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Session III: Post-Salt and Pre-Salt Basins Session Wrap-Up

South Atlantic Basins Research Symposium Panel Discussion
AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Moderators: Sylvia Anjos, Petrobras; Antonio Velásquez, Ecopetrol Brasil

Participants: Pedro Victor Zalán, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration; Francyne Bochi do Amarante, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Imperial College London; Roberto A. Scasso, IGeBA-CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires; Lucas Cazelli Vasconcelos, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ); Gustavo Camelo Acevedo, Ecopetrol Óleo e gas do Brasil; Adriana Henao, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)

Conveners Sylvia Anjos and Antonio Velásquez moderate a discussion with presenters, who answer questions and share final thoughts to conclude Session III, Post-Salt and Pre-Salt Basins, at the South Atlantic Basins Virtual Research Symposium.


Convener: Sylvia Anjos, Petrobras

Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a master’s and a PhD in geology from the University of Illinois in the United States.

Anjos has worked in the energy industry since 1979 and has dedicated her years of service to Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro. She served as manager of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Petrology and Biostratigraphy and manager of Rock Technologies at the Petrobras Research Center, then moved to Petrobras Exploration in 2005. She started as manager of the Petroleum Systems Modelling before being named general manager of geology for Petrobras Exploration, a position she held for 10 years.

From 2016-2019 Anjos served as deputy general manager for the Libra Joint Project Team, representing Petrobras and overseeing applied technologies projects for the Libra field in the Brazilian pre-salt. Currently, she works as Geoscience and Engineering Business Advisor.

Sylvia was founding member of the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists (ABGP) and served two terms as president. She has been an active member of AAPG since 2001 and served as Latin America and Caribbean Region president from 2017-2019. Since 2018, she has served as member and co-founder of the Diversity Committee at the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP).

Convener: Antonio Velásquez, Ecopetrol Brasil

Antonio obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology from the National University of Colombia. Also, earned a Master’s degree in Geophysics and Seismology form the Colorado School of Mines.

With 15 years of experience in the industry, he started out his career in Ecopetrol and has been working continuously in different roles in exploration and as a Professor at National University of Colombia. Currently, he is Exploration Assets Manager at Ecopetrol Brazil, where he leads exploration efforts of Ecopetrol in offshore Brazil, including Ecuatorial Margin, Santos Presalt blocks and new bidding rounds.

He is an active member of AAPG, EAGE and ACGGP.

Pedro Victor Zalán, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration

Pedro holds a MSc and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. With 42 years of experience in the industry, he is independent consultant in petroleum exploration at ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration, in Rio de Janeiro. He worked for 34 years in Petrobras. Pedro is a member of AAPG and ABGP.

Francyne Bochi do Amarante, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Imperial College London

Francyne earned a BSc in Geology at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil; a MSc in Geosciences with focus on Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at UFRGS; and currently is a PhD Candidate in Geosciences with focus on Basin Analysis at UFRGS; she also is a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London during her PhD researching salt tectonics.

Her professional experience includes research projects funded by Shell and Petrobras at UFRGS.

Roberto A. Scasso, University of Buenos Aires - CONICET

Roberto holds a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. He is Professor of Sedimentology and Head Researcher at the University of Buenos Aires – CONICET, focused on Neuquén and Cañadón Asfalto basins. Roberto is a member of AGA (Argentine Geological Association), Argentine Association of Sedimentology, IAS and SEPM.

Lucas Cazelli Vasconcelos, Rio de Janeiro State University

Lucas is a geologist from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

Currently, he is a Master’s student at UERJ’s post-graduate program with accepted project entitled “Organic Geochemestry and high resolution Chemostratigraphy: Upper Cretaceous of the Southern Santos Basin, Brasil”. He received a research grant for Geology Graduation Student at UERJ’s Stratigraphy and Paleontology Departament (2018/2019). Lucas is a member of SBG (Brazilian Geological Society).

Gustavo Andres Camelo Acevedo, Ecopetrol Brasil

Gustavo holds a MSc from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

With 5 years of experience in the industry, he is Exploration Geologist at Ecopetrol Brasil, in Rio de Janeiro, where he elaborates multi 1D, 2D and 3D basin and petroleum systems models with the aim of evaluate petroleum charge effectiveness through the study of oil generation, migration and accumulation in different basins along the Brazilian continental margin; nowadays he focuses in the Pre-salt of Campos and Santos Basins. He also performs source rock potential evaluation based in geochemical and seismic data; regional analysis and evaluation of exploration opportunities (blocks and prospects) to Ecopetrol Brasil including the analysis of regional tectonics and structural geology. Gustavo is a member of AAPG, ALAGO, EAFE and SPWLA.

Adriana Henao, Rio de Janeiro State University

Adriana graduated from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

With 10 years of experience in the industry, she is Research and Associate Professor at America University, in Bogota, Colombia, where she teaches Geology, Petroleum Geology and Environment Sediments. Prior to being a Professor, Adriana worked as Exploration Geologist at GranTierra Energy. Adriana is a member of EAGE and SPE.

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