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Southeast Caribbean Research Symposium Panel Discussion: Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

Southeast Caribbean Research Symposium Presentation
AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Moderator: John B. Wagner, Pluspetrol

Participants: Ken Nibbelink, JHI Associates; Jacob Miller, University of Houston; Ariana Osman, The University of the West Indies

Convener John B. Wagner moderates a discussion with presenters, who answer questions and share final thoughts to conclude Session IV, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, at the Southeast Caribbean and Guiana Basins Virtual Research Symposium.


Convener: John Wagner, Pluspetrol

Dr. Wagner began his petroleum career as a scientist on board the 1985 USGS/IOS GLORIA survey of the deep-water Mississippi Fan, Gulf of Mexico which was a significant expedition in regards to our understanding of deep-water submarine fan systems. He then joined Mobil Research & Development in 1987, where his areas of investigation included the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, Sakhalin Island, Russia, offshore West Africa, North Sea, offshore Vietnam and South America. John was appointed Chief Geologist for Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. in 2002, with involvement in worldwide projects from exploration through development.

In 2012, Dr. Wagner became a founding member of the Technical Management Team for Venari Resources where he served as Chief Geologist and directed their exploration success within the ultra-deep-water Paleogene of the Gulf of Mexico. Concurrent with his Technical management roles, John served as Professor of geology for 14 years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In November of 2018, John joined Pluspetrol as Global Exploration Manager for ongoing exploration and appraisal within unconventional, conventional and deep-water assets worldwide.

Ken Nibbelink, JHI Associates

Ken earned his BA degree in Geology from the Western State College of Colorado, a MS in Geology from Colorado State University, and a MS in Finance from the University of Houston.

In his 40 years of experience in the industry, he has worked in companies as Union Pacific, Amoco, Devon, Hyperdynamics and JHI Associates (BVI), where he currently is VP Exploration in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, responsible for exploration Canje Block, Guyana. Ken is a member of AAPG, HGS, RMAG and PESGB.

Jacob Miller, University of Houston

Ariana Osman, The University of the West Indies

Ariana earned a BSc from Western, Canada and a MSc from the University of Texas at Austin.

With 3 years of experience in the industry, she currently is PhD student at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where she researches and teaches courses in Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Petroleum Geology. Previously, she has worked at BP Trinidad and Tobago, and Leibniz University Hannover. Ariana is a member of AAPG, SEPM, IAS and GSA.

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