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Session I: Volcanic Passive Margin Basins 1 – Tectonic Setting Session Wrap-Up

South Atlantic Basins Research Symposium Panel Session
AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Moderators: Hans Morten Bjornseth, Equinor; Juan Pablo Lovecchio, YPF

Participants: Christian Heine, Shell; Renato Darros de Matos, Independent Researcher and Consultant; Sverre Planke, Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research (VBPR), University of Oslo; Patricia de Lugão, Strataimage Consultoria Ltda; Sebastian Vazquez Lucero, IGeBA – CONICET

Conveners Hans Morten Bjornseth and Juan Pablo Lovecchio moderate a discussion with presenters, who answer questions and share final thoughts to conclude Session I, Volcanic Passive Margin Basins 1 – Tectonic Setting, at the South Atlantic Basins Virtual Research Symposium.


Convener: Juan Pablo Lovecchio, YPF

Juan Pablo is geologist graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. He holds a Master's degree in Petroleum Geoscience from the IFP School, France, and a PhD from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Sorbonne University, Paris. He has 12 years of experience in the industry.

He started his career in Pluspetrol (2008-2010) and Total (2011), he then joined YPF in 2012 where he currently is Senior Exploration Geologist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, responsible for regional geology, and play and project assessment.

Juan Pablo is an active member of several professional Associations and currently he is President of the AAGGP (Argentine Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists), Secretary of AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region, and AGA YPF Delegate.

Convener: Hans Morten Bjørnseth, Equinor

Hans holds a MSc in Geology from the University of Tromsø, Norway.

With 34 years of professional experience, he is currently Specialist Geologist at Equinor, Stavanger, Norway, where he works as project leader. His previous experience includes BP and Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Christian Heine, Shell

Renato Darros de Matos, Guarini Services

Renato is geologist graduated from the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil (1979) and holds a PhD from Cornell University (1992).

He has 40 years of professional experience, which includes 21 years at Petrobras, 4 years at academia (UFRN) as researcher, founder of Flamoil Services, E&P Director of Potioleo, Aurizonia and Imetame Energia (small independent oil companies); Coordinator and first President of ABPIP (Brazilian Independent Petroleum Producers Association); Exploration Manager of Petrobras International in Libya and Turkey; Management Director of the first board of the government controlled PPSA (Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A.). Currently, he is Director and Senior E&P Consultant at Guarini Services, Natal and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Renato is a member of AAPG, ABGP and SBGf.

Sverre Planke, Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research (VBPR)

Sverre holds a MSc from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway.

With 30 years of experience in the industry, he is CEO at Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research AS (VBPR) and Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway (part time). Sverre is a member of AAPG, SEG, NGF, EGU and EAGE.

Patricia de Lugão, Strataimage Consultoria Ltda

Patricia holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Utah.

She has 29 years of experience in the industry, and currently is Senior Geophysicist and Managing Partner at Strataimage Consultoria Ltda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where is responsible for managing all aspects of geophysical projects. Previously, she worked in companies as Western Geophysical, Landmark and Schlumberger. Patricia is a member of SEG and EAGE.

Sebastián Emanuel Vazquez Lucero, IGeBA – CONICET

Sebastián is a geologist from the University of Buenos Aires, and holds a MSc in Geology from the same university. Currently, he is a PhD student in Buenos Aires, and works as Researcher at CONICET.

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