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Southeast Caribbean Research Symposium - Session I: Tectonic Setting Wrap Up

Southeast Caribbean Research Symposium Panel Session
AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Moderator: Brian W. Horn, Cairn Oil and Gas

Participants: James Pindell, Tectonic Analysis Ltd.; Tricia Alvarez, Heritage Petroleum Limited; Ivano Genaro, University of Toronto; Paul Mann, University of Houston; Xavier Moonan, Touchstone Exploration; Bryan Moore, University of Houston

Convener Brian W. Horn moderates a discussion with presenters, who answer questions and share final thoughts to conclude Session I, Tectonic Setting, at the Southeast Caribbean & Guiana Basins Virtual Research Symposium.


Convener: Brian W. Horn, Cairn Oil and Gas

Brian earned his BA and MSc in Geology from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Geology and Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

During his 27 years of experience in the industry, he has worked in companies as Amoco, BP, Maersk and ION E&P Advisors. He currently is Senior Geological Advisor at Cairn Oil and Gas in Houston, where he is responsible for technical assurance, reservoir characterization and stratigraphic analysis. Brian is a member of AAPG, Houston Geological Society, PESGB, and Geological Society London.

James Pindell, Tectonic Analysis

Jim earned a BSc from the Colgate University, a MSc from the State University of New York at Albany, and a PhD from the Durham University UK.

With 35 years of experience, he is currently the director at Tectonic Analysis Ltd. In Duncton, West Sussex, U.K., where he is on charge of leading research programs. He previously worked for 10 years interpreting basement structure for ION Geophysical (2010-2020). Jim’s professional memberships includes AAPG, GSA, AGU, GSL, and GCASGS.

Tricia Alvarez, Heritage Petroleum Company Limited

Tricia earned a BSc from the University of the West Indies, and a MS and a PhD both from the University of Texas at Austin. With more than 10 years of experience in the industry, she is Geoscience Lead at Heritage Petroleum Company Limited in Santa Flora, Trinidad and Tobago, where she is responsible for providing geoscience expertise in finding exploration and development opportunities with responsibilities for framing and executing geoscience evaluations; developing exploration and development programs; and maintaining portfolio of ranked prospects and drilling opportunities.

She has previously worked as Assistant Professor at The University of Trinidad and Tobago with responsibilities of developing, updating and delivering geoscience curriculum for Petroleum Engineering programs; geoscience research and collaborative studies in Trinidad area basins and petroleum systems; supervising student research and projects. Previously Geologist at BG Trinidad and Tobago Ltd with responsibilities for geologic evaluation including play and prospect analysis, and stratigraphic and depositional systems evaluation within Trinidad and Tobago’s offshore basins. Tricia is a member of AAPG, GSTT, Society for Sedimentary Geology.

Ivano Gennaro, University of Toronto

Ivano earned a BSc from the University of Toronto, and is currently a MSc candidate at the same university.

Paul Mann, University of Houston

Paul earned a BSc from the Oberlin College and a PhD from the State University of New York at Albany, both degrees in Geology.

He currently is Professor of Geology at the Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston, where he teaches, researches and supervises grad and undergrad students, and service to the EAS Dept. and other groups. He has also operated an oil industry-funded research group since 2005. Paul is a member of AAPG, GSA, AGU, SEG and HGS.

Xavier Moonan, Touchstone Exploration

Xavier Moonan is a Senior Geoscientist at Touchstone Exploration in Trinidad & Tobago. He has an MSc. in Structural Geology with Geophysics at the University of Leeds, UK, and was awarded a ‘Top Ten Presentation’ by AAPG for his poster presentation on the Penal Barrackpore Anticline at AAPG ICE Conference in Milan, 2011.

He served as the Convener for the 20th Caribbean Geological Conference Trinidad 2015, as Programme Committee Trinidad Representative for AAPG ICE Cartagena, 2013, and as General Co-Chair for AAPG GTW Trinidad 2014, GTW Guyana 2017 and GTW Suriname 2019.

Xavier is Vice President of the AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region. He is a member of the Geological Society of Trinidad & Tobago, the Houston Geological Society and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Bryan Moore, University of Houston

Bryan is currently is a MSc candidate at the University of Houston. He currently is graduate research assistant, and is a member of AAPG Wildcatters at the same university.

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