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  • New CBTH Newsletter - August 2017 edition (PDF)

  • The CBTH Project will be presenting 5 presentations at the upcoming Fall AGU meeting in New Orleans on December 11-15, 2017. CBTH presentations include:

    Paul Mann, Yi-Wei Chen, Jonny Wu, and John Suppe, Tomographic imaging of the Lesser Antilles subducted slab and its significance for estimating the age and amount of eastward motion of the overriding Caribbean plate (talk on Tuesday, 9:45-10 am)

    Amanda Pascali, Nawaz Bugti, and Paul Mann, A search for controls on the distribution of natural, submarine oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico (poster on Thursday from 8 am to 12:20 pm)

    Omar Zavala, Comparison of subsidence rates for conjugate margins for the equatorial and northern South Atlantic Ocean as a first-order constraint on symmetry of underlying, early rift structures (poster on Thursday from 8 am to 12:20 pm)

    Jack Kenning and Paul Mann, Cretaceous to recent asymmetrical subsidence of South American and west African conjugate margins (poster on Thursday from 8 am to 12:20 pm)

    Andrew Steier and Paul Mann, Extensive gravity sliding of late Jurassic-Cretaceous age along the northern Yucatan margin of the Gulf of Mexico (poster on Thursday from 8 am to 12:20 pm)

    For a full list of all 72 UH EAS posters and talks at the AGU meeting, click here.

  • CBTH PhD students Shenelle Gomez and Lucia Torrado recently presented at the UH EAS-HGS Sheriff Lecture on Nov. 27, 2017. Click on their names to view videos of Shenelle and Lucia explaining their posters to AAPG President Charles Sternbach.



  • CBTH graduate students PIn Lin, Jack Kenning, Beatriz Serrano-Suarez, and Andrew Steier will be presenting at the AAPG Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 20-23, 2018. Stay tuned for details on presentations and the CBTH sponsor luncheon at AAPG.



  • 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-UH students including Rocio Bernal (PhD, 2015), Javier Sanchez (PhD, 2015), Luis Carlos Carvajal (PhD, 2017), and Joan Blanco (PhD, 2017), and CBTH-UT Austin student (Henry Campos, MS, 2011).


  • 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.”
Poster session area at 2017 Fall AGU meeting Speaker ready room at 7 am at the Fall AGU meeting, New Orleans CBTH MS student Andrew Steier presenting Mexico GOM poster at AAPG Leadership Days, UH, Nov. 2017. Lucia Torrado (CBTH poster presenter) and Eric Lunn (2017 UH IBA team) at reception during AAPG Leadership Days, UH, Nov. 2017 CBTH PhD student Jack Kenning presents Mexico GOM poster at AAPG Leadership Days, Nov. 2017 Paul Mann presents overview talk on GOM and CBTH project at AAPG Leadership Days, Nov. 2017. CBTH student poster presenters and IBA team members at reception during AAPG Leadership Days, Nov. 2017. 2017 UH world champion IBA team being recognized at AAPG Leadership Days, Nov. 2017. Team members from left to right: Walter Reed, Leiser Silva, Delaney Robinson, Andrew Steier (CBTH MS), and Eric Lunn (CBTH MS). Paul Mann, co-faculty supervisor of the 2017 UH IBA team, thanking the AAPG leadership for its continuing support of the IBA program at the AAPG Leadership Days, Nov. 2017. CBTH Thanksgiving 2017 at UH CBTH Thanksgiving 2017 at UH CBTH MS student Andrew Steier and undergraduate Presly Carr at GCAGS 2017 CBTH PhD studnet Pin Lin presents at GCAGS 2017 CBTH undergradute Emily Stibbe presents at GCAGS 2017 CBTH MS student Andrew Steier presents at GCAGS 2017 Caption: Amanda Pascali, a sophomore geology major working with the CBTH project, presented a poster at the UH Undergraduate Research Day on her compilation of oil seeps from the Gulf of Mexico. She is shown here with Dr. Al Brandon, a professor of geochemistry in the EAS Department. CBTH students, staff, and sponsors attended the CBTH Year-End Meeting on October 6, 2017 at UH CBTH undergrad senior honors student Rasheed Ajala was selected to carry the EAS banner at the NSM graduation convocation based on his high GPA and several academic awards. Rasheed was also recognized as the youngest May 2017, BS graduate of UH at the age of 19. Congrats to Kyle Reuber (left) and Luis-Carlos Carvajal (right) who received their PhDs from UH in May 2017. Congrats to all the CBTH supported students who graduated in May 2017: from left to right: Sabrina Martinez, BS (will start Tulane MS program), Kyle Reuber, PhD (will continue with ION), Paul Mann, Luis-Carlos Carvajal, PhD (will continue with CBTH), Marie Kouassi, BS and CBTH Senior Report (will continue with CBTH before attending grad school), Lili Zhang, BS and CBTH Senior Honors thesis, and David Lankford-Bravo, BS and CBTH Senior Honors thesis (will start UT El Paso PhD program).  Not pictured is Rasheed Ajala, BS and CBTH Senior Honors thesis (will start PhD program at LSU). Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Lucia Torrado, who placed 1st in the student poster competition at this year's AAPG annual convention. The UH IBA team wins 1st place in the international competition at the 2017 AAPG annual meeting. The UH IBA team wins 1st place in the international competition at the 2017 AAPG annual meeting. Nawaz Bugti presenting his work on the NW Gulf of Mexico during an office visit to PGS in Houston, May 2017. Nawaz Bugti presenting his work on NW GOM at the 2017 AAPG meeting. CBTH researchers, students, and sponsors meet at the CBTH Project's annual AAPG luncheon in Houston CBTH-supported graduate student Andrew Steier presents at the 2017 AAPG meeting Undergrad and grad students working in CBTH computer lab at Univ of Houston. Group photo of CBTH-supported students presenting at the student poster session of the Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposia (IRESS) held at Rice University on February 23-24, 2017. From left to right: Omar Zavala (undergraduate), Beatriz Serrano-Suarez (PhD), Emily Stibbe (undergraduate), Presly Carr (undergraduate) and Nawaz Bugti (PhD). Emily Stibbe, an undergraduate working with the CBTH project, won an honorable mention poster award in a field of 31 posters at the student poster competition of the Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposia (IRESS) held at Rice University on February 23-24, 2017. Her topic was a compilation of upper plate-lower plate margins in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Oceans. CBTH-supported PhD student Beatriz Serrano-Suarez presents her work to Dr. Andre Droxler of Rice University on the late Cretaceous unconformity along the margin of northwest Africa at the 2017 IRESS meeting at Rice University CBTH-supported undergraduate student Presly Carr presents her work mapping OAE1 and OAE2 late Cretaceous source rock intervals in the circum-Atlantic Ocean at the 2017 IRESS meeting at Rice University. CBTH-supported undergraduate student Omar Zavala presents his work on the subsidence of the Demerara-Guinea conjugate margin at the 2017 IRESS meeting at Rice University. CBTH-supported PhD student Nawaz Bugti presents his work on the northwestern Gulf of Mexico at the 2017 IRESS meeting at Rice University. CBTH-supported undergraduate student Emily Stibbe presents her work on the upper plate-lower plate margins of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic at the  2017 IRESS meeting at Rice University.  Emily received an honorable mention poster award out of a few of 31 posters presented in the session CBTH-supported PhD student Shenelle Gomez presents her work at the HGS International Dinner on February 20, 2017. CBTH-supported PhD student Shenelle Gomez meets with other attendes after presenting her work at the HGS International Dinner on February 20, 2017. Mohammad Almatrood, undergrad, presents his poster on subsidence in the GOM at the 2016 Fall AGU meeting. Sharon Cornelius, PhD candidate, presents her poster on velocity molding in the GOM at at the 2016 Fall AGU meeting. Pin Lin, Phd candidate, presents her poster on the SE GOM at the 2016 Fall AGU meeting. David Lankford-Bravo, undergrad, presents his poster on the deep structure of the GOM at the 2016 Fall AGU meeting. View of the poster hall at the 2016 Fall AGU meeting where CBTH organized a special poster and oral session on the GOM. Paul Mann and CBTH students at the Fall AGU meeting examining structures in the Franciscan accretionary prism, Marin headlands. View of the Marin Headlands to the Golden Gate bridge on the CBTH field trip, 2017 Fall AGU meeting. View of San Andreas 1906 rupture zone marked by white posts, Earthquake Trail, Bear Valley State Park, near San Francisco, Fall AGU meeting. View of 1906 right-lateral offset by 18 feet of the San Andreas fault shown by reconstructed picket fence, Earthquake Trail, Bear Valley State Park. View towards Point Reyes lighthouse, Point Reyes National Seashore, Fall AGU meeting. Eocene Point Reyes conglomerate at lighthouse covering granitic rocks of the Point Reyes peninsula. Eric Lunn, CBTH-supported PhD student, presents his poster on the Barreirihas-Ceara basin of offshore Brazil and the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Lucia Torrado, CBTH-supported PhD student, presents her poster on the Foz de Amazonas area of offshore Brazil and the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Marie Kouassi, CBTH-supported undergraduate student, presents her poster on detrital zircons from the Gulf of Mexico-Caribbean region at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Rasheed Ajala, CBTH-supported undergraduate student, presents his poster on flexural modeling the Niger and Amazon deltas at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Mohammad Almatrood, CBTH-supported undergraduate student, presents his poster on subsidence of the Gulf of Mexico basin at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Pin Lin, CBTH-supported PhD, presents her poster on the opening of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Beatrice Serrano-Suarez, CBTH-supported PhD student, presents her poster on the offshore margin of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, northwest Africa, at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. David Lankford-Bravo, CBTH-supported undergraduate student, presents his poster on the offshore Perdido foldbelt in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. Nawaz Bugti, CBTH-supported PhD student and researcher, presents his poster on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico at the 2016 Sheriff Lecture, November 7, 2016. CBTH MS candidate Andrew Steier receives the first place poster award at the 15th Conference on Africa E&P hosted by HGS/PESGB CBTH undergrad Rasheed Ajala receiving second place poster award at the 15th Conference on Africa E&P hosted by HGS/PESGB CBTH undergrad Rasheed Ajala and MS candidate Andrew Steier present at the 15th Conference on Africa E&P hosted by HGS/PESGB PhD students Shenelle Gomez and Luis Carlos Carvajal receive the second and third place awards at AAPG 2016 Undergraduate Matthew Copley presents at AAPG 2016 PhD student Lucia Torrado presents at AAPG 2016 PhD student Shenelle Gomez presents at AAPG 2016 PhD student Luis Carlos Carvajal presents at AAPG 2016

CBTH Proposal and Product Information

Please feel free to browse a sample of our database, 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 2017)

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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


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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 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 Caribbean region.


AAPG Explorer Articles 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 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. Click here to read.


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