Education

 

Ph.D. Geoscience, University of Arizona  1985 (tectonics, paleomagnetism)

 

  “Paleomagnetism of Jurassic Volcanic Rocks in Southeastern Arizona and North American Jurassic Apparent Polar Wander”

 

 

M.S. Geology, University of California, Riverside 1981 (mammalian paleontology, stratigraphy)

 

 “Geology and mammalian paleontology of the Horned Toad Hills, Mojave Desert, California”

 

 

B.S. Geology, University of California, Riverside 1979

 

 

Professional History 2014 - Present:  University of Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences, Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory 2014 - Present:  Southern Methodist University 2014 - Present:  Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, SMU 1999 - 2014:   ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, TX 1985 - 1999:   Exxon Production Research, Houston, TX 1981 - 1985:   University of Arizona 1980 - 1985:   U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch (with C. A. Repenning)  

Professional Projects / Activities 2014 - Present: Research Associate (UT), Adjunct Research Professor (SMU), Research Fellow (ISEM) ExxonMobil 2007 - 2014:  Chief Research Geoscientist  (Retired 2014) 2006 - 2007:  Research Advisor 2004 - 2006:  Breakthrough Research – Geoscience Advisor 2003 - 2004:  New Play Concepts – Project Technical Integrator 1997 - 2002:  Visualization and Volume Interpretation, Team Lead 1996 - 1997:  Geoscience Technology Utilization Project 1996:  Gulf of Mexico Exploration Analysis Project 1995 - 1996:  Planning Assistant to Geoscience Vice President 1993 - 1995:  Hydrocarbon Systems: Vertical Migration Project – Group Leader 1993:  Climate Change: A Geological Perspective 1993:  Caribbean, Mexico, Central America Regional Project – tectonics, plate reconstructions, paleogeography 1992 - 1993:  Integrated Geoscience Guidelines – Project Coordinator 1992:  Russia Regional Study – tectonics, plate reconstructions, paleogeography 1991:  Trinidad Technical Project – tectonics, plate reconstructions, paleogeography 1990 - 1991:  Canada-Alaska Tectonic Study – tectonics, plate reconstructions, basin analysis 1990:  Gulf of Mexico Regional Study – plate reconstructions 1989 - 2008:  Campus Recruiter (U. Arizona, U. Texas, Michigan, U. Wyoming) 1988 - 1989:  Western U.S. Integrated Exploration Study – tectonics, plate reconstruction, paleogeography, paleoclimate modeling 1987 - 1988:  Global Reconstructions of Sources and Environments Project – global paleogeography, paleoclimate modeling 1986 - 1987:  Arctic Integrated Exploration Study – tectonics, paleogeograpy, basin analysis 1985:  World Mapping Project 

Teaching Experience

 

ExxonMobil Schools

 

• Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

 

• Exploration Concepts

 

• Applied Seismic Interpretation

 

• Extensional Tectonics – Rio Grande Rift

 

• Integrated Basin Exploration – Bighorn Basin

 

University of Arizona

 

• Paleomagnetism – Teaching Assistant

 

Professional Service

 

2010 - 2012:  Instructor for Geological Society of America – ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Short Course

 

2010 - 2012:  AAPG Technical Advisory Committee

 

2007 - 2008:  AAPG K-12 Education Committee

 

2007:  AAPG Oral Session Chairman for Annual Convention, Long Beach CA

 

2006 - 2009:  AAPG Distinguished Lecture Committee

 

2005 - 2006:  Industrial Research Institute Co-chair for “Utilization of Top Technical Talent” sub-committee

 

2005:  AAPG Annual Meeting Session Chair, Houston, TX

 

2004 - 2005:  Industrial Research Institute Co-chair for “Radical Innovation” sub-committee

 

1997 - 2002:  Chairman, Dept. of Geosciences Alumni Advisory Board, University of Arizona

 

Honors and Awards

 

2010: Invited Keynote Speaker – 7th Petroleum Geology Conference, London

 

2005: EM Outstanding Mentor Award

 

2003 - 2004: AAPG-SEG Distinguished Lecturer

 

2003 & 2004: EM Barbara McBride Presidents Leadership Award Nominee

 

2002: SEG Best Paper Award – The Leading Edge

 

1985: United States Antarctic Service Medal

Professional Society Membership

 

Geological Society of America

 

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

 

The Paleontological Society