welcome back

Hey everyone! Your friendly local student organizations (AAPG Wildcatters, the SEG Wavelets, the EAS Graduate Student Committee, and the UH Geosociety) will be throwing a virtual welcome back event on Friday, January 29th at 6 PM.

We have planned several fun, and prize-filled, events to give us all a chance to see each other and interact with our friends and peers. This event is completely free to attend (don't even have to be a member!).

Industry speaker

Join us December 11th from 1-2 pm for our final talk of the season, given by Mr. Alexander Owen, on his unique perspective on exploration along the Gulf Coast through the lens of a smaller O&G outfit. Mr. Owen began working with Fletcher Petroleum in 2016 as a petroleum geologist, and now oversees all of Fletcher's operations and drilling while also concentrating on exploration and acquisitions in south Texas and Alabama. Mr. Owen has a Masters Degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Alabama and previously worked for the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama. He is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, University of Alabama Geological Sciences Advisory Board, and is also a licensed geologist in the State of Alabama.

Industry speaker

Hello Wildcatters and friends! Please join us for the talk "Thriving and Surviving as an E&P Geoscientist in the 21st

Century" presented by our guest speaker Allen Bertagne. Mr. Bertagne worked for several oil and service companies including Shell, Venari, CGG and PGS where he was involved in integration of multi-disciplinary data. He has also served on The Leading Edge Editorial Board, as First Vice President of the SEG, is currently the Technical Coordinator of SEG EVOLVE and the Founder of NexGen Training Partners.

Join us as he shares early career advice for upcoming O&G geoscientist based on his 35 years of experience from working in various basins around the world.

Please join us for the first of two sessions on October 16th at 1:00–2:30 pm (CST) to learn more about sequence and tectono-stratigraphy, carbonate and siliciclastic depositional environments, and petroleum reservoir analogs.

We hope you are able to join and learn from one of the best in the industry. We look forward to seeing you there!

virtual field trip

You are invited to join the Permian Basin virtual field trip lead by sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology expert Kurt W. Rudolph.

For this virtual field trip, we will be visiting Upper Pennsylvanian and Permian outcrops in the Guadalupe, Delaware, Sacramento, and Hueco Mountains. The units seen in outcrop will be directly related to known reservoirs, source rocks, and traps in the prolific Permian Basin (including unconventional plays). A variety of depositional environments can be observed in both carbonate and siliciclastic systems, including basin floor fans, slope channels, alluvial fans, basin/slope mudstones, forereef, reef and platform interior.

Guest speaker

AAPG Wildcatters and friends! Join us this Wednesday Oct 14th at 12 pm CDT as Dr. Matthew Pranter gives us advice on what to do and most importantly what to NOT DO as you apply to graduate programs in the United States.

Follow AAPG OU for more info or message us for zoom details.

virtual field trip

AAPG Wildcatters and friends! Please join us for a virtual tour on October 14th at 11 am lead by Linda Sternbach, with narration by Bob Lindsay. Join us as she guides us through the depositional history and petroleum geology of the Delaware Basin during the Permian.

Message us for the Zoom meeting info and remember, all attendees will be entered into the AAPG Fall raffles.

Guest speaker

The Wildcatters would like to invite everyone to a talk by our speaker this week, Dr. Sharon Cornelius! Please help us welcome her on Wednesday (10/7/2020) at 1 pm as she teaches us to interpret well logs and how to actually get the access to the data in the first place!

Dr. Cornelius has over twenty years experience as a geophysicist and geologist, and has guided and managed numerous exploration projects on a global basis. Join us as she shares her expertise on interpretation and data acquisition, which is sure to help students who are searching for data to assist with their research, both beginner and expert interpreters, and everything in-between.

Industry speaker: Dr. Jaffri

Join us this THURSDAY as we host sedimentology and stratigraphy expert, Dr. Ali Jaffri.

With 21 years of experience, Dr. Jaffri is an internationally-recognized trainer in sequence stratigraphy and reservoir characterization. He has trained over 500 oil and gas professionals in over 10 countries from over 50 companies. Join us as he shares his advice and experiences on how to approach unconventional resource plays on Thursday, October 1st at 1:00pm via Zoom.

Please message us for details of joining the Zoom meeting. All MEMBER attendees will be entered into drawings for fall conference passes and other prizes.

Houston student expo

The Houston Student Expo will be here shortly!!!!

Students: Get your resume's ready, record your elevator pitch, and if you have research prepare a short presentation to show those recruiters!! More info can be found here:

Mock interview event

We're excited to bring you something new this year - we will be hosting Judy Schulenberg, the current HGS Board Secretary and an industry professional with 30 years of experience, to give us all expert advice on nailing that interview. This will then be followed by paired mock interview sessions, moderated by our very own Wildcatters officers.

While attendance to the zoom event is unlimited, there will be limited slots available for the following break-out mock interview sessions, so if interested sign-up fast! Please message us if you want to attend!

Intern Panel

AAPG Wildcatters, interview season is coming up and classes are kicking off. In preparation, please join the AAPG Wildcatters for an exciting roundtable with current EAS students who were successful in both interviews and internships - learn a bit about their projects, the teams they worked on, and most importantly get the scoop on how to stand out, common interview questions, and strategies to get that final offer!

The session will be held on Zoom, and all EAS attendees will be entered into a raffle with prizes including fall conference passes. Message us for the meeting code if you want to attend!

Two UH EAS Students Awarded AAPG Grants-in-Aid

Second-year geology M.S. student Elizabeth Davis and second-year Ph.D. student Spencer Fuston have been awarded 2020 Grants-In-Aid funding from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation.

This year, the Grants-In-Aid program awarded $299,000 in research funds to 110 graduate students at 58 different universities around the world. AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid are awarded to graduate students whose research pertains to petroleum and energy-mineral resources or environmental geology.

These grants are awarded based on merit and range from $500 to $3,000, covering costs associated with student’s thesis work, such as field work, laboratory analyses, etc.

Applications now open for 2020-2021 officers!

The AAPG Wildcatters officer position applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are still open! Applications will remain open until April 14th (11:59 pm), 2020. Elections will be held the following week. Please see the attached flyer and supporting documents for more information on elections and the officer positions available.

To apply, follow the link below:

Lunch and Learn

Come join AAPG Wildcatters for a lunch and learn seminar on how workstations can cause dry holes presented by Robert Shoup Feb 5th from 12:00-01:00 pm in SR1 room 223. Please see attached the flyer, abstract, and speaker bio for more information!

Food and drinks provided by Chipotle to attendees from 11:30 am onward, we hope to see everyone there!

Annual eas holiday party

The annual Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Holiday Party is coming up on December 5th at Batanga (908 Congress St.) from 6-10 PM hosted by AAPG Wildcatters, SEG Wavelets, Geosociety, and the EAS Graduate Student Committee. Spanish style tapas will be provided by Batanga and happy hour runs until 7 PM so be sure to arrive early!

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 by:

1. Venmo: username is easholiday

2. Eventbrite

3. Cash-sale tickets available for purchase on December 5 in the 2nd floor lobby (SR1) from 10-2 PM

Proof of purchase or a paper ticket can be shown at the door for venmo or Eventbrite. Guests and friends of EAS are also invited.

Please reach out to for any questions or concerns. We hope to see everyone there!

Graduate student committee Happy Hour

Please join the Graduate Student Committee for the last happy hour of the semester. Stop by to relax after all your hard work and celebrate those who passed their proposals/defenses.

Nov. 22nd East End Hardware from 4pm-9pm


UH GeoSociety will be hosting Ali Jaffri, CEO of Applied Stratigraphix LLC. Jaffri is a sequence stratigrapher and will be talking about what students need to know about sedimentology, stratigraphy, and the oil industry. (11:30 am-12:30 pm) in SR1 Room 634.

Lunch and learn: dr. carl fiduk

Come join AAPG Wildcatters for a lunch and learn seminar on salt tectonics as we welcome back Dr. Carl Fiduk on November 1st, 2019, from 1-2 pm in SR1 room 634. Please see attached flyer, abstract, and speaker bio for more information!

Pizza and drinks provided to attendees from 12:30 pm onward, we hope to see everyone there!

Graduate Student Committee Happy Hour

Oct 25th: 8th Wonder Brewery 4-9

Wildcatters Talk

Oct 18th: Dr. Jon Rotzien talk on sequence stratigraphy of deepwater reservoirs

TGS Industry Seminar

October 4th, 2-4pm

"Review of the Mexican Gulf of Mexico - Onshore and Offshore"

-Dr. Cian O'Reilly

"Latest Developments in Imaging at TGS"

-Dr. Bin Wang

"Data Analytics as Applied in the Exploration Industry "

-Sri Kainkaryam

Food and drinks provided at 1:30pm!

Happy Hour with TGS following at Calhoun's Rooftop Bar!

hgs event

October 7th

"Plates to Prospects: Exploration insights from the deepwater fold & thrust belts offshore NE Mexico"

Click the link below to reserve your spot at this Houston Geological Society and Geophysical Society of Houston joint event.


September 20, 12-2pm

The Houston Geological Society is looking for volunteers for their Educational Outreach Committee. If you are interested in helping students learn more about the Geosciences, see the attached flyer for more details.

Geoscience tailgate

September 7th, 2019 3-6pm

The geosciences tailgate will be taking place tomorrow. Spot 13 is in the southeast corner of TDECU Stadium next to the coogs house sign.

INternship Panel

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Join the SEG Wavelets and for a chance to hear from students who did internships this past summer, and get some free food too!

Fall kick-off happy hour

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Join the all of the student groups at The Den and learn about each group!

Come meet the president of the AAPG! Charles Sternbach will be giving a talk on super basins

Charles Sternbach, current president of the AAPG and president of Star Creek Energy, will be giving a talk on the exploration and rise of super basins.

The talk will be held on Friday, March 9th, 2018 at SEC rm 104

Don't miss this opportunity to meet in person one of the leaders in this industry!

Friday lecture: Bill Maloney, director of Trident Energy and former VP of global exploration at Statoil

Bill Maloney, former VP of global exploration at Statoil, and current director of Trident Energy as well as energy advisor to Warburg Pincus, will be giving a talk on lessons learned from past oil shocks and the future of exploration. The talk will be on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 in SEC Rm 201.

See y'all there!

Short Course: Advanced well log interpretation

Matt Boyce (Staff Geologist) and Kiran Gawankar (Technical Expert) from Southwestern Energy will be giving a short course on Saturday, February 3rd 2018, covering the basics of well logging tools and will include some advanced exercises.

Stay tuned for more details!

Dr. Sergio Chavez's talk

SEG honorary lecturer, Dr. Sergio Chavez, gave a talk titled "Seismic bandwidth extension and resolution improvement: What works."

This lecture outlined examples of what works in current methods of frequency enhancement during acquisition, data conditioning, processing, reprocessing, advanced imaging, and postprocessing.

Intern Panel 2017

The AAPG Wildcatters along with the SEG Wavelets hosted an intern panel where returning EAS summer geo-interns gave us some insight to their experiences and gave us some tips for preparing for internships.

Shout-out to the student panel for such a great talk!

Student panel:

Holiday Party (12/10/2015)

The EAS holiday party, as a tradition of the EAS department, was held in the Nouveau Antique Art Bar on December 10, 2015. About 90 students, alumni, and faculty went to the party.


Deepwater Plays short course by Joan Flinch

Dr. Joan Flinch taught a short course on deepwater plays at the University of Houston on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.


Dr. Marek Kacewicz's talk

It's our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Marek Kacewicz, a Distinguished Lecture with AAPG, will give us a talk about petroleum system modeling this coming Friday.


AAPG-SEG Joint Talk by Dr. Krzysztof M. Wojcik

Dr. Krzysztof Wojcik, an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, visited the EAS Department on November 13th, 2015, and gave a talk to the AAPG Wildcatters and SEG Wavelets members.

Grants-in-Aid info session (01/26/2016)

As the Grants-in-Aid (GIA) application deadline is approaching, Mr. Victor Ogunmola kindly offered us an information session about the GIA application and statistics. Victor is a geologist from ExxonMobil, and he serves as a GIA committee member. The talk was held in the reading room in SR1 building from noon to 1 pm on Jan 26, 2016.

Congratulations to our officer Janet Kong and our former advisor Dr. Julia Wellner!

Janet Kong, an AAPG Wildcatters officer, is starting the spring semester as an exchange student at the University of Stavanger. She is an M.S. student working on Antarctic glacial history with Dr. Julia Wellner. Congratulations, Janet!

IBA Team Places 1st in Gulf Coast Section

Congrats to our IBA Team, Eric Lunn, Andrew Steier, Delaney Robinson, Leiser Silva, and Walter Reed, for placing 1st in a field of nine schools for the Gulf Coast Section! They will be competing on April 1st at the Worldwide Competition in Houston, TX.

Christine Piela from BP

It is our great pleasure to welcome Christine Piela from BP to give a talk about the daily work of an operations geologist this Friday in SR1 634 at 1pm.

UH IBA Team wins 1st place in International Competition!

Congratualtions to our IBA Team placing 1st, and beating 196 universities at the International Competition at AAPG ACE Conference. Congrats to the team members: Eric Lunn, Andrew Steier, Delaney Robinson, Leiser Silva, and Walter Reed and advisors: Dr. Paul Mann, Dr. John Castagna, Dr. Julia Wellner, and Kurt Rudolph.

Noelle Joy Purcell from Shell Technology Company

It is our great pleasure to welcome Noelle Joy Purcell from Shell Technology Company this Friday at 1 pm in SR1 634. She will be giving a talk about what to expect as a new graduate hire when joining a large oil and gas company.


Structural Geology Short Course Registration Begins

Wildcatters will host Introduction to balanced cross sections and kinematic restorations in contractional settings by Dr. Andres Mora. Click here to register.


AAPG Resume Workshop by UH Career Services

Join us for a great talk in preparing your resume, refining your profesionalism and proper attire for interview season from UH Career Services' own, Tiffany Bitting!


Mock Interviews

Join us as we have 4 UH alumni conduct mock interviews right in time for recruiting season! Interviews will be held between 2 and 5 pm! Sign up by sending an email with your name, major and prefered time slot!


Weatherford Labs Field Trip Part II - Part two of our Weatherford Laboratories field trip we began started last semester.


1st Chapter Meeting and Guest Lecture of the Fall 2012 Semester - EASstudents attend the first meeting of the semester and gain a psychological perspective on evaluating prospects with Nathan Bedford from Statoil.


2013 Fall Lecture Series Begins - Oil and Gas Recruitment 101- We will cover everything you need to know about recruitment in the oil and gas industry with specific application to recruitment at UH.


UH AAPG Students Volunteer at the 2013 AAPG WEC - Wildcatters flood the Winter Education Conference to volunteer at the event.


2013 Gulf Coast Local Student Chapter Leadership Summit - Local AAPG student chapter leaders meet in Houston to work on improving their groups.


AAPG Grants-In-Aid Information Session - Mike Unger presents the rules and procedures when applying for AAPG Foundation Grants-In-Aid for graduate students.


1st Chapter Meeting and Guest Lecture of the Spring 2013 Semester - Dr. Richard Bishop reviews the implications of source over charge.


The UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 2012 Spring Picnic and Field Day - DEAS students and faculty enjoy a windy spring afternoon outside and having fun.


Spring Lecture Series: Understanding and Predicting Fayetteville Shale Gas Production Through Integrated Seismic-to-Simulation Reservoir Characterization Workflow - The friendly folks at Southwestern Energywelcomes the largest turnout of the semester in this joint event with UH SEG Wavelets.


UH Imperial Barrel Team Wins 3rd Place in Gulf Coast Regional Competition! - Interview and story coming soon but here is an article on the event from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: Story


Lecture Series: "Pony" in the Gulf of Mexico - The third spring seminar given by Bill Kilsdonk, Senior Geological Advisor, from Hess was awesome! His talk was focused around Hess's "Pony" discovery in the Gulf of Mexico.


Lecture Series: From Field Geologist to Geophysicist - Onshore vs. Offshore Honduras - Peter Emmet from ION summarizes the evolution of his work in Honduras throughout his career and provides some tips to success in the industry.


Technical Lecture: EQ Skills in the Oil and Gas Industry - We would like to thank Technical Services Manager Matthew Martin and HR Analyst Allison Sanford from Newfield Exploration Company for a terrific start to our Spring 2012 Lecture Series.


No Label Brewery Tour - Our thanks to the kind folks at No Label Brewery for the pleasant afternoon at their local facility.


AAPG Wilcatters Polo's for Sale! - Want to represent the Wildcatters at events? Our AAPG Wildcatter polo's, generously sponsored by Hess, are on sale now! Just $20 for AAPG members and $25 for non-members. E-mail to claim yours today!


First Spring Meeting - Thanks for attending the first meeting of the semester everyone! It looks like it will be a productive semester for us. For those who didn't attend, Shawn Wright went over some upcoming events like field trips, the spring lecture series, and the careers workshop. Hope to see you all again at the next meeting!


Lecture Series: An Updated Depositional Model for the Granite Wash, Anadarko Basin, USA - Jesse Koch from BP North America talks about his first project with BP reconstructing paleoenvironments in Paleozoic North Texas and Oklahoma.


Chevron Makes a Significant Contribution to the UH GeoScience Groups - Chevron helps support both the UH AAPG and SEG organizations!


2012 EAS Holliday Party and Photo Competition! - UH AAPG, SEG, and GeoSociety students groups host a holiday party to celebrate the end of the fall semester.


Late Semester Chapter Meeting - UH Wildcatters meet to discuss the 2012 EAS Holiday Party on November 30th, and a few odds and ends.


Second Installment of the 2012 Fall Lecture Series - Chuck Caughey from Noble Energy gave us an exciting break from the ordinary and discussed his experience with large gas fields in fractured granites.


Congratulations to the newly elected 2012-2013 UH AAPG officers! - A huge thank you goes out to last year's officers as they pass the baton to a new group of AAPG student officers.


Fall 2012 Classes Begin - Welcome back Wildcatters and UH students!


2012 UH AAPG Officer Elections - The elections will be held the Tuesday after Labor Day on August 4th at 5:30p.m. Nominations can be sent to until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 31st.


Tentative 2012-2013 UH AAPG Wildcatter Officer Nomination and Election Schedule Posted - Check the August and September calendars on the Events page for details.


The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences hosts Student Research Day, the Scholarships and Awards Ceremony, and a reception at the Mucky Duck - Another year in the books.


Classes Begin - Welcome back fellow Coogs! Hope everyone had a great winter break and is ready for a progressive Spring 2012 Semester.