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Paul Mann, PhD



Dr. Paul Mann is the co-principal investigator of the CBTH project which he began with Alejandro Escalona at the University of Texas in September of 2005. In June of 2011, Paul and the CBTH project moved from UT Austin to the University of Houston. His main research interest is the tectonics and petroleum geology of sedimentary basins. The CBTH project is providing Paul an opportunity to complete a mega-regional study of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic conjugate margins that he and previous graduate students have previously studied in more localized areas.

Job Title: Professor of Geology, Robert E. Sheriff Endowed Chair
University of Houston
Houston, Texas
pmann@uh.edu

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Alejandro Escalona, PhD


Dr. Alejandro Escalona completed his PhD from The University of Texas in 2003 and his post-doc at UT Institute for Geophysics in 2006. In 2007, he became an associate professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Stavanger in Norway where he is co-principal investigator of the CBTH Phase II project. In 2008, AAPG awarded him the J.C. "Cam" Sproule Memorial Award for one of his papers on the Maracaibo basin. He was promoted to full professor in 2013 and is currently the Head of the Department of Energy Resources.

Job Title: Professor
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway
alejandro.escalona@uis.no

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Lisa Watson, PhD


 


Dr. Lisa Watson completed her MSc at Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 2011. Her thesis topic was "GIS-based analysis for petroleum exploration using fuzzy logic multi-criteria evaluation and sensitivity analysis." She has worked with CBTH from 2005 and from 2009 she has been at the University of Stavanger. Her main research interests are fuzzy logic multi-criteria evaluation, spatial data sourceability, combining spatial data sets, and applying GIS for geoscience and petroleum. Lisa completed her PhD, titled "Spatial-based assessment at continental to global scale: Case studies in petroleum exploration and ecosystem services", in summer 2017 at Utrecht University.

Job Title: Associate Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway

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Jeff Storms


 

 
Jeff Storms is a project consultant employed by the CBTH Project since 2007 to assist with project management, prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, generate figures and other graphic design work, assist with the yearly atlas release, perform GIS analysis, and to keep the project database up-to-date and organized. Jeff is also the primary administrator of the CBTH website, maintains sponsor contacts, and edits the CBTH newsletter. He received his BS degree in Radio-Televsion-Film from the College of Communications at the University of Texas in May 2009.

Job Title: Project Consultant
University of Houston

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Lei Sun

 


Dr. Lei Sun completed his MSc (2014) and PhD (2018) at University of Houston. His graduate research applied ground-based hyperspectral imaging, terrestrial laser scanning, and geochemical studies to key, stratigraphic outcrops. Lei joined CBTH in July 2018, where he manages the CBTH GIS database, and assists in the annual data release to project sponsors. He also supervises the training of CBTH support staff in ArcGIS. His research applies tectonic geomorphology and gravity modeling to constrain the recent deformation on the islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico in the northeastern Caribbean.

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow and GIS specialist
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Sharon Cornelius, PhD



Dr. Sharon Cornelius completed her PhD at the University of Houston in December 2017. Her study, which was supervised by Dr. John Castagna on velocity studies of salt in the central Gulf of Mexico, is now published in the journals Interpretation and First Break. For CBTH, she is assisting in our sub-salt data processing and expanding our deepwater and subsalt GOM database.

Job Title: Allied Researcher
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Marvin Baquero


 


Dr. Marvin Bacquero works as a researcher in geochronology and lecturer for the master’s and doctoral program in geosciences at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Marvin is a visiting scholar with the CBTH project to work on dating of detrital zircon samples from Venezuela using the lab facilities of the geology departments at UH and the University of Texas at Austin. He received his BS in Geological Engineering and his PhD in Geological Sciences from Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2015, here he used new data from geochronology, geochemistry, and isotope to improve the understanding of the tectonic history of western Venezuela.

Job Title: Visiting Scholar
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Ian Norton, PhD



Dr. Ian Norton is an allied research with the CBTH project working on plate reconstruction models for the Caribbean area using PaleoGIS software. Dr. Norton works at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, where he is a lead researcher on the PLATES Project. His research is focused on understanding the structural evolution of continental margins, particularly trying to reconcile deformation amounts that can be predicted from regional-scale plate reconstructions with deformation that can be inferred from local-scale structural data.

Job Title: Allied Researcher / Senior Research Fellow
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
norton*@ig.utexas.edu

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Sverre Ohm, PhD



Dr. Sverre E. Ohm has 30+ years experience as explorationist and petroleum system analyst from ConocoPhillips, Elf petroleum (now Total) and from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). He holds a PhD in organic geochemistry from the University of Oslo.

Job Title: Allied Researcher / Professor
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway
Sverre.e.*@uis.no

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Udo Zimmerman, PhD



Udo is an allied researcher with CBTH and is an associate professor in sedimentology at the University of Stavanger. He has been carrying out CBTH-supported fieldwork and detrital zircon studies in Barbados and Jamaica in collaboration with the CBTH group at UH.

Job Title: Allied Researcher, Associate Professor of Sedimentology
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway

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Andres Felipe Cedeno Motta



Andrés joined the CBTH project in 2017 as a graduate researcher in organic geochemistry. He took on a PhD program in 2018, which among others includes continued work to increase both local and regional understanding of the petroleum system of the circum Caribbean and GOM. Andres previously completed his MS study, titled "Geochemical analysis of oil from Barbados and basin modeling of Paleozoic units in the southern Llanos Basin, Colombia," at UiS.

PhD researcher
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway

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Mohamed Abdelfatah




Mohamed Abdelfatah is a PhD candidate who joined the CBTH Project in 2021. He completed his BS and MS in geology. He is working on basin analysis, subsurface structure and petroleum systems potential of the Red Sea basin.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Ruth Beltran




Ruth is a current employee of Ecopetrol in Bogota, Colombia who will begin a PhD study in fall 2022 with the CBTH Project focusing on Ecopetrol’s production area in the Campos-Santos region of Brazil. Her research will be supported by Ecopetrol.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Daniella Easley




Daniella Easley joined the CBTH Project in Fall 2021 as a third-year PhD student. She received a BS in Geology from Colorado State University in 2019 and a BS in Anthropology with a minor in Geology from Texas State University in 2014. Daniella spent her first two years at UH working on molecular organic geochemistry with the UH Center for Petroleum Geochemistry (UH-CPG) and is now advised by both CBTH and UH-CPG, where she focuses on applying her analytical background to basin modeling projects in the Caribbean and Brazil.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Chesney Petkovsek




Chesney Petkovsek joined the CBTH project as a PhD student in January 2020. She completed her MS in Engineering Science with emphasis in geology and BS in Geology at the University of Mississippi. Her PhD project involves seismic interpretation, heat flow analysis, and sequence stratigraphy to better understand hydrocarbon potential of the Delaware basin, West Texas and Mauritania, West Africa.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Juan Pablo Ramos Vargas




Juan Pablo is a geologist graduated from the National University of Colombia and he has worked in the analysis of petroleum sedimentary basins and the dissemination of geosciences in society. He started his PhD study in 2021 at the University of Houston and as a CBTH researcher, he is investigating the impact of the Panama arc collision on the regional structure and hydrocarbon potential in Colombia based on the interpretation of seismic, bathymetric, and geophysical information.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Upal Shahriar




Upal is an honors BS and MS student from Dhaka, Bangladesh who will begin a PhD study in fall 2022 with the CBTH Project focusing on Mauritania and the Moroccan offshore margin. This project will complete the regional CBTH mapping and basin modeling study that transverses the northwestern African margin from Morocco to the Guinea Plateau and builds on completed and ongoing work on the rifted-passive margin of northwestern Africa by Marcus Zinecker (PhD, 2020, now with BP Houston), Tarek Galhom (MS, 2020, now with Apache, Egypt) and Nahid Hasan (PhD, in progress).

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Kenneth Shipper




Kenneth Shipper worked with the CBTH project as an undergrad research assistant from January 2021 to December 2021 where he has worked on gravity modeling of the Guyana margin and flexural effects related to the eastern subduction margin of the Caribbean plate. He graduated from UH in May 2021 with a BS degree in geophysics with minors in geology and math. He began his PhD study at UH in January 2022 where he continues his work on the Guyana margin and flexural effects of the Caribbean plate.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Faith Walton




Faith Walton joined the CBTH Project as an undergrad research assistant in Spring 2022. She is currently working on her senior thesis, tentatively titled "Structural restoration of submarine and coalesced pull-apart basins in the northern Gulf of California."

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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