Research Projects

Current Projects

Tres Pasos deep-water slope channels of the Magallanes Basin
Co-PI in collaboration with Dr. Steve Hubbard (University of Calgary) and Dr. Brian Romans (Virginia Tech)
Funding:JIP funded by 13 industry affiliates
Current Students: Casey Meirovitz (PhD Geology, Fall 2014-present), Teresa Langenkamp (MS Geology, Fall 2019-present), Andrew Ruetten (MS Geology, Fall 2018-present)
Previous Students: Allison Jackson (MS Geology, 2014), Adam Nielson (MS Geology, Spring 2018), Noah Vento (MS Geology, Spring 2020)
More information can be found on the Chile Slope Systems Website

Past Projects

Digital Lithofacies Characterization of the Green River Formation, Eastern Utah, 2014 funded, Utah Geologic Survey Grant (Jewell, PI; Birgenheier and Stright, co-PIs)
Students: Heather Judd (MS Geology – on leave)

Outcrop and Subsurface Reservoir Analog Studies Facies analysis, correlation, and reservoir prediction in nonmarine–shallow marine strata: Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Kaiparowits Plateau, Utah
Co-PI in collaboration with Dr. Cari Johnson (University of Utah)
ConocoPhillips, Chevron, and Shell
Cory Johnson (MS Geology, 2016), Andrew McCarthy (MS Geology), Karenth Dworsky (MS Geology, 2015), Wassim Benhallam (MS Geology, 2015), Evan Allred (2014), Alex Turner (MS Geology, 2014)

Late Oligocene deep-water subsurface deposits in the Molasse Basin, Upper Austria: Subsurface seismic reservoir characterization and modeling study of topographically controlled deposition of turbidites in mass transport mini-basins
Funding: Rohol-Aufsuchungs (RAG), Austria and company affiliates of the SPODDS research program

  1. Stright, L., Bernhardt, A., and Boucher, A., accepted pending revisions, Geostatistically modeling topographically-controlled deposition of sub-seismic scale sandstone packages within a mass transport dominated deep-water channel belt, Mathematical Geosciences.
  2. Bernhardt, A., Lowe, D. L., and Stright, L, 2012 Debris Flow and Turbidity Current Interactions in a Large Submarine Axial Channel Belt, Tertiary Molasse Basin, Austria, Sedimentology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01334.x.
  3. Stright, L., A. Boucher, T. Mukerji, A. Bernhardt, 2009, Revisiting the use of seismic attributes as soft data for subseismic facies prediction: Proportions versus probabilities, The Leading Edge, v. 28, p. 1460-1468. Invited paper.

Middle Eocene deep-water deposits at Black’s Beach near La Jolla, California: Forward seismic modeling of near- and far-offsets of the confined deep-water channel deposits of southern California
Funding: SPODDS and ExxonMobil

  1. Stright, L., Stewart, J., Campion, K., Farrell, M. and Graham, S. A., in preparation, Geologic and seismic modeling of a coarse-grained, confined, deep-water-channel reservoir analog (Black’s Beach, La Jolla, CA.), AAPG Bulletin.

South American Shales TOC and maturity analysis with the ΔLogR method
Collaboration with Steve Osborne (EGI, University of Utah)
Funding: EGI Corporate Associates Program, South American Shales Project
Students: Ryan Hillier (BS Geology, 2014)
More information can be found on the EGI South American Shales Webpage

Niobrara reservoir characterization focusing on the Silo Field
Collaboration with Dr. Milind Deo and Tom Anderson (EGI, University of Utah)
Funding: EGI Corporate Associates Program, Liquids from Shales Phase II Project
Students: Carrie Welker (MS Geology, 2014, now at Fluid Inclusion Technologies)
More information can be found on the EGI Liquids from Shales Webpage

Williams Fork Consortium, Phase VI, 2012
Collaboration with Dr. Matt Pranter (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Evaluate and quantify the impact of multi‐scale stratigraphic and sedimentological controls on reservoir connectivity in the fluvial deposits of the middle‐to‐upper Williams Fork Formation (and equivalent formation) in the Piceance and Uinta basins and Douglas Creek Arch