Areas of Expertise

Mudrock systems sedimentology, stratigraphy, and rock attributes; Paleozoic depositional systems and basin analysis; carbonate reservoir characterization; conodont biostratigraphy and 87Sr/86Sr chemostratigraphy, carbonate sedimentology and geochemistry


Member, MIT Task Force, Bureau of Economic Geology (2005)

Member, Job Grade and Promotions Committee, Bureau of Economic Geology (2005)

Chairman, Publications Board, Bureau of Economic Geology (2004)

Co-Editor, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (2002)

Chairman, Committee on Conferences, Bureau of Economic Geology (2002 - 2003)

Delegate, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1998 - 2001)

Member, Permian Basin Section-SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) (1997)

Chairman, Publications Committee, Austin Geological Society (1992)

Member, West Texas Geological Society (1990)

Member, Pander Society (1985)

Member, Austin Geological Society (1985)

Member, International Association of Sedimentologists (1982)

Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Member, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geologists)

Graduate Students

Stephanie Wood, M.S., expected 2013

Tingwei (Lucy) Ko, Ph.D., expected 2016
Source Rock Characterization Geochemistry (Organic, Biomarker, Gas Isotope) Mudrock Characterization Petrography, SEM

Michael Fairbanks, 2012


Surprising lessons from multidisciplinary characterization of a Permian carbonate platform reservoir, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology Colloquium, Austin, Texas (2005)

Key issues and questions in Paleozoic carbonate reservoir plays of the Permian Basin, presented at Permian Basin Section SEPM lunch, Midland, Texas (2005)

Geophysical imaging of facies and porosity in areas of poor well control: Fullerton Clear Fork field, presented to ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas (2004)

Reservoir facies, sequence stratigraphy, and reservoir architecture: Fullerton Clear Fork field, presented to ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas (2004)

Integrated synthesis of Permian Basin depositional history and stratigraphic architecture: data and models for recovering existing and undiscovered oil resources, presented at center for Energy and Economic Diversification, Midland, Texas (2004)

Geology 383, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2003)

Sequence and cycle scale stratigraphy of the Leonardian lessons from outcrops and the subsurface, presented at PBS-SEPM Luncheon , Midland, Texas (2001)

Leonardian cycle stratigraphy: definition and application, presented at joint West Texas Geological Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Permian Basin Section-SEPM Workshop: Improving Oil and Gas Recoveries in the Clear Fork, Glorieta, and Wichita Formations, Midland, Texas (2001)

Conodont-based strontium isotope chemostratigraphy of the Paleozoic: pushing the relative age-dating envelope, presented at Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Tennessee , Knoxville, Tennessee (2000)

Integrating outcrop and subsurface data for development of sequence stratigraphic models in carbonate successions, presented at Department of Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee , Knoxville, Tennessee (2000)

Using integrated technologies for successful targeting of remaining oil resources on University Lands: successes and opportunities, PBS-SEPM Short Course: The Impact of Integrated Sedimentology and Stratigraphy on Reservoir Characterization and Field Management Strategies , Midland, Texas (2000)

Characterization of proximal and distal Thirtyone chert reservoirs: Three Bar and University Waddell fields, West Texas Geological Society and Society of Petroleum Engineers Workshop, Midland, Texas (2000)

Borehole imaging logs for improved characterization of carbonate reservoirs, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Workshop: Technology Updates for the Permian Basin, Midland, Texas (2000)

Use of borehole imaging logs for high resolution characterization of facies, cyclicity, and reservoir architecture: Block 9 and Fuhrman-Macho fields, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Workshop: Reservoir Characterization Technologies for the Next Millennium: Virtual Reality, Multicomponent Seismic, Fracture Modeling, and Borehole Imaging, Midland, Texas (2000)

Application of borehole image logs to carbonate reservoir characterization, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology Colloquium, (1999)

Modern approaches to reservoir characterization of Permian platform carbonates in the Permian Basin, short course presented (with Mark Holtz) to the Permian Basin Graduate Center, (1998)

Current directions in carbonate reservoir characterization: presented at Midland College, Midland, TX, (1998)

Unconformity-related porosity development in the San Andres Formation: Fuhrman-Mascho San Andres-Grayburg field: University Lands Advanced Recovery Initiative, Workshop No. 2, Application of Modern Concepts of Reservoir Characterization to Defining Remain, Midland, TX, (1998)

Modern approaches to the characterization of carbonate reservoirs, short course presented to Ecopetrol, Colombia, (1997)

Destruction of depositional controls on reservoir heterogeneity in a shallow water carbonate reservoir, Grayburg Formation, South Cowden field: presented at Bureau of Economic Geology Colloquium, (1996)

Styles of reservoir development in Devonian and Silurian reservoirs, West Texas, presented during the introduction to the University Lands Advanced Recovery Initiative, Midland, Texas, (1996)

Depositional and diagenetic controls on reservoir heterogeneity in the Clear Fork Group, Central Basin Platform, presented during the introduction of the University Lands Advanced Recovery Initiative, Midland, Texas, (1996)

Cycle stratigraphy of Clear Fork reservoir succession at South Wasson field, presented at the Carbonate RCRL annual meeting, Austin, (1996)

Destruction of depositional controls on reservoir heterogeneity in a shallow water carbonate reservoir: Grayburg Formation, South Cowden field, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology Colloquium, (1996)

Recent Improvements in the Record of Seawater 87Sr/86Sr for the Paleozoic, Implications for Dating of Depositional and Diagenetic Events, at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, (1995)

High Resolution 87Sr/86Sr Chemostratigraphy Using Conodonts: Implications for Dating of Depositional and Diagenetic Events in the Paleozoic, at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, (1995)

Geological and petrophysical approaches to characterization of restricted platform carbonate reservoirs: examples from the Leonardian of the Permian Basin, short course presented (with Mark Holtz) to the Permian Basin Graduate Center, (1995)

Depositional and diagenetic controls on reservoir development in Upper Ordovician-Lower Devonian rocks in the Permian Basin, short course presented to the Permian Basin Graduate Center, (1994)

Implications of geological characterization of the Monahans Clear Fork Reservoir to improved recovery in Leonardian carbonate reservoirs, Central Basin Platform, presented at Bureau of Economic Geology Colloquium, (1994)

Depositional and diagenetic character of Hunton equivalent rocks in the Permian Basin of West Texas, presented at Oklahoma Geological Survey Hunton Group Core Workshop, Norman Oklahoma, (1993)

Geological characterization of a complex restricted platform carbonate reservoir, Monahans Field, West Texas, presented at "New Oil and Gas Recovery Technologies Targeted for East Texas Hydrocarbon Reservoirs," a technology transfer seminar sponsored by the West Texas Geological Society and the Bureau of Economic Geology, Midland, Texas, (1993)

Effects of sea-level fall on porosity and permeability development in shallow-water platform carbonates, West Texas, presented at West Texas Geological Society Luncheon, Midland, Texas, (1993)

Controls on reservoir development in Silurian and Devonian carbonates in West Texas with an example from the Three Bar field, presented to the University Lands Seminar, Midland, Texas, (1992)

High-frequency sequence and cycle stratigraphy for description of Clear Fork, San Andres, and Grayburg carbonate reservoirs, short course presented (with Charles Kerans) to the Permian Basin Graduate Center, (1992)

Characterization of Silurian and Devonian reservoirs on University Lands with an example from Three Bar Field, short course presented in the continuing education seminar "Strategies for Advanced Oil Recovery in the Permian Basin: Targeting the Remaining Resources", (1992)

Patterns of facies and reservoir development in Silurian and Devonian rocks in the Permian Basin, short course presented to the Permian Basin Graduate Center, (1991)

Geological Analysis of the Monahans Clear Fork Reservoir: Directions and Goals, presented to the Center for Parallel Computation, Rice University, Houston, Texas, (1990)

The Silurian and Devonian of West Texas: Facies, Depositional Setting, and Reservoir Development, presented to the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, (1990)

Stratigraphic Framework and Facies Geometry: Monahans Clear Fork Reservoir, West Texas, presented to the Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin, Texas, (1990)

The Silurian and Devonian of the Permian Basin: Regional Patterns of Deposition and Diagenesis, presented to the Roswell Geological Society, Roswell, New Mexico, (1990)

Patterns of Depositional and Diagenetic Facies Development in the Silurian and Devonian of West Texas, presented to Phillips Petroleum Company, Midland, Texas, (1990)

Siluro-Devonian Carbonates in West Texas: Regional Patterns of Facies and Diagenesis, presented to West Texas Geological Society luncheon, Midland, Texas, (1990)