Distinguished Faculty Emeritus
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Distinguished Emeritus Professor - Earth Science Resource Institute & Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences
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Chief Editor of the SEPM Strata website
As chief editor of the SEPM’s STRATA, the world premier web site on sequence and sedimentary stratigraphy with thousands of visitor’s worldwide visits each month. He is building and maintaining the site and its focus of short courses he and others teach within the industry and academia http://sepmstrata.org/
Consulting and Professional Activities
Builds conceptual depositional models by detailing and predicting surface and subsurface geometries, composition, and textural character of carbonate, evaporite and silici-clastic sedimentary rocks on a local and regional scale for hydrocarbon exploration and reservoir sedimentology and petrology, and civil engineering projects.
Consulting experience and research involve high-resolution sequence stratigraphy, facies, petrophysics, and the controls on carbonates, evaporites and clastic systems of the Holocene though Mesozoic, and Paleozoic, specifically of the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf but also world-wide.
Develops computerized sequence stratigraphic simulations of carbonate and clastic systems as they relate to eustatic, tectonic and sedimentation controls.
Career has mixed both oil industry and academic studies. Research and teaching involve sedimentary stratigraphy and the effects of relative sea level rise and fall on the sediments of marine and coastal settings and its relationship to the occurrence of petroleum.
Has multi authored (with students and colleagues) 516 scientific publications: 9 books; 108 refereed papers; 165 abstracts of talks and posters at national and international meetings; 18 unpublished reports; and 220 published book reviews.
Graduate Student Supervision
Supervised 22 Ph.D., and 23 M.S. students. Directed 1 post-doctoral and two visiting professors; host to dozens of visiting scientists; currently supervising his last doctoral student.
Principal and co-principal investigator
Total of 79 grants with a total value of $7,621,651 and 6 for software at total of $4,281,720.
His career began in l962 with a 1st Class Honors degree in Geology and l965 M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin; 1966 PhD Sedimentology from Imperial College of Science, and Technology, London, U.K.; l966-68 Dept. Geol. Univ. Texas, Austin, Harkness Post-Doctoral Fellow; l968-69 Dept. Geol. Univ. Sydney Post-Doctoral Fellow; l970 Dept. Geol. Ohio State Univ. Visit. Assist. Professor; l970-73 Dept. Geol., Ohio State Univ, Assistant Professor; l973-74 Exxon Production Research Senior Research Geologist; l975-76 Exxon Production Research, Research Specialist; l976-77 Earth Science Resources, Associate Director of Institute; l977 Dept. Geology, USC. Research Assoc. Professor; l977-8l Gulf Research, Pittsburgh, Senior Research Geologist; l98l-82; Gulf Research, Pittsburgh, Research Associate; l982-83; Gulf Research, Pittsburgh, Director Geological Research; l983 - Dept. Geology, USC - Professor (Untenured); 1986 - Dept. Geology, USC - Professor (Tenured);1988 - Dept. Geology & Marine Science, USC - Professor (Tenured); 1989 Visiting Scientist, Texaco Research Houston (May/Aug); 1991-92 Sabbatical as Professor Geology, Uni. Calabria, Cosenza, Italy; 2006-07 Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Jackson School of Geosciences at University of Texas; 2008-present, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Earth & Water Sciences Dept., and ESRI, University South Carolina; 2010-present Consulting contract with Schlumberger Middle East working with the Kuwait Oil, ZADCO and ADCO companies building of basic sequence stratigraphic models of Mesozoic hydrocarbon fields for production and exploration modeling; 2010-11 External examiner of Petroleum Geoscience Program, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
With Lisa Marlow, & Lyndon A. Yose won the Robert H. Dott Sr Memorial Award for best Special Publication dealing with geology published by AAPG for being editors of the AAPG Memoir 106 "Petroleum Systems of the Tethyan Region".
Awarded the SEPM 2010 Distinguished Service Award for the outstanding web-based teaching resource for stratigraphy and sedimentology on the SEPM website
Honored as chair of sequence stratigraphy terminology committee at Oslo International meeting 2008
Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Jackson School of Geosciences at University of Texas (2006-07)
Best Poster Presentation award at SEPM Annual Meeting, Long Beach - 2007
University of South Carolina, Intellectual Property Award for Sedpak 4.1
Poster best of session at AAPG - 1985