- New CBTH Newsletter - December 2022 edition (PDF)
- Our new CBTH Project Phase VII Proposal (2023-2026) is now online! Click here to download the PDF.
- CBTH congratulates Faith Walton on graduating from UH with a BS in May 2023 in geology with a minor in geophysics and a minor in energy and sustainability. She will be starting the MS program in geology at Louisiana State University in August 2023 where she will be working as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Sam Bentley on sedimentological studies of the Mississippi Delta. Faith worked on scanning and GIS database management for the CBTH Project along with a senior thesis on the opening of the Gulf of California. Faith recently received the first place award for her presentation on the Gulf of California at the 2023 Student Research Day at UH.
- Congratulations to Juan Pablo Ramos and Ruth Beltran, who placed 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the Student Poster Competition at GeoGulf23!
- Kyle Reuber, a 2017 PhD grad from the UH CBTH Project and now a Senior Geoscientist with TGS, has published a paper in the May 2023 Special Issue of the journal First Break entitled: Global Exploraton Hotspots. His paper is titled "Frontier Basins of Latin America: Realizing Deep-Water Potential and uses the TGS seismic data library to review the exploration status of South American basins from Guyana to Argentina." Click here to read the full article.
- Congratulations to the 2023 summer interns from the CBTH Project: Juan Pablo Ramos (BP Gulf of Mexico group) and Mohamed Abdelfatah (ExxonMobil)
- Congratulations to recent CBTH Project gradauates who are now working full-time in the oil and gas industry: 1) Nahid Hasan, PhD, exploration geology GOM group at BP;
2) Nawaz Bugti, PhD, now postdoc with XFrac project at EAS;
3) Bryan Moore, MS, exploration geologist with Caribbean group at TotalEnergies;
4) Sean Romito, development and operations geologist with ConocoPhillips group in Permian basin;
5) Ben Miller, MS, exploration geophysicist with ExxonMobil New Ventures group;
6) Maddie Bishop, exploration geologist with Arena Exploration;
7) Mei Liu, geophysicist with TGS,
8) Hualing Zhang, PhD, now postdoctoral researcher with PetroChina (Beijing) working on the Junggar basin in NW China;
9) Jake Miller, MS, exploration geophysicist with BP GOM group;
10) Steve Leslie, PhD, exploration geologist with Repsol Mexican Gulf of Mexico group;
11) Marcus Zinecker, exploration geologist with BP GOM group;
12) Tarek Galhom, MS, PhD researcher in carbon capture at the University of Bergen in Norway;
13) Jack Kenning, exploration geologist in New Ventures group at ConocoPhillips;
- CBTH graduate Carolina Mejia (MS, 2015) was recently interviewed on Relatecast about her work as an international geologist. Click here to view the full video.
- The Elsevier volume titled "Deepwater Sedimentary Systems," which features chapters by Dr. Paul Mann and CBTH PhD student Md Nahidul Hasan, was recently reviewed by Charles Sternbach in the December issue of AAPG Explorer. Click here to read the review.
- Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Md Nahidul Hasan, who won the Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the HGS-PESGB Africa Conference in September. Click here to read more.
- CBTH graduate Rocio Bernal Olaya (PhD, 2014) was the subject of a recent article on Subsuelo3D's website. Click here to read more.
- The CBTH Annual Sponsor Meeting was held on October 7, 2022. This event will be hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams. Thanks to all who attended and made this year's meeting a success! Click here for more details, including the full meeting schedule.
- CBTH students and researchers recently presented at IMAGE 2022 on August 28- September 2. Visit our Contributions List for a full list of presentations at this year's event. Project sponsors can access these presentations by clicking here.
- At the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) Conference, Paul Mann and Tricia Alvarez, PhD, now at Heritage Petroleum Ltd, Trinidad and Tobago) presented a synthesis of information from their recent publications in AAPG Memoir 123. This one-day virtual short course was held on July 7. For registration details, click here.
- Students and researchers at the University of Houston Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences presented at the 35th Annual Student Research Conference and Alumni & Industry Open House on Friday, April 29. This free event was hosted virtually on Zoom. To view the conference program, click here. For registration information, click here.
- Congrats to Alejandro Escalona and his University of Stavanger team for placing third in the AAPG Europe Region Imperial Barrel Award 2022. After 8 weeks for intensive work and a 2 days of competition between 9 European teams from France, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Poland and Romania the three top teams have been selected by a panel of 6 judges from the energy industry. Congrats to La Salle, University of Naples, and University of Stavanger and the 45 students who participated to this event for having successfully achieved such a unique and important milestone in their education path.
- CBTH PhD student Md Nahidul Hasan presented at the Sedimentary Basin Analysis conference hosted by Pemex on Wednesday, March 9th. His presentation is titled "Thermal stress and expelled hydrocarbons from Mesozoic-Cenozoic source rocks, southern Gulf of Mexico."
- 17 CBTH-affiliated publications were published in AAPG Memoir 123, which was released in December 2021. 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.
CBTH Proposal and Product Information
Please feel free to browse
a copy of our
new Phase VII proposal (pdf now online!),
our project flyer(.pdf), and
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.
click map to enlarge
The CBTH study area. Numbers correspond to Phase VI, Year 3 student study areas:
1. Mohamed Abdelfatah, PhD candidate
2. Ruth Beltran, PhD candidate
3. Nawaz Bugti, PhD candidate
4. Sharon Cornelius, post-doctoral researcher
5. Daniella Easley, PhD candidate
6. Md Nahidul Hasan, PhD candidate
7. Bryan Moore, MS graduate
8. Chesney Petkovsek, PhD candidate
9. Juan Pablo Ramos Vargas, PhD candidate
10. Upal Shahriar, PhD candidate
11. Kenneth Shipper, PhD candidate
12. Faith Walton, Undergraduate
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.
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 Central America, eastern North America,
and western Europe, and the South Atlantic conjugate margins 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.
CBTH Calendar of Events