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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), PhD


 


Dr. Lisa Watson (Bingham) 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
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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Lei Sun

 


Dr. Lei Sun completed his MSc (2014) and PhD (2018) at University of Houston on 2014 and 2018. His graduate research applied ground-based hyperspectral imaging, terrestrial laser scanning, and geochemical study to outcrop studies. Lei joined CBTH in July 2018, 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 uses tectonic geomorphology and gravity modeling to constrain the recent deformation on the island of Hispaniola in the northeastern Caribbean.

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

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Sharon Cornelius, PhD



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

Job Title: Allied Researcher
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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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



Andres Cedeño took on a PhD program in August 2018, which among others includes continued work on the petroleum system of the Caribbean. Andres will be interpreting results of organic geochemical analysis run on oils to increase both local and regional understanding of the petroleum system of the Caribbean. 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 in 2017.

PhD graduate student
University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway


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Lila "Maddie" Bishop




Lila "Maddie" Bishop is a MS student and research assistant who joined the CBTH project in Fall 2019. She received her BS in General Geology in the Spring of 2019 from The University of Texas. She has a range of experience from Developmental Geology in the Gulf of Mexico to Glaciology in Washington State. Her MS project involves seismic interpretation, stratigraphy, and petroleum system evaluation in the Sandino Forearc Basin, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Tarek Galhom




Tarek is a graduate student who joined CBTH project in Fall 2019. He received his first MS degree in Unconventional Shale gas Reservoirs and has 7 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Currently, his MS project is basin analysis and structure restoration offshore Morocco.

Graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Md Nahidul Hasan




Md Nahidul Hasan joined the CBTH project as a PhD student in Fall 2019. He recently completed his MS in geology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He will be working on subsurface structure, stratigraphy and petroleum systems potential of the Campeche Salt province, Gulf of Mexico.

PhD graduate research assistant, Houston Endowment Recruitment Fellowship
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 on projects in Northern Africa and the U.S. Onshore. His PhD project involves a study of the subsurface structure, stratigraphy and petroleum systems potential of the Western MGOM, focusing on the Mexican Ridges Fold Belt area.

PhD graduate Student
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 began working for the CBTH Project as a Research Assistant and has recently started her MS project with CBTH.

Research Assistant
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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Mei Liu




Mei Liu joined the project in August 2018 as a PhD student. She completed her BS and MS degrees in geology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her PhD project concerns crustal thickness mapping of the Gulf of Mexico in the context of Triassic and Jurassic phase 1 and 2 opening phases.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Benjamin Miller




Benjamin Miller completed two BS degrees in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Houston in 2017 and worked in the Finance Department for the City of Bellaire, Texas. He joined the CBTH project as a research assistant in September 2019 and has assisted in managing the reference database as well as the stratigraphy, wells, and outcrops for the GIS database. His research is a subsurface study of Saba Bank in the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

MS graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Jacob Miller




Jacob Miller joined the CBTH Project in May 2019 as an MS student. His MS thesis will extend and build upon interpretations of the southeastern Caribbean by creating a representative basin model, mapping tectonostratigraphy, and integrating gravity and magnetic data. He was on the 2019 IBA World Champion team and is currently the Vice President of SEG Wavelets.

MS graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Sean Romito

 


Sean is a PhD candidate with CBTH who recently completed is Master's at Rice University. He will be working on datasets from offshore Gabon, West Africa, to better characterize the evolution, hydrocarbon prospectivity, and the possible implications to conjugate margins offshore of South America. Methods will include traditional basin analysis with specific attention to maintaining a consistent sequence stratigraphic framework throughout.

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

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Matthew Storey

 


Matthew is a 2017 BS graduate in geophysics (petroleum track) with minors in geology and mathematics from Texas A&M University and is a MS candidate who joined the CBTH Project in May 2019. For his MS study in the CBTH project, he mapping the subsurface geology of the Apalachicola Rift in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and evaluating its hydrocarbon potential. He is currently president of the SEG Wavelets student group.

MS graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Hualing Zhang


 


Hualing will join CBTH as a PhD candidate in fall 2018. She received her BS degree in geoscience from both University of Tulsa and China University of Petroleum (Beijing). She recently completed her Master's degree, which oriented toward deep-water petroleum system exploration in the Midland Basin, at the University of Texas at Austin. She will begin working on a Permian Basin project with CBTH which involves structural restorations and related sedimentary effects.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Marcus Zinecker


 


Marcus Zinecker obtained his BS degrees in geology and geophysics from the University of Houston in 2014, where he graduated Cum Laude and with University Honors. In fall 2017, he began his PhD studies at the University of Houston, and joined the CBTH team in spring 2018. His PhD project includes the tectonostratigraphy and hydrocarbon potential of offshore northwest Africa and its conjugate margins, as well as the effect of two-phase rifting on the subsidence history and hydrocarbon generation potential of the southeast Gulf of Mexico. Marcus was a team member on the 2018 University of Houston AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team, and he expects to graduate in May of 2020.

PhD graduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Weston Charles




Weston Charles is an undergraduate Geology major at the University of Houston. He joined the CBTH research group in May 2019 and works on the CBTH GIS database. His undergraduate research is a study of regional flexural effects of the Caribbean plate.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Marco Guajardo




Marco is an undergraduate Geology major at the University of Houston-Downtown with a concentration in petroleum geotechnology. He joined the CBTH Project in December 2019 to assist with the GIS database.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, Texas

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Bryan Moore




Bryan Moore completed a BS in Plant and Environmental Soil Science from Texas A&M University and is now a post-baccalaureate geology major at the University of Houston. He joined the CBTH project as a research assistant in January 2019 and has assisted in managing the reference database as well as the stratigraphy, wells, and outcrops portions of the GIS database. His post-bacc research uses satellite gravity data to improve the mapping of the continent-ocean boundary and seaward-dipping magmatic provinces along the conjugate margins of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Trevor Russell




Trevor is an undergraduate Geology major at the University of Houston. He joined the CBTH research group during the fall of 2018. Since then, he has been researching the processes that cause asymmetrical seafloor spreading in the Marianas trough, Iceland, and the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, he has assisted in maintaining the outcrops portion of the GIS database.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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Marco Urdaneta




Marco is an undergraduate Geology student who joined CBTH in January 2020. He will assist in maintaining and updating the GIS database.

Undergraduate research assistant
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

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