My research interests include:

1. Utilization of large, basin-wide 3D seismic data sets, and accompanying 2D seismic, well-log, core and other pertinent geological and engineering data sets to understand how continental margins evolve and how sediments and structure interact to fill continental margin basins,

2. Gravity induced deposits in general with emphasis in the study of mass transport processes and their anthropogenic affects.

3. The use of new approaches in the application of quantitative seismic geomorphology for reservoir characterization and resource assessment and extraction.

4. Planetary surface processes on Mars

Research Locations



Exemplary Publication of Scientific Impact - Bureau of Economic Geology (2010)

Ed Picou Full Fellowship Grant - Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (2007)

AAPG Grant in Aid - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation (2006)

Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2005)

Thomas R. Banks Memorial Scholarship - San Antonio Area Foundation (2004)

Outstanding Student Paper Award - Hydrology Section AGU (2004)

L. Austin Weeks Grant - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation (2004)

Exxon-Mobil Student Grant Participation Award - AAPG/SEPM Annual Convention (2001)

Session Co-Chair, Gulf of Mexico Geology East to West, GCAGS/GCSSEPM 62nd Annual Convention and Exhibition / Austin, Texas (2012)

Session Co-Chair, Mass Wasting Events and Related Sediments, 18th International Sedimentological Congress / Mendoza, Argentina (2010)

Session Chair, Mass Movements and Their Consequences for Deepwater Exploration and Production, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2010)

Convener, 4th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences / Austin, Texas, International Geosciences Programme 511 / UNESCO (2009)

Session Co-Chair, Recent Advances in Deepwater and Shelf Siliciclastic Facies Models: Implications for Reservoir Characterization, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2006)

Graduate Students

Migdalys B Salazar, Ph.D., expected 2014
My research involves the investigation of processes of sediment transport from the shelf region to the slope and deeper positions of the basin, as well as the relationships between basin fill architectures and ocean processes, sea level fluctuations, and tectonics through seismic geomorphological and clinoform architecture analyses. .

Maria I Prieto, Ph.D., expected 2014
My research work involves understanding the interaction between gravity-driven and current-controlled sedimentary processes in the lower continental slope to abyssal plain transition in the central Gulf of Mexico (GOM); and how the local structural controls (salt) affecting the bathymetry of the basin can influence these processes. I use near seafloor high resolution geophysical data as my primary dataset. The outcome of my research will be also useful as an analog model for interpreters working with older stratigraphic units within the GOM where seismic resolution is low.

Sarika Rammarine, M.S., 2011
"Late Cretaceous turbidites, Heidrun Field, Norwegian continental shelf"

Anmar Davila-Chacon, M.S., 2010
"Sand distribution along shelf-edge deltaic systems: A case study from eastern offshore Trinidad"

Migdalys Salazar, M.S., 2008
"Seismic and stratigraphic interpretation of the Morichito sub-basin, Eastern Venezuelan Basin"


Mass-Transport Deposits and the Advantages of a Real Three Dimensional Perspective (invited), Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (2011)

Mass-transport deposits and the advantages of a real three-dimensional perspective, AGU Invited Talk, San Francisco (2010)

The economics of diversity, competing for and leveraging employee diversity in a global petroleum industry (invited panelist), American Association of Petroleum Geologists, New Orleans, Louisiana (2010)

Processes of Late Tertiary-Age Mass Transport and Associated Deposits along the Eastern Mexico Margin, Southern Gulf of Mexico (invited), West Texas Geological Society, Midland, Texas (2010)

Cultural differences: people who have been successful at leveraging cultural differences (invited panelist), Women s Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology, Houston, Texas (2009)

Processes of late Tertiary-age mass transport and associated deposits along the eastern Mexico margin, southern Gulf of Mexico, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, San Antonio, Texas (2008)

Mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad and their significance as potential tsunamigenic hazards, Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: Third International Symposium, Santorini, Greece (2007)

Mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad and world wide analogs (invited), Houston Geological Society International Dinner, Houston, Texas (2006)

Morphometry of mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad, Geological Society of London, London, England (2006)

High-impact cycle-stratigraphy (HIC): a method applied in a Miocene-Pleistocene subsurface section, Northern Monagas, Eastern Venezuela Basin, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Barcelona, Spain (2003)