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CBTH Students at UH

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Paul Mann, PhD



Paul 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 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


Alejandro 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.

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

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Lisa Watson (Bingham)


 


Lisa 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." Lisa 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 is simultaneously working at UiS and completing her PhD in GIS-based geoscience applications at Utrecht University .

Job Title: Associate Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway
lisa.bingham*@uis.no

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Jeff Storms


 

 
Jeff Storms is a project consultant employed by the CBTH project since 2007 to help with project management, graphic design work, assisting with the yearly atlas release, preparing publications for submission, making maps in GIS, and keeping 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 a BS degree from the College of Communications at the University of Texas in May 2009.

Job Title: Project Consultant
University of Houston
jeffstormswork*@gmail.com

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Muhammad Nawaz Bugti

 


Nawaz manages the web mapping application (“Geomapper”), assists in the annual atlas release, and develops the CBTH GIS database through the continuous implementation of modern technology, equipment and extensions. Nawaz also supervises the maintenance and training for all software applications including Petrel and Landmark and assists in seismic data loading. He is also working on a mapping study of the Port Isabel fold-thrust belt in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Job Title: Research Assistant, GIS and software applications specialist
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Marie Kouassi




Marie is a UH geophysics and geology BS graduate who joined the CBTH project in 2016. Marie completed her undergraduate senior report on using a regional compilation of detrital zircon information from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean as a constraint on Mesozoic, pre-rift continental reconstructions. After graduating in May 2017, she has begun working for the CBTH Project as a Research Assistant.

Research Assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Marvin Baquero


 


Marvin works as a researcher in geochronology and lecturer for the master’s and doctoral program in geosciences at Universidad Central de Venezuela. For the summer of 2017, 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, where 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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Karen Leever, PhD



Karen Leever is a researcher at GFZ Helmholtz Centre in Potsdam, Germany. Her expertise is in analogue modeling.

Job Title: Allied Researcher
GFZ Helmholtz Centre
Potsdam, Germany

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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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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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Rocio Navas Ramirez



Rocio started her MS at UiS in summer 2016. Her project is focused on the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Gulf of Venezuela, using PDVSA data. The Gulf of Venezuela is the area of the Las Perlas giant gas discovery.

MSc graduate student
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway


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Joan Marie Blanco


 


Joan Marie is a PhD student who joined the CBTH project in 2013. She received her BS in Geophysical Engineering and her MSc in Earth Sciences from Universidad Simón Bolívar. Her PhD topic is a subsurface geologic and geophysical study of La Vela Bay, the Paraguana Peninsula, and the Falcon basin of western Venezuela.

PhD graduate student
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Luis Carlos Carvajal



Luis Carlos Carvajal received his BS in geology from the National University of Colombia in 2007 and was a geologist with AIP, Ltd., and PGS in Colombia. He joined the CBTH project and PhD program at UH in 2012 and has worked on the subsurface structure, stratigraphy, and petroleum potential of the Nicaraguan Rise and Colombian basin. He has completed internships with Chevron and Statoil. In May 2017, Luis Carlos completed his PhD and will continue to work with CBTH for the first part of the summer on a remaining paper on his study area.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Renn Chang



Renn Chang completed her Bachelor’s in Earth Sciences from National Central University, Taiwan in 2015. After graduating from university, Renn worked for one year as a research assistant whose main role was seismic data acquisition and processing. Renn currently enrolled in the Professional Master’s Program in Subsurface Geoscience at Rice University and joined CBTH project as an intern in 2017. She is interested in geophysical exploration methods such as seismic and potential field methods. Renn’s internship with CBTH Lab is assisting the compilation of igneous and metamorphic rocks age information from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean region by ArcGIS to make the Atlas for CBTH Phase IV. Also, she is researching the Bahamas region by using 3D gravity inversion method and magnetic method in order to clarify the crustal type underneath the Bahamas carbonate platform and better understand its tectonic origin.

Job Title: MS graduate research assistant
Rice University
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Ali Ricardo Gomez



Ali Ricardo Gomez earned a BS in Geological Engineering in the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and a Master degree in Geology at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he focused his research on Detrital Geochronology and provenance analysis of the Tertirary sequence in the southern Venezuelan Andes. He spend a few years working as a field geologist in the Venezuelan Foundation of Seismological Research (FUNVISIS), working on the update of the geological cartographic information of northern Venezuela. He will be joining the CBTH team in Fall 2017 as a PhD candidate focusing in the Tectonic evolution of northern Venezuela integrating Geochronological and Geophysical data.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Shenelle Gomez


Shenelle Gomez earned a BSc in Geology from the University of Houston, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014. Shenelle Gomez is currently a PhD candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, and recipient of the UH Presidential and Cullen Stella Ehrhardt Fellowship (2015-2018). Shenelle’s dissertation focuses on the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Barbados accretionary prism and its controls on the hydrocarbon potential in the deep water frontier basins of Tobago and Barbados. Shenelle was captain of the 2016 University of Houston’s AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team that finished second in a field of 12 universities in the AAPG Gulf Coast regional competition. She placed second in the 2016 AAPG student poster session held in Canada in summer of 2016, where she presented a play-based assessment of the Barbados Basin. Shenelle will be a summer 2017 intern with Shell working for both the GOM team and the Trinidad-Barbados team.

PhD graduate research assistant, UH Presidential and Cullen and Stella Ehrhardt Fellowship (2015-16)
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Jack Kenning


Jack Kenning is a PhD student and research assistant who joined the CBTH project in 2017. He received his BS in geology from the University of Manchester and a MS in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London in the United Kingdom. He has also worked as a geologist for Anadarko Petroleum. His PhD project involves a study of the subsurface structure, stratigraphy and petroleum systems potential of the Namibian margin, focusing on the Lüderitz Basin.

PhD graduate Student
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Stephen Leslie


Steve Leslie joined the project in January 2014 as a PhD student who also is employed as a full-time geophysicist with PanAtlantic Exploration Company in Houston. He completed his MS degree at the University of Hawaii on seismic data processing and interpretation of seismic reflection data from the Hawaiian Islands and has also completed an MBA degree with the University of Texas at Austin. His PhD project is a subsurface study of the South Caribbean deformed belt and associated forearc basin of the Caribbean margin of Colombia.

PhD graduate Student
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Pin Lin




Pin Lin received her BS degree in Geological Engineering from China University of Petroleum 2013 and her MS in Geology and Geophysics from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2015. Her master's thesis focussed on seismic facies interpretation from a gas field in the Bohai Basin of China. She started her PhD project with CBTH in 2015 on the topic of using well, seismic reflection and gravity data to examine the tectonic origin of the rifted, continental margins and V-shaped area of Jurassic oceanic crust in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Eric Lunn

 


Eric graduated with his BS degree in geology from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. After graduation he worked for one year as an environmental geologist in Massachusetts. In fall 2016, he began his PhD project aiming to determine the variations in deep crustal structure between the Barreirinhas and Ceara basins of northern equatorial Brazil over the Romanche Fracture Zone. Eric was the team captain of the 2017 University of Houston Imperial Barrel Award team that placed 1st in the international AAPG IBA competition.

PhD graduate research assistant, Houston Endowment Recruitment Fellowship
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Beatriz Serrano



Beatriz completed her BS degree in geology in 2001 from the National University of Colombia, a MS degree in marine geology and geophysics from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil in 2005, and a second MS degree in subsurface structural geology from Rutgers University in 2013. She was a borehole geologist with Schumberger in Colombia from 2006-2010 and a structural geologist with BP in Houston from 2013 to 2016. She started as a PhD student with the CBTH project in 2016 on the topic: “Tectonic and basin evolution of the Casamance sub-basin, Senegal province, offshore Guinea-Bissau”.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Andrew Steier




Andrew began as a research assistant with CBTH in August 2015, as a post-baccalaureate BS geology student at UH assisting with literature compilation and maintaining the GIS database. He completed an undergraduate research project on comparing plate reconstructions for the South Atlantic to geologic constraints along their rifted margins. In 2016, he began his MS thesis on South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico plate reconstructions and sequence stratigraphic evaluation of syn-rift and post-rift strata of the northern Yucatan margin of Mexico. Andrew is working as a 2017 summer intern with Total in Houston on the Mexican GOM.

MS graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Lucia Torrado


 


Lucia completed her MS study in 2012 with CBTH support entitled "Non-Marine Sequence Stratigraphy and Changing Fluvial Style in the Northern Llanos Foreland Basin of Colombia”. Her current, CBTH-supported PhD study includes subsurface, sequence stratigraphic studies of the Nicaraguan Rise, western Caribbean Sea, and the Amazon cone in the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Mohammad Almatrood




Mohammad is an undergraduate studying a double major of Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston who joined the CBTH project in 2016. He is working on the CBTH GIS database and conducted research on determining phases of tectonically-induced subsidence in different parts of the Gulf of Mexico basin.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Presly Carr




Presly is a post-baccalaureate geology undergraduate at the University of Houston who joined the project in 2017. She is working on the GIS database and relating ocean anoxic events to global hydrocarbon potential.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Andrea Di Girolamo




Andrea is a UH undergraduate geology student at the University of Houston. She joined the CBTH team in May 2017 and is currently working on updating geological data on the GIS database.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Amanda Pascali




Amanda is an undergraduate Geology major and Italian Studies minor at the University of Houston. She joined the CBTH research group during the Summer of 2017 and since then has assisted in maintaining the seismic portion of the GIS database for the Caribbean Basin. She expects to graduate in May 2020.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Emily Stibbe




Emily is an undergraduate geophysics and geology student at the University of Houston. She joined the CBTH research team in January 2017 and will assist in maintaining the GIS database.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Omar Zavala




Omar is an undergraduate geophysics major and math minor at the University of Houston who has joined the CBTH project as of this Spring 2017 semester. He is working on the CBTH GIS database and is working on a comparison of well subsidence between eastern North America and northwest Africa.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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