Caribbean Basins, Tectonics, and Hydrocarbons Project
UH
UH Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
| UiS Dept. of Petroleum Engineering
University of Houston

Home Sponsor Login Project Researchers Sponsor Interest Calendar & Links Phase Information Awards Photos Contributions List Archive Contact Us Outreach

What's New

  • New CBTH Newsletter - February 2018 edition (PDF)

  • Congrats to Matt Copley for completing his MS at Colorado School of Mines and his new job at Anadarko. Matt worked with CBTH as an undergrad at UH for 2015-16.

  • Congratulations to first-year, CBTH PhD student Jack Kenning (right), who won the 1st Place Oral Presentation award (session 1) at the April 27, 2018, UH Student Research Day and to senior, CBTH, undergraduate student, Omar Zavala (left), who placed third in the undergraduate student poster competition. CBTH PhD students Lucia Torrado and Jack Kenning also received scholarships for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geology at the event.
  • Click here to see their titles and a list of all EAS presentations at Student Research Day.



  • Dr. Paul Mann presented a talk on April 25, 2018, to the Houston Geological Society General Luncheon meeting on hydrocarbon prospectivity of conjugate rifted margins in the Gulf of Mexico and circum-Atlantic. Click here for a link to the talk summary published in the HGS Bulletin.

  • Dr. Paul Mann presented two talks at the 1st Meeting on the Lithosphere of the Island of Hispaniola (1ER ENCUENTRO SOBRE LA LITÓSFERA DE LA ISLA DE LA ESPAÑOLA) on March 1-3 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.Click here for more information.

  • Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Pin Lin, who won the 2nd Place Poster Award at 2017 the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) Annual Meeting. Click here to read more.

  • Dr. Paul Mann was recently featured on KHOU TV to discuss tsunamis. Click here and here for more information.

  • The AAPG Hedberg Conference on Geology of Middle America - The Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan, Caribbean, Grenada and Tobago basins, and their Margins - will be held on July 2-5,2018 in Siguenza, Spain. The event is covened by Jorge Comet, CEPSA, Keith James, Consultant, and Jose Luis Granja Bruna, Univ. Madrid. For more information, click here.

  • Kyle Reuber (PhD, May, 2017) received the 2018 Jules Braunstein Memorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for a poster he co-authored at the 2017 AAPG annual meeting in Houston. Click here to read more. Kyle also won the Top 10 Oral Presentation Award at the 2017 AAPG Annual Convention earlier in 2017.

  • Paul Mann received the 2018 Robert H. Dott, Sr. Memorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for a volume he co-edited with Dr. Claudio Bartolini. Click here to read more.

  • The CBTH Project presented 5 presentations at the Fall AGU meeting in New Orleans on December 11-15, 2017. For a list of CBTH presentations at the meeting, click here. 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. Click here for details on presentations and the CBTH sponsor luncheon at AAPG.



  • For the second year in a row, 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.


PhD Student Jack Kenning wins the 4th place award in the student poster competition at AAPG 2018. PhD Student Jack Kenning wins the 4th place award in the student poster competition at AAPG 2018. Lucia Torado, Andrew Steier, and Carolina Duenas accept the award for top AAPG student chapter in the U.S. at AAPG 2018. Lucia Torado, Andrew Steier, and Carolina Duenas accept the award for top AAPG student chapter in the U.S. at AAPG 2018. Pin Lin presents at AAPG 2018 Jack Kenning presents at AAPG 2018 Kyle Reuber and colleagues at ION Geophysical received the AAPG Best Poster award for the 2017 AAPG meeting. Omar Zavala (left) displays third place award in the undergraduate poster category and Jack Kenning (right) displays first place award in the MS/PhD first year, oral presentation category for the April, UH 2018 Student Research Day. Nawaz Bugti presents GOM research at 2018 UH student research day. CBTH PhD student Lucia Torrado at the UHRD welcome desk. CBTH PhD student Pin Lin at the UHRD welcome desk. Jack Kenning presents GOM research at 2018 UH student research day. Paul Mann attended the AAPG Global Superbasins conference in Houston on March 28, 2018. Jack Kenning (on left) and Paul Mann presented results of CBTH work on the Mexican GOM to the New Ventures and GOM groups at Repsol on March 21, 2018. The Department of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Stavanger in Norway led by faculty advisor, Dr. Alejandro Escalona, placed second on March 20, 2018, in the regional Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition in the the European section of AAPG. This is the toughest AAPG regional division because of its large size with 20+ teams that include many top geosciences programs. Presenters at the Caribbean Lithosphere meeting on March 1 and 2, 2018,  in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Front row left to right: Ing. Salvador Brouwer (SODOGEO), Dr. Diego Quiros (Baylor Univ), Dr. Steeve Symithe (Univ of Haiti), Ing. Javier Rodriguez (Loyola College, Dom. Rep.), Dr. Manuel Iturralde-Vinent (Academy of Sciences, Cuba), Dr. Paul Mann (Univ. of Houston), Dr. Diana Nunez (Univ of Guadalajara, Mexico), Dr. Diego Cordoba (Univ. Madrid), Dr. Elizabeth Vanacore (Univ of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez), Dr. Jay Pulliam (Baylor Univ), Ing, Juan Gil (SODOGEO).  Back row left to right: Ing. Eduardo Verdeja (SODOGEO), Dr. Benard Mercier de Lepinay (Univ of Nice), Dr. John Lewis (George Washington Univ), and Dr. Jordane Corbeau (Volcano and Earthquake Observatory, Martinique). All participants at the Lithosphere conference organized by the Sociedad Dominicana de Geologia. Stop on highway to Samana to looks at Miocene Yanigua Formation, a shallow water sandstone containing amber. Stop on south side of peninsula at Balandra to view blueschists.  View south across Samana Bay with Los Haitises National Park (limestone karsted area) on in distance to right.  Small boats in the bay were tourist cruises to view humpback whales who winter in Samana Bay for birthing calves. Dr. Diego Cardoba of Univ of Madrid viewing outcrop of re-folded blueschist at Balandra. The GEOPRICO and CARIBENORTE projects of the Univ of Madrid and collaborating universities have studied the deep structure of Hispaniola over the past decade. Ing. Javier Rodriguez (SODOGEO) explaining the tectonic setting of blueschists at Balandra.  View looking east along the coast near the end of Samana Bay.  Dr. Jim Joyce of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez explaining blueschist compositions and formation at Balandra.  Jim completed his PhD at Northwestern University in 1979 on a mapping and geochemical study of the blueschists of the Samana Peninsula.  Closeup of green amphibole, calcite, and quartz assemblage of the Balandra nappe that indicates blueschist high pressure and low temperature conditions which these sedimentary rocks reached during subduction to depths of about 30 km. Trip by boat to beach and cliff face on the point to the northeast of Las Galeras harbor on the north side of the Samana Peninsula.  Dr. Jay Pulliam and Dr. Diana Nunez at the beach at Las Galeras Point.  Jay has worked on the deep structure of Hispaniola since 2003; Diana did her PhD at the University of Madrid on the GEOPRICO and CARIBENORTE projects. View of beach at Las Galeras Point which is protected from the Atlantic swell by a small fringing reef.  Cliffs are impure and highly sheared limestone and shale of the El Rincon marbles. The photolith age is thought to be Cretaceous. Dr. Bernard Mercier de Lepinay of the Univ of Nice studying the highly sheared limestone in the wave-cut cliff face above the beach. Isoclinal folds indicating the apparent 'bedding' has been transposed by pervasive shearing. Tunnel type mine for extracting blocks of El Rincon “black marble”. View of cataclasites with a cut block of marble at mine entrance. Viewing heavy equipment at the entrance to mine. Inclined, wave-cut platform at eastern end of peninsula into El Rincon marble.  The ~20-m-high platform is veneeed with a 20-40 cm thick layer of Quaternary coral.  Fractures in marble produce strong blowholes. Scene at Tectonophysics poster session, 2017 AGU meeting, New Orleans. Karen Maldonado at Univ of Houston booth at 2017 AGU meeting, New Orleans. Scene at Tectonophysics poster session, 2017 AGU meeting, New Orleans Scene at Seismology poster session, 2017 AGU meeting, New Orleans Scene at Tectonophysics poster session, 2017 AGU meeting, New Orleans MS student Andrew Steier presents at AGU 2017 Undergrad Amanda Pascali presenting on distribution of natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Undergrad Omar Zavala presenting at AGU 2017 Undergrad Amanda Pascali presenting on distribution of natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Undergrad Omar Zavala presenting at AGU 2017 PhD student Jack Kenning presenting on subsidence analysis of South Atlantic conjugate margins. Undergrad Amanda Pascali presenting on distribution of natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. PhD student Jack Kenning presenting on subsidence analysis of South Atlantic conjugate margins. UH reception of UH faculty, students and alums at the 2017 AGU meeting in New Orleans. UH reception of UH faculty, students and alums at the 2017 AGU meeting in New Orleans. 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. 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 our data using a sample version of our Geomapper application (full version available to sponsors), 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)

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


Caribbean Basins, Tectonics, &
		Hydrocarbons: Phase IV Logo

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.


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.


CBTH Calendar of Events


Current Events in the CBTH Study Area




  • CBTH Geomapper is now back online! The application is accessible through the Sponsor Login page for participating sponsors.

A special thanks to our current industry sponsors who have helped make this project possible:
A special thanks to our inactive sponsors who previously supported the CBTH Project:

A special thanks for data sharing:

A special thanks to our technical support:

IVS 3D / QPS Schlumberger Chesapeake Technology The Rothwell Group Halliburton Neuralog Zetaware Inc. Midland Valley PaleoGIS EasyCopy Image Map

Affiliations:

University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Stavanger Department of Petroleum Engineering


Sponsor Login
Project Researchers
Former Students & Staff
Sponsor Interest?
Product Samples
Calendar & Links




Phase Information
Awards
Contributions
Archive
Contact Us
CBTH K-12 Outreach
© 2016