It is now common practice for field geologists to collect and work with diverse and multiple data sets. In my role as a field geologist, I have had the opportunity to work on dozens of field-based investigations all requiring multi-disciplined approaches and requiring integrated data. I have conducted and worked on many geologic investigations and field-based research projects in siliciclastic and carbonate systems in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Grand Cayman, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Offshore Angola, Offshore Gulf of Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
The field geologist should be up-to-date and possess strong insights into the questions being asked. In addition, a keen eye for identifying any needed data is a must along with the ability to collect and efficiently synthesize complex data. Today's experienced field geologist is also capable at providing one-, two- and three-dimensional data from inquiries in appropriate discipline-specific formats suitable for basic research, industry multi-disciplinary teams and staff.
Today, only a select few geoscience graduates coming out of university are skilled and proficient at meeting head-on the many challenges faced each day in industry and research.
My expertise is integrated high-resolution siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology and ichnology. Peripheral interests include paleo-topography, sediment body geometries, structure, as well as kinematic analysis, at regional and sub-regional scales, including the timing of fluid migration and trap development. I continue to participate in technical development courses offered by various professional and technical organizations, in which I am an active, participating member, in an effort to provide small- to medium-sized independent, upstream oil and gas firms with affordable access to leading-edge technologies and innovative ideas regularly used by the industry majors and seen in research conducted at well-regarded academic institutions.
Currently, my role and responsibility as Senior Geologist Exploration and Development is evaluating and generating oil and gas prospects and the exploitation of existing assets for a publically traded upstream oil and gas company. I continue to conduct basic geologic, scientific research and field studies using outcrop, subsurface and core-based data sets. I am currently writing and delivering a series of stratigraphic papers suitable for publication in refereed, peer-reviewed technical and scientific journals.
Chuck D. Howell, Jr.
Senior Geologist at Spindletop Oil & Gas Co.
B. S. Southern Methodist University, 1999 Geology
Ph.D. Candidate University of Texas at Dallas, 2000 - 2008 Geology
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