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Mexican Basins: Advancing the Understanding of Mexico's Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential

Thursday, 19 November Friday, 20 November 2020, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Research Symposium via Zoom (Mexico City, Mexico time)

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AAPG’s Latin America and Caribbean Region invites you to participate in the 2020 Virtual Research Symposia, a conference series highlighting the geology of some of the region’s most prolific basins.

The Symposia are technical events targeted to researchers and professionals working both in industry and academia. Each 2-day event includes four technical sessions, keynote presentations with world renowned speakers and daily panel discussions featuring experts in the field.

With highly discounted registration fees – $US 50 for professionals and $25 for students –the symposia are accessible to individuals throughout the region, including those who are unable to obtain company support for training.

The Mexican Basins symposium will take place via Zoom Enterprise on 19-20 November 2020. AAPG is working closely with Zoom and has implemented a series protocols to protect the security of all presenters, panelists and participants.

Thursday, November 19
Morning Session
SESSION I: Tectonics and Structural Geology
Conveners: Ricardo José Padilla y Sánchez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México;
Jorge Jacobo Albarrán, Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Keynote: Key highlights of Mexico’s Mesozoic-Cenozoic Plate Tectonic Evolution
James Pindell (presenter), Tectonic Analysis, Rice University, Houston; R. Molina-Garza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; R. Graham, Imperial College London; D. Villagómez, Tectonic Analysis; B. Weber, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE)
Relating Structural Style of Campeche Salt Basin, Southwestern Gulf of Mexico to Subtle, Northward Dip Variations in its Underlying Basement
Md Nahidul Hasan (presenter), P. Mann, University of Houston
Integrated Cretaceous Plate Tectonics and Structural Geology in Southern Mexico
Rod Graham (presenter), Imperial College London; J. Pindell,  D. Villagomez, Tectonic Analysis; R. Molina-Garza, UNAM; J. Granath, Granath and Associates; M. Sierra Rochas, UNAM
Regional Structure of the Salina del Istmo Basin, Southern Gulf of Mexico
Daniel Olivares Ramos, Petroleum Geology Consultant
Balanced Structural Geological Model of the Zaap Field
Marlen Medina Macedo,Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – Spanish Presentation
Paleomagnetism of the Barremian Chivillas Formation, NW Cuicateco Terrain: Evidence for a Final Stage of the Gulf of Mexico?
Bernardo Ignacio García Amador (presenter), B. Ortega-Guerrero, Luis Alva-Valdivia, Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Afternoon Session
SESSION II: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Biostratigraphy
Convener: Gustavo Murillo Muñetón, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo
Keynote: The Importance of Regional to Basin-scale Paleogeographic Reconstructions for Exploration in Offshore Mexican Basins
John W. Snedden, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin
New Perspectives on the Todos Santos “Group”, the Chontal an Allochthon, and the Rotation History of the Chiapas Massif, Southern Mexico
Roberto Molina Garza (presenter), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; J. Pindell, Tectonic Analysis
Influence of Depositional Sedimentary Record on Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality: Assessment of Preserved Aeolian Norphlet Sandstone (Upper Jurassic) Mexico: Current Understanding and Future Prospects
Afsoon Kazerouni, Bemidji State University
Near Shore Untapped Hydrocarbon Potential from Burgos to Southeast Offshore Mexico
Karyna Rodriguez (presenter), N. Hodgson, Searcher
Sedimentologic Characterization of Sandstones in Chicontepec Basin
José Aurelio España Pinto(presenter), D.M. Anaya-Saldívar, J.A. España-Pinto, R. Nicolás-López, O.C. Valdiviezo-Mijangos y J.M. Espinosa-Ortega,Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo
Bioevents and Microfacies from the Upper Jurassic Tithonian (Pimienta Formation) in the Northeast of Mexico: Biostratigraphic, Paleonvironmental and Economic Implications
Baltazar Hernández Sánchez, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) – Spanish Presentation
Friday, November 20
Morning Session
SESSION III: Geochemistry and Basin Modeling
Convener: Lourdes Clara, Asociación Mexicana de Geólogos del Petróleo
Keynote: The Missing Source Rocks of the Gulf of Mexico Mega-Basin
Andrew Pepper (presenter), Andrew Pepper, L. Heister, A. Pradono, N. Moldowan, This is Petroleum Systems LLC
Oil and Gas Resources of the Tampico - Misantla Basin
Alfredo E. Guzmán, AMGP
New Exploration Play Concepts in the Tampico-Misantla Basin, from an Understanding of its Thermal Burial History and Source Rock Maturation
Mark Shann, Geomarcas SRL (presenter);  K. Vazquez Reyes,  M.B. Canchola, and Wintershall DEA
Environmental Drivers of Organic Matter Deposition into the Pimienta Formation During the Jurassic–Cretaceous Transition in Central-Eastern Mexico
Mario Martínez-Yáñez (presenter), F. Núñez-Useche,Instituto Politécnico Nacional
The Southern Gulf of Mexico: A Natural Laboratory of Petroleum Formation
Demetrio Santamaría-Orozco, Univerisdad Nacional Autónoma de México
Afternoon Session
SESSION IV: Geophysics and Reservoir Characterization
Conveners: Jorge Mendoza-Amuchastegui, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo;
Rodrigo Hernández, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos
Results of the Application of Rock Physics in Unconventional Resources
Hugo Avalos Torres (presenter), L.  Velasquez, M.A. Porras Vazquez, O. Fabela Rodriguez, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex)
Lithology’s Petroelastic Characterization of the Eagle Ford Group by Using Modern Rock Physics Templates
Rubén Nicolás-López(presenter), J. M. Espinosa-Ortega, J.A. España-Pinto, O.C. Valdiviezo-Mijangos,Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo
Qualitative Interpretation of Potential Methods in the Terrestrial Portion of the Geological Province of the Yucatan Platform: the Extension to Mexico of the Sedimentary Basins of Corozal (Belize) and Petén (Guatemala)
Edilberto R. Hernández Flores, AMGP – Spanish Presentation
Methodology for Regional Velocity Models Using 2D and 3D Data for Depth Conversion
Moises Huicochea Campos, Schlumberger (presenter); F. Rocha Legorreta, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo; D. M. Tellez Castro, Universidad Central de Venezuela; S. R. Mata Garcia, Schlumberger
AVO Analysis and Characterization of Shallow Geo-Risks: a Case Study in Deep-Water Gulf of México
David López Palacios (presentador); J.M. Espinosa Ortega, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo
Registration and Pricing
  • $US 50 — Professional
  • $US 40 — Presenter
  • $US 25 — Student

Limit: 500 participants

Registration includes:
  • Access all technical presentations, panels and networking activities
  • Certificate of participation
  • Abstract book
  • Virtual delegate bag with resources related to symposium themes
  • Participant list
  • Access to symposium recordings following the event
Technical Requirements:
  • Personal computer or device with internet access
  • High-speed internet connection
Refunds / Cancellations
  • No refunds or cancellations will be issued one month prior to symposium
  • Participants who are unable to attend the symposium may designate a substitute to attend in their place
  • Cancellations and substitution requests should be sent to

AAPG invites you to show your support of geoscience as a Virtual Research Symposium Sponsor. Sponsorships allow organizers to provide strong technical, programmatic and logistical support while keeping registration prices low. They also enable AAPG to continue providing educational programs free of charge to students and young professionals throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Sponsors receive one complimentary event registration for every $US 500 paid in sponsorship.

Companies may sponsor individual events of interest or the entire Virtual Research Symposium series. Please see the symposium sponsorship brochure for pricing and sponsor benefits.

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Elvira Pureza Gomez Hernandez Elvira Gomez Hernandez Chair President, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region, CNOOC International, Colombia
Faustino Monroy-Santiago Faustino Monroy-Santiago Chair President, AMGP, Mexico
Gustavo Murillo-Muneton Gustavo Murillo-Muneton Technical Program Committee Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (IMP), Mexico
Jorge Alfonso Mendoza-Amuchastegui Jorge Mendoza-Amuchastegui Technical Program Committee Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP), Mexico
Rodrigo Hernandez Rodrigo Hernandez Technical Program Committee Director of Exploration Opinions, Mexico National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), Mexico
Juan Carlos Granados-Hernandez Juan Carlos Granados-Hernandez Technical Program Committee Exploration New Ventures Coordinator, Pemex, Mexico
Ricardo Jose Padilla Y Sanchez, PhD Ricardo Padilla Y Sanchez Technical Program Committee UNAM, Mexico
Jorge Jacobo Albarran Jorge Jacobo Albarran Technical Program Committee National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico
Demetrio Marcos Santamaria Orozco, PhD Demetrio Santamaria Orozco Technical Program Committee UNAM, Mexico
Lourdes Clara Valdes Lourdes Clara Valdes Technical Program Committee President-Elect, AMGP, Mexico
Silvia Santos Grapain Silvia Santos Grapain Event Promotion Delegate, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region, Mexico
Daniela Romero Rico Daniela Romero Rico Event Promotion Secretary, AMGP, Mexico
Idalia Teresa Cruz Gomez Idalia Cruz Gomez Student-Young Professional Participation President, AAPG YP Mexico Chapter, Mexico
Enrique Sedas Enrique Sedas Student-Young Professional Participation Vice President, AAPG YP Mexico Chapter, Mexico
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Manager
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Coordinator
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