About the Oil and Gas Advisory Board

Geofacets is committed to providing greater value to our customers and the geoscience community through product enhancements, technological advances and a growing database of trusted and relevant data. To help achieve these goals, Geofacets utilizes the strategic insight and guidance of the Elsevier Oil and Gas Advisory Board.

Please see more detailed information about each advisory board member below.

Janok P. BhattacharyaAs the Robert E. Sheriff Professor of Sequence Stratigraphy at the University of Houston, Janok P. Bhattacharya's research interests include fluvial and deltaic sequence stratigraphy and facies architecture, and the local control of structure on stratigraphy. He received his B.Sc. in 1981 from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Ph.D. in 1989 from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, both in Canada. Bhattacharya worked for ARCO and then for the Bureau of Economic Geology at Austin before becoming a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1998. He joined UH in the fall of 2005. He has worked on a number of major fluviodeltaic reservoirs, including the Supergiant Prudhoe Bay field in Alaska, for which he was awarded the ARCO Exploration Research and Technical Services Award of Excellence for Major Impact on Operations in 1993. He has won best speaker awards for talks on his deltaic outcrop analog work, presented to the AAPG, CSPG and Houston Geological Society and was the technical program coordinator for the 2004 Annual AAPG conference in Dallas. He was a 2005-2006 AAPG distinguished lecturer, and in 2005 was awarded an AAPG SW Section Distinguished educator award.

Octavian CatuneanuOctavian Catuneanu is Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, with Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto (1996) and the University of Bucharest (1992). He is the recipient of several distinctions in the field of Geology, including best paper awards from the Geological Society of America (2002) and the Romanian Academy (1994). Octavian Catuneanu is the Chair of the ISSC (International Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification) Task Group on Sequence Stratigraphy, working towards the standardization of sequence stratigraphic nomenclature and methodology. He has served as the Chair of the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (2005-2006), and the Chair of the Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (2004-2007). Octavian Catuneanu is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Marine and Petroleum Geology, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of African Earth Sciences and an Associate Editor of the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology. He is the editor of several books and special issues, and author of numerous publications in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin analysis. He is currently involved in several international research programs and as an instructor of sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis for conferences and companies worldwide. His textbook "Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy" has received a 2007 "Outstanding Academic Title" CHOICE Award from the American Library Association.

Jonathan CraigJonathan Craig has worked as a geoscientist in the oil and gas industry since 1980. He was initially a field geologist in Africa, Australia and the Middle East. Then, he became a structural geologist with Shell in East Africa and Australia, before joining LASMO in 1986 to work on a wide variety of exploration, development and new business projects. In 1996, he was appointed as Chief Geologist of LASMO plc. Jonathan is a member of the following: the Scientific Advisory Boards of CASP, the Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI) of the University of Utah, the CeREES of the University of Durham and the Scott Polar Research Institute, the AAPG House of Delegates and Chairman of the Maghreb Petroleum Research Group. He served as the Chair of the Geological Society Petroleum Group (2011-2013) and is currently the President of the European Region of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship as Visiting Professor of Petroleum Geology at University College London. In 2010, he was made an Honorary Professor at the University of Durham. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir in India. From 2000 to 2003, Jonathan was Head of Projects and Chief Geologist of the Eni London Technical Exchange. In 2003, he was appointed as Global Exploration Advisor and the Prospect Evaluation Manager—and subsequently, in 2006, as the Manager, Geological Services for Eni. From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of Regional Studies and Exploration Opportunities for Eni with responsibility for Eni's global programme of basin and regional exploration evaluation. He is currently Vice-President Exploration and Unconventional Resources and Exploration Strategy Advisor for Eni based in the Eni Headquarters in Milan, Italy.

After completing a Bachelor's degree at the University of California at San Diego in Chemistry/Earth sciences in 1977 and a PhD in Geology at the University of Oklahoma in 1981, Joe Curiale joined Unocal's research laboratory in Brea, California. He transferred to Unocal's Sugar Land, Texas office in 1995, and joined Chevron in 2005 as part of the Chevron-Unocal merger. He is currently a petroleum geochemist with the Chevron Energy Technology Company in downtown Houston, and is involved in supporting Chevron's efforts in exploration and production, conducting petroleum systems research, and mentoring younger staff. Joe has experience in all aspects of organic geochemistry, including applications in exploration, reservoir, production and environmental geochemistry, and in modeling sedimentary basins. His geographic experience in petroleum systems includes dozens of sedimentary basins worldwide. Joe has also been active as an officer, committee chair and session organizer for numerous organizations, including AAPG, EAOG, AAAPG, GSA, GS, ACS and TSOP. He is a reviewer and Associate Editor for various journals, a former Co-Chief Editor of Organic Geochemistry (1993-2002), and a past winner of the CSPG Medal of Merit Award. Joe and his wife, Esperanza, live in Sugar Land, Texas.

Harry Dembicki Jr. is a Distinguished Geological Advisor for geochemistry in the Geological Technology Group at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he provides technical support to both exploration and development teams. He holds a B.S. degree (1973) in geology from the State University College of New York at New Paltz and a Ph.D. (1977) in geology, with emphasis in organic geochemistry, from Indiana University. He previously worked as an organic geochemist for Conoco and Marathon.

Yildrim Dilek is a structural geologist/tectonocist with a strong interest on the evolution of oceanic lithosphere and continental crust. He did his graduate work (MS and PhD) in the University of California (Davis) and post-doctoral research at the Getty Institute in Los Angeles (California), and taught at Vassar College (New York) before joining the faculty at Miami University in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London, and has been a visiting professor at Ecole Normal Supérieure (Paris-France), Frontier Science Organization at Kanazawa University (Japan), University of Bergen (Norway), China University of Geosciences (Beijing-China) and University of Tsukuba (Japan). Yildrim has also served as the Editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, Tectonophysics, Journal of the Geological Society of London, Geology, Lithos, Island Arc and Ofioliti. In addition, he has served as Chair of both the International Division and the History of Geology Division of the Geological Society of America, represents the Earth sciences community of the USA on the UNESCO Scientific Board (Paris-France) and serves on the United States Science Advisory Committee (USAC).

Carlos Macellari holds a Geology degree from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and a MSc and PhD from the Ohio State University. During his early career, Carlos worked as a Research Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, to later join Shell Oil where he was a senior explorationist in Houston and The Netherlands. He later joined Benton Oil & Gas as General Manager of Exploration and Development. From 1999 to 2005, he held the position of Exploration and New Ventures Manager, and later of Vice President Exploration and Business Development for Hocol in Colombia. Since 2005, Carlos has been the worldwide Director of Geology for Repsol in Madrid, Spain. He is the co-founder of the Journal of South American Earth Sciences, has published over 40 scientific papers and has been an invited speaker in numerous international meetings.

Allison Thurmond completed a PhD in Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas studying strain distribution in overlapping propagating rifts of the Afar Depression of Ethiopia using field mapping and remote sensing techniques such as radar interferometry. Including graduate certifications in both Remote Sensing and GIS. Additionally spending 13 years working for the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census where most of her time was spent as a Supervisory Survey Statistician. In 2005 she moved to Bergen, Norway and began working for Statoil (formerly Norsk Hydro and StatoilHydro). During this time she was part of a team that implemented an internal Google Earth server in order to serve in-house, proprietary data using the well-known Google Earth engine. She is presently a Department Leader in Exploration R&D working with a team on Global Basin Analysis. Her scientific interests continue in structural geology, extensional tectonics, remote sensing and GIS.

Peter Moore has a B.Sc. (Hons 1) in geology from the University of Wollongong, a PhD in sedimentology from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from the Mt Eliza campus of the Melbourne Business School. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has over thirty years of experience in the oil and gas business. His career has spanned the globe, most recently (from 2009 to 2013) leading Woodside's worldwide exploration efforts as the Executive Vice President, Exploration (Woodside Energy Ltd is Australia's largest independent oil and gas company). Prior to joining Woodside in 1998, he was the Global Studies Manager at Exxon Exploration Company in Houston. Peter now runs his own consulting company, Norris Strategic Investments Pty Ltd., and is Chair of the Curtin Graduate School of Business Advisory Board.

Friso Veenstra holds a degree in sedimentary geology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He joined Elsevier in 1992 as desk editor for earth-science journals. In 1996, Friso was product manager for 'EPSL Online', one of Elsevier's first online pilot journals and one of the first online journals in Earth science globally. He became a publishing editor in 1997, with responsibility for a portfolio of earth-science journals and books. In 2009, he became 'Director of Market Development - Upstream O&G', developing a multi-year O&G market strategy for Elsevier's Corporate Markets group, focusing on accelerating segment growth in conjunction with the development of new products and solutions. Friso was closely involved with the inception and development of Geofacets, which was the key product for this initiative. He held responsibility for building new external partnerships with academic societies, commercial publishers and other upstream O&G information providers. Friso moved to TNO Energy in 2013 where he is currently responsible for business development in petroleum exploration, which includes joint industry projects, geoscience consultancy and independent research focused, e.g., on innovative techniques in biostratigraphy and basin modeling, and regionally, e.g., on the Middle East, Africa, South America and the Arctic.