- New CBTH Newsletter - March 2019 edition (PDF)
- The CBTH Annual Sponsors Meeting will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019 at on the University of Houston main campus. Formal invitations will be sent out to sponsoring companies in the forthcoming weeks. For more information, including the tentative meeting schedule, click here. If you are interested in attending as a prospective sponsor, please contact us.
- Congratulations to CBTH PhD student Marcus Zinecker, who received the Rising Star Award for 2018-2019 from the Houston Geological Society. For more information, click here to visit the HGS Bulletin website.
- Congratulations to the UH IBA Team, who won first place in the Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Competition on May 18! They previously won first place in the Gulf Coast Section competition on March 17. Click here for more information.
- On Friday, April 26, the University of Houston hosted its annual “Student Research Day and Alumni-Industry Open House." A schedule of events and presentations, including CBTH presentations, is availble by clicking here.
- The CBTH Project hosted a mid-year meeting for sponsors and prospective sponsors on March 22, 2019. Sponsoring companies can access the presentations from this meeting by clicking here.
- Congrats to the three CBTH-supported students who placed first, second, and third at the Annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies that was held in Shreveport, Louisiana, in October, 2018. Omar Zavala (undergrad) was in first place with a poster comparing the cooling histories of the conjugate margins of the South Atlantic Ocean; Jack Kenning (PhD student) placed second for his poster on Eocene-Oligocene mass transport deposits in the Mexican Ridges province, western Gulf of Mexico; and Nawaz Bugti for his poster on structural restoration of the Corsair normal fault zone in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.
- The CBTH Project was featured in the latest issue 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). Current students working on various aspects of GOM conjugate margins include Jack Kenning (PhD), Nawaz Bugti (PhD), Mei Liu (PhD) and Marcus Zinecker (PhD). Click here to read the article in the latest issue.
- Congrats to Jack Kenning for his first place poster award at the student poster session (Advanced PhD category) at the HGS-EAS, 20th Annual Robert E. Sheriff lecture for his presentation on the Mexican Ridges in the western Gulf of Mexico. Click here for more information.
- Thanks to everyone who attended the CBTH Annual Sponsors Meeting on Friday, September 21, 2018! This year, we had a total of 57 attendees (34 from industry, 23 from UH/UiS). For more information, including a copy of the presentation schedule, click here.
- Congrats to the three CBTH-supported students who placed first, second, and third at the 15th Annual Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain Conference on African Exploraiton. The conference is held in Houston and London in alternating years. Marcus Zinecker was in first place with a poster comparing the conjugate margins of northwest Africa and the Blake-Bahama plateau; Omar Zavala placed second for his poster comparing the thermochronology of the South Atlantic Ocean; and Geraldine Tijerina placed third for her poster comparing the thermochronology of the conjugate margins of the Central Atlantic.
- Karilys Castillo, who competed her MS in 2014 with the CBTH project, is presenting a talk at the meeting of the Colombia Geoscientists Network from 6-8 pm on Thursday, Sept 20, at the The Bougainvilleas. 12126 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077. Since completing her MS at UH on eastern Venezuela, Karilys worked for three years as a geophysicist with the Anadarko Offshore Colombia team and is currently working with the Advanced Analytics and Technology team. The title of her talk is: Mass transport complexes (MTC) characterization, Sinu basin, offshore Colombia.
- Paul Mann is part of the organization committee and will present at the AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop entitled: Deep and ultra-deep petroleum systems: What we know and what we dont know to be held in Beijing, China, on October 26-28, 2018. The meeting will provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects of the new deep frontiers that include: deepwater exploration systems (turbidites, etc.), deepwater offshore discoveries (including all depositional systems), and deep and ultra-deep strata onshore. Click here for more information.
- Paul Mann and other CBTH students and graduates presented at the AAPG Hedberg Conference on Geology of Middle America - The Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan, Caribbean, Grenada and Tobago basins, and their Margins - on July 2-5,2018 in Siguenza, Spain. The event was covened by Jorge Comet, CEPSA, Keith James, Consultant, and Jose Luis Granja Bruna, Univ. Madrid. For a list of CBTH presentations at the meeting, click here. For more information, click here.
- Congrats to CBTH students Lucia Torrado and Andrew Steier for their leadership of the AAPG Wildcatters student group at UH that won the top AAPG student group award for the USA at the AAPG Salt Lake City meeting. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to Jack Kenning for his fourth place poster award at the student poster session at the AAPG meeting in Salt Lake City for his presentation on the Mexican Ridges in the western Gulf of Mexico. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to former CBTH student Kyle Reuber (PhD, 2017) for his AAPG Jules Braunstein Memorial best poster award for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Click here for more information.
- Congrats to Paul Mann for the Robert H. Dott, Sr., Memorial best publication award shared with his co-editor, Claudio Bartolini (Repsol) for AAPG Memoir 108 on the petroleum geology of the Colombian margin. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- 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).
CBTH Proposal and Product Information
Please feel free to browse
a copy of our
new proposal (.pdf),
our project flyer(.pdf), and
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.
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The CBTH study area. Numbers correspond to Phase IV,Year 1 student study areas:
1) Nawaz Bugti, PhD, UH
2) Lei Sun, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UH
3) Sharon Cornelius, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UH
4) Steven Leslie, PhD, UH
5) Jack Kenning, PhD, UH
6) Lucia Torrado, PhD, UH
7) Marie Kouassi, PhD, UH
8) Hualing Zhang, PhD, UH
9) Sean Romito, PhD, UH
10) Marcus Zinecker, PhD, UH
11) Mei Liu, PhD, UH
12) Geraldine Tijerina, BS, UH
13) Omar Zavala, BS, UH
14) Malik Muhammad Alam, MS, UH
15) Amanda Pascali, BS, UH
16) Trevor Russell, PhD, UH
17) Fernando Mazuera, PhD, UiS
18) Guro Skarstein, MS, UiS
19) Andres Cedeño, PhD, UiS
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
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.
The CBTH Project was featured in the latest issue 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 Calendar of Events
Current Events in the CBTH Study Area