- New CBTH Newsletter - August 2017 edition (PDF)
- The UiS program in Norway - led by Drs. Alejandro Escalona and Nestor Cardozo - was ranked number one in teaching quality at the University of Stavanger and was voted the best graduate program in Norway in a “student barometer survey”. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to Claudio Bartolini and Paul Mann for winning the Robert H. Dott, Sr., Memorial Award for their jointly-edited publication, "Petroleum Geology and Potential of the Colombian Caribbean Margin" (Memoir 108) that was published in 2015. Their award will be presented at the AAPG ACE Conference opening ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The volume contained the papers of several, now-graduated CBTH students including Rocio Bernal, Luis Carlos Carvajal, Javier Sanchez, and Joan Blanco.
- The CBTH project hosted its annual sponsors meeting on Friday, October 6. For more information, including the schedule, photos, and more, click here.
- CBTH students and researchers will present at the upcoming 2017 GCAGS Meeting in San Antonio. Click here to view a list of presentations.
- Congrats to Lisa Watson for completing her PhD dissertation at the University of Utrecht, titled, "Spatial-based assessment at continental to global scale: Case studies in petroleum exploration and ecosystem services." Lisa started working with the CBTH project in 2005 as an sophomore geology major at the University of Texas. Following her graduation she moved to Norway in 2009 where she continued working with the CBTH project at the Univ of Stavanger. Lisa previously completed her MS at the University of Utrecht in 2011. She is now an associate professor in GIS studies at the University of Stavanger and continues to work with the CBTH project and attend the yearend meetings at the University of Houston.
- CBTH students and researchers have submitted abstracts for the upcoming 2017 Fall AGU Meeting in New Orleans. Click here to view a list of submitted presentations.
- Congrats to Patrick Loureiro who has completed his PhD with CBTH on the rifted margin of southeastern Brazil and submitted the final version of his dissertation to UH. On July 17, Patrick started his full-time job with Hess in Houston working with the Hess Eastern Canada offshore exploration group.
- Congrats to both Kyle Reuber and Luis Carlos Carvajal who both completed their PhDs for the May, 2017, graduation deadline and participated in the University of Houston commencement ceremony on May 13 at Houston’s NGR stadium. Kyle will continue to work full-time for Ion on multiclient studies along Atlantic margins. Luis Carlos is working a post-PhD, basin modeling study with CBTH on the Colombian and Venezuelan basins and present is results at the yearend meeting on September 29.
- Two articles involving the CBTH Project will be featured in the June 2017 Issue of AAPG Explorer. The first, available here, concerns CBTH PhD Student Lucia Torrado's recent 1st place win at the AAPG Student Poster Competition, while the second, available here, concerns the UH IBA Team's recent win in the international competition at the AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibiton.
- Paul Mann, Shenelle Gomez, Kyle Reuber, and Tricia Alvarez all attended and presented at the 6th Geological Conference of the GSTT in Trinidad on May 22-24. 2017. Mann and former CBTH PhD student, Tricia Alvarez - now an assistant professor in petroleum geosciences at the University of Trinidad and Tobago - provided a one-day, shortcourse to 26 meeting participants on the topic: Recent Developments in Understanding the Regional Tectonics and Petroleum Geology of the Trinidad Area. Click here for more information.
- Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Lucia Torrado, who placed 1st in the student poster competition at this year's AAPG annual convention.
- Congratulations to the 2017 UH Imperial Barrel team who won 1st place in international competition at the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston on April 2nd.
- CBTH students and researchers will be presenting at the 2017 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston on April 2-5. Click here for a full list of UH EAS presentations and posters. The CBTH Project will also host its annual sponsor luncheon on April 3rd at The Grove at 12 noon. E-mail us if you would like to attend on behalf of your company.
- Congratulations to the 2017 UH Imperial Barrel team who won 1st place in the Gulf Coast competition with nine other universities. The team will compete in the international competition at the AAPG ACE meeting on Saturday, April 1 in Houston. Two the five team members are CBTH-supported grad students: Eric Lunn (captain) and Andrew Steier. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to CBTH-supported undergrad Emily Stibbe for receiving an honorable mention student poster award at Rice IRESS meeting held on February 23-24, 2017. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to CBTH-supported undergrad Sabrina Martinez for receiving a summer fellowship at the NASA Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston for the summer of 2017. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to Shenelle Gomez for receiving a summer internship with Shell. Shenelle also presented at the Houston Geological Society International Dinner at the Westchase Hilton on Monday, February 20, 2017, on the topic of “Tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Barbados accretionary prism and its controls on hydrocarbon prospectivity in offshore Barbados.”
- Congrats to Joan Blanco (PhD student, CBTH project) and Alexandre Silva (PhD student, EAS) for placing third place in the SEG Challenge Bowl World Finals at the SEG meeting in Dallas in October. The first place team was from Brigham Young University and the second place team was from the University of Calgary. Click here to read more.
- CBTH students and researchers will be presenting on Monday, November 7 at the 18th Annual Sheriff Lecture presented by HGS and the UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. To view the event invite, click here. For a full list of EAS presentations, click here.
- Congratulations to CBTH PhD students Patrick Loureiro and Shenelle Gomez for passing their dissertation proposal meetings on October 26!
- The CBTH Annual Sponsors Meeting was held on September 30, 2016 at the University of Houston in Cemo Hall, Room 109. Click here more details.
- Congratulations to CBTH students Andrew Steier, Rasheed Ajala, and Kyle Reuber, who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively, at the 15th Conference on Africa E&P hosted by HGS/PESGB.
- Congratulations to Patrick Loureiro who accepted a full-time offer with Hess Corporation in Houston starting in the middle of 2017, following the completion of his UH PhD study on the Brazil-West Africa conjugate margins. Patrick was a summer intern for Hess in the summer of 2016 working on NW Africa and completed his MS with the CBTH project in 2014 on the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands area.
- Congratulations to Marie de los Santos, CBTH-supported UH undergrad geology major, who completed her master’s degree on isotope studies in August, 2016, at the University of Arizona and is now working as a technician at the University of Arizona Isotope lab.
- Congratulations to Lourdes Rodriguez who competed her MS degree on the Espino rift of Venezuela and is starting a full time job as a geophysicist with Sanchez Energy in Houston where she has been working parttime for the past year.
- Congratulations to Matt Copley who graduated with his BS from UH and is starting the MS program with the industry-funded reservoir characterization group at Colorado School of Mines. As a CBTH-supported undergrad at UH, Matt completed a study of the Somali basin of East Africa that he presented at the 2016 AAPG Annual meeting in Calgary.
- Congratulations to Javier Sanchez! Javier joined the Department of Geology at EAFIT University in
Medellin, Colombia, in July 2016, where he is an assistant, tenure-track professor teaching structural geology, tectonics, basin analysis and petroleum geology.
Javier was a post-doctoral researcher with the CBTH project from September 2015, to June 2016, where he completed several articles on basin modeling and
geomorphology in northern Colombia. We thank Javier for his five years of productive and dedicated service to the CBTH project both as a PhD student
and a postdoctoral researcher and wish him luck in his new professor position. We hope to continue collaborations with Javier and his colleagues and
geoscience students at EAFIT University.
- Congratulations to the CBTH student awardees Shenelle Gomez and Luis Carlos Carvajal, who received second and third place, respectively, in the 2016 AAPG-ACE student poster competition in Calgary, Canada. Four CBTH students were selected from a pool of 90 first-authored, accepted abstracts to the Calgary meeting for the competition judged by a panel of 5-6 judges. CBTH students Naila Dowla and Lucia Torrado also participated in the student competition of 15 posters. Click here for more information on CBTH at AAPG 2016.
- CBTH Geomapper is now back online! The application is accessible through the Sponsor Login page for participating sponsors.
CBTH Proposal and Product Information
Please feel free to browse a sample of our
a copy of our
new proposal (.pdf),
our project flyer(.pdf), and
of CBTH publications, theses, and presentations.
The CBTH proposed study area is shown below. This area includes the
oil-rich areas of the Mexican and US sectors of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and northern South America, as well
as the equatorial, conjugate margins of Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil along with countries in western
and eastern Africa.
click map to enlarge
The CBTH study area. Numbers correspond to Phase IV, Year 3 student study areas:
1) M. Kouassi, BS UH, Detrital zircon compilation
2) M. Almatrood, BS UH, GOM well subsidence phases
3) M. Bugti, PhD UH, NW GOM structure, stratigraphy
4) D. Lankford-Bravo, BS UH, Mexican Ridges-Perdido structure
5) R. Ajala, BS UH, Gravity modeling Niger, Mississippi deltas
6) P. Lin, PhD UH, SE GOM basement, structure, stratigraphy
7) A. Gomez, PhD UH, Mexican Ridges-Perdido structure, stratigraphy
8) A. Steier, MS UH, Norphlet reservoirs, N. Yucatan, GOM
9) E. Stibbe, BS UH, Eastern USA-NW Africa conjugate reconstructions
10) A. Escalona, Co-P.I., UiS, Jamaica seeps
11) L.C. Carvajal, PhD, UH, Basin modeling, Colombian basin
12) L. Torrado, PhD, UH, Amazon cone structure, stratigraphy
13) S. Leslie, PhD, UH, Structure, basin modeling, South Caribbean deformed belt
14) A. Escalona, Co-P.I., UiS, Andes flexure modelling
15) J. Blanco, PhD, UH, Structure NW offshore Venezuela
16) S. Martinez, BS, UH, Tectonic geomorphology, Puerto Rico
17) S. Gomez, PhD, UH, Barbados prism structure, stratigraphy
18) O. Zavala, BS, UH, Demerara-NW Africa conjugate reconstructions
19) P. Carr, BS, UH, Compilation of OAE events in well data, NE South America
20) E. Lunn, PhD, UH, Ceara-Barreirinhas basins structure, stratigraphy
21) L. Zhang, BS, UH, Fission track constraints on SE Brazil margin
22) P. Loureiro, PhD UH, Santos-Campos gravity, structure, stratigraphy
23) K. Reuber, PhD, UH, South Atlantic volcanic conjugate margins
24) B. Serrano-Suarez, PhD, NW Africa gravity, structure, stratigraphy
25) J. Kenning, PhD, Namibia stratigraphy, basin modeling
26) M. Copley, BS, Mozambique basin gravity, structure
Goals of the CBTH Project
The CBTH Project seeks to create a GIS-based digital and atlas synthesis of available
seismic and well data to define the regional hydrocarbon potential of
the unexplored Caribbean region. This project, which started on September 1, 2005, covers known hydrocarbon
basins of onshore and the less known offshore basins of the Caribbean
and northern South
America (Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad, Suriname, Guyana, Northern
Brazil). Our main objectives are to
compile all the available digital seismic and published data in a
regional basis - particularly offshore Venezuela, Colombia and Trinidad
- to create an integrated geologic synthesis of tectonosequences,
depositional systems, major structures, petroleum geology,
paleogeographic maps, and quantitative plate reconstructions for a
better understanding of the hydrocarbon systems in the region. To our
knowledge, a project involving this amount of data and of this scope has
never previously been attempted for northern South America. Specific
objectives include the following: 1) Identify source and location of
main sedimentary depocenters; 2) Continuity of tectonosequences and
terranes; and 3) Produce the first offshore geologic synthesis of the
AAPG Explorer Article on CBTH Research
The CBTH Project was the subject of an article in the October 2012 issue of AAPG Explorer.
Click here to read.
CBTH Calendar of Events
Current Events in the CBTH Study Area