Dr. Mcbride retired August 2005. His chief interest is sandstone diagenesis: physical and chemical processes that alter sand after it is deposited and the fate of pores in sandstone. Dr. McBride's work has focused on cementation by quartz and calcite and on compaction. He retains long-term interests in the origin of chert and in the textural and compositional maturation of sand during transportation.

Areas of Expertise

Research in sandstone diagenesis, hydrocarbon reservoir quality of sandstones, sandstone petrology, chert, concretions, provenance of sandstone, the fate of pores in sandstone, cementation by quartz and calcite


Research Locations



R. L. Folk and E. F. McBride Petrography Fund - Geology Foundation (2001)

Best Poster Award - AAPG Meeting, Denver (2000)

2000 Outstanding Scientist of the 21st Century - Inter Biographical Centre, Cambridge (2000)

Member - Houston Oil and Minerals Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Texas at Austin (1999)

Fullbright Fellow to Egypt - to be entered (1995)

Francis J. Pettijohn Medal for Excellence in Sedimentary Geology (Society for Sedimentary Geology) - SEPM (1995)

Best Paper Award - SEPM, Gulf Coast Section (San Antonio, Texas) (1987)

Honorary Member - SEPM (1986)

Distinguished Faculty Award - Houston Oil and Minerals, University of Texas at Austin (1980)

Best Paper Award (runner-up with R. L. Folk) - Journal of Sedimentary Petrology (1978)

Best Paper Award (runner-up with R. L. Folk) - Journal of Sedimentary Petrology (1976)

Phi Beta Kappa - Augustana College, Ill.

Honorary Life Member - Permian Basin Section, SEPM

Fellow - GSA

A. P. Green Fellowship in Fire Clay Mineralogy - University of Missouri

Bronze Award in the category "Teaching with Technology" for "Sandstone Petrology: A Tutorial Petrographic Images Atlas" (with Kitty Milliken, Suk-Joo Choh, Petro Papazis, and Luis Crespo) - to be entered

Vice-President, International Association of Sedimentologists (1994 - 1998)

Chairman, Liaison, GCAGS Annual Meeting, Austin, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1993 - 1994)

Member, Editorial Board , Egyptian Journal of Petroleum Geology (1991 - 1992)

Vice-Chairman, Mid-Year Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1987)

Associate Editor, Journal of Scientific Exploration (1987 - 1991)

Co-Leader, Field Trip to Marathon Basin for Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1986)

Member, Editorial Board, Giornale de Geologia (1985)

Chairman, Research Group on Clastic Diagenesis, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1984 - 1986)

Chairman, New Programs Committee, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1984 - 1986)

Co-Chairman, Research Group on Clastic Diagenesis, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1982 - 1984)

Editor, Newsletter, Department of Geological Sciences (1982)

Editor, Newsletter, Department of Geological Sciences (1981)

President, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1980 - 1981)

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1980 - 1981)

Chairman, Twenhofel Award Committee, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1980 - 1981)

President, to be entered, to be entered (1979 - 1980)

Presenter, Short Course: Clastic Diagenesis, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1979)

Co-Leader, Field Trip to Marathon Basin for Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1979)

President-Elect, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1979 - 1980)

President-Elect, to be entered, to be entered (1978 - 1979)

Presenter, Short Course: Clastic Diagenesis, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1978)

Co-Leader, Field Trip to Ouachita Mountains, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1975)

Member, Finance Committee, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1974 - 1976)

Co-Leader, Field Trip to Northern Mexico , Corpus Christi Geological Society (1974)

Member, Editorial Board, Sedimentary Geology (1973 - 1998)

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology (1973 - 1980)

Secretary-Treasurer, to be entered, to be entered (1972 - 1974)

Secretary-Treasurer, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1972 - 1974)

Business Representative, Gulf Coast Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1972 - 1976)

Secretary-Treasurer, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1972 - 1974)

Member, Educational Committee, National Association of Geology Teachers (1970 - 1971)

Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Geology (1970 - 1999)

Co-Chairman, Committee on Turbidities and Related Deposits, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1969 - 1972)

Co-Leader, Field Trip to Marathon Basin, Texas , American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1969)

Fellow, Geological Society of America (1967 - 1968)

Councilor, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1967 - 1968)

Councilor, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1967 - 1968)

Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology (1967 - 1977)

Co-Leader, Field Trip to Marathon Basin, Texas Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1964)

Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Member, Gulf Coast Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists

Honorary Life Member, Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists

Member, West Texas Geological Society

Member, National Association of Geology Teachers

"Aspects of calcite cement in sandstones", Baylor University, Waco, Texas (2005)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2005)

"Self-organization in sedimentary geology", Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (2003)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2000)

Origin of Some Honeycombs and Taffoni, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)

"Sedimentary Clues to Groundwater Flow Paths", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1999)

"Origin of Redbeds", Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1999)

"Origin of Weird Chert Nodules, Egypt", University of Texas at Austin, Soft-Rock Seminar, Austin, Texas (1998)

"Origin of Weird Chert Nodules, Egypt", Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1998)

"Calcite Cementation Patterns in Sandstones", New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico (1997)

"Can calcite cement distribution be predicted in sandstones?", New Zealand Association Petroleum Geologists, Wellington, New Zealand (1997)

"Hydrodynamics of calcite cementation in sandstones", Keynote Speaker, New Zealand geological Society Annual Meeting, Wellington, New Zealand (1997)

"The Art of Sedimentary Rocks", University of Texas at Austin, LAMP, Austin, Texas (1996)

"Cementation in Shallowly Buried Sandstones, Texas Gulf Coast" , Egyptian Petroleum Institute, to be entered (1995)

"Lithification of Sandstones" , Tanta University, to be entered (1995)

"Compaction of Sandstones" , Tanta University, to be entered (1995)

"Quartz Cement in Sandstones: Some Unsolved Problems" , University of Cairo, to be entered (1995)

"Compaction in Sandstones: Influence on Reservoir Quality" , Univerisity of Cairo, to be entered (1995)

"Contrasting Diagenetic History of Concretions and Host Sandstones, Cambrian, Texas", Ain Shams University, to be entered (1995)

"Calcite Cementation Patterns in Sandstones", Ain Shams University, to be entered (1995)

"Calcite Cementation Patterns in Sandstones", Alexandria University, to be entered (1995)

"Quartz Cement in Sandstones: Some Unsolved Problems" , Alexandria University, to be entered (1995)

"Quartz Cement in Sandstones: Some Unsolved Problems" , Mansoura University, to be entered (1995)

"Contrasting Diagenetic History of Concretions and Host Sandstones, Cambrian, Texas" , Mansoura University, to be entered (1995)

"Patterns of calcite cementation in sandstones" , Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1995)

"Man versus Gravity: Examples from Italy", , University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1994)

"Calcite cement in sandstones". , University of Utah, Utah (1994)

"Young, Shallow-burial cement in Sandstone, South Texas Coast". , University of Bologna, to be entered (1994)

"Young, Shallow-burial cement in Sandstone, South Texas Coast". , University of Modena, to be entered (1994)

"The Art of Sedimentary Rocks". , Scholia University, Texas (1994)

"Australia", 2nd Grade Class at Doss Elementary School, to be entered (1994)

"Origin of the Caballos Novaculite: a tale of two depths," , University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (1993)

"Man versus Gravity: Examples from Italy", , Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1993)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1993)

"Twenty thousand catastrophes" Permian Basin Section,, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Midland, Texas (1993)

"Origin of quartz cement in sandstones," , University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (1990)

"Geologic art of Big Bend," , University Ladies Club, Austin, Texas (1988)

"Why is porosity so difficult to predict in sandstones?" , University of Texas at Austin, Undergraduate Student Geological Society, Austin, Texas (1988)

"Time and depth of quartz cementation," , Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Clastic Diagenesis Research Group, Houston meeting, Houston, Texas (1988)

"Implications of diagenesis to sandstone petrology," , University of Utah , Salt Lake City, Utah (1988)

"Contrasting diagenetic histories of concretions and host rock, Lion Mountain Sandstone, Cambrian, Texas," , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1988)

"Rules of sandstone diagenesis: application to hydrocarbon reservoir studies," , South Texas Geological Society , San Antonio, Texas (1987)

"Volcanism in the Tesnus Formation, West Texas," , Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Midland, Texas (1987)

"Ophiomorpha in submarine fan deposits, Italy," Research Group on Trace Fossils, Mid-Year Meeting, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Austin, Texas (1987)

"Compaction of sandstones: a case study," , Southern Methodist University, Department of Geology, Dallas, Texas (1987)

"Compaction of sandstones: a case study," , University of South Carolina, Department Geology, Columbia (1987)

"Compaction of sandstones: a case study," , University of Texas at Austin, Department Geology, Austin, Texas (1987)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1987)

"Compaction in Repetto sandstones, Ventura Basin, California," , Union Oil Co. , Brea, California (1986)

"Sedimentary history of the Marathon Basin, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas (1986)

"The Caballos Novaculite revisited," , University of Auckland, New Zealand (1986)

"Rules of sandstone diagenesis related to hydrocarbon exploration," , Houston Geological Society, Houston, Texas (1985)

"Mysterious origin of the Caballos Novaculite," Student Chapter AAPG, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1985)

"Mysterious origin of the Caballos Novaculite," , University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics, Austin, Texas (1985)

"Diagenesis and effects on determining provenance in sandstones," , NATO Conference: Determining Provenance in Sandstones, Keynote Speaker, Cosenza, Italy (1984)

"Mysteries of the Caballos Novaculite" and "How diagenesis effects provenance interpretations in sandstones", University of South-eastern Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana (1984)

"Sandstone diagenesis", Wyoming Geological Society, Cooper, Wyoming (1984)

"Deep-water origin of the Caballos Novaculite," Sedimentary history of the Marathon Basin," and "Origin of cyclic deposits (chert-shale, limestone-shale), Italy,", University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (1983)

"Enigmatic origin of the Caballos Novaculite," , University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1983)

"Compaction in sandstone: importance to reservoir quality,", Wichita Falls Geological Society, Wichita Falls, Texas (1983)

"Deep-water origin of the Caballos Novaculite," , University of Texas at Austin, Technical Sessions, Austin, Texas (1983)

"Origins of chert," , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1983)

"Compaction in sandstone: importance to reservoir quality,", Graham Geological Society, Graham, Texas (1983)

"Why some rocks have oil and others do not,, Cosmos Club, Austin, Texas (1983)

"Problems of provenance determinations in sandstones," , University of Houston, Houston, Texas (1983)

"Deep-sea currents," , Rosewood Public School, 3rd Grade Class, Austin, Texas (1983)

"Sedimentary history of the Marathon Basin, West Texas,", University of Texas at Austin, Technical Sessions, Austin, Texas (1982)

"Diagenesis of the Norphlet Formation (Jurassic), Rankin County, Mississippi," , Penrose Conference, Kona, Hawaii (1982)

"How sand becomes sandstone," , University of Arkansas, Department of Geology, Fayetteville (1982)

"How sand becomes sandstone" and "Origin of chert nodules and beds in West Texas," , Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1981)

"Secondary porosity in sandstones,", Southern Methodist University, Geology Department, Dallas, Texas (1980)

"Some aspects of sandstone diagenesis important to hydrocarbon exploration," , Houston Geological Society, Houston, Texas (1980)

"Stratigraphy and sedimentation, Lecturer in short course "Geology for geophysicists,", University of Houston, Geology Foundation , Houston, Texas (1980)

"Diagenesis of Norphlet Sandstone: application to hydrocarbon explora-tion," , Oklahoma City Geological Society, Oklahoma (1980)

"Diagenesis of sandstone: application to hydrocarbon exploration," , Oklahoma City Geological Society, Oklahoma (1980)

"Diagenesis of sandstone: application to hydrocarbon exploration," , Corpus Christi Geological Society , Corpus Christi, Texas (1980)

"Importance of secondary porosity in sandstone to hydrocarbon exploration," Presidential Address, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists , Denver, Colorado (1980)

"Diagenesis of sandstone: application to exploration for hydrocarbons,", Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists , Monterrey, California (1980)

"Diagenesis of sandstones,", Salt Lake City Sectional Meeting of AAPG, Salt Lake City, Utah (1978)

"Sedimentary history of the Marathon region, Texas," Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists , Annual Field Trip, Alpine, Texas (1978)

"Reservoir aspects of submarine fan deposits, Marnoso Arenacea Formation, Northern Apennines, Italy,", Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas (1978)

"Sandstone diagenesis," , School on Sandstone Diagenesis sponsored by AAPG, Boulder, Colorado (1978)

"Sand," , Cosmos Club, Austin, Texas (1978)

"Diagenesis of sandstone," , Houston Geological Society, Houston, Texas (1978)

"Geologic history of the Marathon Basin," , Rice University, Houston, Texas (1977)

"Origine e caratteristiche delle radiolariti deposte contemporaneamente alle sequenze carbonatiche italiane," , University of Genova, Department of Geology, Genova, Italy (1977)

"Radiolariti italiane deposte su crosta oceanica e su margini continen-tali: un confronto,", University of Perugia, Department of Geology, Perugia, Italy (1977)

"Origine e caratteristiche delle radiolariti italiane deposte su rocce ofiolitiche," , University of Genova, Department of Geology, Genova, Italy (1977)

"Radiolariti italiane deposte su crosta oceanica e su margini continen-tali: un confronto," , University of Napoli, Department of Geology, Naples, Italy (1977)

"Le facies deltizie del Gruppo Difunta (Sierra Madre Orientale, Messico): dai red beds alle torbiditi," , University of Palmero, Department of Geology, Palmero, Italy (1977)

"Origine e caratteristiche delle radiolariti italiane deposte su rocce ofiolitche," , University of Firenze, Department of Geology, Florence, Italy (1977)

"Le facies deltizie del Gruppo Difunta (Sierra Madre Orientale, Messico): dai red beds alle torbiditi," , University of Firenze, Department of Geology, Florence, Italy (1977)

"I radiolariti italiane," , University of Milano, Department of Geology and Paleontology, Milano, Italy (1977)

"The Caballos Novaculite: enigmatic bedded chert," , University of Fribourg, Department of Geology, Fribourg, Switzerland (1977)

"Radiolarites of Italy,", University of Fribourg, Department of Geology, Fribourg, Switzerland (1977)

"Radiolarites of Italy," , University of Basel, Department of Geology, Basel, Switzerland (1977)

"The Caballos Novaculite: enigmatic bedded chert," , Philippa University, Department of Geology, Marburg, West Germany (1977)

"Diagenesis of sandstone: application to exploration for hydrocarbons,", Philipps University, Department of Geology, Marburg, West Germany (1977)

"Diagenesis of sandstone: application to exploration for hydrocarbons", University of Heidelberg, Department of Sediment Research, Heidelberg, West Germany (1977)

"Sandstone Diagenesis: application to exploration of hydrocarbons" and "Radiolarites of Italy," , University of Beograd, Department of Geology, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1977)

"Secondary porosity in Texas sandstones," Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists , Midland, Texas (1977)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1977)

"Turbidities and deep-sea fans as hydrocarbon reservoirs," , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1976)

"Turbidities, pelagites, olistostromes, and contourites--case studies," , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1976)

"Diagenesis of sandstone: application to exploration for hydrocarbons," , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1976)

"Turbidity currents and other transport mechanisms in slope environments," , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1976)

"Radiolarites of Italy,", Austin Geological Society, Austin, Texas (1975)

"All you wanted to know about turbidities, but were afraid to ask" , University of Kansas, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Lawrence, Kansas (1975)

"Caballos Novaculite: abyssal ooze or intertidal muds," , University of Kansas, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Lawrence, Kansas (1975)

"Sandstone diagenesis," , Continuing Education Program, AAPG-AIME, Long Beach, California (1975)

"All about turbidities," , Oberlin College, Sloan Lecturer, Oberlin, Ohio (1975)

"Radiolarites of Lombardia," , University of Palermo, Istituto di Geologia, Sicily, Italy (1975)

"Origin and features of Jurassic radiolarites, Italian Alps," , GSA Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (1975)

"Origin of Jurassic radiolarites, Italian Alps," Technical Session, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin (1975)

"Use of the compass and geologic maps," , Girl Scout Troop 4, Austin, Texas (1975)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", Lamar Technological University, Beaumont, Texas (1975)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", Oberlin College , Oberlin, Ohio (1975)

"Depositional history of the Marathon Basin, Texas," , Lamar Technological University, Beaumont, Texas (1974)

"Depositional history of the Marathon Basin, Texas," , University of Houston, Houston, Texas (1974)

"Chert" , U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado (1974)

"Fossils," , Wooldridge School 3rd grade class, Austin, Texas (1974)

"Sandstone diagenesis," , Continuing Education Program of AAPG, Midland, Texas (1974)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1974)

Petrology of Sandstone, Permian Basin Graduate Center, Midland, Texas (1974)

"Deltaic deposits of the Difunta Group, northeastern Mexico," , Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies , Houston, Texas (1973)

"Depositional history of the Parras Basin, Mexico," , Undergraduate Student Geological Society, Austin, Texas (1973)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", SEPM, Permian Basin Section, Midland, Texas (1973)

"Sedimentology of the Catahoula Formation," , AIME, Corpus Christi, Texas (1973)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (1972)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", Geological Society of America Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1972)

"Evolution of the Marathon Basin", University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ (1972)

"Deltaic deposits of Difunta Group, northern Mexico," , West Texas Geological Society, Midland, Texas (1972)

"Evidence for deep-water deposits in the Marathon Basin, Texas," Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists , midland, Texas (1972)

"Deep-water origin of Caballos Novaculite, Marathon Basin, Texas," , University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (1972)

"Various origins of chert with examples from West Texas, Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff, Arizona (1972)

"Delta-front turbidities of Difunta Group, Northern Mexico: Committee on Turbidities", Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Dallas, Texas (1971)

"Origin of chert in Paleozoic rocks of Marathon Basin, Texas", University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming (1971)

"Origin of the chart in the Marathon Basin, Texas", Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA (1970)

"Origin of the Caballos Novaculite, Marathon Basin, Texas", San Angelo Geological Society, San Angelo, Texas (1968)

"Turbidity currents and their deposits", CASMT, Austin, Texas (1967)

"Turbidities", Lafayette Geological Society, Lafayette, LA (1964)

"Turbidities", New Orleans Geological Society, New Orleans, LA (1964)