Candidate for Editor (2019-22)

Bradford E.
Bradford E. Prather
Independent Consultant, Houston, Texas



Bradford "Brad" Prather, Candidate for Editor

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Meet Bradford "Brad" Prather, 2019 Candidate for AAPG Editor

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First and foremost, I accepted the nomination for AAPG Editor because I would like to make a contribution to continue the long tradition of excellence represented by the AAPG Bulletin.

I can bring the experience I have over the past few years as associate editor for the Bulletin, as well as my experience as chief editor for SEPM SP99, and technical reviewer for numerous others technical journals to maintain and expand the quality and reach of the Bulletin. Secondly, being editor for the Bulletin also gives me a chance to give back to an organization I have been a member of for 40 years, an organization that I have personally benefited from in no small part because I was able to publish in the Bulletin.

I would like to see others exposed to the same benefits that I have.

Academic Degrees

  • 1981 – M.S., Earth Sciences, University of New Orleans, New Orleans
  • 1979 – B.S., Geology, University of Kansas, Houston


  • 2009-14 – Regional Chief Geoscientist, Shell, Houston
  • 2006-09 – Geological Advisor, Shell, Houston
  • 2001-06 – Research Team Leader, Shell, Houston
  • 1998-2001 – Research Team Leader, Shell, Rijswik, Netherlands
  • 1995-98 – Special Studies Geologist, Shell, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1992-95 – Division Geologist, Shell Oil Co., New Orleans
  • 1987-92 – Exploration Team Leader, Shell Oil., New Orleans
  • 1981-87 – Exploration Geologist, Shell Oil Co., New Orleans


AAPG Activities

Joined AAPG 1979

  • 2017 – Heritage Geologist
  • 2011 – Judge for AAPG Imperial Barrel Award
  • 2010 – Present – Associate Editor for the AAPG Bulletin
  • 2010-15 – AAPG Research Committee
  • 2006 – SEPM Vice Co-Chair for AAPG/SEPM Convention
  • 2000-01 – AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1993-2013 – Chair and Co-chair for numerous AAPG/SEPM Oral and Poster Sessions 

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2009 – Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award
  • 2001 – Jules Braunstein Memorial Award
  • 1993 & 1994 – J. C. "CAM" Sproule Memorial Award


  • 2017 – Sediment Partitioning across Continental Slopes and Base-of-slope Systems: Basin Research, v. 29, p. 394-416, doi: 10.1111/bre.12190. Prather, B. E., O'Byrne, C. J., Pirmez, C., and Sylvester, Z.
  • 2012 – Stratigraphy of linked intraslope basins: Brazos-Trinity system western Gulf of Mexico, Application of the Principles of Seismic Geomorphology to Continental-Slope and Base-of-Slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues: SE. Prather, B. E., C. Pirmez, and C. D. Winker
  • 2012 – Stratigraphic response to evolving geomorphology in a submarine apron perched on the upper Niger Delta slope, Application of the Principles of Seismic Geomorphology to Continental-Slope and Base-of-Slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues: SEPM Special Publication No. 99, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), p. 145-161. Prather, B. E., C. Pirmez, Z. Sylvester, and D. S. Prather
  • 2003 – Controls on reservoir distribution, architecture and stratigraphic trapping in slope settings: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 20, p. 529-545. Prather, B. E.
  • 2000 – Calibration and visualization of depositional process models for above-grade slopes: a case study from the Gulf of Mexico: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 17, p. 619-638. Prather, B. E.
  • 1999 – Stratigraphic traps in deep-water reservoir at the base of depositional slope (SPE 56894): Society of Petroleum Engineers, Offshore Europe Conference, p. 14. Straccia, J., and B. E. Prather
  • 1998 – Classification, lithologic calibration and stratigraphic succession of seismic facies from intraslope basins, deep water Gulf of Mexico, U.S.A.: AAPG Bulletin, v. 82, p. 701-728. Prather, B. E., J. R. Booth, G. S. Steffens, and P. A. Craig
  • 1992b – Origin of dolostone reservoir rocks, Smackover Formation (Oxfordian), northeastern Gulf Coast, U.S.A: AAPG Bulletin, v. 76, p. 131-163. Prather, B. E.
  • 1992a – Evolution of a Late Jurassic carbonate/evaporite platform, Conecuh Embayment, northeastern Gulf Coast, U.S.A: AAPG Bulletin, v. 76, p. 164-190. Prather, B. E.
  • 1991 – Petroleum geology of the Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous, Baltimore Canyon Trough, western North Atlantic Ocean: AAPG Bulletin, v. 75, p. 258-277. Prather, B. E.

Over 33 peer-reviewed publications and 65 presentations to national and international professional meetings on depositional systems, seismic stratigraphy and marine geology. Editor-in-Chief of SEPM Special Publication No. 99, and 57 proprietary scientific articles.

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