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Charles Kerans

Professional Summary

May 9, 2006


Business address: The University of Texas at Austin

Bureau of Economic Geology

University Station, Box X

Austin, Texas 78713-8924

(512) 471-1368

E-mail address: charles.kerans@beg.utexas.edu


Academic Background


B.S. Geology, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1977

Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1982


Areas of Expertise


  1. Basin analysis.

  2. Paleokarst analysis, carbonate diagenesis.

  3. Seismic interpretation, seismic stratigraphy.

  4. Reservoir characterization.

  5. Carbonate sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems.


Professional Work Experience


A. Present Position: Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (September 1994 - Present).


Principal investigator directing research for San Andres/Grayburg Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory. Sequence- and parasequence-scale analysis of Permian, Cretaceous, and Pennsylvanian carbonates, Permian Basin, West Texas, New Mexico, South Texas, and the Persian Gulf.


B. Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (August 1990 - August 1994).


Principal investigator directing research for San Andres/Grayburg Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory. Sequence- and parasequence-scale analysis of Permian, Cretaceous, and Pennsylvanian carbonates, Permian Basin, West Texas, New Mexico, South Texas, and the Persian Gulf.


C. Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (May 1985 - July 1990).


Principal investigator directing research for San Andres/Grayburg Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory. Sequence- and parasequence-scale analysis of Permian, Cretaceous, and Pennsylvanian carbonates, Permian Basin, West Texas, New Mexico, South Texas, and the Persian Gulf.


D. Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow, Western Australian Mining and Petroleum Research Institute (September 1982 - April 1985).


Petrology of the Devonian and Carboniferous reef complexes of the Canning and Bonaparte Basins. Dr. P. E. Playford, supervisor.


E. Acting Associate Professor, University of Kansas (August 1981 - June 1982).


Teaching of undergraduate sedimentary petrology, graduate carbonate petrology and regional field geology.


Professional Societies


American Association of Petroleum Geologists

American Institute of Professional Geologists

Permian Basin Section–SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

Society of Petroleum Engineers

West Texas Geological Society


Awards and Honorary Societies


Second Place, Gordon I. Atwater Best Poster Award, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 2004


Wallace E. Pratt Award for Best Original Article published in the AAPG Bulletin: Seismic frequency control on carbonate seismic stratigraphy: a case study of the Kingdom Abo Sequence, West Texas, 2003


Third Place, Gordon I. Atwater Best Poster Award, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 2002


Jackson Fellow, 2002


Grover E. Murray Award, 1st Place Best Published Paper Award, Styles of rudist buildup development along the northern margin of the Maverick Basin, Pecos River Canyon, Southwest Texas, 2002


Selected Best Papers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists for AAPG International talk presented at EAGE conference session in Florence, Italy, 2002


Honorary Life Member, Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 2002


AAPG International Distinguished Lecturer, 2002


American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Distinguished Lecturer, 2000 - 2001


Qualline Lectureship, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998 - 1999


Best of 1996 AAPG Hedberg Reservoir Compartmentalization Conference (Woodlands, Texas), presented at Vienna International AAPG, 1996


AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, 1994 - 1995


American Association of Petroleum Geologists Pratt Award for Best Paper in American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 1994


West Texas Geological Society Distinguished Service Award, 1993 - 1994


PBS-SEPM Noon Luncheon Program, Best Paper Award, 1992 - 1993


Best Paper Award, Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Invited Lecture Series, 1992 - 1993


Best Poster Award, West Texas Geological Society Annual Convention, 1992


Best Poster Award, Southwest American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, 1992


American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Lecturer, 1990 - 1991


Best Paper Award, Permian Basin Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Invited Lecture Series, 1987 - 1988


Best of AAPG paper presented for Society of Petroleum Engineers, 1988


Western Australian Mining and Petroleum Research Institute Grant, Petrology of Subsurface Lennard Shelf Carbonates, Canning Basin, 1982 - 1985


Epstein Scholarship, Carleton University, 1979 - 1982


Graduated Cum Laude, St. Lawrence University, 1977


Committee Responsibilities and Professional Activities


Session Chair (with Steve Flint), Use of Outcrop Analogs in Reservoir Characterization and Modeling, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas, 2004


Co-Organizer, AAPG Hedberg Conference on Origin of Lower Paleozoic Fracture/Breccia Reservoirs, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Hedberg, Germany, 2003


Presenter, ChevronTexaco Technology Conference, , 2003


Session Chair, Porosity Development within a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework in Carbonates, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2003


Session Chair (with Mitch Harris and A. S. Al Sharhan), New Approaches in Carbonate Reservoir Modeling, American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Convention, Cancun, Mexico, 2003


Member, Distinguished Lecture Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1996 - 2000


Member, Development Geology Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 1996 - 2000


Session Chairman, Reservoir Characterization Session, 3rd International DOE/SPE Reservoir Characterization Conference, Tulsa, U. S. Department of Energy, 1996


Co-chairman, “High-frequency eustatic cycles, control on depositional processes,” technical session, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1995


Co-leader of field trip, “Sequence stratigraphy and reservoir geology of the San Andres Formation, Sacramento and Guadalupe Mountains,” Permian Basin Section, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Annual Meeting, Permian Basin Section–SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 1995


Leader of field trip, “Permian Reef Geology Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains: facies, depositional models, and sequence stratigraphy,” American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1995


Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 1989 - 1991


Co-chairman, “Climatic and biologic signals in sequence stratigraphy” (with John Armentrout), 1997 Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1983 - 1997


Publications


Reports, Monographs, Brochures, Pamphlets, Bulletins


Dutton, S. P., Kim, E. M., Broadhead, R. F., Breton, C. L., Raatz, W. D., Ruppel, S. C., and Kerans, Charles, 2005, Play analysis and digital portfolio of major oil reservoirs in the Permian Basin: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 271, 287 p., CD-ROM.


Kerans, Charles, and Fitchen, W. M., 1995, Sequence hierarchy and facies architecture of a carbonate-ramp system: San Andres Formation of Algerita Escarpment and western Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas and New Mexico: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 235, 86 p., 2 pl.


Ruppel, S. C., Kerans, Charles, Major, R. P., and Holtz, M. H., 1995, Controls on reservoir heterogeneity in Permian shallow-water-platform carbonate reservoirs, Permian Basin: implications for improved recovery: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Geological Circular 95-2, 30 p.


Lucia, F. J., Kerans, Charles, and Vander Stoep, G. W., 1992, Characterization of a karsted, high-energy, ramp-margin carbonate reservoir: Taylor-Link West San Andres Unit, Pecos County, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 208, 46 p.


Tyler, Noel, Bebout, D. G., Garrett, C. M., Jr., Guevara, E. H., Hocott, C. R., Holtz, M. H., Hovorka, S. D., Kerans, Charles, Lucia, F. J., Major, R. P., and Ruppel, S. C., 1991, Integrated characterization of Permian Basin reservoirs, University Lands, West Texas: targeting the remaining resource for advanced oil recovery: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 203, 136 p.


Kerans, Charles, 1990, Depositional systems and karst geology of the Ellenburger Group (Lower Ordovician), subsurface West Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 193, 63 p., 6 pl.


Kerans, Charles, 1989, Karst-controlled reservoir heterogeneity and an example from the Ellenburger Group (Lower Ordovician) of West Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 186, 40 p.


Kerans, Charles, 1985, Petrology of Devonian and Carboniferous carbonates of the Canning and Bonaparte Basins: Western Australian Mining and Petroleum Research Institute, Report No. 12, 384 p.


Kerans, Charles, Ross, G. M., and Donaldson, J. A., 1980, Stratigraphy, sedimentation and tectonism in the Hornby Bay and Dismal Lakes Groups, Proterozoic, NWT: Department of Indian Northern Affairs, Open-File Report, 25 p.


Guidebooks


Lucia, Jerry, Kerans, Charlie, and Loucks, Robert, 2004, Collapse Breccia Field Trip: Ordovician El Paso and Montoya Groups, Southern Franklin Mountains, El Paso, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Field Trip Guidebook for Hedberg Research Conference, unpaginated [21 p.].


Kerans, Charles, Jennings, James, and Lucia, Jerry, 2004, Algerita Escarpment field trip: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory Field Trip Guidebook for Hedberg Research Conference, variously paginated.


Janson, Xavier, Kerans, Charles, and Bellian, Jerry, 2004, Carboniferous and Ordovician digital outcrop studies: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, RCRL Laboratory Field Trip Guidebook, 86 p.


Kerans, Charles, Lucia, Jerry, Bellian, Jerry, Loucks, Bob, and Playton, Ted, 2003, Cretaceous buildups and Paleokarst systems, Lake Medina area, South Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology RCRL Annual Field Trip Guidebook, 29 p.


Janson, Xavier, Kerans, Charles, Bellian, J. A., and Playton, T. E., 2003, 3D modeling of mixed siliciclastic-carbonate cycles in the Upper Pennsylvanian Holder Formation, Dry Canyon area, Oro Grande Basin: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, RCRL Laboratory Field Trip Guidebook, 46 p.


Kerans, Charles, Bellian, Jerry, and Playton, Ted, 2002, 3D modeling of carbonate heterogeneity styles: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory annual field trip guidebook, 48 p.


Kerans, Charles, Kempter, K., Rush, Jason, and Tinker, S. W., 1999, Pennsylvanian stratigraphic framework and distribution of reservoir facies, Big Hatchet Mountains, southwestern New Mexico: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology RCRL Annual Field Trip Guidebook, 44 p.


Kerans, Charles, Kempter, K., and Rush, Jason, 1998, Anatomy of a coastal paleokarst, Abo Formation (Leonardian), Apache Canyon, West Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Field Trip Guidebook, 75 p.


Kerans, Charles, and Tinker, S. W., 1998, Process approach to sequence stratigraphic reservoir model construction: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Field Seminar, Carlsbad, New Mexico Notebook and Exercises, unpaginated.


Kerans, Charles, Zahm, L., Kempter, K., and Ward, W. B., 1997, Sequence stratigraphy of reservoir analog Cretaceous (Albian) carbonates, Pecos River, West Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Field Trip Guidebook, 85 p.


Kerans, C., Fitchen, W., Zahm, L., Ward, B., Osleger, D., Barnaby, R., and Jennings, J., 1997, Carbonate reservoir heterogeneity styles within a sequence stratigraphic framework: Albian (Cretaceous), Pecos River Canyon: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, RCRL Laboratory Field Trip Guidebook, 130 p.


Kerans, Charles, Barnaby, R. J., Ward, W. B., and Jennings, J. W., Jr., 1996, Painted Canyon window, tide-dominated foreshore-shoreface rudist grainstones and bafflestones, Albian 19 HST: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Field guide for Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory annual meeting, 47 p.


Kerans, Charles, Fitchen, W. M., Kempter, K., and Zahm, L., 1996, High-frequency sequence framework of Cretaceous (Albian) carbonate ramp reservoir analog outcrops, Pecos River Canyon, northwestern Gulf of Mexico Basin: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Field Trip Guidebook, 105 p.


Kerans, Charles, Bebout, D. G., and Kempter, K., 1994, Cycle hierarchy and sequence framework for predicting reservoir heterogeneity styles—Fredericksburg Division, Cretaceous (Albian) of the Austin area: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology guidebook prepared for StrataModel Conference, 34 p.


Bebout, D. G., and Kerans, Charles, 1993, Guide to the Permian Reef Geology Trail, McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, West Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Guidebook 26, 48 p.


Ruppel, S. C., and Kerans, Charles, 1987, Paleozoic buildups and associated facies, Llano Uplift, Central Texas: Austin Geological Society Guidebook 10, 33 p.


Chapters/Sections


Osleger, D. A., Barnaby, Roger, and Kerans, Charles, 2004, Chapter 5. A laterally accreting grainstone margin from the Albian of northern Mexico: outcrop model for Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs, in Grammer, G. M., Harris, P. M., and Eberli, G. P., eds., Integration of outcrop and modern analogs in reservoir modeling: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG Memoir 80, p. 93–108.


French, V. L., and Kerans, Charles, 2004, Chapter 9. Accommodation-controlled systems-tract-specific facies partitioning and resulting geometric development of reservoir grainstone ramp-crest shoal bodies,
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