG Meeting, Houston, Texas, (1996)

New exploration application using P and S waves, presented to Austin SIPES chapter, (1996)

3-D seismic imaging of karsted reservoirs, presented to SEPM chapter, Midland, Texas, (1995)

3-D seismic impact on an integrated team study of Midcontinent gas reservoirs, presented at MESA Technology Conference, Del Lago Conference Center, Conroe, Texas, (1995)

Using modern technology to understand reservoir compartmentalization-demonstration and technology transfer to industry, presented at 65th Annual International Meeting of SEG, (1995)

Combining sequence stratigraphy with 3-D seismic imaging in low-accommodation basins, presented at 65th Annual International Meeting of SEG, (1995)

3-D seismic field techniques, presented to Shreveport Geological Society, (1995)

3-D seismic imaging and interpretation of thin-bed gas reservoirs in South Texas, presented to Houston Geological Society, (1995)

Reservoir geophysics, SEG short course, (1995)

Reservoir geophysics, SEG short course, (1995)

Using new concepts and modern technologies to evaluate evaluate Midcontinent reservoirs, presented at the 1995 AAPG convention, (1995)

Using new concepts and modern technologies to evaluate Bend Conglomerate reservoirs, presented to independent operators, (1995)

Using new concepts and modern technologies to evaluate Bend Conglomerate reservoirs, presented to independent operators, (1995)

Examples of 3-D seismic technology in the Fort Worth Basin, presented to Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University, (1995)

Demonstrations of new concepts and modern technologies for evaluating heterogeneous reservoirs in low-accommodation settings, (1995)

Demonstrations of new concepts and modern technologies for evaluating heterogeneous reservoirs in low-accommodation settings, (1995)

Demonstrations of new concepts and modern technologies for evaluating heterogeneous reservoirs in low-accommodation settings, (1995)

Technology transfer in the DOE/GRI/Texas secondary gas recovery project, presented at the SEG Development and Production Forum, Snowmass, Colorado, (1995)

3-D seismic technology demonstrated in Midcontinent basins, presented to Gas Research Institute program advisory group, Houston, Texas, (1995)

3-D seismic field techniques for imaging Midcontinent thin-bed reservoirs, presented to Mesa users conference, Houston, Texas, (1994)

3-D seismic technology applied in Midcontinent basins, presented to Amarillo Geological Society, (1994)

Research principles used to unify P-wave and S-wave seismic images, presented to industry group, Houston, Texas, (1994)

3-D seismic acquisition and processing techniques used in the Fort Worth Basin, presented to Graham Geological Society, Graham, Texas, (1994)

3-D seismic interpretation techniques used to depict thin-bed reservoirs, presented at Landmark users conference, Houston, Texas, (1994)

3-D seismic techniques for interpreting thin beds deposited in fluvial systems and in deltaic systems, presented to Dallas Geophysical Society, (1994)

3-D seismic imaging of subtle stratigraphy, presented to Abilene Geological Society at Abilene, (1994)

Principles of 3-D seismic data acquisition, presented at Gas Daily 3-D Seismic Seminar, Houston, (1994)

3-D seismic imaging of Gulf Coast compartmented reservoirs, presented at Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) Annual Convention, New Orleans, (1994)

3-D seismic imaging of midcontinent gas reservoirs, presented to Gas Research Institute Technical Advisory Committee, Austin, February 1994, and to Gas Research Institute Program Advisory Group, Denver, (1994)

3-D seismic imaging of thin-bed reservoirs, presented at Oklahoma City Geophysical Society 3-D Seismic Seminar, Oklahoma City, (1994)

Applications of vertical seismic profiling, presented to Dallas Geological Society and Dallas SPWLA Chapter, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic data acquisition, presented at Gas Daily's 3-D Seismic Conference, Houston, Texas, (1994)

Research principles used to unify P-wave and S-wave seismic images, presented to industry group, Houston, Texas, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology, presented to combined Tulsa Geological and Geophysical Societies, (1994)

Reservoir geophysics, presented at Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual convention at Calgary, (1994)

Short course and workshop, 3-D seismic techniques, presented to Tulsa Geophysical Society and Tulsa Geological Society at Tulsa, (1994)

Principles of exploration seismology, presented to Society of Exploration Geophysicists at Tulsa, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1994)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1994)

Overview of borehole seismic technology, requested paper, Archie Conference, Houston, Texas, (1993)

3-D seismic imaging of Frio gas reservoirs, presented at SIPES monthly chapter meeting, San Antonio, (1993)

Overview of geophysical techniques, presented to the State Bar of Texas, 11th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Course, Dallas, Texas, (1993)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1993)

Onshore 3-D seismic technology for increased gas recovery, presented to industry, (1993)

3-D seismic imaging of complex reservoirs, presented to Kansas Geological Society, (1993)

Public short course, Reservoir description, presented to Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (1993)

Reservoir imaging and interpretation, presented at Occidental Petroleum International, (1993)

Imaging thin Frio gas reservoirs, presented to the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Development and Production Forum, Big Sky, Montana, (1992)

Technology transfer program for independent oil and gas operators, presented at Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners meetings, Ft. Worth and Los Colinas, Texas, (1992)

Principles of crosswell reflection imaging, presented to the Geophysical Society of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, (1992)

Status of seismic activity at Stratton fields, presented to Union Pacific Resources, Ft. Worth and Bishop, Texas, (1992)

3-D seismic technology, presented to Mitchell Energy, The Woodlands, Texas, to Cross Timbers Oil Company, Ft. Worth, Texas, and to Occidental Petroleum, Midland, Texas, (1992)

Interpretation of a fluvial depositional system using 3-D seismic horizon amplitude images (with Virginia M. Pendleton and Rick D. Edson), presented to Sierra Geophysics, Inc., 7th Annual Software Users Meeting, Houston, Texas, (1992)

Public short course, Reservoir description, presented to Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (1992)

Exploration strategies, presented to Texas independent operators, (1992)

Geophysical techniques for imaging heterogeneous Frio gas reservoirs, GRI-sponsored short course, (1992)