Candidate for Vice President (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021)

Xavier Moonan
Senior Geologist
Touchstone Exploration, Fyzabad, Trinidad & Tobago



Xavier Moonan, Candidate for Secretary

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Meet Xavier Moonan, 2019 Candidate for AAPG Secretary

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Within each Region and Section there are many untold success stories. I have witnessed the impact that good mentors have on upcoming geoscientists, captivating their minds and encouraging the forward push for our industry, the embracing of new technologies and the sharing of best practices.

Given the opportunity to serve, I wish to push the AAPG to be more than a global network of geoscientists, more than a global platform for sharing ideas and more than an annual convention. I wish to re-establish that pioneering spirit, encourage the disruptive argument and embrace new technologies and emerging alternatives or unconventionals.

I have been able to make a positive impact within my Region, and as such I believe I have what it takes to make a global impact. I am fueled by passion for geoscience, an inner energy that gets even the most daunting tasks done – and I believe that such passion can be contagious when harnessed effectively.

The role as AAPG secretary will allow me the opportunity to test that theory.

Academic Degrees

  • 2010: M.Sc. Structural Geology with Geophysics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 2006: B.Sc. Geology, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica


  • 2018-Present: Touchstone Exploration, Senior Geoscientist, Fyzabad, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 2014-Present: University of the West Indies, Structural Geology Lecturer, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 2013-17: Centrica, Senior Geologist, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 2007-13: Petrotrin, Exploration Geologist, Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad & Tobago
  • 2006-07: Geoservices S.A., Data Engineer/Mud Logging Geologist, Trinidad & Tobago


AAPG Activities

  • Joined AAPG 2011
  • Regions Committee, Chair, 2018-Present
  • Geoscience Technical Workshop (GTW) Suriname, Co-Chair, 2018
  • Educations Awards, 2018-Present 
  • GTW Exploration of the Columbus & Guyana-suriname Basins, Chair, 2017
  • University of the West Indies AAPG Student Chapter, Faculty Advisor, 2017-Present
  • Visiting Geoscientists Specialty Interest Group (SIG), Caribbean and South America, 2017-Present 
  • Region Officer, Latin America and Caribbean Region Treasurer, 2015-17
  • House of Delegates, Latin America and Caribbean Region Delegate, 2013-16

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • AAPG Certificate of Appreciation, Region Officer, 2017
  • AAPG Certificate of Appreciation, GTW Trinidad & Tobago, Session Co-Chair, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 2014
  • AAPG International Conference & Exhibition (ICE), ‘Top Ten Presentations’, Milan, Italy, 2011


  • 2011 – 4-D Understanding of the Evolution of the Penal/Barrackpore Anticline, AAPG ICE Conference Milan, Italy. Received Top 10 Award. Moonan, X.
  • 2015 – Structural restoration of the Jasmine Complex and implications for Pleistocene depositional environment within the Paria Sub-Basin. Moonan, X., Ramadhar, M., Nagassar, V., Needham, T.
  • 2015 – Late Neogene-Recent evolution of the Northern Range, Trinidad, Arkel, J., Owen, L., Weber, J., Moonan, X., Enkelmann, E.
  • 2015 – Developing a regional stratigraphic framework for the Late Miocene to Middle Pleistocene, NCMA, Trinidad & Tobago. Holmes, N., Kimber, R.., Moonan, X.
  • 2015 – Early Pliocene shoreface sedimentation in response to intra-shelf tectonic instability, North Coast Marine Area, Trinidad & Tobago. Kimber, R., Moonan, X., Thurlow, A.
  • 2015 – High resolution benthic foraminiferal ecostratigraphy of the Cipero Formation, Trinidad. Samsoondar, S., Valadere, J., Moonan, K., Moonan, X.
  • 2015 – Micropaleontological reconnaissance of the Rockly Bay Formation, Tobago. Sum, L S., Wilson, B., Moonan, X.
  • 2016 – Subsurface mapping of the Early Miocene Retrench sandstones along the La Fortune Anticline, Oropouche Oilfield, Southern Basin Trinidad, W.I., Harrypersad, S., Moonan, X., Hosein, F., Young On, V., Rajab, S., Wilson, B., Costelloe, A.
  • 2016 – Unlocking the potential of the Basal Sands, Paria Sub-Basin, Trinidad & Tobago. Moonan, X., Kimber, R., Nagassar, V.
  • 2016 – Quantifying the value of seismic reprocessing and inversion: A case study from Block 22 and NCMA-4 Offshore Tobago. Nagassar, V. T., Moonan, X., Kimber, R.

More than 10 peer-reviewed publications and presentations on depositional environment analysis, characterization of deepwater deposits, biostratigraphy, mud volcanoes, drone mapping and regional tectonics.

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General Info

Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."

Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.

This information will also be provided as hard-copy in an early issue of the EXPLORER and available on the AAPG website through the election period. Ballots will be mailed, online in the first quarter of each year. Results will be posted mid-May.

Candidates were asked to limit their biographies to 350 words and responses to 500 words.

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