Mr. Lucia's interests include outcrop and subsurface studies of the origin and distribution of pore space in carbonate rocks and its impact on permeability and capillary properties. His research includes diagenetic and stratigraphic studies, as well as petrographic investigations of rock fabrics. Of special interest is his exploration of the links between petrophysical properties, geologic descriptions, and wireline logs. His publications include a book entitled "Carbonate Reservoir Characterization: An integrated approach"; a Springer publication.

Areas of Expertise

Carbonate geology, petroleum geological engineering, petroleum exploration geology, sandstone geology, pore space in carbonate rocks, diagenesis, stratigraphy, petrology, rock fabrics


Honorary Life Member - Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (2003)

Distinguished Lecturer - American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2000 - 2001)

AAPG Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for Best Paper (1994 - 1997)

Distinguished Service Award, West Texas Geological Society (1993 - 1995)

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

Member, Publication Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2004)

Associate Editor, AAPG Publications, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2004)

Member, Graduate Support Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2003)

Member, Graduate Studies Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2002)

Associate Editor, Editorial Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2001)

Member, Development of Geology and Geophysics Technical Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1994 - 1997)

Chairman, Technical Review Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1994 - 1997)

Member, Nominating Committee, Society for Sedimentary Geology (1991)

Technical Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1988 - 1994)

Member, Reservoir Characterization Reprint Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers (1988 - 1989)

Chairman, Workshop on Research Needs for Hydrocarbon Fuels Reservoir Characterization Committee, U. S. Department of Energy (1987)

Member, Publication Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1984 - 1988)

Member, Research Consortium Resource Recovery Task Force, Gulf Universities (1982 - 1983)

Member, Research Council, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1975 - 1978)

Member, Research Committee on Reservoir Heterogeneity, American Petroleum Institute (1966 - 1970)

Fractures to caves to fractures?the touching-vug pore system, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology research seminar, Austin, Texas (2006)

Hypersaline reflux: a density driven flow model for dolomitization, presented at luncheon meeting of DOGS Hydro Group, Austin, Texas (2005)

Understanding and predicting permeability distribution in carbonates: the rock fabric approach, presented to Association of Petroleum Geologists, Austin, Texas (2005)

Permeability characterization in carbonate reservoirs: the touching-vug problem, presented to Anadarko Oil Company, Austin, Texas (2005)

Rock fabrics and petrophysics, Shuaiba, Arab D, and Khuff Formations, the Middle East, presented to ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company, Houston, Texas (2005)

The "petro" part of carbonate petrophysics, presented at Chevron 2005 SSC Forum, The Woodlands, Texas (2005)

Characterization of touching-vug pore systems, presented to Anadarko Petroleum Company, The Woodlands, Texas (2005)

Texture, fabrics, and petrophysics of the Ghawar field, Saudi Arabia—the largest oil field in the world—and it's a shallow-water carbonate, presented at PBSEPM luncheon meeting, Austin, Texas (2004)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, presented to Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Calgary, Canada (2004)

Carbonate rock fabrics, petrophysics, and wireline logs, presented to ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company, Carlsbad, New Mexico (2004)

Variability, the bane of carbonate petrophysics, presented to Oxy Permian, Houston, Texas (2004)

Carbonate reservoir geology, presented to American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Houston, Texas (2004)

Variability, the curse of carbonate petrophysics, presented to Houston Chapter, SPWLA, Seminar on Carbonate Petrophysics, Houston, Texas (2004)

Review of RCRL research, presented to BP, London, England (2004)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, presented at Spanish Geology and Mining Institute, Madrid, Spain (2004)

Review of RCRL research, presented to AGIP, Milan, Italy (2004)

Fracture to caves to fractures—the touching-vug pore system, presented at SEG Workshop on Fractured Reservoirs, Vancouver, Canada (2004)

Rock fabric and pore types; Cogdell Pennsylvanian Reservoir, presented at Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory Annual Review Meeting, Austin, Texas (2003)

Petrophysics of Pipe Creek rudist bioherm, presented at Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory Annual Review Meeting, Austin, Texas (2003)

Introduction to carbonate tidal flats and beaches, presented to GEO 383, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2003)

Rock fabric approach to carbonate reservoir characterization, presented to Conoco/Phillips, Carlsbad, New Mexico (2003)

Sequence stratigraphy and rock fabrics, the keys to constructing realistic petrophysical models of carbonate reservoirs, presented at Chevron/Texaco Technical Meeting, Houston, Texas (2003)

Stratigraphy and petrophysics of Sacroc and Cogdell Pennsylvanian reservoirs, Horseshoe Atoll, Permian Basin, West Texas, presented to Exxon/Mobil Research, Houston, Texas (2003)

Sequence stratigraphy and rock fabrics, the keys to constructing realistic petrophysical models of carbonate reservoirs, presented to ChevronTexaco, Houston, Texas (2003)

Sacroc permeability model–the case for unique icehouse rock fabrics, presented at the annual review meeting of the RCRL, Austin, Texas (2002)

Origin and petrophysics of touching-vug pore space, presented at the annual review meeting of the RCRL, Austin, Texas (2002)

Rock-fabric approach to reservoir characterization, presented to Exxon Mobil, Houston, Texas (2002)

Dolomitization: a porosity-destructive process, presented to the Michigan Basin Geological Society, Lansing, Michigan (2002)

Origin and petrophysics of dolostone pore space, presented at the London Geological Society workshop, London, England (2002)

Young carbonate fabrics as early stages in the development history of Permian Basin reservoirs, presented to the Permian Basin Section, SEPM, Midland, Texas (2002)

BEG research on Clear Fork reservoirs—historic perspective and current work, presented at Clear Fork Workshop organized by Oxy Permian, (2001)

Carbonate reservoir geology of a portion of Ghawar field: the largest oil field in the world, The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, TX (2001)

Integration of core analysis, wireline logs, and geologic descriptions, presented at Technical Exchange Meeting held by Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (2001)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, workshop presented to Occidental Petroleum, Houston, Texas (2001)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, workshop presented to Statoil, Stavanger, Norway (2001)

Corals, carbonates, and conceptual models, presented to Schlumberger, Sugar Land, TX (2001)

Origin and petrophysics of carbonate rock fabrics, presented as AAPG Distinguished Lecture, (2000)

Dolomitization: a porosity-destructive process, presented as AAPG Distinguished Lecture, (2000)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, workshop presented to Altura Petroleum Company, Houston, Texas (2000)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, workshop presented to AGIP, Milan, Italy (2000)

, ELF Petroleum, (1999)

, Total Petroleum, (1999)

, Royal Dutch Shell, (1999)

Carbonate diagenesis: the key to predicting the three dimensional distribution of petrophysical properties, presented to BP-Amoco, London, UK (1999)

Carbonate diagenesis: the key to predicting the three-dimensional distribution of petrophysical properties in San Andres/Grayburg and other carbonate reservoirs in the Permian Basin, presented at the Permian Basin SEPM luncheon meeting, Midland, TX (1999)

Practical applications of San Andres and Grayburg reservoir characterization, presented to SPE/WTGS, Midland, TX (1999)

Rock fabrics, petrophysical rock typing, and wireline logs in carbonate reservoirs, presented to Petroleum Development Oman, Muscat, Oman (1999)

, Texaco Petroleum Company, (1998)

Flow units in carbonate reservoirs, presented at SPE Forum, Impact of Pore-Scale to Well-Test Scale Data Relationships, (1998)

Rock fabric workshop, presented to members of the RCRL, Austin, TX (1998)

Calculations of permeability and rock fabrics from wireline logs in the Haradh area of the Ghawar field, Saudi Arabia, presented to Saudi Aramco Corporation, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1998)

Rock-fabric approach to estimating permeability in carbonate reservoirs from common wireline logs, presented at BP-Amoco Sunbury Office, London, England (1998)

Location of remaining oil in San Andres and Grayburg reservoirs: so where is the remaining 65 percent?”, presented at the luncheon meeting of the Midland Society of Petroleum Engineers, Midland, TX (1998)

Petrophysical heterogeneity and location of remaining oil, Furhman-Mascho San Andres Unit #124 well, presented at University Lands Advanced Recovery Initiative: Workshop No. 2, Midland, TX (1998)

Rock-fabric and petrophysical characterization of carbonate reservoirs, presented at Elf Aquitaine Office, Pau, France (1998)

, Texaco Petroleum Company, (1997)

The role of geology in reservoir characterization, keynote address presented at the Best of AAPG session, Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, (1997)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, 2-week course presented to Perez Companc S.A., Austin, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico (with Charles Kerans), (1997)

Review of rock fabric/petrophysical properties research, presented to Anadarko Oil, Austin, TX (1997)

Carbonate reservoir characterization, 3-day course presented to Pan Canadian Oil Company, Calgary, Canada (1997)

Rock fabric/petrophysical classification of carbonate rocks, presented to Mobil Oil, Dallas, TX (1997)

Rock-fabric petrophysical analysis of core and wireline-log data, Ghawar field, presented to Aramco Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1997)

, Saudi Aramco, (1995)

Reservoir Geology, Petroleum Development, Oman, (1995)

Geological and Engineering Aspects of Carbonate Pore Space, Shell, (1992)

Reservoir Geology, Petroleum Department, OXY, USA, (1991)

Geological and Engineering Aspects of Carbonate Pore Space, Shell, (1991)

Geological and Engineering Aspects of Carbonate Pore Space, Shell, (1990)

Geological and Engineering Aspects of Carbonate Pore Space, ARCO, (1989)

Geological and Engineering Aspects of Carbonate Pore Space, Shell, (1989)

Reservoir Geology, Petroleum Development, Marathon, (1988)

Geological and Engineering Aspects of Carbonate Pore Space, Shell, (1988)

Reservoir Geology, Petroleum Development, Occidental, China, (1987)

, Shell Oil Advanced Carbonate Diagenesis, (1985)

Reservoir Geology, Petroleum Development, Texaco, (1985)

Reservoir Geology, Petroleum Development, American Hunter, (1985)

, Shell Oil Geological Engineering, (1985)

, Shell Oil Geological Engineering, (1984)

, Shell Oil Subsurface Environments Course, (1984)

, Shell Oil Advanced Carbonate Diagenesis, (1983)

, Shell Oil Subsurface Environments Course, (1983)

, Shell Oil Geological Engineering, (1983)

, Shell Oil Geological Engineering, (1982)

, Shell Oil Subsurface Environments Course, (1982)

, Shell Oil Advanced Carbonate Diagenesis, (1981)

, Shell Oil Geological Engineering, (1981)

, Shell Oil Subsurface Environments Course, (1981)

, Shell Oil Geological Engineering, (1980)