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What's New

  • New CBTH Newsletter - May 2020 edition (PDF)

  • Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19, we will be hosting our 2020 CBTH Sponsor Meeting virtually on September 25. Stay tuned for more details.

  • Congrats to the UH IBA Team, which placed 2nd in the Gulf Coast Section of AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Competition. CBTH students on this year's team included team captain Maddie Bishop, Mei Liu, and Ben Miller. Click here for more information.

  • Congrats to CBTH MS student and SEG Wavelets president Matthew Storey for organizing the four-day exploration software bootcamp. Click here for more information.

  • CBTH welcomes back BHP as a project sponsor and looks forward to close collaborations in the Caribbean, GOM and other areas.

  • CBTH graduate students Mei Liu, Matthew Storey, and Jack Kenning presented posters at the AAPG Hedberg conference in Mexico City (Feb 4-6, 2020). The conference was titled, "Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section." To view the complete program for the meeting, click here. For more information on the conference, click here.

  • Congrats to Sean Romito for his second place poster award at the HGS-EAGE Latin America exploration conference. His poster was a geophysical study of Caribbean basement terranes. Click here for more information.

  • Congrats to Mei Liu for her second place award in the student poster competition at the Geogulf conference in Houston. Her poster was a regional gravity modeling study of the Gulf of Mexico. Click here for more information.

  • Congrats to Jack Kenning for best oral student talk at the 2019 Geogulf conference in Houston in November 2019. His poster was a basin modeling study of source rock maturity for the Yucatan margin in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico. Click here for more information.

  • Congrats to Sean Romito for his second place award in the early PhD/second year MS category at the student poster competition at the UH-EAS Robert Sheriff lecture. His poster was a geophysical study of Caribbean basement terranes. Click here for more information.

  • Congrats to Marcus Zinecker who will start an exploration position with BP in 2020 and to Jack Kenning, who will start an exploration position with ConocoPhillips in 2020.

  • Congrats to CBTH students Jacob Miller and Sean Romito for their 2020 summer internships. Jacob Miller will intern at BP and Sean Romito will intern at ConocoPhillips.

  • Congrats to Paul Mann for receiving the Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award from AAPG. Click here for more information.

  • CBTH students and researchers presented at the 2019 GeoGulf / GCAGS Fall Meeting on Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25. For more information, including a list of CBTH presenters, click here.

  • The CBTH Annual Sponsors Meeting was held on Friday, September 27, 2019 at on the University of Houston main campus in Michael J. Cemo Hall, Room 109. For more information, including the meeting schedule, click here. If you are interested in joining the CBTH project as a sponsor, please contact us.

  • Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Marcus Zinecker, who received the Rising Star Award for 2018-2019 from the Houston Geological Society. For more information, click here to visit the HGS Bulletin website.

  • Congratulations to CBTH-supported, UH PhD student, Jack Kenning, who won first place in the AAPG student poster competition at the 2019 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Competition on May 18! His poster was on the subsurface structure and stratigraphy of the Mexican Ridges in the western Gulf of Mexico. Click here to read more on the EAS website, and click here for more information on the AAPG website.

  • Congratulations to the UH IBA Team, who won first place in the Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Competition on May 18! They previously won first place in the Gulf Coast Section competition on March 17. Click here for more information on the EAS website, and click here to read a writeup in AAPG Explorer.

  • On Friday, April 26, the University of Houston hosted its annual “Student Research Day and Alumni-Industry Open House." A schedule of events and presentations, including CBTH presentations, is availble by clicking here.

  • The CBTH Project hosted a mid-year meeting for sponsors and prospective sponsors on March 22, 2019. Sponsoring companies can access the presentations from this meeting by clicking here.

  • Congrats to the three CBTH-supported students who placed first, second, and third at the Annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies that was held in Shreveport, Louisiana, in October, 2018. Omar Zavala (undergrad) was in first place with a poster comparing the cooling histories of the conjugate margins of the South Atlantic Ocean; Jack Kenning (PhD student) placed second for his poster on Eocene-Oligocene mass transport deposits in the Mexican Ridges province, western Gulf of Mexico; and Nawaz Bugti for his poster on structural restoration of the Corsair normal fault zone in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

  • The CBTH Project was featured in the latest issue of GEO ExPro in an article on the conjugate margins of the Gulf of Mexico. The work highlight was the CBTH-supported master's research of Andrew Steier, who is an now an explorationist with the GOM group at Total in Houston. Other CBTH work that this study was based on includes Luan Nguyen (Nguyen and Mann, 2015) and the 2018 PhD study by Pin Lin (now at Chinese National Offshore Oil Company in China). Current students working on various aspects of GOM conjugate margins include Jack Kenning (PhD), Nawaz Bugti (PhD), Mei Liu (PhD) and Marcus Zinecker (PhD). Click here to read the article in the latest issue.



Past News Releases


Current Events in the CBTH Study Area


The UH Imperial Barrel Award Team from left to right: Michael Fonseca (M.S. student, geology); Brook Runyon (B.S. student, geology), Maddie Bishop (team captain, M.S. student, geology), Mei Liu (Ph.D. student, geology), and Benjamin Miller (M.S. student, geophysics). CBTH PhD candidate Jack Kenning presents his research on the Yucatan at Hess on March 6, 2020. CBTH PhD candidate Marcus Zinecker presents his research on the SE GOM at Hess on March 6, 2020. CBTH PhD candidate Matthew Storey presents his research on the SE GOM at Hess on March 6, 2020. CBTH PhD candidate Sean Romito presents his research on Brazil on March 6, 2020. CBTH group of Paul Mann, Nahid Hasan, Lei Sun, and Maddie Bishop visited CNOOC offices in Houston in February 2020. CBTH-supported MS student Maddie Bishop presents her work on the Sandino forearc basin in Nicaragua at the Houston CNOOC office in February 2020. CBTH students Mei Liu, Matthew Storey and Jack Kenning present at the AAPG Hedberg conference on GOM pre-salt (Mexico City, Feb, 2020) CBTH student Mei Liu presents at the AAPG Hedberg conference on GOM pre-salt (Mexico City, Feb, 2020) CBTH student Matthew Storey presents at the AAPG Hedberg conference on GOM pre-salt (Mexico City, Feb, 2020) CBTH student Jack Kenning present at the AAPG Hedberg conference on GOM pre-salt (Mexico City, Feb, 2020) CBTH undergrad Bryan Moore presents to STEM group from Pflugerville high school, Feb 2020 CBTH MS student Ben Miller presents to STEM group from Pflugerville high school, Feb 2020 CBTH undergrad Weston Charles presents to STEM group from Pflugerville high school, Feb 2020 CBTH MS student Maddie Bishop presents to STEM group from Pflugerville high school, Feb 2020 Bryan Moore presents at the 2020 HGS Latin America Meeting. Lei Sun presents at the 2020 HGS Latin America Meeting. Sean Romito presents at the 2020 HGS Latin America Meeting. Weston Charles presents at the 2020 HGS Latin America Meeting. " alt="Jacob Miller presnting at AGU 2019 on tectonics of the Lesser Antilles."> Lei Sun presenting on Hispaniola at AGU 2019 Mei Liu presenting on GOM at AGU 2019 Weston Charles and Mei Liu with Tony Watts at AGU 2019 Bryan Moore presenting on oceanic core complexes at AGU 2019 CBTH students and researchers at dinner at AGU 2019 Jacob Miller presenting on subduction history during a field trip at AGU 2019 CBTH students and researchers at Muir Woods National Monument CBTH students at the Point Reyes lighthouse outcrops Lila Bishop presenting her poster on the Sandino forearc basin at the 2019 HGS Latin America meeting. Christian Montes presenting his poster on the Santa Marta FZ of Colombia at the 2019 HGS Latin America meeting. Marcus, Katie, and Milo Zinecker attend a baby shower held by the CBTH Project in November 2019. Ben Miller presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on backarc extension in the NE Caribbean. Matthew Storey presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on Mesozoic rifts of the NE GOM. Nawaz Bugti presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on the salt canopy of the central GOM. Jacob Miller presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on backarc extension in the SE Caribbean. Hualing Zhang presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on tectonics and gravity of the Permian basin. Christian Montes presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on offset of the Santa Marta-Bucaramanga fault in Colombia. Marcus Zinecker presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on plate reconstructions of the NW margin of Africa. Mei Liu presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on gravity modeling in the GOM. Lila Bishop presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on the Sandino forearc basin of Nicaragua. Sean Romito presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on Caribbean basement terranes. Weston Charles presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on flexural deformation of the Caribbean plate. Trevor Russell presenting at the Sheriff lecture student posters on asymmetrical spreading in oceanic basins. Omar Zavala wins the 1st Place Best Student Poster Award at GCAGS 2018 Sean Romito to right presenting at the Geogulf student posters on Caribbean basement terranes.  Mei Liu presenting in background her poster on GOM gravity modeling. Hualing Zhang presenting her tectonics and gravity poster on the Permian basin at the Geogulf meeting in fall 2019. Jack Kenning presenting his talk on the Mexican GOM at the Geogulf meeting in Fall, 2019. CBTH PhD candidate Jack Kenning presents at GCAGS 2019 Dr. Paul Mann holds Mei Liu's Second Place Poster Competition Award at GCAGS 2019. CBTH student Jacob Miller presenting at his MS thesis defense on October 28, 2019 CBTH students, sponsors, and colleagues at the 2019 CBTH Annual Sponsor Meeting CBTH researchers meet with Geopost to discuss the new CBTH data portal on October 15, 2019 Birthday celebration for Sharon Cornelius on July 19, 2019. The UH IBA Team wins first place in the Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Competition on May 18. CBTH-supported PhD student Jack Kenning presenting his poster at the 2019 AAPG-ACE meeting in San Antonio, Texas, for which he won first place in the AAPG Student Poster Competition. Students, researchers, and sponsors at the CBTH AAPG 2019 luncheon PhD candidate Sean Romito presents at the Geological Society of London 2019 meeting PhD candidate Jack Kenning presents at the Geological Society of London 2019 meeting

CBTH Proposal and Product Information

Please feel free to browse a copy of our new proposal (.pdf), our project flyer(.pdf), and our Contributions List 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.

CBTH Study Area (revised September 2018)

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The CBTH study area. Numbers correspond to Phase V, Year 2 student study areas: 1) Nawaz Bugti, PhD, UH 2) Lei Sun, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UH 3) Sharon Cornelius, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UH 4) Steven Leslie, PhD, UH 5) Jack Kenning, PhD, UH 6) Lucia Torrado, PhD, UH 7) Marie Kouassi, PhD, UH 8) Hualing Zhang, PhD, UH 9) Sean Romito, PhD, UH 10) Marcus Zinecker, PhD, UH 11) Mei Liu, PhD, UH 12) Geraldine Tijerina, BS, UH 13) Omar Zavala, BS, UH 14) Malik Muhammad Alam, MS, UH 15) Amanda Pascali, BS, UH 16) Trevor Russell, PhD, UH 17) Fernando Mazuera, PhD, UiS 18) Guro Skarstein, MS, UiS 19) Andres Cedeño, PhD, UiS


Caribbean Basins, Tectonics, &
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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 a vast region affected by the Mesozoic breakup of Pangea (shown in upper inset of map of the study area below). This project, which has been operating since September 1, 2005, includes: 1) known hydrocarbon basins of onshore and the lesser known offshore basins of the Caribbean and northern South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad, Suriname, Guyana, Northern Brazil); 2) the US and Mexico sectors of the Gulf of Mexico; 3) and the rifted-passive margins of the Central in eastern North America and western Europe, and the South Atlantic in South America and west Africa. Our main objectives are to compile all the available digital seismic and published data in a GIS database to provide 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. Our largest concentration of data and current studies are in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico but we have several recently completed and ongoing projects in Brazil and west Africa.


Articles on CBTH Research

CBTH PhD candidate Jack Kenning, who recently won 1st place in the Student Poster Competition at the AAPG 2019 Annual Convention and Exhibition, is the subject of an article in the October 2019 issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read the article.

The UH IBA Team won first place in the Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Competition on May 18. They previously won first place in the Gulf Coast Section competition on March 17. Click here to read a writeup on their achievement in AAPG Explorer.

The CBTH Project was featured in the December 2018 of GEO ExPro in an article on the conjugate margins of the Gulf of Mexico. The work highlight was the CBTH-supported master's research of Andrew Steier, who is an now an explorationist with the GOM group at Total in Houston. Other CBTH work that this study was based on includes Luan Nguyen (Nguyen and Mann, 2015) and the 2018 PhD study by Pin Lin (now at Chinese National Offshore Oil Company in China). Click here to read.

CBTH PhD student Lucia Torrado was the subject of an article in the June 2017, issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read.

Paul Mann and CBTH MS students Eric Lunn and Andrew Steier were the subject of an article in the June 2017, issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read.

The CBTH Project was the subject of an article in the October 2012 issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read.


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