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  • New CBTH Newsletter - February 2017 edition (PDF)

  • The CBTH project will host its annual sponsors meeting on Friday, September 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch included). Sponsors will receive more details on the meeting shortly. Stay tuned for updates.

  • 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 be 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.”

  • Congrats to Joan Blanco (PhD student, CBTH project) and Alexandre Silva (PhD student, EAS) for placing third place in the SEG Challenge Bowl World Finals at the SEG meeting in Dallas in October. The first place team was from Brigham Young University and the second place team was from the University of Calgary. Click here to read more.

  • CBTH students and researchers will be presenting on Monday, November 7 at the 18th Annual Sheriff Lecture presented by HGS and the UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. To view the event invite, click here. For a full list of EAS presentations, click here.

  • Congratulations to CBTH PhD students Patrick Loureiro and Shenelle Gomez for passing their dissertation proposal meetings on October 26!

  • The CBTH Annual Sponsors Meeting was held on September 30, 2016 at the University of Houston in Cemo Hall, Room 109. Click here more details.

  • Congratulations to CBTH students Andrew Steier, Rasheed Ajala, and Kyle Reuber, who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively, at the 15th Conference on Africa E&P hosted by HGS/PESGB.

  • Congratulations to Patrick Loureiro who accepted a full-time offer with Hess Corporation in Houston starting in the middle of 2017, following the completion of his UH PhD study on the Brazil-West Africa conjugate margins. Patrick was a summer intern for Hess in the summer of 2016 working on NW Africa and completed his MS with the CBTH project in 2014 on the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands area.

  • Congratulations to Marie de los Santos, CBTH-supported UH undergrad geology major, who completed her master’s degree on isotope studies in August, 2016, at the University of Arizona and is now working as a technician at the University of Arizona Isotope lab.

  • Congratulations to Lourdes Rodriguez who competed her MS degree on the Espino rift of Venezuela and is starting a full time job as a geophysicist with Sanchez Energy in Houston where she has been working parttime for the past year.

  • Congratulations to Matt Copley who graduated with his BS from UH and is starting the MS program with the industry-funded reservoir characterization group at Colorado School of Mines. As a CBTH-supported undergrad at UH, Matt completed a study of the Somali basin of East Africa that he presented at the 2016 AAPG Annual meeting in Calgary.

  • Congratulations to Javier Sanchez! 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. 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. We thank Javier for his five years of productive and dedicated service to the CBTH project both as a PhD student and a postdoctoral researcher and wish him luck in his new professor position. We hope to continue collaborations with Javier and his colleagues and geoscience students at EAFIT University.

  • Congratulations to the CBTH student awardees Shenelle Gomez and Luis Carlos Carvajal, who received second and third place, respectively, in the 2016 AAPG-ACE student poster competition in Calgary, Canada. Four CBTH students were selected from a pool of 90 first-authored, accepted abstracts to the Calgary meeting for the competition judged by a panel of 5-6 judges. CBTH students Naila Dowla and Lucia Torrado also participated in the student competition of 15 posters. Click here for more information on CBTH at AAPG 2016.


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

  • CBTH student Luan Nguyen gave a talk at the Geophysical Society of Houston: Potential fields SIG Dinner on May 19th

  • Congratulations for Pin Lin’s AAPG grant-in-aid that will fund her study of source rock maturity in the South Florida basin. She will travel to the Florida State Geological Survey core faculty in Tallahassee to sample cores. Analysis will be done at the UH Petroleum Geochemistry Lab. Click here to read more.
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. 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 Phase IV proposal (.pdf), our project flyer(.pdf), and our Contributions List of CBTH publications, theses, and presentations (updated June 2016).

Click here to view the latest CBTH Newsletter (June 2016 edition) for information on our students, sponsors, and project activities. If you would like to see more of our compilation, please become a sponsor today!

The CBTH-Phase IV proposed study area is shown in the large boxed areas. The CBTH-Phase IV 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 Phase IV Study Area (revised August 2015)

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Numbers on map refer to areas of proposed work described in the text of the Phase IV proposal (revised in 2015): 1 = USA and Mexican Gulf of Mexico; 2 = Florida and Bahamas region; 3 = East Coast of the USA (conjugate rifted margin of NW Africa); 4 = Nicaraguan Rise in Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and ; 5 = Deepwater areas of Colombian and Venezuelan basins; 6= Panama accretionary prism; 7 = Onland basins of Colombia; 8 = Pacific margin basins of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru; 9 = Foreland basins of Peru and Ecuador; 10 = Llanos foreland basin of Colombia; 11 = Venezuelan foreland basins; 12 = Trinidad, Barbados, and Barbados accretionary prism; 13 = Northeastern South America in Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil (conjugate rifted margin of Equatorial Africa); 14 = Southern Brazil and Uruguay (conjugate rifted margin of southwest Africa); 15 = Northwest margin of Africa; 16 = Equatorial margin of Africa; 17 = East African margin.


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 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 Article on CBTH Research

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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A special thanks to our current industry sponsors who have helped make this project possible:
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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

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