Energetic senior Earth Scientist with Remote Sensing focus and global experience in hydrocarbon exploration, environmental geology and mineral exploration. Special skills in application of remote-sensing technology to geology and oceanography. Internationally recognized author and editor with strong field orientation. Reg. Prof. Geologist in States of Georgia & Texas.
- Created remote sensing group at major oil company, resulting in better pricing of bids at lease sales and more efficient acquisition of on- and off-shore seismic data.
- First person to map natural oil slicks worldwide using satellite imagery. This new tool for evaluating charge in undrilled offshore frontier basins increased confidence in selecting plays. Capital cost was $50K versus $17 million for a competitive airborne technique.
- Performed widely cited Landsat interpretation of Tarim Basin, China. Formulated several new interpretations of Central Asian tectonics. Papers have been translated into Chinese.
- Conducted one of earliest studies relating rates of chemical weathering to the chemical mass-balance of a small watershed (at Coweeta, NC). Demonstrated that more than 60% of alumina was removed during soil formation, that sulfate was accumulating rapidly in the uppermost soil layers, and that processes of physical denudation were twice as effective in this watershed as were those of chemical weathering.
- Performed the first environmental geologic assessment of Bear Lake area, Idaho (with one colleague). Provided a baseline for measurement of the impact of subsequent development.
- Documented on images the late Pleistocene existence of a series of lakes in the Tarim, Djunggar and Turpan basins of Western China. These were up to 4,000 feet deep and perhaps sufficiently large to substantially modify central Asian climates.
- Designed and taught curriculum leading to Associate Degree in Environmental Science. Graduates readily found employment as environmental technicians in major local corporations.
- Organized and executed major remote-sensing based helicopter reconnaissance of the Great Basin for gold.
- Discovered and evaluated approximately 100 million tons of oxide copper ore in Central Africa. The deposits have since been mined out.
- Evaluated cement-grade limestone, phosphate rock, olivine, and columbite-tantalite deposits.
Remote Sensing Consultant, Austin, TX, 1999-pres.
Clients incl. Reliant Industries (India), Woodside (Australia), Ocean, Devon, Shell, JGI (Japan), TTL
Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas 1982-1999
Staff Research Geologist
Earth Satellite Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland 1977-1982
Director, Mineral Exploration
Mineral Exploration Consultant, Sylva, North Carolina 1975-1977
Southwestern Technical Institute, Sylva, North Carolina 1973-1975
Anglo-American Corporation, Kitwe, Zambia 1966-1971
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
- American Institute of Petroleum Geologists (AIPG)
- American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
- Geological Society of London (GSL), Fellow
- Geological Society of America (GSA)
- Houston Geological Society,
(Treasurer of International Explorationists’ Group, 1996-1999)
- The GEOSAT Committee Inc.,
- Columbia University, M. S., Marine Geology and Geophysics 1966
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A. with Honors in Geology 1963.
18 credits Anthropology.
- Royal School of Mines, London, England: post-graduate research.
Fluent in French, Spanish. Proficient in German, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian. Conversational Japanese, Romanian & Bantu. Reading knowledge of Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Afrikaans.
Pecten International Company Award of Honor for Special Service
Vice President for Central Texas, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Texas 1999-2003
Austin ChordRangers – Barbershop Singing Group
Senior Author (with G.L. Prost) of Chapter on Remote Sensing for Hydrocarbon Exploration: Manual of Remote Sensing, 3rd Ed., vol.3, ASPRS 1999</p>
Associate Editor, TPG (The Professional Geologist), magazine of AIPG
Numerous journal articles, talks, and company reports (See Bibliography.)