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What's New

  • New CBTH Newsletter - December 2022 edition (PDF)

  • Congratulations to CBTH PhD candidate Daniella Easley, who won the 1st place award in the Advanced PhD category at the 2022 HGS-EAS Robert E. Sheriff Lecture. Click here to read more.

  • CBTH graduate Carolina Mejia (MS, 2015) was recently interviewed on Relatecast about her work as an international geologist. Click here to view the full video.



  • The Elsevier volume titled "Deepwater Sedimentary Systems," which features chapters by Dr. Paul Mann and CBTH PhD student Md Nahidul Hasan, was recently reviewed by Charles Sternbach in the December issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read the review.

  • Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Md Nahidul Hasan, who won the Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the HGS-PESGB Africa Conference in September. Click here to read more.

  • CBTH graduate Rocio Bernal Olaya (PhD, 2014) was the subject of a recent article on Subsuelo3D's website. Click here to read more.

  • The CBTH Annual Sponsor Meeting was held on October 7, 2022. This event will be hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams. Thanks to all who attended and made this year's meeting a success! Click here for more details, including the full meeting schedule.

  • CBTH students and researchers recently presented at IMAGE 2022 on August 28- September 2. Visit our Contributions List for a full list of presentations at this year's event. Project sponsors can access these presentations by clicking here.

  • At the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) Conference, Paul Mann and Tricia Alvarez, PhD, now at Heritage Petroleum Ltd, Trinidad and Tobago) presented a synthesis of information from their recent publications in AAPG Memoir 123. This one-day virtual short course was held on July 7. For registration details, click here.

  • Students and researchers at the University of Houston Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences presented at the 35th Annual Student Research Conference and Alumni & Industry Open House on Friday, April 29. This free event was hosted virtually on Zoom. To view the conference program, click here. For registration information, click here.

  • Congrats to Alejandro Escalona and his University of Stavanger team for placing third in the AAPG Europe Region Imperial Barrel Award 2022. After 8 weeks for intensive work and a 2 days of competition between 9 European teams from France, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Poland and Romania the three top teams have been selected by a panel of 6 judges from the energy industry. Congrats to La Salle, University of Naples, and University of Stavanger and the 45 students who participated to this event for having successfully achieved such a unique and important milestone in their education path.

  • CBTH PhD student Md Nahidul Hasan presented at the Sedimentary Basin Analysis conference hosted by Pemex on Wednesday, March 9th. His presentation is titled "Thermal stress and expelled hydrocarbons from Mesozoic-Cenozoic source rocks, southern Gulf of Mexico."




  • 17 CBTH-affiliated publications were published in AAPG Memoir 123, which was released in December 2021. Click here for to view a full list of CBTH publications in this volume. A write-up of this volume is available in the September issue of Revista Maya de Geosciencas.

  • Congratulations to CBTH students Bryan Moore (1st Place Poster Presentation, MS and early PhD category), Daniella Easley (2nd Place Poster Presentation, Advanced PhD category), and Sean Romito (3rd Place Poster Presentation, Advanced PhD category), who received awards at the Houston Geological Society and University of Houston Robert E. Sheriff lecture series and student poster competition on November 1st.

  • The CBTH 2021 Annual Sponsor Meeting was held virtually on Friday, October 8, 2021. Thanks to all who attended!

  • CBTH researchers Bryan Moore, Kenneth Shipper, and Paul Mann presented at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Caribbean Technical Symposium and E&P Summit on Recent Activity and Exploration Opportunities in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. This event was hosted via Zoom on September 14-15, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • Dr. Paul Mann was recently interviewed by Jon Rotzien in the Basin Dynamics Bulletin. Click here to read part one of the interview, and click here to read part two.

  • Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Nahid Hasan, who presented his research on the Campeche Basin to BHP's Structure and Tectonics group in the U.S. and Australia. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Nahid Hasan presents his work on basin modeling in the Gulf of Mexico at the office of TotalEnergies in December 2022. Dr. Sharon Cornelius (CBTH post-doctoral researcher) presents her regional mapping of the Campos-Santos basin of Brazil at the office of TotalEnergies in December 2022. Daniella Easley presents her work on source rocks modeling of the Venezuela-Trinidad-Guyana-Suriname margin at the office of TotalEnergies in December 2022. Kenneth Shipper presents his work on mapping and basin modeling of the Guyana-Suriname margin at the office of TotalEnergies in December 2022. PhD student Daniella Easley wins 1st place in the Advanced PhD category at this year's HGS/EAS Sheriff Lecture Upal Shahriar presents at the 2022 Robert E. Sheriff Lecture student poster competition. Ruth Beltran presents at the 2022 Robert E. Sheriff Lecture student poster competition. Faith Walton presents at the 2022 Robert E. Sheriff Lecture student poster competition. CBTH luncheon for sponsors and friends at the IMAGE meeting, August 2022. David Lankford-Bravo former CBTH undergrad, PhD from UT El Paso, and now with BP addresses the group at the CBTH luncheon. Bryan Ott, CBTH undergrad and PhD student and now with the Hess Guyana team talks with David Lankford-Bravo and CBTH undergrad Faith Walton and PhD students Upal Shahriar, and Nahid Hasan. Consultant and EAS adjunct Jon Rotzien addresss the CBTH group and visitors.  Jon is the editor of a new 800-page volume from Elsevier on Deep Water Exploration which contains two papers from CBTH researchers. Bryan Moore, August 2022 MS grad from CBTH and now with Total New Ventures group, addresses the group. Kenneth Shipper, first year PhD student with CBTH, presents his poster on the Guyana margin. Three adjacent CBTH posters: to left poster by PhD student Nahid Hasan on basin modeling of the Moroccan margin; in the center poster by Daniella Easley on source rock modeling for the Trinidad-Guyana margin; and to right the poster by Chesney Petkovsek on heat flow in the Delaware basin of west Texas. PhD student Chesney Petkovsek presents her poster on heat flow in the Delaware basin of west Texas. PhD student Daniella Easley presents her poster on source rock modeling of the Trinidad-Guyana margin. J.D. McConnell presents his talk on the Camamu-Almada basin of Brazil CBTH PhD student Daniella Gutierrez Easley presents her poster on source rock modeling in Trinidad and Guyana at the 2022 IMAGE meeting. Poster session with CBTH students at the IMAGE meeting. Juan Pablo Ramos giving this talk on the Yucatan basin at the IMAGE meeting, August, 2022. Copies of AAPG Memoir 123 containing 17 papers by the CBTH group on the Barbados-Trinidad-Guyana area on sale at at the AAPG Bookstore at the IMAGE meeting, August, 2022. Cindy Yeilding (BP America, retired), Jon Rotzien (UH adjunct) and Richard Sears (Stanford) receiving an award for their leadership and editing of the volume Deepwater Sedimentary Systems at the IMAGE meeting, August 2022. Paul Mann and Nahid Hasan contributed two papers to this volume. Ben Kirkland (CNOOC) and Andy Pepper (Consultant and CBTH collaborator) receiving an award for their paper in the Deepwater Sedimentary System volume at the Image meeting, August, 2022. Group photo at IMAGE 2022 meeting of authors of most of the 21 chapters for the new Elsvevier volume: Deepwater Sedimentary Systems. CBTH participants included Nahid Hasan (standing far left) and Paul Mann (kneeling to right). Paul Mann receiving 'The Big Picture' award of his chapter on Deepwater Sedimentary Systems book. Recruiter James Trude presents to EAS students seeking summer internships on Hess work on the Guyana basin, September 2022. Publication authored by CBTH-supported, master's student Eleine Vence (now with ConocoPhillips) and Paul Mann received the best paper award for the SEG-AAPG journal Interpretation.  Award ceremony was at the 2022 SEG-AAPG Images meeting in Houston. Dr. Jose Gorosabel (Univ. Madrid Complutense - shown to left) and Paul Mann visited Apache Corportation in Houston on August 8, 2022 to discuss Caribbean geology and tectonics. CBTH PhD student Daniella Easley (second from right) and her fellow summer 2022 interns at Hess Dr. Nawaz Bugti presents his PhD dissertation defense to his committe on July 22, 2022. Bryan Moore presents his MS thesis defense to his committe on July 22, 2022. Rock garden outside the UH Earth and Atmospheric Sciences building Dr. Tricia Alvarez (CBTH supported PhD in 2014 and now with Heritage Petroleum in Trinidad0 and Paul Mann presented a one day shortcourse to students and professionals at the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago in July 2022. Dr. Tricia Alvarez (CBTH supported PhD in 2014 and now with Heritage Petroleum in Trinidad0 and Paul Mann presented a one day shortcourse to students and professionals at the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago in July 2022. CBTH graduate Hualing Zhang presents at GSH Potential Fields SIG. J.D. McConnell and Juan Pablo Ramos presented their project area for the Petroleum Prospecting class, spring 2022 CBTH PhD candidate Juan Pablo Ramos (left) presents at AAPG ICE 2022 in Cartagena. The 2022 University of Houston AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team CBTH PhD candidate Juan Pablo Ramos (left) presents at AAPG ICE 2022 in Cartagena. Nahid Hasan presents at the Asociacion Mexicana de Geologos Petroleros conference on March 30, 2022. Congrats to Alejandro Escalona and his Univ of Stavanger team for placing third in the AAPG Europe Region IMPERIAL BARREL AWARD 2022. Sean Romito completed his PhD in December 2021 on the Caribbean and Brazil and is starting his job with ConocoPhillips.

CBTH Proposal and Product Information

Please feel free to browse a copy of our new Phase VI proposal (pdf), our project flyer(.pdf), and our Contributions List of CBTH publications, theses, and presentations.

The CBTH proposed study area for Phase VI 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 conjugate margins of Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, and west Africa.

CBTH Study Area (revised September 2021)

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The CBTH study area. Numbers correspond to Phase VI, Years 2-3 student study areas: 1. Mohamed Abdelfatah, PhD candidate 2. Ruth Beltran, PhD candidate 3. Nawaz Bugti, PhD candidate 4. Sharon Cornelius, post-doctoral researcher 5. Daniella Easley, PhD candidate 6. Md Nahidul Hasan, PhD candidate 7. Bryan Moore, MS graduate 8. Chesney Petkovsek, PhD candidate 9. Juan Pablo Ramos Vargas, PhD candidate 10. Upal Shahriar, PhD candidate 11. Kenneth Shipper, PhD candidate 12. Faith Walton, Undergraduate


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

  • Dr. Paul Mann the subject of an article in the December 2020 issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read.

  • 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, 2019. 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.

  • Dr. 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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