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Project Alumni and Former Staff

Project Alumni
Each of these former students received a graduate degree and contributed research to this project.
CBTH Former Allied Researchers
  • Nestor Cardozo, PhD (Allied Researcher, UiS, now Professor of Geology, UiS, Stavanger, Norway)
  • Carlos Vargas, PhD (Allied / Postdoctoral Researcher, UT, now Professor of Geophysics, National University of Colombia, Bogota)
  • Carlos Zuluaga, PhD (Allied Researcher, UH, now Associate Professor of Geology, National University of Colombia, Bogota)

CBTH Former Staff, Post-Docs, and Undergrads
  • Ysabelle Abraham (undergrad research asst, UH, now Business Systems Analyst, Empyrean)
  • Vanessa Alejandro (undergrad research asst, UH)
  • Ian Ambrosius (undergrad research asst, UH, now GIS specialist, Seattle, Washington)
  • Harris Ardis (undergrad research asst, UT; now Geophysicist, Apex Spectral Technology, Inc., Houston)
  • Laura Nathalie Pulido Arias (undergrad research asst, UH)
  • Kherlen Batbayar (undergrad research asst, UH; now MS geology grad student, Colorado School of Mines)
  • Lauren Becker (undergrad research asst, UT; UT MS in geophysics, BP Mexico team, Houston)
  • Joey Breeland (undergrad research asst, UT; now Territory sales representative at Ortho Classic, Austin)
  • Dane Brodsgaard (undergrad research asst, UH)
  • Callum Byers (undergrad research asst, UH; now MS student at UH in Environmental Engineering)
  • Matt Case (undergrad research asst, UH; now Professional MS program, UH)
  • Alex Cheney (undergrad research asst, UH, now MS geology student, Colorado School of Mines)
  • Matt Copley (undergrad research asst, UH, now MS geophysics student, Colorado School of Mines)
  • Ruth Costley (research scientist associate, UT; now Research Associate, UT Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin)
  • Sarah Dailey (undergrad research asst, UH, now MS geology student, Louisiana State University)
  • Marie de los Santos (undergrad research asst, UH; now MS geology grad student, University of Arizona)
  • Naila Dowla (grad research asst, UH; now PhD geology student, UH)
  • Jan Everett (administrative associate, UT; now retired, Austin area)
  • Erik Fathy (undergrad research asst, UT)
  • Guy Fitz (undergrad research asst, UT; now geophysicist, Hess Corporation, Houston)
  • Nancy Hard (administrative associate, UT)
  • Chase Hudson (undergrad research asst, UT; now Central Texas regional manager at Ana-Lab Corporation, Austin)
  • Murad Ismael (GIS specialist, UH; now Executive Director at Yazda)
  • Xiangyun Jiang, PhD (postdoctoral researcher, UT)
  • Will King (undergrad research asst, UT; now geologist at Statoil, Austin)
  • Ambarwati “Wening” Lestari (graduate research asst, UiS; now Unconventional resources evaluation analyst, Pertamina Exploration and Production, Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Zhi Chao Li (graduate research asst, UiS)
  • Chris Luebbert (undergrad research asst, UH; now geophysicist, CGG, Houston)
  • Zach Martindale (graduate research asst, UH, now with US Forest Service)
  • Luan Nguyen (undergrad research asst, UH; now PhD geophysics student, Rice University)
  • Johnathon Osmond (undergrad research asst, UH; now MS geology student, UT Austin)
  • Delwin Panjikaran(undergrad research asst, UH; now BS geology student, UH)
  • Maria Isabel Prieto (graduate research asst, UT; now PhD geology student, UT Austin)
  • Javier Sanchez (PhD grad/postdoctoral researcher, UH; now Assistant Professor at EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia)
  • Bjorn Schey (undergrad research asst, UT; now GIS analyst at Pristine Sun, LLC, San Francisco, California)
  • Derek Scott (undergrad research asst, UH; now working in petrochemical industry, Houston, Texas)
  • Sanchi Srivastava (undergrad research asst, UT; now Senior Associate at Ernst & Young, Dallas, Texas)
  • Rizky Amanda Syahrul (graduate research asst, UiS)
  • Trond Kastet Thorbjørnsen (graduate research asst, UiS; now PhD student, UiS)
  • Katherine Tilghman (graduate research asst, UH; now geologist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Darren Tjepkema (undergrad research asst, UT; now Engineering Specialist II, Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin)
  • Shelly Tran (undergrad research asst, UH; now undergrad at Stephen F. Austin University)
  • Yang Wenxiu PhD (postdoctoral researcher, UT; Product specialist, Roxar, Stavanger, Norway)
  • Xiangyang Xie, PhD (postdoctoral researcher, UT; now Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas)


  • Current CBTH staff

Project Alumni

 


Sayyid "Suhail" Ahmad, MS

 



Suhail received his MSc from UiS in June 2014. His thesis focused on building the paleogeography of the northern Caribbean from Late Cretaceous to Recent. He is currently a PhD research fellow at UiS working on exploraiton in the Norwegian Arctic.
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Mudussar Ahmed, MS

 



Mudussar completed his MS study at UiS in June 2016. His thesis focused on the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Barbados accretionary prism and Tobago basin using MCG 2D seismic regional data.
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Trevor Aitken, MS

 



Trevor Aitken graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. His Master of Science thesis is titled "Cenozoic stratigraphic and tectonic history of the Grenada and Tobago basins as determined from marine seismic data, wells, and onland geology.” After working with Devon Energy, Apache, and HRT Oil & Gas, he currently works as a Business Development Geophysical Advisor at Petrobras in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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Tricia Alvarez, PhD

 



Tricia Alvarez has completed her Ph.D. dissertation titled “The Southeastern Caribbean Subduction to Strike-Slip Transition Zone: A Study of The Effects of Lithospheric Structures and Overlying Clastic Basin Evolution and Fill” and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in December, 2014. She is currently an assistant professor in geology and geophysics at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
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Elodie Autret, BS


 



Elodie Autret interned with Alejandro Escalona at the University of Stavanger in the spring of 2009. Her thesis is titled "Regional Geological Interpretation of Offshore Guyana Based on Subsurface Data." Elodie graduated with a marine geology Master of Science degree from the University of Brest (France) and is now an Engineering Geologist in Vannes, France
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Rocio Bernal Olaya, PhD




Rocio completed her PhD study on the Lower Magdalena basin of Colombia in May 2014. Her research included a complete crust to mantle description of the Lower Magdalena basin and the underlying Caribbean subducted slab using earthquake information, gravity, and seismic reflection data. She also integrated information from earthquake seismology to document the Caribbean slab underlying the basin which she mapped in detail. She completed a fall internship with ConocoPhillips in December 2013, and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Taiwan.
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Henry Campos, MS




Henry graduated with an MS degree from UT in summer 2009. His thesis is titled "Tectonics and petroleum potential of the Llanos Orientales foreland basin, Colombia." He previously worked with the Colombia offshore group at Shell and is now with the Brazil offshore group at Shell in Houston.
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Hugo Castellanos, PhD

 



Hugo Castellanos graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007. His PhD dissertation is titled "Sequence Stratigraphy and Tectonics of the Guantao and Minghuazhen Formations, Zhao Dong Field, Bohai Bay, Eastern China." He worked formerly with Conoco and Apache Corporation in Houston and currently works as a Geologist for Kosmos Energy in Dallas.
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Karilys Castillo, MS

 



Karilys graduated from UH in December 2014 after working with the CBTH project for two years. Her MS thesis focused on 2D and 3D seismic and well data in the transition area from passive to active margin in easternmost Venezuela. She began working as a Geophysicist for the Offshore Colombia Team at Anadarko Petroleum Corporaton in The Woodlands, Texas in January 2015.
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David Contreras, MS


 



David Contreras graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2008.  His Master of Science thesis is titled "Defining the northeastern boundary of the supergiant Maracaibo foreland basin, Venezuela."  David now works as a Reservoir geologist, OMV Petrom, Romania.

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Alex Dale, MS


 



Alex Dale graduated from the University of Houston in August 2013. His MS thesis is entitled "Seismic reflection-gravity-magnetic transects across the Bahamas platform to determine its underlying crustal type, sediment thickness, and flexural response to collision and loading of adjacent oceanic crust." Alex previously worked as an Operations Geologist on the Permian Shale Project at ConocoPhillips and Samson Resources and is now a geologist with ALS Oil & Gas in Houston.

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Brendan Figueira, MS


 



Brendan's MS study was titled “Tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the southern Gulf of Paria, Trinidad-Venezuela.” Brendan is a citizen of Trinidad & Tobago and attended the University of the West Indies (UWI), where he graduated with a BSc. Petroleum Geoscience in 2009. Brendan now works as a Geoscientist in the Statoil Stavanger offices after graduating from UiS in June 2012.
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Irina Filina, PhD



Irina Filina received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin 2007 with a study of "Geophysical investigations of subglacial lakes Vostok and Concordia, East Antarctica". Irina produced gravity models for CBTH in 2008 and previously worked as a Senior Geophysicist at Hess Corporation in Houston, Texas. She is currently an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln.
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Justin Funk, MS


 



Justin Funk graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2007. His Master of Science thesis is titled "Cenozoic Tectonics of the Nicaraguan Depression, Nicaragua, and Median Trough, El Salvador based on seismic reflection profiling and remote sensing data." He previously worked for Devon Energy and Apache in Houston and currently works as a Geophysicist for Anadarko in the The Woodlands.
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Emilio Garciacaro, MS


 



Emilio Garciacaro graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2006.  His Master of Science thesis is titled "Stratigraphic Architecture and Basin Fill Evolution of a Plate Margin Basin, Eastern Offshore Trinidad and Venezuela." He is currently the Head of Exploration Portfolio at Statoil in Stavanger.
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David Gorney, MS




David Gorney graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. His MS thesis is titled "Chronology of Cenozoic Tectonic Events in Western Venezuela and the Dutch Antilles Islands Based on Integration of Offshore Seismic Reflection Data and Onland Geology." He previously worked for Marathon in Houston and is currently Vice President of Evercore Partners, Houston, Texas.
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Murad Ismael, MS




Murad Ismael (formerly Hasan) worked for the CBTH Project as a GIS specialist to help maintain the Web Mapping Application, assist with atlas releases, and develop the CBTH GIS database using modern technology, extensions, and equipment. Murad received his Masters in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Houston before completing his MS thesis with CBTH on the deep structure of the US Gulf of Mexico. After working as an operations geologist with Shell in Houston, Murad currently works as the Executive Director for Yazda, a global Yazidi organization.
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Elisabeth Johansen, MS


 



Elisabeth Johansen graduated from the University of Stavanger in June 2013. Her MSc study with the CBTH Project focused on 3D flexural modelling of the southern Caribbean and northern South America.
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Bereke Kairanov, MS


 



Bereke completed his MS from the University of Stavanger in June 2013 on a study focused on creating subsidence plots basins within the CBTH area using Zetaware Genesis, which were then used to characterize the basins and understand the geological processes of the area. Since that time, he has been working on a PhD study of petroleum exploration in the Arctic.
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Margaret Kroehler, MS


 



Margaret Kroehler graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2007. Her Master of Science thesis is titled "Tectonics and Sequence Stratigraphy of the Venezuelan Basin, Caribbean Sea." She previously worked as a geologist at Noble Energy in Houston and is seeking employment in the area of environmental geology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Orietta Mata, MS

 



Orietta graduated from UH in October 2014. Her thesis is titled "Cenozoic Structure, Stratigraphy, and Paleogeography of the Lower Magdalena Basin, Colombia." She currently works as a Geologist in the Offshore Colombia group at Shell in Houston, Texas.

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Carolina Mejia Hernandez, MS




Carolina completed her MS thesis on the structure of the foothills of the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia in 2015. Her MS study analyzed the tectonic evolution of the Mirador Formation using 3D seismic interpretation, well log correlations, balancing of structural cross sections, and thermochronology studies She presently works as a geologist and seismic interpreter at Dynamic Data Systems in Houston.
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Lourdes Rodriguez Milano, MS




Lourdes is an MS graduate in Geophysics who began working with the CBTH Project in summer 2014. Her MS study involved gravity modeling and seismic reflection mapping of the Espino graben of central Venezuela. She graduated in Summer 2016 and currently works as a Geophysicist at Sanchez Energy in Houston.
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Catalina Moreno-Lopez, MS




Catalina graduated from the University of Stavanger with a MSc in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering in 2012 and also worked for the CBTH Project assisting with Landmark software, seismic interpretation, and basin modelling. Her thesis was titled “Tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the southern Llanos basin, Colombia." She currently works as a reservoir geologist at Ecopetrol in Bogota, Colombia.
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Jhon Meyer Muñoz-Barrera, MS

 



Jhon Muñoz-Barrera graduated in June 2015 with an MSc from the Petroleum Geosciences Engineering program at the University of Stavanger. His research project focused on defining the types of structural traps related to the Yopal-Borde Llanero fault system in order to improve the geological knowledge of the area and identify possible areas of hydrocarbon prospectivity. After working as a Petroleum Geologist with Faroe Petroleum in Stavanger, he is now a Phd student in structural geology at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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Bryan Ott, PhD

 



Bryan, a December 2012 graduate in geology from UT Austin, completed an undergraduate research project with Paul Mann on Papua New Guinea supported by an NSF grant at UT. His PhD dissertation at UH was supported by the CBTH project and is a synthesis of seismic and well information from the northern Nicaraguan Rise and Jamaica. Bryan was also the captain of the 2012 UH Imperial Barrel team. In May 2013, Bryan won 1st Prize at the AAPG Student Poster Competition, and began an internship with the Brazil group at Hess Corporation in Houston. He completed his PhD in August 2015 and currently works as a Foundation Geologist with the Brazil group at Hess Corporation.

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Luis Pachon Parra, MS

 



Luis graduated from UH in August 2013. His thesis is titled "Sub-surface mapping and 3D flexural modeling of the Putumayo foreland basin, Colombia." Luis interned with Halliburton in Houston during summer 2013 currently works as a Geologist at GEMS Ltd. in Bogota, Colombia

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Stefan Punnette, MS

 



Stefan Punnette graduated from University of Texas in the Spring of 2010. His thesis topic was "Tectonic and eustatic controls on the origin of shelf sands and associated facies, offshore northern Trinidad and Tobago." He now works as a Geoscientist for BP, Houston, Texas.

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Luisa Campiño Restrepo, MS


 



Luisa completed her MS in Petroleum Geoscience Engineering at UiS in June 2013. Her thesis focused on the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the southern Pacific region-Colombia within the framework of the CBTH project. She now works as an Exploration and Reservoir Geologist at Statoil in Stavanger, Norway
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Anthony Rodriguez, MS



Anthony obtained a BS degree in geology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2009 before graduating with an MS from UT in summer 2011. His thesis topic was " Subsurface mapping and hydrocarbon potential of Late Cretaceous and Early Tertiary sequences and structures in the Mexican sector of the Gulf of Mexico." He now works as a Consulting Geoscientist in Houston, Texas.

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Javier Sanchez, PhD



Javier completed his MS at the University of Texas in 2011 and his PhD from the University of Houston in 2015. His research covered the complex tectonics and basin history of the Santa Marta massif, Cesar-Rancheria basin, Sierra Perija and Maracaibo basin. Javier had an internship with the Shell offshore Colombia group in the summers of 2012 and 2013 and with Repsol’s Latin American group in the summer of 2014. Javier was a post-doctoral researcher with the CBTH project from September 2015 to June 2016, where he completed several articles on basin modeling and geomorphology in northern Colombia. Javier joined the Department of Geology at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia, in July 2016, where he is an assistant, tenure-track professor teaching structural geology, tectonics, basin analysis and petroleum geology.
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M. David Soto, MS



David Soto graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2007.  His Master of Science thesis is titled "Structural and basinal architecture and active strike-slip faulting of the eastern offshore area of Trinidad."  He currently works as an Exploration Geologist at Repsol YPF in Madrid, Spain.
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Gustavo Taboada, MS



Gustavo Taboada completed his MS at the University of Texas at Austin on "2D and 3D tectonostratigraphic framework of the Orinoco delta, eastern Venezuela". He previously worked as a Geoscientist at PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.) and is now Head of the Geosciences Division of RBT Oil Group in Colombia.

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Travis Tillman, MS



Travis Tillman worked with the CBTH Project to assist with database management in the summer of 2014 and was a member of the 2014 UH IBA team that placed third in the Gulf Coast conference. Travis completed his MS thesis on the petroleum potential of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico in August 2015 and currently works for RSF Solutions in Houston, TX.

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Lucia Torrado, MS



Lucia completed her MS study with CBTH at UH in 2012 on: "Non-Marine Sequence Stratigraphy and Changing Fluvial Style in the Northern Llanos Foreland Basin of Colombia” and has been working on a PhD project with the CBTH group that includes subsurface, seismic stratigraphic studies of the Nicaraguan Rise of the Caribbean Sea and the Amazon cone of offshore Brazil.

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Eleine Vence, MS

 



Eleine Vence graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2008.  Her thesis topic was "Subsurface structure, stratigraphy, and regional tectonic controls of the Guajira margin of northern Colombia."  Eleine now works as a Senior Geologist, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico for ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas

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Zach Wolfe, MS

 



Zach Wolfe completed his MS in 2012 on the structural evolution of the Laramide-age Sierra Madre Oriental Fold and Thrust Belt of eastern Mexico and its control on sedimentary sequences in the western Gulf of Mexico. Zach currently works as a Senior Reservoir Geophysicist at Schlumberger in Houston, Texas.

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CBTH Former Staff, Post-Docs, and Undergrads


Nestor Cardozo





Dr. Nestor Cardozo is an Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger who worked with the CBTH Project in 2013-2015 to assist with basin modeling.
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Carlos Vargas, PhD

 


Carlos received his PhD in October of 2003 from the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain where his research was focused on wave propagation and tomography applied in Colombia.  His current research is focused on attenuation tomography, discrimination of scattering, and intrinsic absorption in the lithosphere of northwestern South America and the southern Caribbean. He has returned to his Associate Professor of Geophysics position at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota.

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Carlos Zuluaga, PhD

 


Dr. Carlos Zuluaga worked as an allied research with the CBTH project on the tectonic evolution of the Colombian Caribbean Margin during the Fall 2014 semester.

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CBTH Former Staff, Post-Docs, and Undergrads

 


Ysabelle Abraham





Ysabelle Abraham is a UH undergrad geology major who worked for CBTH to assist with the GIS database during summer 2015.
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Vanessa Alejandro





Vanessa worked for the CBTH Project in summer 2014 on compiling the GIS database and maintaining references. She was named a 2014 Udall Scholar and is currently an undergrad geology student at UH.
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Ian Ambrosius





Ian worked for CBTH at UH after serving for three years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He assisted in keeping the GIS data base up-to-date and worked on a senior research project constructing regional cross sections through Hispaniola and restoring displacement on Late Miocene to recent thrusting using 3D MOVE. He is currently working in Portland, Oregon, for a company that provides GIS, LiDAR, and CAD work for land use, developers, and utility companies.
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Harris Ardis





Harris worked as an Undergrad Research Assistant at UT to help convert data to digital format and keep the database up-to-date and organized. He now works as a Geophysicist at Apex Spectral Technology, Inc. in Houston, Texas.
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Laura Nathalie Pulido Arias





Laura joined the CBTH project for the fall semester of 2012, compiling CBTH database materials, conducting miscellaneous GIS tasks, and keeping our references database organized.
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Kherlen Batbayar





Kherlen worked for the CBTH project from fall 2012 to summer 2014, where she compiled CBTH database materials, conducted miscellaneous GIS tasks, and organized the references database. Her undergraduate research project compiled paleostress data from Paleozoic to recent rocks of the circum-Caribbean area and compared it to the CBTH PaleoGIS plate reconstructions. She graduated in December 2014, and is currently a MS student at Colorado School of Mines working with Dr. Lesli Wood.
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Lauren Becker





Lauren worked for the CBTH project at UT in 2011, where she compiled CBTH database materials, conducted miscellaneous GIS tasks, and organized the references database. She currently works as a Geophysicist for BP in Houston.
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Joey Breeland



Joey Breeland worked for CBTH in 2005-2006 as an undergraduate research assistant while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in 2007 and currently works in Sales for Ortho Classic in Austin, Texas.
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Dane Brodsgaard



Dane Brodsgaard worked for CBTH in 2013-2014 as an undergraduate research assistant using GIS software to update the CBTH database.
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Callum Byers



Callum worked for CBTH as an undergrad geology major at UH, where he assisted with maintaining the GIS database. He began working for the project in May 2015and completed an undergraduate research project on faulting in the Cusco area of Peru using remote sensing and structural data. He is currently working on his Master's in Environmental Engineering at UH.
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Matt Case



Matt worked for the CBTH Project in 2016 to assist with our annual GIS database release while studying as a post-baccalaureate geophysics major at UH. He completed on an undergraduate research project on the continent-ocean boundaries along the East African margin using seismic reflection and gravity data and is currently an MS student at Colorado School of Mines working with the Reservoir Characterization Project.
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Alex Cheney



Alex worked as an undergraduate research assistant with the CBTH Project beginnign in summer 2014, where he assisted with GIS and reference database compilation in addition to helping with materials for the annual atlas release. He completed a senior honor’s thesis on tectonic controls on subsidence in the Permian basin of West Texas and graduated in August 2015. He is currently a MS student at Colorado School of Mines working with Dr. Lesli Wood.
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Matt Copley




Matthew worked for the CBTH Project in 2016 to assist with our annual GIS database release while studying as a post-baccalaureate geophysics major at UH. He completed on an undergraduate research project on the continent-ocean boundaries along the East African margin using seismic reflection and gravity data and is currently an MS student at Colorado School of Mines.
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Ruth Costley




Ruth is a former research associate employed by the CBTH project who helped maintain and expand the GIS database. She completed her master's degree in GIS at the University of Redlands in 2007.  Her main research interests are in developing customized and more user-friendly GIS applications to access, manipulate and display large databases like the CBTH project. She currently works as a Research Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Sarah Dailey




Sarah is a UH undergrad geology graduate who assisted with the GIS database. She graduated in August 2015 and is currently a MS geology grad student at Lousiana State University working on southeastern Asian basins.
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Marie de los Santos




Marie worked for the CBTH project from summer 2013 to summer 2014 where she compiled CBTH database materials. She completed her MS degree on uplift and paleoaltimetry in the Andes at the University of Arizona in Tuscon and is now a lab technician at the University of Arizona.
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Naila Dowla




Naila worked as a graduate research assitant at UH, where she studied the crustal structure and petroleum of Central Atlantic conjugate margins. She was president of the AAPG student chapter at UH for 2014-15.
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Janet Everett



Janet Everett worked for CBTH as a senior administrative associate. She helped maintain the CBTH website and improve its functionality and user-friendliness. She also assisted the CBTH project with graphics design, data compilation, and manuscript preparation. She currently works as a Longarm Quilter in Kyle, Texas.
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Erik Fathy



Erik Fathy worked for CBTH in 2010 as an undergraduate research assistant. He is received a BSc in Geology from the University of Texas and now works at Chevron in Houston, Texas.
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Guy Fitz
  

 


Guy Fitz worked for CBTH as an undergraduate research assistant during the spring semester in 2009.  Under the direction of Paul Mann, Guy completed an MSc research project on Papua New Guinea in Summer 2011 and now works as a Geophysicst at Hess Corporation in Houston, Texas.
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Nancy Hard

 


Nancy Hard worked as an administrative associate for the CBTH project at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. She helped students and staff arrange meetings and travel, compile data, and prepare manuscripts.

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Chase Hudson


 



Chase Hudson worked for CBTH in 2006 as an undergraduate research assistant.  He graduated with a degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and now works for Kastle Securities Systems in Houston, Texas.
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Xiangyun Jiang, PhD



Xiangyun "Shawn" Jiang received her PhD from the China Petroleum University in Beijing in June 2007.  Her topic was "Fluvial reservoir architecture modeling and remaining oil distribution study" in Bohai basin, China.  Xiangyun's research activities for CBTH included interpreting seismic data, creating surface maps, and converting vintage well data to digital format. She currently works as a Consultant in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Will King


 



Will King worked for CBTH as an undergraduate research assistant.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in August 2008.  Will now works as Geologist for Statoil in Austin, Texas.
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Ambarwati “Wening” Lestari

 



Wening worked with the CBTH Project from 2012-2013 as a graduate research assistant to import the vast collection of seismic and well images from literature that CBTH compiled from Phases I and II into Landmark for future interpretation.

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Zhi Chao Li

 



Zhi Chao graduated with his MSc from UiS in 2014. He worked for the the CBTH Project on seismic interpretation and on building a 3D Earth model.

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Chris Luebbert

 



Chris joined the CBTH project for a 2012 summer internship and worked on creating a high-resolution DEM for the study area and producing crustal thickness maps for the CBTH region. He currently works as a geophysicist with CGG in Houston.

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Zach Martindale

 



Zach worked as a graduate research assistant for CBTH for the fall of 2015. He previously received his MS in Geology from California State University-Bakersfield in June 2015.

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Luan Nguyen

 



Luan worked as an undergraduate research assistant for CBTH from 2012-2013, where he focused on researching oil seeps in the Caribbean area, compiling SAR images, and gravity modeling in the Gulf of Mexico. Following a MS degree from UH, he worked for CBTH from 2015-16 on gravity and magnetic modeling to better constrain plate reconstructions of the Gulf of Mexico. He began the PhD program at Rice University in 2015.

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Johnathon Osmond

Johnathon Osmond


Johnathon Osmond worked as an undergraduate research assistant for CBTH updating fault and salt datasets and compiling structural information on basins in Hispaniola. Johnathon completed his MSc in Geology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 on carbon sequestration in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently as research scientist at the UT Bureau of Economic Geology working on Texas seismicity.
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Delwin Panjikaran

Delwin Panjikaran


Delwin Panjikaran was an undergraduate student in the geology department who worked with the CBTH project for a 2012 summer internship on georeferencing maps from literature and reports and integrating them into the CBTH database.
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Maria Isabel Prieto



María Isabel Prieto worked in 2010-2011 as a graduate student for CBTH compiling geophysical information for the database on the Colombian sector of the Nicaraguan Rise, Caribbean Sea.

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Bjorn Schey



Bjorn Schey worked for CBTH in 2006 as an undergraduate research assistant.  He graduated with a Geology degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and is currently a GIS analyst at Frontline Energy Services in San Francisco, California
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Derek Scott



Derek worked as an undergraduate research assistant on updating the CBTH GIS database and literature compilation. He joined the CBTH Project in summer 2014 and completed a senior honors thesis on the Gabon-Congo passive margin fold belt. He graduated with honors in August 2015 and currently works in the Houston-area petrochemical industry.

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Sanchi Srivastava



Sanchi Srivastava is a UT undergraduate student employed by the CBTH project to help convert data to digital format, and keep the database up-to-date and organized. She completed a BS degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Sciences in December 2010 and currently works as a Senior Associate for Ernst & Young in Dallas, Texas.

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Rizky Amanda Syahrul



Rizky worked with the CBTH Project from 2012-2013 on compiling data for the CBTH database. He completed his MSc at UiS in 2014 and is currently an exploration geologist at Statoil in Norway.

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Trond Kastet Thorbjørnsen



Trond, originally from Norway, worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for CBTH at the University of Stavanger and graduated with his MSc in June 2013. He worked to improve and expand the wells database to more accurately include stratigraphic data including intervals, paleoenvironments, and facies for all of the wells compiled from literature in the CBTH database.

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Katherine Tilghman



Katherine worked for the CBTH project in the summer of 2014, where she assistd with database management. She was captain of the 2014 UH IBA team that placed third in the Gulf Coast conference, and completed her MS in metamorphic petrology and geochronology at UH in December 2014. She currently works as a Staff Geologist for the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Darren Tjepkema



Darren Tjepkema worked for CBTH in 2007 as an undergraduate research assistant.  He continued his engineering studies at Texas A&M University and graduated in 2011. He currently works as an Engineering specialist for the Railroad Commission of Texas in Austin.
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John Tobeck



John Tobeck is a UH undergraduate student who worked for CBTH on compiling data from the Brazilian margin. He currently works for Texas Instruments in Wylie, Texas.

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Shelly Tran



Shelly worked as an undergrad research assistant for the CBTH Project starting in January 2015, focusing on updating the CBTH GIS database.

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Yang Wenxiu, PhD



Yang completed her PhD in China and worked with CBTH as Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Stavanger from June 2009 to August 2011. Yang's project focused on mapping the offshore area of Guyana, Suriname, and Cuba. Yang now works as a geophysicist/geologist Senior Product Specialist at Emerson Process Management (Roxar AS) in Oslo, Norway.

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Xiangyang Xie, PhD

 


Xiangyang "Cheyenne" Xie received his PhD from the University of Wyoming in June 2007, and was a post-doctoral researcher with the CBTH project from 2008-2009 using detrital zircons for provenance studies for the area of northwestern South America and the Caribbean. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Christian University in Keller, Texas.

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