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What's New

  • New CBTH Newsletter - April 2021 edition (PDF)

  • The CBTH 2021 Annual Sponsor Meeting was held virtually on Friday, October 8, 2021. Thanks to all who attended! Sponsors will receive their year-end deliverables and updated login credentials later this month.

  • CBTH researchers Bryan Moore, Kenneth Shipper, and Paul Mann presened 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!

  • CBTH students and researchers will be presenting at the IMAGE 2021 meeting on September 26 - October 1, 2021. For more information, including a list of CBTH presentations and abstracts, click here.



  • 17 CBTH-affiliated publications will be appearing in the AAPG Memoir 123, which is scheduled to be released this fall. 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. Stay tuned for more details.

  • Congrats to CBTH PhD student Nahid Hasan, who received the 3rd Place Poster Gordon I. Atwater Award at GeoGulf 2020. Click here to read more.

  • Congratulations to CBTH graduate Eleine Vence (MS '08) and Paul Mann on receiving the 2020 award for Best Paper in Interpretation from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists! Click here to read more.

  • Eleine Vence (MS '08) and Paul Mann's award-winnning article on the Guajira margin is featured in this month's issue of Revista Maya de Geosciencas. Click here to read.

  • Congrats to all the newly elected members of the Houston Geological Society including former CBTH student Lucia Torrado (PhD, 2018) who was elected secretary.

  • Congrats to graduating CBTH students starting 2021 summer internships and jobs: Sean Romito, PhD (summer internship, ConocoPhillips), Ben Miller, MS (summer internship, BP), Mei Liu (Sinopec, Beijing), Hualing Zhang (CNOOC, Beijing), Maddie Bishop, MS (Arena Exploration), Matthew Storey, MS (Arena Exploraton).

  • Congratulations to the UH IBA Team, who placed 2nd in the Gulf Coast section of this year's AAPG Imperial Barrrel Award competition. Click here for more information.

  • We have completed and delivered the 2020 atlas and FTP deliverables for our Phase V, Year 3 sponsors. We thank you for your patience as we completed this release, and please contact us if you have any questions regarding the 2020 deliverable package.

  • Congratulations to CBTH students Md Nahidul Hasan, Hualing Zhang, and Jacob Miller, who received the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place awards, respectively, at AAPG ACE 2020! Click here to read more.

  • The Geological Society of London Special Volume "The Basins, Orogens and Evolution of the Southern Gulf of Mexico and Northern Caribbean" is now available and features articles by CBTH students Jack Kenning, Sean Romito, and Travis Tillman, as well as CBTH staff Lei Sun and Paul Mann. Click here to purchase.

  • CBTH Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Mann was featured in Episode 3 of AAPG Explorer Live. Click here to view the video.

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

  • Congratulations to Dr. Paul Mann and CBTH PhD grad Dr. Kyle Reuber, who received the award for Best Paper in Interpretation in 2019 from SEG. To view a video of the awards ceremony, click here.

  • Thanks to all sponsors and colleagues who attended our 2020 CBTH Sponsor Meeting virtually on September 25, 2020. To view this year's meeting schedule, click here.
MS student Kenneth Shipper presents 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 via Zoom on September 14-15, 2021. PhD student Juan Pablo Ramos Vargas presents to industry sponosrs on April 22, 2021 PhD student Sean Romito presents to industry sponsors on March 30, 2021. PhD student Hualing Zhang presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on South Atlantic Basins on December 3-4, 2020. PhD student Sean Romito presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on South Atlantic Basins on December 3-4, 2020. PhD student Nahid Hasan presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on Mexican Basins on November 19, 2020. PhD student Hualing Zhang presents at the HGS-PESGB Africa Conference on October 8. 2020. PhD graduate Marcus Zinecker presents at the HGS-PESGB Africa Conference on October 8. 2020. CBTH students Hualing Zhang, Nahid Hasan, and Mei Liu were selected as student delegates for the ResTech 2.0 Virtual Reservoir Conference Dr. Paul Mann presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on the Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana basins on Sept 17-18, 2020. PhD student Mei Liu presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on the Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana basins on Sept 17-18, 2020. MS student Jacob Miller presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on the Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana basins on Sept 17-18, 2020. MS student Bryan Moore presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on the Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana basins on Sept 17-18, 2020. CBTH graduate Tricia Alvarez presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on the Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana basins on Sept 17-18, 2020. CBTH graduate Karilys Castillo presents at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on the Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana basins on Sept 17-18, 2020. Dr. Paul Mann receives the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award from AAPG in October 2020. Participants attend the Virtual Field Trip at the AAPG Virtual Research Symposium on Andean Basins in August 2020 Ben Miller presenting his work on the Lesser Antilles at the AAPG virtual meeting on the southern Caribbean (July 23-24, 2020). 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.

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 August 2020)

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The CBTH study area. Numbers correspond to Phase V, Year 3 student study areas: 1. Sharon Cornelius, Post-Doctoral Fellow: subsalt GOM 2. Lei Sun, Post-Doctoral Fellow: Hispaniola and Northeastern Caribbean 3. Jack Kenning, PhD, May 2020: structure, basin modeling, western MGOM and Mexican Ridges Fold Belt 4. Marcus Zinecker, PhD: northwest Africa 5. Nawaz Bugti, PhD: Port Isabel fold-thrust belt, northwestern Gulf of Mexico. 6. Mei Liu, PhD: GOM gravity inversion for crustal thickness; mapping of marginal rift system 7. Sean Romito, PhD: West Africa and South America conjugate margins 8. Hualing Zhang, PhD: Permian Basin 9. Md Nahidul Hasan, PhD: Campeche Salt province, GOM 10. Matthew Storey, MS: Apalachicola Rift, NE GOM 11. Jacob Miller, MS: SE Caribbean 12. Benjamin Miller, MS: Saba Bank, NE Caribbean Sea 13. Maddie Bishop, MS: Sandino Forearc Basin, Nicaragua and Costa Rica 14. Bryan Moore, MS/Post-Bacc: GOM and Atlantic conjugate margins 15. Sarah Meyer, Post-Bacc: Mapping of South Atlantic volcanic margins using gravity and magnetic data 16. Tarek Galhom, MS: offshore Morocco


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

  • 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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